The B.C. Wildfire Service says almost 25,000 square kilometres of trees, bush and grassland have burned this year, almost double previous record, while the cost of fighting fires is now at approximately $770 million, reports the CBC.
The B.C. Supreme Court has partially certified a class-action lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the maker of Kleenex, after the company produced flushable wipes that were contaminated with bacteria.
Meanwhile, Kimberly-Clark is pulling its consumer facial tissues from Canada.
In May 2023, 15.9 million Canadians or four in five workers were commuting to a location outside their home for work, up from both 2021 (+3.3 million) and 2016 (+457,000), reports Statistics Canada. 82.6% of commuters (13.2 million people) mainly use a car, truck, or van to travel to work.
“In 2021,1.5 million people in Canada reported being Black, up from 1.2 million five years earlier, and more than 300 different ethnic or cultural origins were reported in the Census of Population,” according to Statistics Canada. “While the education and labour market experiences of Black people in Canada are just as diverse as the Black population, the socioeconomic conditions of this population, including rates of employment and earnings, are generally lower than the non-Indigenous, non-racialized population. This is true even after accounting for differences in age and education.”
Canada’s Heritage Minister redoubled her calls for Meta to end its ban on Canadian news content on Facebook and Instagram on Saturday as thousands of Canadians continued their rush to escape wildfires ravaging British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.
In both a Friday social media post and a Saturday interview with The Canadian Press, Pascale St-Onge said the social media giant is recklessly putting people’s lives at risk by blocking Canadian news articles on its two massive platforms.
The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is reporting an increase in gastrointestinal illness caused by the cyclospora parasite.
With 43 cases of Cyclospora infections so far this year, the BCCDC is reminding people to take precautions to prevent gastrointestinal illness by washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly, cooking produce when possible, and being aware of risks when travelling.
These trees will capture and store carbon from the atmosphere, improve air and water quality, help to restore nature and biodiversity, cool our urban centres, and create and support thousands of green jobs.
Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says the federal government’s plan to plant two billion trees by 2030 is on track, but focusing on adapting to climate change is more important than ever.