Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Trying to stop prime Ontario farmland from being ‘entombed forever’
“For Janet Horner, the executive director of the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance, a simple rhetorical question almost says it all: “Don’t you want to eat?”
“‘Protecting our land, so we are able to be somewhat self-sufficient and food secure is important. If we could eat houses, that’s fine, but we can’t,’ she said. Protecting those prime lands for food productions becomes even more important as the population of the Greater Toronto Area is expected to grow by 42 per cent by 2041 and productive farmland is under threat from urban sprawl.”
2. Trump moves to ends Dreamers program
“President Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, calling the program an ‘amnesty-first approach’ and urging Congress to replace it with legislation before it begins phasing out on March 5, 2018.”
+1: Trump just handed the fate of ‘dreamers’ over to an extraordinarily dysfunctional Congress – Washington Post
+1: Scrapping DACA Could Cost U.S. Economy As Much As $215 Billion – BuzzFeed News
3. ‘The S-word’: how young Americans fell in love with socialism
“Young Americans blame capitalism for crises in housing, healthcare and falling wages. Once demonised, the word ‘socialism’ is back as a new political movement takes root.”
4. Human antidepressants building up in brains of fish in Niagara River
“Active ingredients and metabolized remnants of Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac and Sarafem — drugs that have seen a sharp spike in prescriptions in North America — were found in 10 fish species.
“Diana Aga, professor of chemistry at University at Buffalo, says these drugs are found in human urine and are not stripped out by wastewater treatment.”
– CBC News
5. Facebook offers hundreds of millions of dollars for music rights
“Facebook is offering major record labels and music publishers hundreds of millions of dollars so the users of its social network can legally include songs in videos they upload, according to people familiar with the matter.”