Facebook Puts Instagram Kids on Hold
[caption:] C-SPAN feed of Frances Haugen as she testified before Congress on October 5, 2021.

Facebook Puts Instagram Kids on Hold

Facebook has paused its plans for Instagram Kids. The social media giant announced it was working on a kid-friendly version of the popular photo-sharing app for tweens in March. It has faced a storm of opposition from child advocates, mental health experts, legislators, and parents ever since.

News

Standoff Continues at Fairy Creek

Anti-logging activists on Vancouver Island are celebrating, after the B.C. Supreme Court ruled against a logging company planning to fell a tract of old growth forest. Protesters have been blockading logging roads, in a David and Goliath struggle, to protect the pristine Fairy Creek watershed from the Teal-Jones Group.

Last April, the Surrey-based logging company got an injunction to bar protesters from the site. Since then, the RCMP has made more than 1100 arrests, making the Fairy Creek protests the biggest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history.

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Environment

A Walk in the Park

Health care providers in B.C., Saskatchewan, and Ontario can now prescribe a nonpharmaceutical treatment that has proven effective against anxiety and depression, as well as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. This treatment has no adverse side effects. It can boost your immune system, and even improve your grades!

What is this wonder treatment? It’s a prescription for nature therapy.

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Politics

Another Minority Government for Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a federal election August 15. On September 20, after a neck-and-neck race between the Liberals and the Conservatives, Canada went to the polls.

Canadians questioned0 the need for a federal election in the midst of a pandemic. Though voters gave Mr. Trudeau a third mandate, it wasn’t the majority government he had hoped for. In fact, after 36 days of campaigning and a $610-million election, the seat count has changed so little that political pundit Zain Velji dubbed it “the most expensive cabinet shuffle of all time.”

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