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For people concerned with environmental protection, including many EPA employees, there is broad agreement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is in deep trouble.
The Trump administration has begun the third, most formidable White House-led attempt in EPA’s brief history to diminish the agency’s regulatory capacity.
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TRUMP IS JUST THE LATEST LIARFacebook is warning and instructing us on false news. (I’ve always preferred using fake to false because fake has a circus feel of clowns and charlatans and false is the formal droppings of lawyers.) Yet no experienced jour…
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This Peanut Butter Confetti Cake is a family favourite recipe! Full of delicious peanut butter, butterscotch and marshmallow flavours! – – – – – – Every Easter my family looks forward to this dessert! It’s so mouthwatering good. Once you have one bite you won’t be able to stop! Trust me on this one. Me, myself & I finished off half of it all by ourself. This is one of those recipes that has been around in our family for as long as I can remember. Peanut Butter Confetti Cake would appear every year at Easter when either my Mom, Grandma or Aunties made it…it’s a classic. Funny thing though, when I was a kid I actually didn’t love it like I do now. Now, I cannot get enough of it, which is why I don’t make it very often. In fact I only make it at Easter time. Some people make it for Christmas, but I like it for Easter because the pastel colours seem to be perfect for this time of year. Peanut Butter Confetti Cake This recipe makes a pretty large batch. I have learned over the years to actually cut the recipe in half when I’m serving […]
Recent headlines point to a relentless undoing of policy and process within the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Trump budget calls for slashing the EPA budget by an estimated 31 percent. Staff would be reduced by 25 percent and 50 programs could see cuts, such as ones designed to lower the health risks from lead paint.
In all likelihood, the first communities to feel effects of a dismantled EPA are those who consistently pay the biggest price when policy strays from being focused on people. It will be the indigenous people, the populations who live in poverty and at-risk communities — often populated by people of color — who typically feel the sharp cuts and public health effects first and fully.
I touched on this briefly here. Now the always interesting Tim Sommer: John Lydon is 61. Again, here I note that I once knew him, just a little. I believe that his agenda, first and foremost, is to support his family, support his step-grandchildren, and see that they are fed and clothed and educated and […]
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Caren Chesler in Popular Mechanics on the irreplacable medical marvel that is horseshoe crab blood.
Natalie Wolchover in Wired on the retired German statistician who solved one of mathematics most elusive proofs.
Darryl Green (as told to Katherine Laidlaw) in Toronto Life details his journey from successful ER physician to a fentanyl addiction.
Get to know Canada’s small-business community ahead of Vancouver’s biannual Fall For Local market.
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MY DIRTY SECRET – POLITICS IS OFTEN BORINGOnce upon a time when a handful of people started the flagship of what became the Sun chain, I covered everything in Canadian politics 24/7. I spent more time with the mayor than my wife, and talked more t…
I’m a little late with this (and left a comment complaining about Pulp Fiction)… It’s about boredom, another unappreciated and destructive human condition. The English punks of the mid-seventies, who, like Durden’s mischief-makers, embraced nihilism as a way to push back against modern life, were also spurred by “boredom.” The word litters their lyrics and […]
The April 7 deadline has come and gone for public comments on President Donald Trump‘s executive order calling for U.S. pipelines to be made with U.S.-produced steel, and some of the most influential titans of industry have come out against it.
The list of heavy-hitters who have voiced their discontent includes the likes of Dakota Access pipeline-owner Energy Transfer Partners, Russian-owned pipe producers Evraz North America and TMK IPSCO, and pipeline giants Williams Companies and EQT Midstream. It also includes the oil and gas industry at-large through its trade association and lobbying groups, such as the American Petroleum Institute (API), Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), Association of Oil Pipelines, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), and others such as Magnolia LNG.
Noticeably absent from the list is TransCanada, owner of the recently approved Keystone XL pipeline, which the Trump administration has said is exempt from the order. Both Keystone XL and Dakota Access will use steel made by Evraz North America, whose parent company is owned by a close political ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as previously reported by DeSmog.
I can’t imagine you didn’t catch Sean Spicer’s recent press conference. If it weren’t so horrifying, it’d fit perfectly in HBO’s apparently prescient presidential comedy Veep as is evidenced by today’s Funny Friday.
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On April 4 a barge carrying 60,000 barrels of gasoline ran aground in the Hudson River and was stranded for hours while New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation tried to determine if the barge was leaking. Luckily the Hudson is a tidal river and when the tide rose, the ship was able to be freed. No gasoline had spilled this time.
However, the nature of the accident highlights the risks of moving petroleum products in barges and tankers on the Hudson River — something that may become a lot more common in the near future. Basil Seggos, head of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, explained to the Albany Times Union what caused the accident but couldn’t explain why it happened.
The Liberal government has announced a smart plan to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana. But the Conservative Party will do everything they can to stop real change and protect a failed status quo.
The Great Barrier Reef is experiencing mass coral bleaching for the second consecutive year, ushering in another global round of headlines above images of ghostly white corals and dying habitats.
About a quarter of all the corals on the reef died from the 2016 event, mostly in the pristine north.
What were once dazzling multi-colored homes for myriad marine species are now graveyards of algae-swamped coral.
Now the reef is bleaching again, with corals in the reef’s central area, popular with tourists, suffering the most. It’s too early to say how many of the corals will die from the bleaching.
But fear not. Breitbart’s resident climate science denier James Delingpole is on the case.
Today I have a guest post from Alex Kraszewski, a physical therapist and strength coach in England who not only talks a big game, but can deadlift 3 times his bodyweight. Admittedly, I have not taken any of the PRI modules, so he was kind enough to give a breakdown of what they were, how…… Read More
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Gavin McInnes writes: The Middle East is all about theatrics. Palestinians stage so many pretend attacks they call it “Pallywood.” There are false flags all over the place, from fake car-bomb attacks to the entire country listening to a 7-year-old refugee girl in Aleppo who tells us, “Condemnation doesn’t save lives but actions do.” It’s […]
Fossil teeth from 1.8 million years ago indicate right-handedness in one Homo habilis.
A major report signals that we’ve got to support our scientists where it counts.
The science behind how fossils are created is answered in this week’s question.
Corals on the Great Barrier Reef have bleached again in 2017 as a result of extreme summer temperatures. It’s the fourth such event and the second in as many years, following earlier mass bleachings in 1998, 2002 and 2016.
The consecutive bleaching in 2016 and 2017 is concerning for two reasons. First, the 12-month gap between the two events is far too short for any meaningful recovery on reefs that were affected in 2016.
Second, last year’s bleaching was most severe in the northern section of the reef, from the Torres Strait to Port Douglas, whereas this year the most intense bleaching has occurred further south, between Cooktown and Townsville. The combined footprint of this unprecedented back-to-back bleaching now stretches along two-thirds of the length of the Great Barrier Reef.
I have two questions for you:
If you see something wrong and this something is hurting or having a negative impact on people, is it not your duty to speak out about it?
Does it matter what your profession is if you do call it out?
The answer to the first question should be – in my opinion – yes, it is your duty. The answer to the second question seems to be a bit more complicated if you are a nurse and you live in Saskatchewan, Canada.
I remember reading about Carolyn Strom last year and I didn’t think too much about the story because I figured that the story didn’t have legs and that everything would work out. I was wrong.
Two years ago, Carolyn, an RN, wrote a post on her Facebook page about the quality of care her grandfather received in a long-term care facility, particularly at the end of his life when he was in palliative care. She criticized the care, but according to reports, she also offered solutions – being a nurse herself, she understood the issues associated with caring for patients in a long-term care environment. However, her professional body, the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association, charged her with professional misconduct and Carolyn was fined $26,000.
What is worrisome about this is that Carolyn was not acting as a nurse at the time, she was acting as a private citizen who was concerned about the lack of quality care not just for her grandfather, but other patients at this facility and similar ones. She was expressing her frustration and disappointment as anyone might. Except, she has an RN behind her name, which apparently means she’s not allowed to express those thoughts.
According to the Globe and Mail, this is what Carolyn wrote:
“My grandfather spent a week in palliative care before he died and after hearing about his and my family’s experience there, it is evident that not everyone is ‘up to speed’ on how to approach end of life care or how to help maintain an aging senior’s dignity.
“I challenge the people involved in decision making with that facility to please get all your staff a refresher on this topic and more. Don’t get me wrong, ‘some’ people have provided excellent care so I thank you so very much for your efforts, but to those who made Grandpa’s last years less than desirable, please do better next time.”
So, Carolyn was charge by the body’s disciplinary committee with five breaches:
1- Not respecting patient confidentiality
2- Failure to follow proper channels in making a complaint
3- Making comments that have a negative impact on the reputation of staff and a facility
4- Failure to first obtain all the facts
5- Using her status of registered nurse for personal purposes
Here are my arguments:
1- When it is your family member, patient confidentiality doesn’t work here. When my mother was dying last year, I could have written about it all I wanted as long as she had never expressly forbidden it. (This charge was dropped).
2- Should Carolyn have written a letter to the facility or gone higher? Yes, she should have. However, she could have done so and still posted on social media as a private citizen. Many of us have stories of letters of complaint we’ve written that were never addressed.
3- So, does this mean we can’t bash United Airlines for the horrible video of a man being forcibly removed from his seat a few days ago? Because it would have a bad reputation on the staff and organization?
4- Can anyone ever obtain all the facts?
5- We all use our background, education, and “status” for personal purposes. It’s who we are. Does this mean that I can never comment on anything health or medical related – because I’m a nurse? Why is her call out of her grandfather’s care any different than a sibling who isn’t a nurse might have been?
So, what is the message here? If you’re a nurse and you see bad care, shut up. Don’t tell anyone. Don’t vent on social media. Don’t criticize. If you do, you’re guilty of professional misconduct.
You can read more about her story here on the CBC website.
And there is a GoFundMe page raising money to help Carolyn pay those ridiculous fines, if you feel so inclined to help her. (edited to add, the page is down now, so I hope it’s because they reached their goal)
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And here I thought I could no longer be shocked by the gratuitous use of junk food to reward, entertain, or pacify kids.
Thanks to a friend who’d rather remain anonymous, I learned that her son’s Grade 1 class was given Fun Dip to eat and write about in an exercise on adjectives.
Little did they realize they were also being taught about marketing, and about how giving kids junk food has become so normalized, that their teacher didn’t see anything wrong with this lesson.
That the use of candy as a teaching tool didn’t give this particular Grade 1 teacher enough pause to not follow through speaks not to her skills as a teacher, but rather to just how pervasive this sort of practice has become. People don’t question normal behaviour, but just because something’s been normalized, does not make it wise.
By Sharon Kelly and Steve Horn
For many residents of Carter Road in Dimock, Pennsylvania, it’s been nearly a decade since their lives were turned upside down by the arrival of Cabot Oil and Gas, a company whose Marcellus Shale hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) wells were plagued by a series of spills and other problems linked to the area’s contamination of drinking water supplies.
With a new federal court ruling handed down late last Friday, a judge unwound a unanimous eight-person jury which had ordered Cabot to pay a total of $4.24 million over the contamination of two of those families’ drinking water wells. In a 58 page ruling, Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson discarded the jury’s verdict in Ely v. Cabot and ordered a new trial, extending the legal battle over one of the highest-profile and longest-running fracking-related water contamination cases in the country.
I partnered with Jarlsberg to bring you this cheesy goodness. I’ve seen mention of patty melts here and there, and each time I see one I wonder why it is not number one on my all-time favourite foods list. A mash-up (truly) of grilled cheese and burger – two of my favourite things, yet mysteriously missing from restaurant menus (at least in my vicinity), and not something I’ve clued in on enough to attempt to make of my own accord. I’ve been meaning to rectify that, and Jarlsberg came along and gave me reason to finally jump in. A patty melt, if you’re unfamiliar, is an American thing – I’m not sure of its origins, but won’t bother Wikipedia-ing it because it doesn’t much matter – all that matters is that onions are caramelized, a burger patty is smash-cooked in your skillet afterward, and it’s all piled between two slices of bread (to make it grillable) with plenty of meltable cheese to glue the wholeContinue reading
Increasingly in the current U.S. administration and Congress, questions have been raised about the use of proper scientific methods and accusations have been made about using flawed approaches.
This is especially the case with regard to climate science, as evidenced by the hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, chaired by Lamar Smith, on March 29, 2017.
The Arizona desert is a beautiful place to explore with your family! Here are 3 Family Friendly Hikes in the Phoenix Area. – – – – – – There is no denying it, I love the desert. Over the years I have visited the Phoenix area quite a few times, as my parents and in-laws both have places down there. And each time I go, I fall more and more in love with the area. The desert is beautiful. SO so beautiful. I had a friend recently ask me why it was that I loved the desert so much, and I thought it was such an interesting question. I wonder how anyone could not love the desert? I think a lot of people see the desert as a one dimensional place…sand and cacti. But it is SO SO much more than that. I think anyone who takes a hike in the desert in spring will be blown away by all the cacti in bloom and the songbirds in song. Dreamy. The desert is rich in flora and fauna…there are more cactus species that you can count, the desert has beautiful flowers, the wildlife is fascinating and you can’t beat […]
As usual I have constructed a prose rollercoaster that possibly only I enjoyed riding… I kept waiting for Jim Goad or Joe Bob Briggs to write about Chuck Berry, so when they didn’t, I figured I’d give it a shot: Look: I loathe thin-skinned numpties who detect “racism” everywhere (I hear “milk is white supremacist” […]