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SaskWell is a texting-based service that connects users with established and evidence-based digital mental health tools, and offers weekly wellness tips and resources. (Shutterstock)

Texting for wellness: Using digital mental health tools for support in another COVID-19 winter

Research on how text messaging could provide mental health resources resulted in SaskWell, a texting service for people in Saskatchewan that provides 10 weeks of mental health and wellness prompts.
Winter road salting is a common de-icing technique used to ensure public safety during icy winters. However, it is crucial to find sustainable and environment-friendly alternatives to road salt. (Shutterstock)

Winter road salting has year-round consequences

Salty water seeps into our soils and groundwater through surface runoff and storm-water pipes. The long-term storage of salt in the environment impacts aquatic life, infrastructure and drinking water.
The decreasing ice cover in northern lakes will severely impact the lake ecology as well as winter recreation activities in the northern region. (Shutterstock)

Our lakes are losing their ice cover faster than ever — here’s what that means for us

Lakes in the northern hemisphere are rapidly losing their ice cover due to rising greenhouse gas emissions. The only way to preserve lake ice is to limit GHG emissions and slow down climate change.
Eye doctors report that patients are more frequently saying during routine exams that their eyes are irritated, burn and sting. (Shutterstock)

Face masks, digital screens and winter weather are a triple threat for dry eyes

Increased digital screen use, face masks and winter weather combine to form a triple threat to eye health: The dry eye triad. Here’s how to combat the resulting eye fatigue, irritation and discomfort.
Six-year-old Makai'ryn Terrio, centre, cools off with his brothers as they play in water fountains in Montréal. The city had its hottest August on record. The Canadian Press/Graham Hughes

What climate change means for southern Ontario and Québec

Southern Québec is warming twice as rapidly as the rest of the world due to the progressive loss of snow cover. An average annual warming of 3 C to 6 C is expected by the end of the century.

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