Bringing the Miracle of Eyesight to Madagascar

Mark Sissons | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Mark Sissons

Every year, half a million of the world's children go blind, according to the World Health Organization; 75 per cent of them live in developing countries such as Madagascar, an island nation off the coast of eastern Africa best known as the setting of a popular animated film.

Whole Foods Won't Sell Products Made By Inmates Anymore

CP | Candice Choi, The Associated Press | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Business

The programs can benefit inmates, but there's potential for exploitation, since companies typically pay far less for prison labour than they otherwise would.

What's Hiding Under the Calanques of Southern France

Nicole Abi-Najem | Posted 09.28.2015 | Canada Travel
Nicole Abi-Najem

The calanques -- deriving from the Occitan and Corsican word for inlet -- is just that: a series of natural inlets spanning 20 km across from Marseille to Cassis across Southern France. These emerald fingers, as Marseille's tourism site refers to them, dip between cliffs and were formed 12 000 years ago after a gradual warming during the ice age caused sea levels to rise, consequently flooding the valleys.

Toxic Ingredients? Russia Is Banning Foreign Detergent Brands

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.25.2015 | Canada Business

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities have begun to remove foreign brands of detergents from stores, claiming that they pose health risks. The Russian ...

5 Slow Carb Swaps for Energy, Weight Loss and Health

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

With slow carbs, your blood sugar will go up slowly, won't go up as high, and will peter off gradually, looking more like a gentle wave than a tsunami. This means you avoid the Spike-Crash-Crave cycle. Research suggests that the most effective long-term weight loss diet features moderate amounts of protein along with slow carbs.

The Dalai Lama Sounds the Alarms for Sustainability

Natalie Pace | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada
Natalie Pace

A peacemaker for the ages walks among us. Whether he is blessing world leaders who are notorious for war, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, or speaking...

These Cities Are Learning From Each Other to Become More Sustainable

David Dodge | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

The Canada European Municipal Exchange Program was a fascinating mix of people from Estonia, Portugal, Spain and Germany and folks from Halifax, Ottawa, Edmonton and Saanich from Canada. They discussed green spaces, clean transportation and the evolution of energy efficient urban design.

How One Woman Is Democratizing the Final Frontier

Doina Oncel | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Business
Doina Oncel

Statistics show that women have been starting businesses at a higher rate than men for the past two decades, and self-made female billionaires are piling up. However, a much more interesting point is the effectiveness of female leadership in organizations.

Cheap Oil, Pricey Gas ‘A Lose-Lose Situation': BMO

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Business

There was supposed to be a silver lining to the oil price collapse that has devastated Western Canada’s economy. Lower energy prices would lead to l...

Mom To Be Extradited To U.S. On Drug Charges, Has To Leave Toddler

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada

Joanna Paluski argued the minister had not taken into account the best interests of her toddler given that she is the sole caregiver.

The Story of Tillsonburg Exemplifies Ontario's Green Energy Act

David Dodge | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada
David Dodge

A small town of 16,000 people in southwestern Ontario, Tillsonburg's history is famously celebrated in Stomping Tom Connor's distinctive drawl when he sung about making seven dollars a day in the tobacco fields. But in 2009 the Green Energy Act spurred on the development of renewable energy with guaranteed rates for renewable energy producers.

Plummeting Loonie Bad News For U.S. Border States

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Business

OGUNQUIT, Maine - The Canadian economy is in decline and Maine's tourism industry is feeling the pinch.The Portland Press Herald reports the state est...

Five Mini Net-Zero Communities Spring Up Across Canada

David Dodge | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

The race to build net-zero homes across Canada is on. Natural Resources Canada has a program that's helping five builders build five net-zero homes each to support a rapid evolution to affordable net-zero homes. And the prize is one everyone can appreciate: a home that produces as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year. A net-zero home is not a passive consumer in the energy system -- it is a clean and green participant.

Joshua Ostroff

NASA Scientist: AI 'Could Solve All The World's Problems' (If It Doesn't Terminate Us) | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada

"It's inevitable and I'd rather be working on it than have some other, more nefarious, evil corporation or evil entity work on it."

How Ontario Is Leading Energy Storage in Canada

David Dodge | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

There are not many entrepreneurs who can command a room like Elon Musk. When he stepped onto a stage in May to unveil the Powerwall the audience oohed and ahhed and dutifully pre-ordered more than 38,000 of Tesla's new home battery systems.

This Man Built a Solar-powered Shipping Container Cabin

David Dodge | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living
David Dodge

Whether you call it a cottage or a cabin, Jason Rioux's summer home built partly out of shipping containers near Bobcaygeon, Ont. is pretty cool. With its rustic décor and innovative off-grid approach this solar-powered getaway is an interesting take on shipping container architecture.

21 Facts About Corey Hart to Celebrate "Boy in the Box" Turning 30

Jacki Andre | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada
Jacki Andre

On June 14, 1985, Canadian singer/songwriter Corey Hart released his second album, Boy in the Box. Packed with hits that have become CanCon classics, ...

Ontario: Canada's Energy Transition Success Story

David Dodge | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

When you look at Ontario's greenhouse gas reductions you can pin it to one thing: Shutting down coal-fired power plants and transitioning to renewables and lower carbon electricity generation. And while a lot of governments and politicians have talked the talk on greenhouse gas reductions Ontario has actually walked the walk.

The Hidden Costs of the Neighbourhood You Choose

David Dodge | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

When you buy a house the first thing your eye goes to is the sticker price. But buying a home comes with a major hidden cost that doesn't show up in the MLS report: Transportation costs could more than eat up the savings of a lower-priced home in the suburbs. The concept is called location efficiency and it's the amount of time, energy and greenhouse gas emissions you spend getting from where you live to the workplace as well as your other frequent trips. And location efficiency may be the secret sauce to saving money and getting that house in the neighborhood you never thought you could afford.

Why Cold Weather Is More Deadly Than Heat

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Living

Colder weather kills more people than hot spells, a probe into a key issue of public-health policy said on Thursday. Researchers looked into 74 mil...

Going Off The Grid Doesn't Have To Mean Living In A Wood Shack

Houzz | Mitchell Parker | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Living

You never know until you try. That was the attitude of husband-and-wife architects Keith Robertson and Jennifer Corson when they set out to build ...

Upcycling Reimagines How We Think About Waste

David Dodge | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

What if you could take waste limestone, add in some recycled milk jugs and grocery bags and make roof shingles that last 50 years and can eventually be melted down and remade into new shingles? That's the whole idea behind Cradle to Cradle design and manufacturing.

8 Facts That Will Make You Think Twice About Sitting All Day

Huffington Post | Evan Pang | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Living

By now, everyone knows that sitting for extended periods of time is unhealthy, but in a new video released by BuzzFeed, Jessica Yang takes it a step f...

Geothermal 201: Hitting the Sweet Spot

David Dodge | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Geothermal, also called geoexchange, has one big weakness: high upfront cost. And while our first episode concentrated on residential systems, this time we've found a more appropriate sweet spot for these systems -- commercial buildings.

The Big Footprint of Tiny Shrimp

Alex Mifflin | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Mifflin

I used to eat a lot of shrimp, but based on my travels examining foreign shrimp farms and various unsustainable and sustainable fishing practices, now I am much more selective. Supporting more sustainable options is a good start but with the vast majority of the global shrimp industry based on destructive harvesting methods, widespread change will take a long time.