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Northeast Fire Region Update – May 29

As of the afternoon of May 29, there are no active wildland fires in the region. At the time of this update, the fire hazard is mostly low in areas south of North Bay, generally moderate to high in the central portion of the region, and low to moderate in the Far North. Northwest Region There were four new forest fires ...

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Fast Food Shown to cause weight gain

This recently published article (newtlas.com) makes a clear connection between weight gain and the consumption of “ultra -processed” food which had previously only been considered probable. The new research was published in the journal Cell Metabolism. In a fascinating first-of-its-kind study, researchers have discovered diets composed of ultra-processed foods lead to overeating and weight gain when compared to diets composed of ...

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According to the Truckers…

In further reports, I will not itemize the mess that we pickup, but will focus on preventable things.   Talking to truckers along Pinewood Drive (and they like to talk when they see our volunteer sign), Ontario is one of the biggest provinces with the least rest stops and facilities. Ditches all over are a mess because of it. Saskatchewan ...

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Northeast Fire Region Update – May 28

As of the afternoon of May 28, there are no active wildland fires in the region. At the time of this update, the fire hazard is mostly low in areas south of Sault. Ste Marie and Greater Sudbury; and varies from moderate to high in areas north of which. Out of province resources More than 200 staff members from Aviation, Forest ...

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Northeast Fire Region Update – May 27

As of the afternoon of May 27, there are no active wildland fires in the region. The fire hazard is low to moderate across the region. Out of province resources More than 110 staff members from Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services are currently assisting the province of Alberta with its escalated fire situation. This includes FireRangers, support staff and one ...

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Climate science is not uncertain

In my previous article, I talked about the need to think broadly across space and time in order to comprehend climate change. Before I continue with my second principle for thinking about climate change, it is important to make something clear. As I hope will become apparent throughout my articles, the severity of the challenge we are facing is far ...

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Auditor General confirms what Canadians already know about government call centres

When the Auditor General files a report, it’s rarely good news for the government. That was the case this week when the watchdog’s office reported about the ongoing problems within government call centres for departments that people rely on – Employment and Social Development; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; and Veterans Affairs.  While Canadians might reasonably expect their calls would provide ...

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Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease

Northerners tend to be very fond of the early days of spring. You know, the days just before the leaves come out. I say this because Northerners also know what comes along immediately after the opening of the leaves – Blackflies! So I decided to make the most of these fleeting blackfly-free–daysand get some work done around my camp. While doing ...

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It must be so boring…

Karin Grundt writes in her most recent Garbologists report, “It must be so boring reading every week about the mess we volunteers pick up — and I will top it this time with the final results of our cleanup. We cleaned from Tim Hortons, past the Wawa Goose, Pinewood Drive, Jone’s Powersports to the entrance of the Mission (approx 7 kilometres). ...

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Northeast Fire Region Update – May 25

As of the afternoon of May 25, there is one active wildland fire in the region. Cochrane 4 covers 1 hectare and is located approximately 1 km south of the community of Fort Albany. It is under control. The fire hazard is low across the region. Out of province resources More than 80 staff members from Aviation, Forest Fire and ...

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Northeast Fire Region Update – May 23

As of the early evening of May 23, there are no active wildland fires in the region. The fire hazard is low across the region, except for parts of the Far North which are showing a moderate hazard. Crews deployed to assist with flood response There are 17 members of the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services team currently deployed ...

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Northeast Fire Region Update

As of the early evening of May 22, there are no active wildland fires in the region. The fire hazard is low to moderate across the region, except for parts of the Far North which are showing a high hazard. Crews deployed to assist with flood response There are 17 members of the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services team ...

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Northeast Fire Region Update – May 19

Northeast Region As of the early evening of May 19, there are no active wildland fires in the region. The fire hazard is low to moderate across the region. Crews deployed to assist with flood response There are 48 members of the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services team currently deployed to assist with sandbagging efforts and the movement of ...

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The growing threat of climate change – Wawa is changing

Earlier this year Wawa-News published a letter of mine on the subject of pipelines, the economy and climate change. My letter was intended to make the case that as we try to create vibrant local, regional and national economies we cannot ignore the growing threat of climate change. I referred to declines in Lake Superior ice cover, even knowing that ...

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Northeast Fire Region Update – May 17

Northeast Region As of the early evening of May 17, there are no active wildland fires in the region. The fire hazard is low across the region. Crews deployed to assist with flood response There are 46 members of the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services team currently deployed to assist with sandbagging efforts and the movement of water from ...

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