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Weekly News Briefs (Canada)


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2017/08/01

Anti-Muslim hate crimes on the rise

“The number of police-reported hate crimes against Muslims jumped by 60 per cent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to Statistics Canada,” CBC News: Politics said, “New data released Tuesday show there were 159 anti-Muslim incidents reported to police that year, up from 99 the year before.”

The National Council of Canadian Muslims vice-chairman, Khalid Elgazzar, described 2015 as a “difficult year” for the Canadian Muslim population. Terrorist attacks in France and previous PM Harper’s making wearing a veil, at citizenship ceremonies, a “central issue” for the election campaign made things more difficult for Muslim-Canadians.

Elgazzar said, “The Canadian Muslim community bore the brunt of sinister political rhetoric surrounding the federal election which painted Muslims as terrorists or terrorist sympathizers as well as being anti-women.”

Notley says climate change policy should help working people

Global News said, “Alberta Premier Rachel Notley tried to reassure bigwigs in the energy industry Wednesday that her government will strive to ensure the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion gets built despite political opposition in British Columbia.”

Notley spoke at the Global Petroleum Show, which is in Calgary, Alberta. She noted that the current NDP Alberta government doesn’t speak much on oilsands — and this threatens jobs for Alberta. Notley described that an effective climate change policy should help working people.

She also stated many families lack work, are stressed about mortgages, and do not have sufficient time for “climate change action.” Her statements arise as the BC NDP and Green party are building an alliance, which may form government and could halt Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion.

Science World in Vancouver Hosting and Innovation Festival for Canada’s 150th Birthday
The Globe and Mail stated that the idea of a Planet Nine could simply evaporate, or “wink out of existence.” Planet Nine is a hypothetical astronomical body in the Solar System, which weighs about 10 times as much as the Earth.
This is big science story in 2016. Two astronomer teams made proposals as to its existence, and so began research into it. This was a proposal to explain uncommon patterns of several small objects past the known planets in our solar system. A team was working from data out of the Canada-France- Hawaii Telescope. They failed to find supportive data of it. As it turns out, the “Canadian-led study suggests the planet could be nothing more than a statistical fluke that vanishes when the numbers are looked at differently.”

Canadian biotechnology is on an upswing
According to The Globe and Mail, one biotechnology startup in Montreal “has secured a huge early- stage financing.” It is targeting the development of technologies to be able to reduce the occurrence of cancer.

It is called “precision oncology.” Repare Therapeutics Inc. is led by Lloyd Segal, who is a Montreal biotechnology executive. Repare was co-founded three research scientists from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and New York University. They raised $68 million.
Canadian biotechnology has been in decline, but the biotechnology industry in the country has been on an upswing. Segal said, “Our focus is on putting our heads down and developing great drugs…without the constant cycle of fundraising.”


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