COMMENTARY: How to plan for pests while gardening during the pandemic

Many people are trying to grow their own food during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Hands are sketching plans onto paper. Window boxes are appearing on balconies. Seeds are sprouting in repurposed plastic containers. For some of us, this is a familiar ritual. For others, the practice of growing food is brand new territory. Regardless of experience, most home gardeners will […]

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COMMENTARY: Survival bunker business is ‘brisk’ amid the coronavirus crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic may be battering Canadian business, but the underground economy is booming. No, I’m not talking about the still-flourishing black-market marijuana trade. I’m talking about a literal underground business: installing a survival shelter in your backyard or basement. The bunker business is brisk, reports Ron Hubbard, owner of Atlas Survival Shelters in Texas. “The demand for shelters is […]

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China’s divorce rates rise as couples emerge from coronavirus quarantine

Not everyone is feeling the love while stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. In China, where the COVID-19 outbreak first began, divorce rates are rising after couples were forced into mandatory lockdown together to prevent the virus’ spread. Divorce filings started to rise in the country as couples began to emerge from quarantine. “On March 16, we went through […]

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COMMENTARY: Opposition politicians strive for relevance in the world of coronavirus politics

Pity the poor opposition politicians across Canada nursing a severe case of pandemic politics. Their collective challenge: how do they do what opposition parties are supposed to do — oppose and criticize the government — at the same time frightened Canadians look to those in power to protect them? As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, governments across Canada have […]

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