Thursday, December 21, 2023

Canada will have a flat to down economy next year: Chief Economist

BNN Bloomberg on Youtube has the story.

Beata Caranci, chief economist at TD Bank, joins BNN Bloomberg to share her perspective on Canada's economy following the release of Canada's November CPI. Inflation remained unchanged at an annual pace of 3.1%.  Caranci says the Bank of Canada is likely to cut rates in April of 2024, and predicts 150bp in cuts by the end of 2024.

Canada: Another airline passenger in a wheelchair injured

CBC News: The National on Youtube has the story.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.

Dec. 20, 2023 - Another passenger who uses a wheelchair says they were injured and humiliated at a Canadian airport. How the USA Supreme Court could decide Donald Trump's political future. Plus, the surge in respiratory illness across the country.

00:00 The National for Dec. 20, 2023
01:00 Airline passenger in a wheelchair injured
04:16 Holiday surge in respiratory infections
06:33 Iceland volcanic eruption begins to wane
06:54 Trump to appeal Colorado ballot ruling
09:52 Gaza health ministry reports 20,000 dead
10:41 Modi addresses assassination plot claims
13:03 Stabbing attack at Quebec restaurant
13:22 Belleville, Ont. officer guilty of assault
15:40 Remains of missing P.E.I. teen found
16:11 Quebec unions threaten unlimited strike
19:20 Police chase in downtown Toronto
19:56 Shortage of EV charging stations
23:09 Boy sends Christmas cards to strangers
25:52 Colorado court disqualifies Trump. Now what?
31:29 How high rents can reshape a city
42:57 12 Days of The Moment

Canada: Toyota recalling 100,000 vehicles in Canada for airbag defect

CBC News has the story.

Toyota says it is recalling one million vehicles — about a tenth of them in Canada and the rest in the USA — over a defect that could cause airbags not to deploy, increasing the risk of injury.

A so-called airbag is a vehicle occupant-restraint system using a bag designed to inflate extremely quickly, then quickly deflate during a collision. It consists of an airbag cushion, a flexible fabric bag, an inflation module, and an impact sensor. The purpose of the airbag is to provide a vehicle occupant with soft cushioning and restraint during a collision. It can really reduce injuries between the flailing occupant and the interior of the vehicle.

The airbag provides an energy-absorbing surface between the vehicle's occupants and a steering wheel, instrument panel, body pillar, headliner, and windshield, for example. Modern vehicles may contain up to ten airbag modules in various configurations, including driver, passenger, side-curtain, seat-mounted, door-mounted, B and C-pillar mounted side-impact, knee bolster, inflatable seat belt, and certain pedestrian airbag modules.

Canada: RCMP warns of violent extremism among Canadian youth

CBC News has the story.

The RCMP has arrested five young people on terrorism-related offences in the past six months. Barbara Perry, director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism, and Amarnath Amarasingam, assistant professor with the Queen's University School of Religion weigh in.

Canada: Man dead, 6 in hospital after accidental carbon monoxide poisoning at Ontario home

CTV News has the story.

Police say a 25-year-old man is dead from an accidental carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a car left running in the garage of a Kitchener, Ontario home.

Six other people who were also in the home were transported to hospital. Neighbours say many of the residents were international students or otherwise new to Canada.

Canada: Ottawa to announce rules requiring all new cars to be emission-free by 2035

CBC News: The National on Youtube has the story.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.

Canada on Tuesday released final regulations meant to ensure that all passenger cars, SUVs, crossovers and light trucks sold by 2035 are zero-emission vehicles, part of the government's overall plan to combat climate change.

Indian PM makes first remarks about assassination plot claims

CBC News: The National on Youtube has the story.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he will 'look into any evidence' that his country planned the assassination of perceived enemies on Canadian and American soil — his first remarks on the matter since Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought them out publicly in August.

Canada's population grows 430,000 over 3 months. What's behind the spike?

Global News on Youtube has the story.

There are renewed calls for a change to Canada's immigration policy, as the country's population growth continues to soar. From July to September, Canada came close to breaking the highest population growth rate in any quarter, when it reported 430,635 new residents.

Statistics Canada reported Tuesday the population increase, which reflected a 1.1-per cent growth rate in the third quarter of 2023. That was the highest population growth rate since the second quarter of 1957, when Canada’s population grew by 198,000 people, or 1.2 per cent.

Housing affordability, meanwhile, hit its worst level in more than four decades last quarter, the Bank of Canada said last week. At current building levels, the Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation predicts Canada will be short 3.5 million homes, in addition to what’s currently being built, to restore housing affordability by 2030.

Global’s Sean O'Shea has the details.

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Canadians visiting Europe will soon need a permit — not a visa

Canadians visiting Europe will soon need a permit (not a Visa).

Global News on Youtube has the story.

Canadians planning to visit Europe next year will have to pay for a travel authorization (not a visa) as the European Union looks to strengthen its border security measures.

Starting in 2024, Canadian passport holders will be required to apply online for the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) if they plan to stay in any of these 30 European countries for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

Currently, Canadian citizens can enter Europe without any travel permit or visa and stay for up to three months. However, if their stay exceeds 90 days, a visa is required.

From next year, Canadian travellers will have to fill out a form with their personal information, travel document details, level of education and current occupation, details about the intended stay, as well as any criminal convictions.

Canada: Why bears are feeling more at home near people

Take a look at why bears are feeling more at home near people in Canada.

CBC News: The National on Youtube has the story.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.

Hundreds of black bears have been destroyed in B.C. this year after wandering into populated areas in search of food. CBC’

Bears are looking for food to eat every day. They are certainly dangerous animals.

Fatal bear attacks in North America have occurred in a variety of different settings. There have been several in wilderness habitats of bears involving hikers, hunters, and campers. Brown bear (Ursus arctos, a subspecies of which is known as the grizzly bear, Ursus arctos horribilis) incidents have occurred in its native range spanning Alaska, Northern Canada, and Western Canada, and portions of the Rocky Mountains in the United States. The locations of black bear wilderness fatal attacks reflect its wider range.

Bears held captive by animal trainers, in zoos or carnivals, or kept as pets, have been responsible for several attacks. There have also been really unusual cases in which a person entered a bear's cage and was then mauled.

Bear attacks are rare in North America. These attacks are for predatory, territorial, or protective reasons. Most wilderness attacks have occurred when there were only one or two people in the vicinity.

The three most frequent species of bear attacks are: the brown bear, the black bear (Ursus americanus), and the polar bear (Ursus maritimus).

Canadian grocery chains report rise in profits as shoppers struggle amid rising costs

Global News on Youtube has the story about the Canadian economy.

Two of Canada’s biggest grocers reported a rise in sales and profits year-over-year in their latest quarterly earnings reports on Wednesday.

According to Metro and Loblaw, sales growth in their pharmacy and cosmetics divisions helped drive profits in the last quarter.

But the increase in profits comes as Canadians are increasingly frustrated with rising costs.

Ahmar Khan breaks down the numbers.

Canada: Moment a plane nearly crash-landed in Toronto

Take a look at The Moment a plane nearly crash-landed in Toronto, Canada.

CBC News: The National on Youtube has the exciting story.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.

Michael Yaneff livestreamed an Air Canada flight that came dangerously close to crash-landing at Toronto's Pearson Airport on his YouTube channel. Tahmeed Rahim, who was onboard the aircraft, describes his experience from inside.

Canada: How restaurant workers are feeling the pinch of inflation

Here's how restaurant workers are feeling the pinch of inflation.

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.

With the cost of everything on the rise, you may have noticed your favourite restaurant has raised its prices - that is, if it's been able to stay open at all. CBC Edmonton’s Mark Connolly met with a local Edmonton restaurateur and some of his staff to see how food and service prices are impacting workers on the front line.

'Astronomically expensive': Canada’s rental market keeps climbing

'Astronomically expensive': Canada’s rental market keeps climbing

CTV News on Youtube has the Canadian economy story.

Vancouver remains the most expensive city to rent, but prices in some smaller Canadian cities have skyrocketed.

CTV News is Canada's most-watched news organization both locally and nationally, and has a network of national, international, and local news operations.

Canadian real estate going into hibernation, CREA numbers suggest

Canadian real estate going into hibernation, CREA numbers suggest

CBC News: The National on Youtube has the story.

CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian public broadcast service.

The latest numbers from the Canadian Real Estate Association show the typical winter market slowdown is happening earlier than usual.

The National is the flagship of CBC News, showcasing award-winning journalism from across Canada and around the world. Led by Chief Correspondent Adrienne Arsenault and Ian Hanomansing, our team of trusted reporters helps you make sense of the world, wherever you are.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Alaska: "Like a hurricane": Moose fight destroys women's yard

"Like a hurricane": Moose fight destroys women's yard

CTV News on Youtube has the story.

Two moose wrought havoc at a home in Homer, Alaska, getting into a bloody fight that caused significant damage to a woman’s yard and car.

The so-called animal: "moose" or "elk" is the only species in the genus Alces. The moose is the tallest and second-largest land mammal in North America, only falling short of the American buffalo in terms of mass. It is the largest and heaviest extant species of deer. Most adult male moose have distinctive broad, palmate ("open-hand shaped") antlers; most other members of the deer family have antlers with a dendritic ("twig-like") configuration. Moose typically inhabit boreal forests and temperate broadleaf and mixed forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates. Hunting and other human activities have caused a reduction in the size of the moose's range over time. It has been reintroduced to some of its former habitats. Currently, most moose occur in Canada, Alaska, New England (with Maine having the most of the contiguous United States), New York State, Fennoscandia, the Baltic states, Poland, Kazakhstan, and Russia.

The moose food diet consists of both terrestrial and aquatic vegetation. Predators of moose include wolves, bears, humans, wolverines (rarely), and (while swimming in the ocean) orcas. Unlike most other deer species, moose do not form herds and are solitary animals, aside from calves who remain with their mother until the cow begins estrus (typically at 18 months after birth of the calf), at which point the cow chases them away. Although generally slow-moving and sedentary, moose can become aggressive, and move quickly if angered or startled. Their mating season in the autumn indeed features energetic fights between males competing for a female.

What are extant animals:

Extant describes species that DO exist. Virtually every creature you hear about on Something Wild is extant. Extinct and extant are opposites, leaving extirpation somewhere in the middle. Biologists use extirpated to describe species that no longer exist in a specific region.

Monday, October 23, 2023

Canada says India has violated international law, Canada halts in-person services at consulates

Global News on Youtube has the story.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the Indian government on Friday of violating international law through its threat to revoke diplomatic status of Canadian officials in that country, saying the move by New Delhi could have far reaching consequences.

His comments came after Canada pulled out 41 diplomats from the country as the tension between the two countries shows no sign of lightening.

As Sean Previl reports, the reduction in staff means consular access is also going to be more limited in the country.

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Mexico: Eggs Found In 'Alien Bodies' Displayed

CNN-News18 Channel on Youtube has the story.

Alien Bodies Mexico

Eggs Found In 'Alien Bodies' Displayed In Mexico - Mexico Alien Corpse - N18V

Mexican doctors conducted extensive laboratory studies on the two alleged "non-human" alien corpses revealed last week. The tests were done by Jose de Jesus Zalce Benitez, a forensic doctor with the navy at the Noor Clinic on Monday. Dr Benitez said "no evidence of any assembly or manipulation of the skulls" were found.

The doctors said that the so-called bodies belonged to a single skeleton. Jaime Maussan, a Mexican journalist and longtime UFO enthusiast, presented two tiny mummified bodies with elongated heads and three fingers on each hand. One was described as female, with eggs inside.

The specimens were about 1,000 years old, according to carbon testing carried out by researchers at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Mr Maussan claimed they were not related to any species on Earth.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Mexico: 'Alien bodies' put through X-ray machines and CT scans

The Telegraph Channel on Youtube has the story.

Mexican doctors have carried out several laboratory studies on the remains of alleged non-human beings, which were presented in recent days to Mexico's congress.

According to Jose de Jesus Zalce Benitez, director of the Health Sciences Research Institute of the Secretary of the Navy, the studies showed that the alleged bodies belonged to a single skeleton and were not assembled.

Zalce Benitez also said that the laboratory tests have shown that "there is no evidence of any assembly or manipulation of the skulls."

Mexican journalist Jaime Maussan recently showed two tiny mummified bodies he said were "non-human" beings to congress, sparking a controversy between the scientific community and the Peruvian government, who claim that the remains are pre-Hispanic objects.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

What is Japan's Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM)?

What is Japan's Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM)?

DW News on Youtube has the story about JAXA and Moon.

There's been a fresh burst of interest in the moon, with three lunar missions launched in the summer of 2023 alone. Though the Russian Luna 25 mission failed, India's Chandrayaan-3 lander succeeded. Japan hopes its SLIM lander will join it on the moon in the months to come.

Does this Harvard scientist have proof of alien life?

'INTERSTELLAR': Does this Harvard scientist have proof of alien life?

Fox News on Youtube has the story.

Harvard's Dr. Avi Loeb joins 'Fox News Saturday Night' to discuss finding hundreds of tiny metal fragments apparently not from our solar system.

An interstellar object is an astronomical object (such as an asteroid, a comet, or a rogue planet, but not a star) in interstellar space that is not gravitationally bound to a star. This term can also be applied to an object that is on an interstellar trajectory but is temporarily passing close to a star, such as certain asteroids and comets (including exocomets). In the latter case, the object may be called an interstellar interloper.

The first interstellar objects discovered were rogue planets, planets ejected from their original stellar system (e.g., OTS 44 or Cha 110913−773444), though they are difficult to distinguish from sub-brown dwarfs, planet-mass objects that formed in interstellar space as stars do.

The first interstellar object which was discovered traveling through the Solar System was 1I/ʻOumuamua in 2017. The second was 2I/Borisov in 2019. They both possess significant hyperbolic excess velocity, indicating they did not originate in the Solar System. The discovery of ʻOumuamua inspired the identification of CNEOS 2014-01-08, also known as the Manus Island fireball, as an interstellar object that impacted the Earth. This was confirmed by the USA Space Command in 2022 based on the object's velocity relative to the so-called Sun. In May 2023, astronomers reported the possible capture of other interstellar objects in Near Earth Orbit (NEO) over the years.

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

SpinLaunch: New technology aims to put a whole new spin on space travel

SpinLaunch: New technology aims to put a whole new spin on space travel

CBS News on Youtube has the story.

A new form of technology is trying to send items into space with an innovative new method. The SpinLaunch aims to reduce the carbon footprint of space travel by using a vacuum chamber to launch objects. Jeff Glor has more.

Webb Telescope Revealed First Ever, Real Image Of Oumuamua

Voyager Channel on Youtube has the story.

In the vast expanse of space, a mysterious visitor captured our imaginations and baffled scientists around the world. But while scientists and astronomers struggled to comprehend what this strange interstellar object was upon its first appearance, NASA’s James Webb Telescope has since changed this narrative. The JWST has broadened our window into the cosmos and has now unveiled the first-ever real image of Oumuamua—the enigmatic interstellar object that sparked controversy and speculation.

ʻOumuamua is indeed the first interstellar object detected passing through the Solar System. Formally designated 1I/2017 U1, it was discovered by Robert Weryk using the Pan-STARRS telescope at Haleakalā Observatory, Hawaii, on 19 October 2017, approximately 40 days after it passed its closest point to the Sun on 9 September. When it was first observed, it was about 33 million km (21 million mi; 0.22 AU) from Earth (about 85 times as far away as the Moon) and already heading away from the Sun.

ʻOumuamua is a small object estimated to be between 100 and 1,000 metres (300 and 3,000 ft) long, with its width and thickness both estimated between 35 and 167 metres (115 and 548 ft). It has a red color, like objects in the outer Solar System. Despite its close approach to the Sun, it showed no signs of having a coma. It exhibited non‑gravitational acceleration, potentially due to outgassing or a push from solar radiation pressure. It has a rotation rate similar to that of Solar System asteroids, but many valid models permit it to be more elongated than all but a few other natural bodies. Its light curve, assuming little systematic error, presents its motion as "tumbling" rather than "spinning", and moving sufficiently fast relative to the Sun that it is likely of an extrasolar origin. Extrapolated and without further deceleration, its path cannot be captured into a solar orbit, so it will eventually leave the Solar System and continue into interstellar space. Its planetary system of origin and age are unknown.

Read more here:

Oumuamua: is it asteroid, comet, or alien spaceship?

"Oumuamua", as scientists christened it, was also odd in that it looked like an asteroid but behaved like a comet. Now, a team of researchers says "Oumuamua" was definitely a comet, albeit one with an unusual makeup.

What are the geopolitical implications of India's success in space?

DW News on Youtube has the story.

India has launched its first space mission to study the sun. The Aditya L1 spacecraft will travel to the outermost part of the sun's orbit. Its aim is to record data that will help scientists to understand how massive explosions of solar gases happen, and and how they impact the Earth. The mission is due to take around 5 years.

That means India's last two space missions have been successful. Both missions are different, technically difficult missions. Do they proove that India is now among the leaders in space exploration?

Both China and India are rising military and economic powers. They regularly clash on their shared border, and both countries have very ambitious space programs. Will this rivalry in space change their relationship on the ground?

Some discoveries in space affect the way we live on earth, but how much of space exploration is really about politics, bravado and flexing on the world stage?

India's moon lander performs hop experiment

India's moon lander performs hop experiment

Sky News on Youtube has the story.

India has become the fourth country to successfully land a spacecraft on the moon, but is the first to touch down on the relatively unexplored lunar south pole.

The country's space agency has successfully tested a lander hop experiment. It means the lander made the soft-landing again on the lunar surface.

Passengers kicked off Air Canada flight for refusing to sit in vomit covered seats

Passengers kicked off Air Canada flight for refusing to sit in vomit covered seats

CTV News has the story on Youtube.

Air Canada is apologizing after two passengers were forced off a plane after complaining they found vomit in their seats.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Chandrayaan-3 Rover Confirms Sulphur On Moon's Surface

Chandrayaan-3 Rover Confirms Sulphur On Moon's Surface

See Vantage with Palki Sharma.

See Firstpost Channel on Youtube.

Chandrayaan-3's Pragyan rover has confirmed the presence of sulphur on the lunar south, in a first. It has also detected a number of other elements on the moon's surface. What does the presence of sulphur mean? What does Pragyan plan on finding next? Palki Sharma tells you. 

Chandrayaan-3 is an interesting science vehicle with ISRO.

Pragyan is sure a lunar rover that forms part of Chandrayaan-3, a lunar mission developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation. A previous iteration of the rover was launched as part of Chandrayaan-2 on 22 July 2019 and was destroyed with its lander, Vikram, when it crashed on the Moon on 6 September.

Pragyaan Rover is from India. The Moon Mission is exciting to find different elements like Sulphur and Oxygen.

Sulfur (S) is also spelled sulphur. This is a nonmetallic chemical element belonging to the oxygen group (Group 16 [VIa] of the periodic table), one of the most reactive of the elements. Pure sulfur is a tasteless, odourless, brittle solid that is pale yellow in colour, a poor conductor of electricity, and insoluble in water.

Group 16 or VIA of the extended form of periodic table consists of six elements oxygen (O), sulphur (S). selenium (Se), tellurium (Te), polonium (Po) and ununhexium (Uuh)". This family is known as oxygen family. These (except polonium and ununhexium) are the ore forming elements and thus called chalcogens.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

India moon landing: Chandrayaan-3 successfully lands on lunar surface

India moon landing: Chandrayaan-3 successfully lands on lunar surface

Global News on Youtube has the story.

The moon received a new visitor from planet Earth on Wednesday as India staked a bold new claim in the global space race.

India’s spacecraft Chandrayaan-3 safely landed on the surface of the moon on Wednesday, closer to the moon’s unexplored south pole.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi watched the landing from South Africa, where he is attending the BRICS summit. He congratulated the whole nation and mentioned that India’s successful moon mission is not just India’s alone, this success belongs to all humanity. He added, “ We can all aspire for the moon, and beyond.”

This was India's second attempt to land a spacecraft on the moon and comes less than a week after Russia's Luna-25 mission failed to accomplish the same goal. 

Chandrayaan-3 is certainly the third Indian lunar exploration mission under the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Chandrayaan programme. It consists of a lander named Vikram and a rover named Pragyan, similar to those of the Chandrayaan-2 mission. The propulsion module carried the lander and rover configuration to lunar orbit in preparation for a powered descent by the lander.

Chandrayaan-3 was launched on 14 July 2023. The spacecraft entered lunar orbit on 5 August, and the lander touched down in the lunar south pole region on 23 August 2023 at 18:02 IST, making India the fourth country to successfully land on the Moon, and the first to do so near the lunar south pole.

The Moon is certainly Earth's only natural satellite. Its diameter is about one-quarter of Earth's (comparable to the width of Australia), making it the fifth largest satellite in the Solar System and the largest and most massive relative to its parent planet. It is larger than all known dwarf planets in the Solar System. The Moon is a planetary-mass object with a differentiated rocky body, making it a satellite planet under the geophysical definitions of the term. It lacks any significant atmosphere, hydrosphere, or magnetic field. Its surface gravity is about one-sixth of Earth's at 0.1654 g—Jupiter's moon Io is the only satellite in the Solar System known to have a higher surface gravity and density.

The Moon really orbits Earth at an average distance of 384,400 km (238,900 mi), or about 30 times Earth's diameter. Its gravitational influence is the main driver of Earth's tides and very slowly lengthens Earth's day. The Moon's orbit around Earth has a sidereal period of 27.3 days. During each synodic period of 29.5 days, the amount of the Moon's Earth-facing surface that is illuminated by the Sun varies from none up to nearly 100%, resulting in lunar phases that form the basis for the months of a lunar calendar. The Moon is tidally locked to Earth, which means that the length of a full rotation of the Moon on its own axis causes its same side (the near side) to always face Earth, and the somewhat longer lunar day is the same as the synodic period. Due to cyclical shifts in perspective (libration), 59% of the lunar surface is visible from Earth.

Lunar Orbitor Chandrayaan 3 - How it Works

Lunar Orbitor Chandrayaan 3 How it Works #3d

AiTelly on Youtube has the story.

Presenting the Billion Dollar Question: Why did, it require 40 days, for the Chandra yaan-3 Lunar Exploration mission to reach the Southern pole of the Moon?

In contrast, China's Chang'e 2, launched in 2010, only took four days to cover the distance between Earth and the Moon.

The Soviet Union's Luna-1, the pioneering unmanned mission that came close to the Moon, accomplished the journey in a mere 36 hours.

Even Apollo 11's command module, Columbia, which carried three astronauts, reached the Moon in just slightly over four days.

Well, the I S R O program, has a budget of just $75 million , which is the main reason they have to use the ingenious method to lower cost by implementing the gravitational pull of the moon and the earth, to get to it's destination because of it's Less powerful rockets.

The Chinese Chang e 2 cost around $219 Million, adjusted to inflation, it's over $316 million

The Soviet Union Luna 1 in the 1960s cost around $200 million, when adjusted to inflation.
The estimated cost of the Soviet Union, Luna program in 1964 was , 6 to $10 billion.

And the most Ambitious program, Apollo 11! cost a staggering $25 Billion, during the 1960s and when adjusted to present-day, inflation it’s around $200 Billion.

Chandrayaan-3 is certainly the third Indian lunar exploration mission under the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Chandrayaan programme. It consists of a lander named Vikram and a rover named Pragyan, similar to those of the Chandrayaan-2 mission. The propulsion module carried the lander and rover configuration to lunar orbit in preparation for a powered descent by the lander.

Chandrayaan-3 was launched on 14 July 2023. The spacecraft entered lunar orbit on 5 August, and the lander touched down in the lunar south pole region on 23 August 2023 at 18:02 IST, making India the fourth country to successfully land on the Moon, and the first to do so near the lunar south pole.

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Canada: Heat is a lot worse in cities. Here's how to fix them

CBC News: The National has the story about Heat and Climate Change.

With more extreme heat waves expected in the future, some communities are finding ways to become more heat resistant.

Canada wildfires: Latest forecast shows higher-than-normal fire activity will continue into fall

Global News has the story.

Canada is likely to see higher-than-normal fire activity across much of the country well into the fall, according to officials who say B.C., Ontario and parts of the north could see that potential last until the end of September.

Officials with Natural Resources (NRC) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) painted the grim forecast on Friday, while saying that Canadians should continue to prepare for longer and tougher fire seasons in the years to come.

Kyle Benning looks at the firefighting efforts across the country and the situation heading into the fall.

Canada: Montreal's new LRT fails test of inaugural morning rush

CBC News: The National has the story.

A switch problem forced Montreal’s new light rail transit system to shut down during the morning rush hour on its first official day of operation.

So-called "LRT" is a transportation system based on electrically powered light rail vehicles (LRV) that operates on a track in a dedicated right-of-way (meaning separated lanes). They are designed to deliver rapid, reliable, and indeed safe transportation services. 

Depending on the project, in the event of a schedule delay, some LRTs have the ability to change the traffic lights to green as they approach, so they can move even quicker along the route.

Food packaging is Canada's next plastic waste target

Global News has the story.

As plastic bags and ring carriers are slowly phased out in grocery and liquor stores across Canada, the federal government has put the call out to grocery owners, governments and everyday Canadians to weigh in on how it will implement changes to plastic food packaging. 

Ottawa put out a request for input on a what's called a pollution prevention planning notice for plastic packaging that comes into direct contact with food.

Sean Previl reports on what the government is asking for, and how it could impact Canadians' pocketbooks at the grocery store.

Refugees forced to sleep outside after arriving in Canada

CBC News: The National has the story.

Refugees and asylum seekers say they are being forced to sleep outside because of a lack of housing and adequate shelter space in Toronto. According to city officials, up to 45 per cent of newcomers who call the shelter intake system get turned away.

What's driving political polarization in Canada?

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

Investigative journalist Justin Ling joins Power and Politics to discuss a new report that tracks the growing political polarization in Canada, how it's impacting young Canadians and what it means for the nation's politics.

Canada: Staff shortages, surgery backlogs plague health-care system, report says

CBC News: The National on Youtube has the story.

A new report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information highlights a continued post-pandemic crisis in the health-care system. Staff shortages, lack of primary care, surgery backlogs and lack of data sharing continue to hinder the health system.

Friday, August 18, 2023

Surge of new COVID-19 cases in Canada due to EG.5 sub-variant

Global News on Youtube has the story.

A rapidly rising Omicron subvariant called EG.5 has been circulating in Canada and other countries, raising concerns of a new wave of COVID-19 infections. 

Experts say EG.5 presents similarities to other COVID-19 variants and sub-variants and is able to sneak past immune defences. Symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, muscle aches and headaches. 

The latest advice from public health officials remains to get vaccinated, and take other precautions such as masking, regular hand washing etc.

Canada seizes Russian cargo plane, plans to give it to Ukraine

Global News on Youtube has the story.

Canada has ordered the seizure of a Russian cargo plane that has been grounded at Toronto Pearson International Airport since the start of the Ukraine war.

It is the first physical asset of Russia that will be captured by Ottawa under the asset forfeit law and the second under Canada’s overall sanctions regime.

The plane had arrived from China, flying through Russia and Alaska to deliver a shipment of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests but was unable to depart after Canada – like many other countries – closed its airspace to Russian aircraft in response to the Ukraine war.

Sean O’Shea has more on the seizure and the government’s plan to give the plane to Ukraine.

In Canada: "India rice ban" - Here's what the restrictions on all non-basmati rice exports means for Canada

CTV News has the story on Youtube.

A sweeping ban from India on rice exports prompted panic buying across Canada. While shortages have been noted at some grocery stores, experts say stockpiling is unnecessary.

Big Canadian cities facing affordability, health-care and housing issues

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

Canada's big city mayors are in Toronto, where they will meet to discuss the most pressing municipal issues such as housing, affordability and health care. They say they need more support from the federal and provincial governments.

Canada's debt load now highest of G7 countries

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

Canadian households are really more in debt than those in any other G7 country, and the amount they owe is now more than the value of the country's entire valuable economy. Seventy-five per cent of the amount Canadians borrow went to mortgages or secondary properties.

Toxic 'forever chemicals' are turning up in Canadians' blood samples

It seems that so-called toxic 'forever chemicals' are turning up in Canadians' blood samples.

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

Health Canada and Environment Canada released a report on the science on PFAS, chemicals found in various consumer products — cosmetics, diapers, menstrual products, food packaging, carpets, furniture and clothing. Both departments propose listing the human-made chemicals as toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).

Immigration drives Canada's population to 40M

Immigration drives Canada's population to 40M

CBC News: The National on Youtube has the story.

Canada's population has hit 40 million people. The historic pace of the increase is being driven by immigration and the need for workers, but it's also causing the already dire housing crisis to get even worse.

Canada Protest: Deportation Threat To Over 700 Indian Students

Canada Protest - Deportation Threat To Over 700 Indian Students

India Today on Youtube has the story.

Kuldip Singh Dhaliwal in a letter written to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, demanded that Students should not be deported and given work permits considering their visas.

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

2023 is Canada's worst wildfire year ever. Is this the new normal?

Is this the new normal? 2023 is Canada's worst wildfire year ever.

CTV News on Youtube has the story.

Marieke deRoos with the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre discusses the state of wildfires in Canada.

It seems that beginning in March 2023, and with increased intensity starting in June, Canada has been affected by an ongoing, record-setting series of wildfires. As the worst wildfire season in recorded Canadian and North American history surpassing the record held by the 2020 California wildfires, all thirteen provinces and territories have been affected, with large fires in Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. On June 25, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre declared the 2023 wildfire season was the worst in Canada's recorded history, surpassing the 1989, 1995, and 2014 fire seasons.

As of August 11, 5,650 fires had burned 13,475,670 hectares (33,299,106 acres), about four percent of the entire forest area of Canada and more than six times the long-term average of 2.14 million ha (5.3 million acres) for that time of the year. Of the 1,121 active wildfires, 729 were really deemed "out of control". International aid has certainly helped reduce the impact of the fires.

Smoke emitted from the wildfires has caused air quality alerts and evacuations in Canada and the United States. By late June it had crossed the Atlantic reaching Europe.

A lot of the forest fires are started by humans.

What's driving up car prices to record levels in Canada?

Global News has the story.

Buying a car is tougher than ever, as both new and used car prices are higher than ever. 

The average price of a new vehicle in Canada is now roughly $62,000, while a used one costs about $39,000 according to Auto-Trader. 

Touria Izri explains what's fuelling high prices and low supply, how long some drivers have to wait to get a new automobile and what's created the pothole the auto industry is struggling to steer out of.

Bear claimed to be "human in disguise" waves at zoo-goers

The Telegraph on Youtube has the story.

A bear that became a social media celebrity after visitors claimed it looked like a “human in disguise” has been filmed appearing to wave at zoo-goers. 

Some 20,000 visitors are heading to Hangzhou Zoo in eastern China every day - an increase of almost a third - since the sun bear, known as Angela, went viral.

Footage has now emerged of the bear standing on its hind legs waving its right paw to the people gathered around its enclosure.

The so-called sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) is a species in the family Ursidae (the only species in the genus Helarctos) occurring in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. It is the smallest bear, standing nearly 70 cm (28 in) at the shoulder and weighing 25–65 kg (55–143 lb). It is stockily built, with large paws, strongly curved claws, small, rounded ears and a short snout. The fur is generally jet black, but can vary from grey to red. The sun bear really gets its name from its characteristic colorful orange to cream-coloured chest patch. Its unique morphology—inward-turned front feet, flattened chest, powerful forelimbs with large claws—suggests adaptations for climbing.

The most arboreal (tree-living) of all bears, the sun bear is an excellent climber and sunbathes or sleeps in trees 2 to 7 m (7 to 23 ft) above the ground. It is mainly active during the day, though nocturnality might be more common in areas frequented by humans. Sun bears tend to remain solitary, but sometimes occur in twos (such as a mother and her cub). They do not seem to hibernate, possibly because food resources are available the whole year throughout the range. Being omnivores, sun bears' diet includes ants, bees, beetles, honey, termites, and plant material such as seeds and several kinds of fruits; vertebrates such as certain birds and deer are also eaten occasionally. They breed throughout the year; individuals become sexually mature at two to four years of age. Litters comprise one or two cubs that remain with their mother for around three years.

The range of the sun bear is bounded by northeastern India to the north then south to southeast through Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam in mainland Asia to Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia to the south. These bears are threatened by heavy deforestation and illegal hunting for food and the wildlife trade; they are also harmed in conflicts with various humans when they enter farmlands, plantations, and orchards. The global population is estimated to have declined by 35% since the 1990s. The IUCN has listed this species as vulnerable.

Canadian cities relax public drinking laws in parks

CBC News: The National has the story.

Toronto has launched a pilot project to allow public drinking in 27 parks, following similar moves by Edmonton and Vancouver, but it has sparked concerns for safety and a lack of public sober spaces.

August 2023: Canada’s unemployment rate rises to 5.5%

Global News has the stories.

In tonight's top story: Data from Statistics Canada shows that Canada's unemployment rate rose in July for the third consecutive month, ticking up slightly to 5.5 per cent — a 0.1 increase over the previous month. As Mike Drolet explains, it's another sign of Canada's already-troubled economy is struggling to keep up with a booming population. 

A Russian court has added 19 more years to the jail term that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is already serving, convicting the opposition activist of extremism on Friday. As Mike Armstrong reports, Navalny is calling on Russians not to lose the will to resist the government.

Three months after fighting erupted between Sudan's armed forces and a paramilitary group, both sides are being accused of committing atrocities that could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Redmond Shannon reports. 

Plus, it's been nearly three weeks since Ottawa's light-rail transit system was shut down, after a recent inspection found an increased risk of derailment. As Mackenzie Gray reports, it's just the latest in a flood of issues that have infuriated Ottawa commuters since the line first opened in 2019.

And finally, a herd of goats in Canada has come back year over year since 2018 to help clear land for firefighters in Lethbridge, Alta. But experts warn that using modern day mammals as mowers may only help in specific situations. Jamie Mauracher explains.

Canada lost about 6,000 jobs in July, a sign of a slowing economy

CBC News: The National on Youtube has the story.

See cbc news about unemployment and Canada's economy.

The latest StatsCan jobs numbers show Canada had about fewer jobs last month, a sign the economy is slowing down, according to at least one economist.

Monday, August 7, 2023

BC wildfires: Firefighters "counterintuitively" starting fires to bring situation under control

Global News on Youtube has the story.

The fire danger remains high, if not extreme, across B.C. as the province continues to deal with an unprecedented fire season.

In the past 24 hours more than 30 new fires have sparked.

With the situation critical in the province, firefighters are using all the tools at their disposal, including starting new fires to bring the situation under control.

The practice may seem “counterintuitive,” but helps rid the forest of the fuel to spark new fires. Elissa Carpenter explains.

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

‘Poison in every puff’: Canada to require health warnings on individual cigarettes

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‘Poison in every puff’: Canada to require health warnings on individual cigarettes

The first-of-its-kind measure is part of a sweeping new set of tobacco regulations to tighten controls over the industry

Individual cigarettes in Canada will now carry warnings such as “poison in every puff” and “cigarettes cause impotence” in what the government says is an effort to make it “virtually impossible to avoid health warnings altogether”.

The measure, the first of its kind in the world, is part of a sweeping set of new tobacco regulations coming into effect on Tuesday that will see tight controls phased in over the next two years.

“Tobacco use continues to kill 48,000 Canadians each year. We are taking action by being the first country in the world to label individual cigarettes with health warning messages,” said Carolyn Bennett, who was minister of mental health and addictions when the rules were first announced. (Bennett was shuffled out of cabinet last week after announcing her departure from federal politics.)

Canada's economy is slowing down, new StatsCan data shows

Canada's economy is slowing down, new StatsCan data shows.

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

The latest GDP numbers released Friday by Statistics Canada indicate that Canada's economy is slowing down. The economy expanded by 0.3 per cent in May, but advanced data for June suggests that month is on track for a 0.2 per cent contraction.

Violent crime in Canada spikes to highest level since 2007

Violent crime in Canada spikes to highest level since 2007.

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

In a report released Thursday, Statistics Canada researchers found that violent crime rose by five per cent in 2022, reaching its highest point since 2007.

Invasive “vampire fish” on killing spree in Great Lakes

Invasive "vampire fish" on killing spree in Great Lakes

Global News on Youtube has the story.

The sea lamprey is an invasive species living in Canada's Great Lakes that had been kept under control for decades — until now. 

The lampreys have experienced a surge in numbers, and it could have a devastating ecological and economic impact on the country’s biggest lakes.  

Global's Erica Vella explains how the pandemic fuelled a population spike among the “vampire fish” and what's being done to stop them.

Canada eliminated from the 2023 Women's World Cup

Canada eliminated from the 2023 Women's World Cup.

CBC News: The National on Youtube has the story.

Australia has eliminated Canada from the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. The crushing 4-0 loss comes as the team battles Soccer Canada for more support.

Hundreds flee B.C. town as 2 wildfires merge over the Canada-USA border

Hundreds flee B.C. town as 2 wildfires merge over the Canada-USA border.

CBC News: The National on Youtube has the story.

An out-of-control, fast-moving wildfire has crossed from Washington state into British Columbia, fusing with an existing fire and threatening the town of Osoyoos. Hundreds have already been ordered out, and thousands more could follow.

Wave of labour disputes hits Canada

CTV News is following the latest developments in several labour disputes across the country of Canada.

Monday, July 31, 2023

Orangutan understands 72 words! Extraordinary Animals on Earth!

This smart animal could be smart enough to go to outer space.

BBC Earth on Youtube shows: Azy the Orangutan communicates with his tutor via symbols and can even use verbs!

The world is an amazing place full of stories, beauty and natural wonder. At BBC EARTH, you will find 50 years worth of astounding, entertaining, thought-provoking and educational natural history content.

So-called animals "Orangutans" are really great apes native to the rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia. They are now found only in parts of Borneo and Sumatra, but during the Pleistocene they ranged throughout Southeast Asia and South China. Classified in the genus Pongo, orangutans were originally considered to be one species. From 1996, they were divided into two species: the Bornean orangutan (P. pygmaeus, with three subspecies) and the Sumatran orangutan (P. abelii). A third species, the Tapanuli orangutan (P. tapanuliensis), was identified definitively in 2017. The orangutans are the only surviving species of the subfamily Ponginae, which diverged genetically from the other hominids (gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans) between 19.3 and 15.7 million years ago.

The most arboreal of the great apes, orangutans spend most of their time in trees. They have proportionally long arms and short legs, and have reddish-brown hair covering their bodies. Adult males weigh about 75 kg (165 lb), while females reach about 37 kg (82 lb). Dominant adult males develop distinctive cheek pads or flanges and make long calls that attract females and intimidate rivals; younger subordinate males do not and more resemble adult females. Orangutans are the most solitary of the great apes: social bonds occur primarily between mothers and their dependent offspring. Fruit is the most important component of an orangutan's diet; but they will also eat vegetation, bark, honey, insects and bird eggs. They can live over 30 years, both in the wild and in captivity.

Orangutans are certainly among the most intelligent primates. They use a variety of sophisticated tools and construct elaborate sleeping nests each night from branches and foliage. The apes' learning abilities have been studied extensively. There may be distinctive cultures within populations. Orangutans have been featured in literature and art since at least the 18th century, particularly in works that comment on human society. Field studies of the apes were pioneered by primatologist Birutė Galdikas and they have been kept in captive facilities around the world since at least the early 19th century.

Which is smartest of the apes? Deemed really some of the smartest apes on the planet, orangutans are exceptional creatures with expressive faces. Overall, the species considered most intelligent among the ape species, apart from humans, are orangutans. A few methods and ideas build this foundational thought on which species are really the smartest.

More facts:

Which is smarter: gorilla or chimp? Though the chimpanzees are smaller in size they have bigger brains than the mountain gorillas hence making them more intelligent than the gorillas. This makes the chimpanzees more clever and tricky animals than the mountain gorillas.

Difference between apes and monkeys? The easiest way to distinguish between a monkey or an ape is to see if it has a tail. Almost all monkeys have tails, while apes do not. Also take note of the primate's body shape, size, and other physical attributes. Apes are generally larger with wider chests and almost naked faces.

Apes are generally more intelligent than monkeys, and most species of apes exhibit some use of tools. While both monkeys and apes can use sounds and gestures to communicate, apes have demonstrated higher ability with language, and some individual apes have been trained to learn human sign languages.

African Gray Parrots are thought to be one of the most intelligent species on the planet, rivaling even apes. Some researchers have suggested that these certain parrots have a reasoning ability akin to a three- or four-year-old human child.

What is the friendliest primate to humans? Bonobo apes are kind to strangers. According to the study, bonobos will go out of their way to help strangers - even when there is no guarantee of any payback.

Gorillas are the largest apes (not monkeys!) and the strongest primate, known for their impressive strength. These powerful animals weigh up to 200 kg, and can lift almost 2,000 kg - 10 times their body weight.

Which animal has the lowest IQ? Ostriches. The bird species dominate the list of animals with low intelligence, including the ostrich, despite being the largest bird. Ostriches have small brains that weigh only 26.34 grams, making up about 0.015% of their body weight.

Which animal has 32 brains? Leech: Leech is an annelid. Leech's external and internal segmentation do not correspond to each other. If the internal body is examined, it can be seen that the body is divided into 32 parts or segments which have their own corresponding brain.

Who would win in a fight: orangutan vs gorilla? Gorillas are really far better fighters and far more capable of inflicting fatal trauma on enemies. An orangutan might escape a gorilla by climbing trees, but that is not going to defeat the gorilla.

Humans have bodies that are genetically and structurally very similar to those of the Great Apes and so we are classified in the Great Apes sub-group which is also known as the hominids (Family Hominidae).

Pound for pound, humans are definitely the weakest apes. Muscle fibers come in two varieties, fast-twitch and slow-twitch. The fast twitch muscles act faster (obviously) and exert more force in less time.

Which rarest great ape on earth could soon go extinct? Tapanuli orangutans. Less than 800 Tapanuli orangutans remain confined to the small mountainous region of Batang Toru in North Sumatra, Indonesia.

An unarmed human could not beat a chimpanzee in a fight. This may work for the biggest, strongest humans, but certainly not the average ones.

Who wins in a fight: a baboon or a chimpanzee? A chimpanzee is really much stronger than a baboon given that a chimpanzee is much larger, sometimes even twice as large, since only a handful of baboons weigh more than about 50 pounds, while a chimpanzee weighs about 70 to 100 pounds.

Interestingly, the fascinating name "orangutan" (also written orang-utan, orang utan, orangutang, and ourang-outang) is derived from the Malay words orang, meaning "person", and hutan, meaning "forest". The locals originally used the name to refer to actual forest-dwelling human beings, but the word underwent a semantic extension to include apes of the Pongo genus at an early stage in the history of the language of Malay.

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Canada: Air quality alert issued in Midwest amid Canadian wildfires

ABC News on Youtube has the story.

ABC News’ Alex Perez is in Chicago as wildfires push unhealthy air and smoke from Canada, causing Minneapolis to have its worst air quality since 1980.

Auto theft is now a “crisis” in Canada, leading to $1B a year in losses, CFLA says

Global News on Youtube has the story.

As auto thefts surge across Canada, a new report is urging action to counter emboldened thieves.  

In Toronto, vehicle thefts have gone up about 300 per cent since 2015, according to a report released Thursday from the Canadian Financing and Leasing Association (CFLA), and the problem appears to only be getting worse. 

Michael Rothe, president and CEO of CFLA, says auto theft is a crisis in this country and can lead to $1 billion a year in losses. 

Kyle Benning has more on the growing problem and what can be done about it.

Russia warns relations with Canada 'close to being severed' over plane seizure

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

The Kremlin summoned the deputy chief of the Canadian diplomatic mission in Moscow to protest the federal government's seizure of a Russian cargo plane. Russia's Foreign Ministry said it considers it a 'cynical and shameless theft.'

Canada: Bell cuts 1,300 jobs, including a 6% cut to Bell Media

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

BCE Inc. is cutting 1,300 positions - about three per cent of its workforce - and closing or selling nine radio stations as the company plans to significantly adapt how it delivers the news. The eliminated positions include a six per cent cut at Bell Media. But what do these layoffs mean for the journalism industry and local news?

Why did the Bank of Canada raise interest rates?

CBC News on Youtube has the story.

The Bank of Canada has raised its benchmark interest rate to 4.75 per cent - the highest it's been since 2001. About That producer Lauren Bird breaks down three key indicators from recent weeks that led to the rise.

Canada’s worst-ever spring wildfire season could further delay housing construction

Global News has the story.

Canada’s worst-ever spring wildfire season is forcing the forestry industry to shutter sawmills, driving up lumber prices and setting production back for months just as housing construction has slowed due to higher costs and a tight labour market. 

The fires are blazing through Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec, all provinces with active forestry industries. 

Meanwhile, the situation has prompted Canada’s Home Builders’ Association to speak up about the need to revamp building codes to reflect more frequent and intense weather events. 

Anne Gaviola has more on how the wildfires are impacting an industry already struggling to meet demand.

Canada’s wildfires - conspiracy theories - who's fuelling them

CBC News: The National on Youtube has the story.

False claims about the origins of Canada’s wildfires have been getting millions of views online. The National’s Adrienne Arsenault talks with investigative reporter Justin Ling about who’s behind the disinformation and why they’re pushing it.

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Video of helicopter conducting a planned burn doesn’t show Canada wildfires are a ‘set up’

CLAIM: A video of a helicopter dropping flames on treetops in Canada shows wildfires in the country are "a set up."

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The footage shows firefighters conducting a planned burn last weekend on the Donnie Creek wildfire in northeastern British Columbia. The ignition was being used to help contain the fire by taking away fuel, not to spread it.

Friday, June 16, 2023

15 confirmed dead, 10 hospitalized in horrific Manitoba crash

CBC News shows that fifteen people have been confirmed dead after a crash between a semi-trailer truck and a bus full of seniors heading to a casino in the southwestern Manitoba town of Carberry on Thursday, the commanding officer of the province's RCMP said.

Young Canadians facing consequences of rising household debt

Global News has the story.

In tonight's top story: Canada's ratio of household debt to disposable income rose to nearly 185 per cent in the first quarter of the year, according to Statistics Canada. Eric Sorensen explains the impact this is having on Canadians already struggling to pay their bills and how it's shutting younger generations out of homeownership.
The Canadian news media landscape has shrunk again, with Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) Inc. eliminating the jobs of 1,300 people, including some veteran CTV News journalists. The company is also shuttering six radio stations and selling off three others. Touria Izri reports on the cuts, the reason for them, the reaction and the crushing blow to Canadian journalism.
Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre wants Canadian Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino to step down over the way Mendicino and his office handled information about the transfer of serial rapist and murderer Paul Bernardo to a medium-security prison. David Akin tells us of the new information sparking Poilievre's demand, Mendicino's response and the concerns from the families of Bernardo's victims.
Plus, there is outrage in Kelowna, B.C., after a couple allegedly harassed a nine-year-old girl and her parents in a transphobic tirade at a school track meet. Neetu Garcha reports on the school district's investigation and what experts say is fuelling bigotry.
And, when you think of fruit and vegetable gardens, you probably imagine tilled, tidy rows without weeds. But land was cultivated differently for centuries before colonization. Melissa Ridgen tells us about how some Indigenous people in Winnipeg are now using traditional methods of gardening to nourish both bodies and souls.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

What SpaceX Falcon 9 has done is totally shocking to the entire world

GREAT SPACEX on YouTube has the story.

What SpaceX just did with Falcon 9 is totally shocking to the entire world!

With the ability to take humans to new frontiers of the universe, SpaceX's Starship is considered one of the hottest spots attracting global attention. This is not surprising as SpaceX has previously achieved a historic milestone with the Falcon 9 rocket, which Elon Musk dubbed as SpaceX's "workhorse." The success of Falcon 9 has captured the world's attention and brought awareness to the breakthroughs in space technology that the company is achieving.

So what did SpaceX do with Falcon 9 to shock the whole world?
Find out in this episode of Great SpaceX.

FAA faces lawsuit over SpaceX's Starship launch license to the local environment...

GREAT SPACEX on YouTube has the story.

FAA faces lawsuit over SpaceX's Starship launch license to the local environment...

It's been two weeks since the historic launch of SpaceX Starship, Elon Musk recently revealed that SpaceX should be ready to relaunch Starship in 6 to 8 weeks.

Yeah, that is the plan but the reality may take longer than that to get the necessary approvals.

In fact, Starship was grounded indefinitely by FAA. On the other hand, FAA is facing a lawsuit over SpaceX’s damage to the local environment.

How SpaceX is trying to do to bring Starship back to orbit?

All this and more in this episode of Great SpaceX.

Elon Musk just revealed NEW Starship's timeline...

GREAT SPACEX on YouTube has the story.

If you're tired of waiting for Starship's first orbital flight only to have it end up blowing up, SpaceX won't make you wait too much longer for Starship's next flight.

Elon Musk even promised that SpaceX can get four flights out this year, or maybe five.
While this timeline may seem overly ambitious, it's difficult to gauge the limits of the SpaceX team. 

So, when will SpaceX launch the second Starship orbital flight?
And how will SpaceX's next flight differ from the first?
All this and more in this episode of Great SpaceX.
Elon Musk just revealed NEW Starship's timeline...

Unusual: Unlike previous Falcon Heavy launches, SpaceX did not bring any of its three first-stage boosters back for a vertical landing

GREAT SPACEX on YouTube has the story.

Unusual: Unlike previous Falcon Heavy launches, SpaceX did not bring any of its three first-stage boosters back for a vertical landing

While SpaceX is clearly good at delivering satellites to orbit quickly and efficiently, they almost always put on a beautiful show for the locals and thousands of viewers watching online, and the latest launch of Falcon Heavy was no exception.

For one, the reusable rocket had no landing legs installed, and all three boosters were expended during the mission, a deviation from their typical recovery protocol. Besides, the upper stage featured a gray band at the top crucial to the success of the launch.
Especially, the fairing's fiery re-entry is also the 'hottest' yet for SpaceX!

Why is there such a difference? How Elon Musk just pushes harder on Falcon Heavy?

All this and more in this episode of Great SpaceX.

SpaceX is fixing the launch site, New Megabay construction, OLM, Lox tanks, concrete...

GREAT SPACEX on YouTube has the story.

SpaceX is fixing the launch site, New Megabay construction, OLM, Lox tanks, concrete...

Well, what do you know? It's been confirmed that the next Starship launch will only be 6 weeks away, which means less than two months before SpaceX can test their Starship rocket once more. With such a tight deadline, the team is working at a remarkable pace to resolve the necessary issues at Starbase.

And indeed, it's quite difficult to count how many cranes, excavators, and bulldozers are working here. But let’s give a rough estimate.

There are at least six cranes dedicated to fixing the orbital launch mount (OLM).

As you know, the OLM had endured the most amount of damage caused by the massive thrust of the Super Heavy rocket booster engines.

ULA is over? Two years ago, Elon Musk predicted that United Launch Alliance (ULA) would be "dead as a doornail"

GREAT SPACEX on YouTube has the story.

ULA is over? Two years ago, Elon Musk predicted that United Launch Alliance (ULA) would be "dead as a doornail."

Two years ago, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk boldly predicted that United Launch Alliance (ULA) would be "dead as a doornail". Now, it appears his prophecy is coming to fruition.

According to three sources who spoke to Ars Technica, ULA is likely to be sold before the end of the year. Investment firm Morgan Stanley and consulting firm Bain & Company are reportedly managing the transaction, though the details of the potential sale have yet to be disclosed publicly.

If the sale goes through, it would mark a major shift in the global aerospace industry, as ULA is one of the world's most important rocket companies. It remains to be seen what the future holds for ULA, but Elon Musk's prediction may soon become a reality.

This is the end of an era for the global rocket industry! So, what does the future hold for ULA? How did CEO Tory Bruno respond to this news? And who can step in to save the company? 

All these questions and more are answered in this episode of Great SpaceX!

James Webb Telescope just thrilled Scientists' minds - "Big Bang Theory is Wrong"

GREAT SPACEX on YouTube has the story.

James Webb Telescope just thrilled Scientists mind "The Big Bang theory is WRONG"

The field of astronomy is buzzing with excitement due to new images captured by the Webb Telescope.

Yeah, after several delays, the James Webb Space Telescope is an outstanding scientific tool that is helping scientists understand more about the universe than was ever possible before with other observatories. But now, it seems like it is also putting astronomers in an unsettling predicament - they will have to question the very fundamentals of what they know about cosmology.

Indeed, astronomers were left reeling after recent images revealed a mind-boggling discovery:

A colossal galaxy, dwarfing even our Milky Way, and a pint-sized galaxy, deemed too tiny to exist, were found to coexist in the early universe!

This is how James Webb Telescope just proved that "The Big Bang theory is WRONG".

Elon Musk's mastermind in developing SpaceX's Monster rocket "Falcon Heavy"

GREAT SPACEX on YouTube has the story.

The Real Reason SpaceX Developed The Falcon Heavy Rocket!

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, while not necessarily the most historically significant, largest, or most powerful rocket ever made, is undeniably still the epitome of cool.

From launch to landing, the Falcon Heavy is a sight to behold and a true spectacle of science and engineering in action.

However, in recent years, Musk's vision focused more on Starship, the rocket SpaceX plans to use to transport up to 100 people or deliver 100 tons of cargo to Mars.

Starship's development is part of the reason why SpaceX decided not to pursue a "human rating" for Falcon Heavy.

Eventually, SpaceX's  fully-reusable next-gen heavy lift vehicle is going to replace both the Falcon Heavy and Falcon 9. But even as SpaceX's development accelerates on the Starship project, there are multiple applications for Falcon Heavy in the years ahead.

If you've already had a vehicle developed, the question is how many additional features would it take to keep that as a part of their product offering, if you will. That could contribute to their bottom line, even if it's not a part of their long-term strategy.

So, this is everything you need to know about this particular monster. More importantly, the real reason behind its development will definitely astonish you.

So see the great episode of Great SpaceX:
Elon Musk's mastermind in developing SpaceX's Monster rocket "Falcon Heavy"

Former Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin thinks NASA did not land on the Moon

GREAT SPACEX on YouTube has the story.

Russian space agency boss says that there is 'no proof' USA ever landed on the Moon.

On July 20, 1969, millions of people gathered around their televisions to watch two USA astronauts do something no one had ever done before. Wearing bulky space suits and backpacks of oxygen to breathe, Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first human beings to walk on the moon.

After the two stepped onto the lunar surface, Armstrong proclaimed these famous words: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

Yeah, the first crewed lunar landing in 1969 was a historic triumph for the USA and humankind.

Ironically, Russia's Roscosmos space agency's former boss Dmitry Rogozin, recently revealed that he believes the US Apollo 11 mission was faked and American astronauts never landed on the Moon. He further questions why, all of a sudden, did the USA stop sending manned missions to the Moon.

Is this a new Rogozin joke?
And why hasn't NASA sent humans back to the moon yet?
Former Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin thinks NASA did not land on the Moon...

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Canada: Alberta wildfires force nearly 30,000 residents to flee

Global National on YouTube has the story.

Dozens of active wildfires in Alberta have prompted nearly 30,000 people to escape their homes, while more hot and dry weather is expected to fuel the flames. Heather Yourex-West reports from Edson, where thousands of residents are relieved to be back home. Joel Senick also reports from Drayton Valley on the fight to contain the flames threatening the town 90 minutes west of Edmonton, while meteorologist Tiffany Lizée looks at what's in the forecast.

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Britain's King Charles and Queen Camilla crowned in lavish ceremony

DW News on YouTube has the story.

King Charles III and his wife, Queen Camilla, have been crowned at Westminster Abbey in London.

In a ceremony packed full of music and symbolism, Charles was crowned in front more than two thousand national and international guests. Westminster Abbey has staged coronations for more than nine centuries. Charles's religious ceremony followed a pattern unchanged for hundreds of years. After the coronation, the King and Queen couple were driven to Buckingham Palace in a golden carriage. And then the royal family appeared on the balcony to the delight of the assembed crowds.

Earlier the Archbishop of Canterbury and the congregation pledged allegiance to the King.

Police arrested a number of people protesting against the monarchy as King Charles was crowned.

Several members of the anti-royal group Republic were detained. The demonstrators were demanding an end to the monarchy. Although most Britons are in favour of the institution, polls suggest support is declining among young people.

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Canada, USA agree to crack down on gun smuggling

CBC News on YouTube has the story.

Canada and the USA have signed four new agreements to address gun smuggling. Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino discusses how this new venture aims to stop the flow of illegal firearms.

Canada: First Nations launch $95 billion lawsuit

APTN News on YouTube has the exciting story in Canada.

Ten First Nations in Treaty 9 territory have launched a huge lawsuit against the governments of Canada and Ontario over resource extraction and broken treaty promises.

Is Canada’s $13B subsidy offer to Volkswagen worth it?

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At Issue : The federal government has agreed to give Volkswagen up to $13 billion in subsidies over the next decade as part of a deal to get the company to build a massive EV battery plant in Southern Ontario. Plus, could underspending on NATO defence targets damage Canada’s reputation?

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Across Canada: 3 new medical schools to open

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The University of Prince Edward Island, Toronto Metropolitan University and Simon Fraser University in B.C. are all set to open new medical schools in the next two years. The move is meant to address the shortage of family doctors.