Environment

B.C. COVID-19 recovery funds tagged to hire 200 in battle against invasive species

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Knotweed, “murder hornets” and goldfish beware: B.C. is cracking down on invasive species. The Invasive Species Council of B.C. is using a COVID-19 grant to hire 200 people over the next year to identify, manage and report flora and fauna that don’t belong in the province. Read more: Another …

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Green Party looks to upset federal elections after COVID-19 with new vision for Quebec’s environment – Montreal

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Annamie Paul wants to share a new way of seeing the environment with Quebecers. As the province thinks about a way to re-launch the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic, the Green Party and its leader are laying foundations ahead of possible elections by changing the conversation surrounding environmentalism to …

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COVID-19: Ipsos poll finds many pandemic-weary Canadians turning to nature for relief

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A recent Ipsos poll conducted for Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) confirms what many suspected: Canadians are indeed turning to nature in significant numbers to help them cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The poll found 94 per cent of Canadians acknowledge that nature is helping them relieve …

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Coronavirus: Littered masks, gloves a mounting issue, says University of Guelph study

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Chances are you’ve noticed a disposable mask or some used latex gloves on the ground during a trip to the grocery store or an evening walk. While it is a bit of an eyesore, a new study out of the University of Guelph shows discarded personal protective equipment (PPE) …

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Coronavirus: Quebec school boards scramble to set up recycling programs for disposable masks – Montreal

Coronavirus: Quebec school boards scramble to set up recycling programs for disposable masks - Montreal

High school students resumed in-person classes this week with new COVID-19 rules. Cloth masks are now banned and students are required to wear disposable surgical masks provided by the government. The Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) says it has handed some 21,000 masks daily and that those masks …

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Coronavirus: Quebec to cover cost of recovering and recycling disposable masks from high schools

Coronavirus: Quebec to cover cost of recovering and recycling disposable masks from high schools

The Quebec government is inviting high schools to collect the disposable medical masks being distributed to students so they don’t end up in landfills. About 500,000 blue masks are being used daily by students across the province. Quebec announced that high school students and teachers would be given two …

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COVID-19 drives up snowmobile sales in New Brunswick – New Brunswick

COVID-19 drives up snowmobile sales in New Brunswick - New Brunswick

COVID-19 has revved up the snowmobile season the likes of which dealers have not seen in years. “The recreational leisure world has been a phenomenal year,” said Coral Lanteigne, a sales professional at Extreme Torque Motorsports in Moncton. Lanteigne said the dealership has sold out of almost every model …

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B.C. wildlife rescue centre operating since 1986 in dire financial trouble due to COVID-19

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One of B.C.’s main wildlife rescue centres is in trouble due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is in desperate need of funding assistance. For the past 34 years, Elizabeth’s Wildlife Centre in Abbotsford has cared for sick and injured wild animals and birds, nursing them back to health before …

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Nova Scotia suspends water sample testing to increase COVID-19 testing capacity at QEII – Halifax

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Nova Scotia says it is temporarily suspending testing of water samples for bacteria or chemical analysis to allow capacity for COVID-19 testing at the QEII centre in Halifax. With the QEII being the central site for water testing in the province, this suspension of service means the majority of …

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Coronavirus: More Montreal communities adopting PPE recycling – Montreal

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Two more Montreal-area communities are making it easier to recycle personal protective equipment. Authorities in the cities of Vaudreuil-Dorion and Pointe-Claire have set up boxes at various locations where people can drop off the items. Officials in both cities say it’s about time. Read more: Plastic waste from personal …

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