Blue jeans linked to water pollution from Great Lakes to Arctic, study suggests

They may hug you in all the right places, but your favourite pair of jeans could be contributing to the pollution of Canada's waters, a new study suggests.

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Toronto's air quality has improved during the coronavirus pandemic

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Sidewalk Labs reveals the key to its smart city plans: An $80M building factory

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Groups support remaining childless to cut carbon footprint

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Toronto councillor wants to sue big oil for climate change costs

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Climate

A vertical forest is proposed in Toronto, Canada

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Toxics

Critics slam Canada’s response to Volkswagen emissions scandal, three years after it was discovered

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Flash floods reignite debate over Toronto’s sewer system

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Canada's housing crisis reinforces violence against poor women

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Arctic temperatures could freeze Niagara Falls

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