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Whitmer and Nessel expected to fight Line 5 tunnel agreement

Michigan’s new governor and attorney general are expected to try to undo state agreements with Enbridge to build a Line 5 oil pipeline tunnel, even if the current administration, as expected, pushes through the agreements before the end of the year. Read the full story by the Detroit Free Press.

Climate change and its impact on Lake Superior fishing

When it comes to addressing climate change and fisheries, including on Lake Superior, many fisheries biologists and others addressing this topic focus on planning for change, rather than the solutions to climate change. In other words, the question “is climate change happening?” is no longer part of the equation for these biologists. Read the full story by WTIP – Grand Marais, MN.

‘The Death And Life Of The Great Lakes’: Precious resources in peril

The Great Lakes constitute 20 percent of the globe’s fresh water. They provide drinking water to 40 million people. And they’re now infested with invasive species. To get to the heart of this conversation, author Dan Egan and NPR reporter David Folkenflik wanted to hear from listeners about their stories and memories of the Great Lakes. Read and listen to the full story by WBUR – Boston, MA.

Mackinac tunnel moves despite opposition from Whitmer, Nessel

A decision on whether the Mackinac Bridge Authority oversees Enbridge’s construction of a 4-mile, pipeline-housing tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac could be aided by last-minute legislation introduced by Republican Sen. Tom Casperson that would clear the way for such an agreement.  Read the full story by The Detroit News.

Flurries to fly this week

Londoners will want to have their winter woolies ready as a little bit of snow is forecast to fall on the city Monday night.

Environment Canada expects a mix of rain and snow to change to snow in the evening, dropping 2 cm of the white stuff by Tuesday morning.

The temperature will hover around the freezing mark overnight and begin falling throughout the day Tuesday to minus 4 C. That is considerably cooler than the 7.5 C average daytime high for this time of year.

Poor response to Huron County wind turbine health study

The Huron County Health Unit’s study of any relationship between wind turbines and health complaints won’t be as detailed as they had hoped.

The County’s Acting Medical Officer of Health says of the five thousand people who live close enough to a turbine in Huron County to be eligible for the study, slightly over 100 registered for the study.

Doctor Maarten Bokhout says that means they won’t be able to do the rigorous study that would have provided a reasonable answer to the question of whether there are health problem related to turbines.

5 benefits of installing a smart thermostat in your home or cottage

Smart thermostats are more popular than ever, and we can understand why. Not only are they a great way to regulate (and automate) the comfort of your house or cottage, but their versatility can also have huge financial implications. With the right settings, you can limit the amount of wasted energy on your property. But until recently, most smart thermostats have typically worked only with central heating systems.

How much is a clean lake worth to you?

Who could put a price on clean water, right? In fact, many studies have tried to to just this, and often, concluded that—financially speaking—water conservation is a losing investment. But these researchers mustn’t have perched at the end of a wooden dock, poised to plunge into the glassy waters below when, oh, ew, what the? It’s an algal bloom.

IF YE BREAK FAITH: Names of the London-area fallen live for evermore at Menin Gate

YPRES, Belgium – In a small, shaded park across from St. Martin’s Cathedral, there’s a bunch of chairs in a round.

A lantern with a flickering candle is beside each chair, along with a country name.

The empty chairs are a better fit for a kitchen table or family den than a leaf-strewn park.

They’re a reminder of the First World War soldiers who never came home.

Douglas Rain, founding member of the Stratford Festival, dies

A founding member of the world-famous Stratford Festival has passed away.

Actor Douglas Rain, who became one of the Festival’s faces, and who was known by movie audiences worldwide as the voice of the cold, calculating HAL 9000 computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey, died Sunday morning at St. Marys Memorial Hospital near Stratford. The Stratford Festival confirmed his passing in a media release, saying it was due to natural causes. He was 90.