plastic pollution on a beach

Why Canada Urgently Needs to Support a Global Plastic Treaty

– By Tom Gammage –

Plastic pollution is widely recognised as one of the most salient environmental and human health crises of the modern time. From extraction of the fossil fuels used to produce it to its manufacture, use, and end of life disposal, the lifecycle of plastic severely impacts every level of biological organisation – from genes to ecosystems.

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A Message from the CMOS President, Spring 2021

– By Marek Stastna –

As I sit down to write my comments, it seems that the Southern Ontario spring has finally sprung. Outside of my bedroom/office windows, the grass is green, the odd tree has buds and bird song can be heard from very early in the morning.

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The McGill Student Weather Forecasting Club

– By Yeechian Low and co-authored by David Wang –

While roller coaster temperatures, blizzards, and severe thunderstorms are dreadful for many, they are reasons for excitement for us, as members of the McGill Weather Forecasting Club (WFC).

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Changing CMOS Congresses

– By David Fissel, David Collins, Matthew Asplin (Members, CMOS Congress 2021 Local Arrangements Committee) and Bob Jones (CMOS Archivist)

Introduction

As the plans for the 55th CMOS Congress 2021 are being finalized, the changing approach to CMOS Congresses over the recent past is described. The changes for Congress 2020 and Congress 2021 were driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are other factors that will continue to be important for future Congresses long after the pandemic fades into history.

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The 55th CMOS Congress Update: Online from Victoria, BC

Climate Change Risk Resilience Response, 31 May – 11 June

Congress 2021 will be presented online from May 31 to June 11, 2021. To facilitate sharing “live” presentations across the five time zones within Canada, the core scientific program activities will be provided from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM Eastern Time (8:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific Time) each day. A Welcome Session for each day will start at 11:00 AM and on some days special events, involving networking and social interactions will continue until 6:00 PM Eastern Time.

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Black History Month for the Sciences

On May 25, 2020, Amy Cooper—a white Canadian woman—called the police on Christan Cooper—a black birdwatcher—after he asked her to leash her dog in an on-leash part of Central Park, New York City. From this incident rose Black Birders Week, an event organized by BlackAFinSTEM with the goal of increasing the viability of Black scientists in natural sciences and of highlighting the unique challenges and dangers faced by Black folks participating in outdoor activities.

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