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The article “Markham opens Canada’s 1st Municipal milkweed nursery” is an example of how local initiatives can aid in conservation. The goal of the city of Markham is to increase the number of milkweed plants available for the monarch butterflies as they migrate from Mexico back to Canada. The individuals involved in the project are the City of Markham’s mayor Frank Scarpitti, council members, the David Suzuki Foundation and the students from St. Patrick’s elementary school (David Suzuki Foundation, 2016). The nursery is located at the Milne Dam Conservation Park.

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In case you missed the big news last month, the giant panda is no longer an endangered species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Populations have improved enough for the endangered species label to be downgraded to “vulnerable”.

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    Most people are very familiar with vaccinations; whether they have children that were vaccinated at birth, they remember themselves vaccinated or someone they know being vaccinated. It is a typical that the majority of people have received vaccines because, this is what we have been taught to be the best practice. There have been many requirements throughout the world, requiring students to be vaccinated to attend school.

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Ocean Acidification (Intro Music: 30 sec long) Leo:  Hey guys, my name is Leo Chai, host of Nature’s Radio Podcast and       today we will be having a special guest.  Harriet Minc, a biology student from Guelph University,  who is here to answer questions about her research on Ocean      Acidification.           Harriet:            Hi, great to be here today           Leo: Alright, nice to have you here.

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Halloween costumes have been the topic of many different social conversations especially around the time of October. More recently many different Halloween costumes have come under fire for promoting racist ideals. “Moana” is a new Disney movie that is coming to theatres in the near future. It depicts a young Polynesian girl who meets a demigod and they go on an adventure so she can appreciate her island heritage. Recently Disney has released a Halloween costume depicting the demigod character Maui.

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With climate change, industrialization and environmental resource extraction on the rise, it is obvious that our environment will suffer. The boreal forest is the target of these developments, and this calls into question the sustainability and long-term impacts of our reliance on the boreal forest in Canada. A healthy boreal forest is essential to the livelihoods of countless animals, ecosystems, people and our economy.

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Would the human race die out if bees went extinct? No, probably not. Would human life be any different if bees went extinct? Yes, definitely.

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