Category Archives: Canada

Early trace of life from 3.95 Ga sedimentary rocks in Labrador, Canada

A group of scientists including Takayuki Tashiro, Akizumi Ishida, Masako Hori, Motoko Igisu, Mizuho Koike, Pauline Méjean, Naoto Takahata, Yuji Sano, Tsuyoshi Komiya find evidence of early life in Canada. The scientists write:

The vestiges of life in Eoarchean rocks have the potential to elucidate the origin of life. However, gathering evidence from many terrains is not always possible, and biogenic graphite has thus far been found only in the 3.7–3.8 Ga (gigayears ago) Isua supracrustal belt. Here we present the total organic carbon contents and carbon isotope values of graphite (δ13Corg) and carbonate (δ13Ccarb) in the oldest metasedimentary rocks from northern Labrador. Some pelitic rocks have low δ13Corg values of −28.2, comparable to the lowest value in younger rocks. The consistency between crystallization temperatures of the graphite and metamorphic temperature of the host rocks establishes that the graphite does not originate from later contamination. A clear correlation between the δ13Corg values and metamorphic grade indicates that variations in the δ13Corg values are due to metamorphism, and that the pre-metamorphic value was lower than the minimum value. We concluded that the large fractionation between the δ13Ccarb and δ13Corg values, up to 25‰, indicates the oldest evidence of organisms greater than 3.95 Ga. The discovery of the biogenic graphite enables geochemical study of the biogenic materials themselves, and will provide insight into early life not only on Earth but also on other planets.

Canada | Double standards as politicians and editorialists condemn neo-Nazism in Charlottesville embrace it in Ukraine

by Roger Annis

Something terribly significant happened in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11 and 12, 2017. It’s been reverberating around the world ever since.

A movement of civil rights advocates and activists came together on those two days to challenge the hateful and racist groupings in the U.S. that had descended on the city to voice neo-Nazi ideology and reverence for monuments to the slave-based Confederacy of the 18th and 19th century United States. Saying ‘never again’, the anti-racist protests in Charlottesville stopped the racists and neo-Nazis in their tracks. It was another step towards a world of social justice in which racism is ended once and for all.

Canada | Ottawa quietly eases restrictions on Canadian military mission in Ukraine

by Lee Berthiaume

The military has quietly expanded its footprint in Ukraine, giving commanders free rein to send their troops anywhere — except where they might run into Russian forces or separatist rebels.

Canada first deployed about 200 troops to Ukraine in the summer of 2015 to help train government forces in their fight against Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.

Canada | CHRYSTIA FREELAND EXPOSED BY SERGEI LAVROV AT ARCTIC COUNCIL; DROPS “CANADIAN DEMOCRACY DESTABILIZATION” CHARGE AGAINST RUSSIA

By John Helmer

The first meeting of Canada’s new Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland (lead image, left) with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) has backfired when Freeland addressed Lavrov in Russian, and Lavrov replied that speaking in Russian will soon be illegal according to a new law proposed by the Canadian-backed regime in Ukraine.  “While Chrystia Freeland is free to speak Russian here in Alaska,” Lavrov told the press, “in Ukraine, where Russian has long been a native language for a huge number of people, it could soon lose its standing and status.”

Canada | Bitter Harvest: Ukrainian nationalist fantasy as film

By Jason Melanovski
18 March 2017

Directed by George Mendeluk; screenplay by Mendeluk and Richard Bachynsky Hoover

The Canadian-produced historical drama Bitter Harvest premiered February 24 in the United States, primarily showing in “art theaters” and in areas of the country with a large Ukrainian population.