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Championing the Cormorant: Why experts argue this water bird is unfairly vilified

Conservationists, ecologists, and artists say it’s time to re-evaluate our perception of cormorants Along lakeshores and sea coasts, one bird draws particularly unsettled attention from humans. The cormorant is a striking, dark bird that perches on rocks and cliffs. They live in large colonies across the continent. They're seen negatively

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The Big Nickel Sudbury

What makes a city a city, officially? Kelowna and Sudbury might be in for a surprise

A new international definition, endorsed by the UN, would leave some Canadian communities off the list – if the definition had any legal standing The good folks of Kelowna believe they live in a city. In fact, local tourism boosters bill the place as “the largest city in British Columbia’s

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No More Arrests? What The Latest Ruling Means For Fairy Creek Protestors

The importance of Indigenous knowledge systems Working with First Nations is vital, and in B.C, is the law. The province is legally obligated to consult First Nations on land and resource decisions that may impact them, Deborah McGregor, an associate professor at York University and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice, tells Refinery29.

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Justin Podur

The New Deal, racism and war

By Prof Justin Podur The original New Deal has credited with saving the US economy from the Great Depression and, perhaps, saving the country from socialism. The original New Deal, and its champion, Franklin D. Roosevelt, are credited with saving the US economy from the Great Depression - and perhaps preventing the

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A mosaic of solutions for one-planet prosperity

Climate change is not the problem. It is merely the most dramatic symptom of a major challenge that humanity is reluctant to acknowledge: We use more goods and services from nature than ecosystems can sustainably renew. More precisely, we use as much as if we lived on 1.74 Earths, according

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Canada’s federal election made big strides for climate and the environment

By Prof Mark Winfield The outcome of the recent federal election — a Liberal minority dependent on the NDP or Bloc Québécois for support — has been widely seen as having a “Groundhog Day” aspect to it. It left the composition of Parliament very much as it was before, reinforcing questions

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Maureen Owino awarded prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Maureen Owino, environmental studies Maureen Owino Owino’s research, titled "When HIV and COVID-19 Pandemics Collide in Black Communities in Canada," confronts issues relating to pandemic responses that impact already vulnerable communities. Through institutional ethnography, the research will examine the cumulative impacts of existing and emerging social and public health policies

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yellow-banded bumblebee

Next-generation sequencing uncovers what's stressing bumblebees

What’s stressing out bumblebees? To find out, York University scientists used next-generation sequencing to look deep inside bumblebees for evidence of pesticide exposure, including neonicotinoids, as well as pathogens, and found both. Using a conservation genomic approach – an emerging field of study that could radically change the way bee

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For Canada’s immigration detainees with disabilities, even fewer rights are afforded

By MES Alumn Michael Bach & Carlos Ríos-Espinosa Canada is celebrated for welcoming newcomers and refugees, and for its commitments to building a multicultural, diverse and tolerant society. But if you scratch the surface, this is the hard truth: every year, Canada’s immigration and refugee asylum system detains thousands of

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Students and faculty pose during a solar panel installation February 29th, 2020. Photo credit: Codrina Ibanescu

York University Climate Solutions Parks Are Putting Students At The Forefront Of The Environmental Movement

BY: AYESHA KHAN Students and faculty pose during a solar panel installation February 29th, 2020. Photo credit: Codrina Ibanescu As part of a series of climate-friendly initiatives, York University’s faculty of Environmental and Urban Change has been working on a number of innovative Climate Solutions Parks, both on campus and

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