Food & Energy

What Lives in Your Gut?

By Sarah / February 21, 2024 /

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Your gut is home to bacteria, viruses, fungi, archaea and eukarya; bacteria make up the vast majority of microbes in your microbiome
  • While your highly acidic stomach may host only about 1,000 colony-forming units (CFU) of bacteria per milliliter (mL), your large intestine is home to up to 1 trillion CFU/mL
  • Bacteroides are the dominant microbe in your large intestine; the composition of these microbes, and those elsewhere in your gut, are linked to health conditions like obesity, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and inflammation
  • Your age, health status, diet and environment all influence the numbers and diversity of microorganisms in your gut
  • A healthy gut microbiome depends on the consumption of whole, fermented foods and the avoidance of unnecessary antibiotics and other environmental assaults; spore-based probiotics are one option to help

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Data Confirm Energy Poverty

By Valerie / February 21, 2024 /

As many as a fifth of Canadians face “energy poverty” due to high costs, says the Canadian Journal of Public Health. “Depending on the measure, six to 19 percent of Canadian households face energy poverty,” said a peer-reviewed study led by a McGill professor.

“Households facing energy poverty start at a disadvantage in the energy transition,” Mylene Riva, Canada Research Chair in Housing, Community and Health at McGill, said yesterday in a statement. Riva said her researchers documented cases where Canadian homeowners forced to scrimp on winter heating “reported having seen their breath” indoors. “In Canada home heating during the winter months is a matter of life and death,” said the McGill paper.

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Long Climb Back For Transit

By Valerie / February 21, 2024 /

New figures show federally-subsidized transit operators have yet to regain pre-pandemic ridership. Statistics Canada yesterday confirmed fare revenues nationwide remain below 2019 levels despite historic population growth.

“There remains some uncertainty as to whether urban activities and commuting will return to pre-pandemic patterns,” said a StatsCan report. Even with piecemeal gains in ridership by municipal operators across Canada analysts counted 436 million fewer passenger trips last year than in 2019.

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Environment Canada seeking “climate-altering” tech that blocks the sun

By Valerie / February 21, 2024 /

Environment Canada’s five-year science strategy includes looking into “climate-altering technologies” to deliberately alter the atmosphere and block out the sun.

The plan, outlined in the “Science Strategy 2024 to 2029” document from Environment and Climate Change Canada, signals the department’s near-term approach to research.

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Trudeau Towns are taking over Canadian cities

By Valerie / February 21, 2024 /

You can now find them in every major city across the country. What was once a rare site is now a common feature across Canada – sprawling tent cities or as Canadians are calling them, “Trudeau towns.” The title seems quite fitting seeing as how the policies of the Trudeau government have brought so much destruction to Canadians’ livelihoods.

All throughout Canada, people are struggling. A spiralling cost of living crisis fuelled by record levels of mass immigration are driving people to live in tents. Plus, thanks to “safe supply” drug policies, it is easier now to get addicted and the government is opening up MAID to struggling Canadians as well.

Chalk it up as another legacy item of the Trudeau government. Sprawling Trudeau Towns in every major city.

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Biden to finalize tailpipe emissions standards that amount to gas-powered auto ban

By Sarah / February 21, 2024 /

The Biden administration is set to finalize gas-powered automobile standards that critics say amounts to a de facto electric vehicle mandate — although it would still be lower than Canada’s.

In April of last year, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed vehicle pollution standards designed to ensure 67% of all cars in the Lower 48 are electrified by 2032.

Although the target date has been extended by two years, the overall target is 17% higher from the original 50% by 2030.

On the weekend, both the New York Times and Washington Post reported the EPA is set to submit the proposals to the White House Office of Management and Budget for final review.

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Taxpayer watchdog slams Trudeau gov’t for increasing debt ceiling: ‘Put down the credit card’

By Valerie / February 21, 2024 /

TTAWA (LifeSiteNews) – After Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland gave herself and the government the authority to borrow an additional $73 billion this fiscal year, the head of the nation’s leading taxpayer watchdog group said the federal government needs to “put down the credit card” and return to common-sense spending.

Freeland, as per a February 15 cabinet order made under the Financial Administration Act, allowed the extra borrowing to take place.

The government has set “$517 billion to be the maximum aggregate principal amount of money that may be borrowed” before April 1. Before this cabinet order, however, the maximum amount was $444 billion.

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Ottawa quietly scales back carbon tax rebates for businesses

By Valerie / February 21, 2024 /

Last October, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a three-year carbon tax exemption for heating oil in the Maritimes. To finance this relief, Ottawa reduced carbon tax rebates for small businesses from 7% to 5% of total revenues. As of the current date, the federal government owes entrepreneurs more than $2.5 billion.

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Transport Committee Passes Motion for Environment Minister to Testify on ‘No More’ Roads Comment

By Valerie / February 21, 2024 /

The Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities Committee unanimously passed a Conservative motion for Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault to appear as a witness within two weeks, following his controversial comments that the federal government would no longer invest in road infrastructure.

“We believe that this committee needs to discuss this matter on an urgent basis,” Conservative MP Mark Strahl, who introduced the motion, said at the outset of the Feb. 21 committee meeting. “These were comments that were given to a conference. These were prepared remarks by the minister of the environment designed to send a message to Canadians.”

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Former Ontario Nuclear Plant Employee Charged With Leaking ‘Safeguarded’ Information

By Valerie / February 21, 2024 /

A former Ontario Power Generation employee has been arrested under a national security law after leaked information put critical nuclear infrastructure “at risk.”

The RCMP announced Feb. 16 it had arrested an individual who is accused of leaking “safeguarded information” that could harm Canadian interests.
“Evidence indicates that the individual acted with intent to put critical infrastructure at risk,” the RCMP said in a press release.

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