Risks assessment: 750 million genetically engineered mosquitos for release in Florida

Oxitec, a U.S.-owned company developing targeted biological insect control solutions, received final approval on August 18 2020 from the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Districts (FKMCD) Board of Commissioners to release its OX5034 Aedes aegypti mosquitos.   The genetically modified mosquitos, set for release in 2021, are the second generation of the company’s GM mosquito species.   Oxitec introduces two new genes into the mosquitos. The first is a male-selecting […]

Housing insecurity in Hamilton during COVID – the legal tensions

CHALLENGING THE LAW  The city of Hamilton voted overwhelmingly in favour of challenging a court injunction whose purpose is preventing the dismantling of ‘homeless encampments’.   The Superior Court extended an injunction in early August to prevent the removal of individuals and temporary shelters in Hamilton in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent intensification of […]