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By Patricia Petit Liang

Widespread flooding may lead to a population explosion of mosquitoes in Quebec.

According to CTV News, the higher levels of water in flooded rivers and lakes will allow for more mosquito eggs to hatch.

Warmer weather this summer will also encourage mosquitoes to lay more eggs around the province.


By Allison O'Reilly

A pair of tragedies involving 2 First Nations teens in Thunder Bay, Ontario has ignited concerns about police practices in the area.

According to CBC News, 17-year-old Tammy Keeash of North Caribou Lake First Nation was found dead in a river in Thunder Bay on May 7th, while 14-year-old Josiah Begg was declared missing on May 6th when he visited the city for a medical appointment, 600 kilometers south of his remote First Nation.

5 indigenous students died in the rivers of Thunder Bay between 2000 and 2011 but their cause of death could not be determined because of various shortcomings in the Thunder Bay police investigations.

Members of the First Nations community are looking for funds to hire a private investigator to probe further in Keeash's death, while also conducting a search for Begg.


By Patricia Petit Liang

Dozens of gay men fleeing persecution in Chechnya are finding safety in other countries.

According to BBC News, at least 5 undisclosed countries have been working with the Russian LGBT Network to save gay men from being brutally tortured.

At least 43 people have been evacuated from Russia, while many others are still in hiding.