Oct 20 2016

Hit by a Hurricane

One of the worst hurricanes in history struck this month. It barreled through Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas. Then it stomped up the Atlantic Coast as far as North Carolina.


Oct 14 2016

From Fashion Model to Role Model

Emm Arruda wanted to be a model. She dreamed of strolling down a Paris runway in the latest fashions. Dior. Chanel. Valentino. Louis Vuitton. Instead, the fourteen-year-old Ontario teen wore baggy clothes to hide the curve in her spine. How could she model with...


Oct 07 2016

No Bad Dogs?

Montreal passed a new law on September 27 that has some dog-lovers barking mad. It’s a ban on pit bulls. What’s a pit bull? It’s a name given to a group of bull terrier breeds. These dogs share certain characteristics. They usually have a squared head, powerful body…


Assorted e-cigarettes. (Photo via Wikipedia.)
Sep 29 2016

Bad Habits

Is smoking bad for your health? Of course it is. Everyone knows that. But only one in ten teens believes that using e-cigarettes, or vaping, can be dangerous too. Turns out, what you don’t know can hurt you. E-cigarettes have only been around for about ten years. They...


An undated illustration shows Sir John Franklin's ships, the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror.
Sep 23 2016

The Terror, Lost and Found

In 1845, Sir John Franklin sailed two ships into the Arctic. The famous British explorer was looking for the Northwest Passage. Britain was eager to find this shortcut through the Arctic Ocean. It would be a much faster trading route from Europe to Asia. Or so...


Sep 16 2016

Mother Teresa, Saint of the Gutters

For years, people have called Mother Teresa “the saint of the gutters.” On September 4, Pope Francis made it official. Sainthood is one of the highest honours in the Roman Catholic Church. The ceremony was held at St. Peter’s Square in Rome. Mother Teresa, friend to…


A plane surveying elephants in Africa. (Photo courtesy the Great Elephant Census website.)
Sep 08 2016

The Great Elephant Census

In 2014, Elephants Without Borders launched the Great Elephant Census. The group’s goal? To count the savanna elephants in Africa. Workers crisscrossed 18 countries in small planes. It took two years and half a million kilometres of flying. It was the largest wildlife...


The Alpha Centauri star system, with Proxima b circled in red. (Wikipedia.)
Sep 02 2016

First Star to the Right

Is there life on other planets? Scientists just got a step closer to finding out.   They’ve discovered an Earth-sized planet in the Alpha Centauri star system. It’s called Proxima b. This planet circles a small red star called Proxima Centauri.   Where did they get the...


Penny Oleksiak carries a flag and walks with her teammates into the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 21, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - COC - Jason Ransom)
Aug 24 2016

"Faster, Higher, Stronger"

Every four years, the world’s best athletes compete at the Summer Olympics. This time, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, hosted the Games. Team Canada sent 314 athletes to Rio 2016. Each one hoped to bring home a medal. Each one dreamed of setting a world record. Each one was...


Popole Misenga, a refugee and judo athlete from the Democratic Republic of Congo, jogs near his home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Jun 17 2016

“With No Flag to March Behind”

A new team is competing in the Rio 2016 Olympics this summer. Its athletes will march behind the Olympic flag. They cannot march behind their own. The team is small, just six men and four women. But it represents 60 million people, almost twice the population of Canada…


Ibrahim Al-Hussein, a refugee of the war in Syria, carried the Olympic Torch in Athens. (Getty Images/Milos Bicanski)
Jun 10 2016

Gold Medal Dreams

Athletes around the world dream of competing in the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Every four years, that dream comes true for 15,000 athletes from 200 countries. The Olympics and Paralympics are the biggest multisport games in the world. Only the best…


Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) gets fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers centre Tristan Thompson (13) during second half of the Eastern Conference final NBA playoff basketball action in Toronto on May 27, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Jun 03 2016

The Roar of the Raptors

Six weeks ago, the Toronto Raptors wrapped up the regular season with the best record in the team’s 20-year history. Fifty-six wins. First in their division. A point out of first in the Eastern Conference. Canada’s only NBA team was headed for the playoffs. The Raptors...


May 27 2016

If You Feed Bacteria Some Plastic…

A recycling plant in Japan is getting a little extra help from hungry bacteria – that like to snack on plastic. Researchers discovered the tiny microbe living in soil and sludge samples. Ideonella sakaiensis can break down PET, the plastic used in water bottles. The...