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No time to waste: We need to start prioritizing solid waste management in First Nation communities

A garbage dump fire is seen smouldering across the bay from the city of Iqaluit on July 9, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Anderson Assuah, University College of the North Last year, Harry Towtongie, the mayor of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, bemoaned how toxic substances released from the community’s dumpsite into the nearby ocean have been harming local food sources. He said the dumpsite was full … Continue reading No time to waste: We need to start prioritizing solid waste management in First Nation communities

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The window of opportunity to address increasing drought and expanding drylands is vanishing

Margot Hurlbert, University of Regina Chile, Argentina and the American West are in the midst of a decade-long, megadrought — the driest conditions those regions have seen in a century. And many areas in Western Canada and the United States are experiencing extreme drought — a once in 20-year event. Drought makes agriculture less productive, reduces crop yields and increases heat-related deaths. It adds to … Continue reading The window of opportunity to address increasing drought and expanding drylands is vanishing

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Canada’s marine conservation toolbox needs an overhaul to counter climate change

Andrea Bryndum-Buchholz, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Kristina Boerder, Dalhousie University The impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly pervasive, bringing Canada’s lack of preparedness in its marine conservation measures into focus. The North Atlantic right whales — one of the most endangered large whales found off the eastern shores of Canada — are now changing their habits and traditions. Their pursuit of their favourite … Continue reading Canada’s marine conservation toolbox needs an overhaul to counter climate change

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Diamond mines in the Northwest Territories are not a girl’s best friend

A woman examines a diamond she is in the process of cutting and polishing in Yellowknife, N.W.T. in a photo from 2003. (CP PHOTO/Bob Weber) Rebecca Hall, Queen’s University, Ontario Almost three years ago, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) released its final report and among its findings, the report identified resource extraction as a site of gender violence. … Continue reading Diamond mines in the Northwest Territories are not a girl’s best friend

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Weaving is helping strengthen ancestral knowledge among women and children in Ingapirca, Ecuador

Women trace ancestral memories using wool. (Monica Malo), Author provided Cristina Delgado Vintimilla, York University, Canada and Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Western University In the remote Andean community of El Cisne in Ingapirca, Ecuador, one of the first things you’ll notice is children’s laughter. In a courtyard, women gather with their children to trace ancestral knowledge and memories — and they do this using wool. The alpaca … Continue reading Weaving is helping strengthen ancestral knowledge among women and children in Ingapirca, Ecuador