Tag Archives: News/Canada/British Columbia

Storage of ammonium nitrate in Canada so tightly regulated that a Beirut-like blast unlikely here

By | August 7, 2020

Lebanese officials have blamed a powerful explosion in Beirut on thousands of tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which had been stored and neglected at the capital’s port. The blast flattened entire sections of the strained city Tuesday, killing at least 145 people, injuring 5,000 and leaving more than a quarter of a million homeless. One Canadian expert said the devastation that occurred in Beirut is… Read More »

Fewer than a third of Canadians willing to travel without a COVID-19 vaccine, says new poll

By | August 2, 2020

Most Canadians and Americans aren’t rushing to travel anywhere, even within their own countries, before a COVID-19 vaccine is developed, according to a new online survey. Fewer than a third of Canadians are willing to take a flight anywhere right now whether it’s to another continent, to another province, or within their own province, according to the poll by… Read More »

Lockdown fatigue, sense of ‘invincibility’ causing more COVID-19 infections in young people, scientists say

By | July 19, 2020

More young people are being infected with COVID-19, creating the potential for a severe outbreak, scientists warn. They say the change in demographics could be attributed to lockdown fatigue, increased testing or feelings of invincibility. Brett Snider, a water resources PhD student at the University of Guelph, first noticed a higher number of infections in the under 20… Read More »

A year after murders that led to Manitoba manhunt, victim’s mom finds support in trucker who also lost child

By | July 15, 2020

For three years after his daughter’s death, Ed Grennan couldn’t look at her picture or visit her grave. More than two decades later, he thought he had healed. But after the Northern B.C. murders last summer and his attempts over the past year to assure victim Chynna Deese’s mother, Sheila, that there are Canadians who care and remember, the Whitehorse… Read More »

Proposed class action lawsuit led by former Manitoba Mountie alleges racism in RCMP

By | July 13, 2020

One of the first Indigenous women to join the RCMP in Manitoba is the lead plaintiff in a proposed class-action lawsuit that alleges systemic racism within the force. Margorie Hudson alleges in a statement of claim filed last week in Federal Court that she and other racialized employees were subjected to racism by colleagues and management. It says… Read More »

Libraries welcome temporary e-book pricing, licensing changes from publishers

By | June 6, 2020

Libraries across Canada are feeling grateful for a temporary reduction in costs for e-books and audio books as demand for those materials soars during the pandemic. Sharon Day, chair of the Canadian Urban Library Council’s e-content working group, says several publishers have slashed prices for libraries to access electronic materials, while others have offered access to titles that were previously off… Read More »

Why treating COVID-19 in dementia units can be especially challenging

By | May 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has made caring for people with dementia especially challenging, says a UBC professor and physician specializing in geriatric care.  Dr. Maria Chung says the main problems with caring for people with COVID-19 who also have significant dementia is you cannot reason with them and you cannot correct their behaviour — so getting them to follow public health… Read More »

Experts hope to locate Asian giant hornet nests after insect found in Langley

By | May 29, 2020

The Asian giant hornet is back in B.C. after first being spotted in the province last year. Experts are now trying to determine how many nests might be in the ground and where they might be. Provincial apiculturist Paul van Westendorp said this year’s first confirmed sighting was reported May 15 in Langley, B.C. “All that signifies is… Read More »

Canadian Forces Snowbirds jet crashes in Kamloops, B.C.

By | May 17, 2020

A Canadian Forces Snowbirds jet crashed in Kamloops, B.C., on Sunday, the Department of National Defence confirmed to CBC News. “This is a developing situation. Our number one priority at this time is determining the status of our personnel, the community and supporting emergency personnel,” the department said in an email.  Emergency crews from the Kamloops Airport are responding… Read More »