Author: Matthew Berry

Rob and Elizabeth Haid have spent the past six months trying to rebuild their lives after a tornado tore through the campground they own near Tweed, Ont. Screaming winds tossed trailers and wrenched hundreds of trees from the ground north of Belleville on July 24, leaving a business they hoped would support their retirement in tatters. Despite spending weeks of 14-hour work days and $200,000 spent on cleanup, evidence of the storm still surrounds them. Splintered wreckage, piles of trunks, branches and boughs they say they have no way to get rid of dot the landscape at Haid’s Hideaway. The…

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The spread of COVID-19 misinformation in Canada cost at least 2,800 lives and $300 million in hospital expenses over nine months of the pandemic, according to estimates in a new report out Thursday. The report — released by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), an independent research organization that receives federal funding — examined how misinformation affected COVID infections, hospitalizations and deaths between March and November of 2021. The authors suggest that misinformation contributed to over 2 million Canadians refusing to get a vaccine. Had more people been willing to roll up their sleeves when a vaccine was first available…

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An ageing pipeline crossing part of the Great Lakes has led to a standoff between the US state of Michigan and Canada. The outcome of the battle over Line 5, which delivers energy to the US Midwest and central Canada, will be viewed by many as a bellwether of how North America will balance its energy future with its environmental commitments. The most contentious part of the Line 5 pipeline – which runs from Superior, Wisconsin, by way of Michigan to Sarnia, Canada – sits on the bed of the Straits of Mackinac. The narrow waterway connects Lake Michigan and…

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