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Mythology in the stars

By Robin Dudgeon

Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) has a very interesting tool to teach Aboriginal students about their mythology — an inflatable planetarium.

Wilfred Buck, who hails from Opaskwayak Cree Nation but now works for (MFNERC), tours his inflatable planetarium around the province to different schools as part of the MFNERC . . . → Read More: Mythology in the stars

Petitioned to ban new Monsanto GMO corn

By Carey Gillam

<snip> “Consumers deserve to know what’s in their food, especially when there is a pesticide in every bite,” said Charles Margulis of the Center for Environmental Health. “This whole, unprocessed corn has been spliced with genes that produce a risky, untested insecticide. Parents should be informed when food on supermarket shelves has . . . → Read More: Petitioned to ban new Monsanto GMO corn

‘Occupy Wall Street’: A media blackout?

Has the spirit of the Arab Spring come to Wall Street, or are the protesters just anarchists looking for trouble? It started in Lower Manhattan. A handful of protesters descended on Wall Street calling themselves representatives of ‘the 99 per cent’ – the majority of Americans who feel unfairly treated by an economic system in . . . → Read More: ‘Occupy Wall Street’: A media blackout?

Extremists, abuse scandals among reasons cited for changing attitudes toward religion

By Teresa Smith

It’s no secret fewer Canadians attend church today than 20 years ago, but what may be surprising is almost half of Canadians believe religion does more harm than good, according to the results of a survey conducted by Ipsos Reid.

Explanations from experts vary — from fear of extremists and anger toward . . . → Read More: Extremists, abuse scandals among reasons cited for changing attitudes toward religion

Lakehead University Law School to Focus on Aboriginal Issues

Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, has received approval—and $1.5 million in provincial funding—to open the province’s first law school in 42 years, and it will be geared toward aboriginal legal issues.

“The new program will begin in September 2013 with a strong focus on aboriginal law, legal issues relevant to practice in rural and . . . → Read More: Lakehead University Law School to Focus on Aboriginal Issues

Oh Canada! The Aboriginal Way

Aboriginals found their own way to celebrate Canada Day on July 1, be they Philippine immigrants showcasing their indigenous heritage, Inuit in Nunavut and Nunavik partying, or First Nations veterans gearing up to celebrate the upcoming 200th anniversary of their peoples’ role in the War of 1812.

Nunavik and Nunavut celebrated the nation’s 144th birthday . . . → Read More: Oh Canada! The Aboriginal Way

Ontario Boosting Métis Economic Development to the Tune of Millions

Ontario’s government has put $30 million behind an initiative to assist in the economic development of the Métis of the province.

The historic agreement, signed on June 20, culminated years of work by the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) to create an economic development arm that supports Métis entrepreneurs and businesses, the MNO said in . . . → Read More: Ontario Boosting Métis Economic Development to the Tune of Millions

Huge new boreal forest preserve in Manitoba

Efforts to combat climate change and diminishing wildlands have increasingly focused on the vast belt of northern forest that rings the globe south of the Arctic. The boreal forest is a vast repository of stored carbon and, in much of northern Canada, a pristine region populated by wolves and caribou along rivers still teeming with . . . → Read More: Huge new boreal forest preserve in Manitoba

Canada has ‘more to lose than it realizes’: global warming report on Arctic

By Margaret Munro

Canada’s fabled Northwest Passage will not open up to shipping anytime soon, according to a study that warns global warming is a double-edged sword for northern transportation.

“And Canada is going to be feeling the harsh edge of the sword more strongly than other Arctic states,” says Scott Stephenson, lead author of . . . → Read More: Canada has ‘more to lose than it realizes’: global warming report on Arctic

Street Preacher Convicted For Using Sound Amplification System

By Daryl Slade

Saying the citizens of Calgary are entitled to a healthy environment, including noise control in city parks, a Calgary judge has sided with the City of Calgary in a dispute with a street preacher.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Hall, in his decision released on Wednesday, quashed not guilty verdicts against . . . → Read More: Street Preacher Convicted For Using Sound Amplification System