National News New poll suggests Doug Ford doesn’t care about Ontarians; Uncompetitive federal races could hurt Canadian democracy SHARE ON: Greg Higgins, staff Wednesday, Jul. 17th, 2019 Almost 70% of Ontarians don’t believe Doug Ford cares about them Most Ontarian’s don’t believe Doug Ford when he says his government is for the people. Corbett Communications surveyed almost 1,000 people for the Toronto Star and asked if “Doug Ford cares about people like me.” Almost 70 per cent replied no to the statement. Just under one-fifth agreed. Over one-third of local federal candidates appointed with no competition People don’t have enough choices when it comes to local nominees in federal elections. According to Samara Centre for Democracy, less than 20 per cent of the 6,600 successful candidates between 2003 and 2015 faced a competitive race. Over one-third were directly appointed. The group said the trend could have big consequences for democracy. Group advises federal government to triple the land it protects The federal government is being warned that it must do more to protect land and water if it wants to avoid a “nature emergency.” The CBC reported that the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society says biodiversity is declining at a faster rate than ever before in recorded history. The group is advised Canada to triple the amount of land it currently protects. Scientists find new clues to why women are more likely to get Alzheimer’s More clues are being discovered as to why women are more likely to get Alzheimer’s than men and it isn’t because they live longer. According to the Associated Press, scientists at an Alzheimer’s conference in LA said the disease spreads differently in the brains of both sexes. They add newly identified genes are related to the fact two-thirds of all cases in the US are women.