• China calls COVID ‘lab leak’ theory a lie after WHO report
    China on Friday attacked the theory that the coronavirus pandemic may have originated as a leak from a Chinese laboratory as a politically motivated lie, after the World Health Organization recommended in its strongest terms yet that a deeper probe is needed into
  • After years of declines, numbers of wintering monarch butterflies rise by 35% in Mexico
    Mexican experts said Monday that 35 per cent more monarch butterflies arrived this year to spend the winter in mountaintop forests, compared to the previous season. Experts say the rise may reflect the butterflies’ ability to adapt to more extreme bouts of heat or
  • Logging threatens ‘critical lifeline’ to fend off climate crisis
    More than 90 scientists are calling on the Canadian government to protect the country’s temperate and boreal forests — what they describe as a “critical lifeline” to guard against a climate and biodiversity “crisis.” In open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday, the signatories
  • Human rights complaint filed against B.C. health-care authority over N95 respirator ban
    A class complaint has been filed at the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal against a regional health-care authority over their policy prohibiting hospital patients and visitors from using N95 respirators. The complaint was filed by Vancouver resident Lena Patsa on Wednesday against Fraser Health,
  • New building in downtown Victoria could potentially harm birds
    A sleek, modern building in downtown Victoria has been given the green light to move forward on development, but an avian biologist is worried the design, which features a lot of reflective glass, could be harmful to birds.  The structure, called the Telus Ocean building, is