As school year nears, some warn Canada lagging behind on approving COVID-19 saliva tests

saliva test

Researchers and public health officials are calling for saliva-based COVID-19 tests in schools. But despite international efforts to make this option a reality, there’s still no word on when saliva-based testing will be allowed anywhere in Canada. 


Gwich’in, 12 other groups suing U.S. over leasing program for Arctic wildlife refuge

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

In a press release Monday, several conservation groups say the U.S.’s leasing program for oil and gas development on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain is illegal.


Made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine effort slowed by manufacturing delay

Darryl Falzarano CL3 VIDO-InterVac

Despite long workdays and promising early results, researchers at VIDO-InterVac in Saskatoon say a lack of manufacturing capacity is slowing down their efforts at a made-in-Canada vaccine. That matters, given concerns over “vaccine nationalism,” which could prevent access to a product that’s not made at home.


Canadian Hurricane Centre predicts rough season ahead for Atlantic Canada

Tropical Weather

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting between 19 and 25 storms in the Atlantic Ocean this year.


Could life have started on Mars before coming to Earth? Possibly, new study suggests

Mars theoretical ocean

How life arose on Earth remains a mystery, though many hypotheses have been proposed. Now a new study by Japanese scientists has reinvigorated the discussion around panspermia: The idea that life may have reached Earth from Mars.


Smaller, younger salmon due to climate change and competition, new study says

Peter Westley

Salmon are returning to their spawning grounds smaller in size and younger, and researchers say it’s because they are spending fewer years in the ocean.


Calgary’s air quality briefly dips below China’s ratings as smoke blows in from California wildfires

Calgary smoky air

Calgary’s air quality was rated as unhealthy as higher-polluting regions of China on Monday evening, as heavy smoke blew into the city from wildfires in California.


Edam, Sask., woman killed by black bear while on the phone with her father


Hubert Esquirol said he was talking on a satellite phone with his daughter, Stephanie Blais, when the 44-year-old was attacked and killed by a black bear at the family cabin on McKie Lake, near Buffalo Narrows in northern Saskatchewan.


Worries grow following ‘dramatic’ drop in monarch butterfly population


Flight of the Monarch Day was held in Toronto Saturday, as well as various other locations across Canada, in an effort to raise awareness around declining monarch butterfly populations and ways to help the fluttering insects.