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FEATURE-Canadian country music star spurs unlikely coalition against coal

Jul 19 2021

TORONTO, July 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With hits like the "Roughest Neck Around" that celebrate oil workers, Canadian country rocker Corb Lund might not be an obvious choice as a campaigner against fossil fuel expansion.

FEATURE-Sizzling house prices put the squeeze on farmland in Canada

Jul 06 2021

GUELPH, Canada, July 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - C anadian farmer Peter Lambrick has been watching the suburban sprawl of Toronto creep closer to his corn fields for years. But as the pandemic fuels demand for housing, he fears much of the country's best agricultural land may be lost forever.

On Canada's east coast, COVID-19 fight brings pricier housing

Feb 12 2021

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Success in controlling COVID-19 on Canada's east coast has led to a spike in housing prices in the traditionally poor region, renters and economists say, as remote workers from big cities come seeking properties with fresh air and more space.

Using AI, Canadian city predicts who might become homeless

Oct 15 2020

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As makeshift tent cities spring up across Canada to house rough sleepers who fear using shelters due to COVID-19, one city is leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to predict which residents risk becoming homeless.

Forgot your keys? Scan your face, says Canadian firm amid privacy concerns

Apr 06 2020

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Plans for Canadian residents to use facial scans to enter their buildings have sparked criticism from privacy campaigners calling for changes to the country's aging data protection laws.

Closing down: aging residents, falling fish stocks spell end for Canadian town

Dec 10 2019

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Perched along Canada's windswept North Atlantic coast, the town of Little Bay Islands - population 51 - is a picturesque collection of brightly-painted fishing houses and narrow streets.

Actress Ellen Page spotlights 'environmental racism' in Canadian documentary

Sep 07 2019

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hollywood star Ellen Page has returned to her native Nova Scotia on Canada's Atlantic coast to direct her first film on "environmental racism", debuting Sunday at Toronto's International Film Festival.

Green paradise or data-stealing dystopia? Toronto smart city sparks debate

Mar 11 2019

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A planned smart city in central Toronto could lead to a six-fold drop in greenhouse gas emissions by pooling residents' data, said the company behind its development.

Battling 'biopiracy', scientists catalog the Amazon's genetic wealth

Dec 19 2018

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a bid to stop "biopiracy", researchers are building a giant database to catalog genetic material from the world's largest rainforest.

Dozens of indigenous women forcibly sterilized in Canada, U.N. committee hears

Nov 23 2018

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Dozens of indigenous women were forcibly sterilized by Canadian health authorities, including as recently as in 2017, said the lawyer leading a class-action lawsuit against the government.

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