Jan 13 2017

Happy Birthday, Canada!

Canada’s having a birthday party. Everyone’s invited. Get ready for a year of celebrations across the country. After all, how often does a country turn 150?


Dec 16 2016

The Next Queen of the Ten

Move over, Sir John A. Macdonald. Make way for Viola Desmond. She’s taking your place on the ten-dollar bill.


Dec 09 2016

Helping the Hungry

Have you ever wondered what happens to food bank donations? A jar of peanut butter might make sandwiches for a family of five. A box of pasta might feed a grandma, living on a pension. A carton of Cheerios could go to a college student. Baby formula and diapers could...


Dec 02 2016

Top Price Paid for Mountaintop

Mountain Forms by Lawren Harris was sold at auction in Toronto on November 23. It was a big painting by a big Canadian artist. It sold for a very big price.


Nov 25 2016

Invasion of the Beavers

The beaver is Canada’s national animal. It’s cute. Distinctive. Hardworking. We’ve put it on our nickel and our first postage stamp. It has even inspired a tasty fried pastry called the beavertail.  


Nov 18 2016

America's New President

On November 8, the United States elected a new president. Most people thought the frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, would win. Instead, voters picked Donald Trump, a real estate developer and reality TV host. He’s the first U.S. president without any government or military...


Dr. Fred Roots, age 93, during a break in a board meeting of Students on Ice. (Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)
Nov 12 2016

Polar Roots

Canada lost one of its greatest explorers and scientists last month. Dr. Fred Roots died at age 94.   Most of us have never heard of Dr. Roots. But we’ve all heard of his work. The B.C. geologist was one of the first scientists to confirm global warming…


Nov 04 2016

Lighten Your “Foodprint”

Can’t finish your hamburger? Think twice before you pitch it. About 870 million people would love to have that burger. One in ten people doesn’t get enough to eat, and one-third of the hungry are kids. That’s a lot of empty bellies. How on Earth will we fill them all?…


Oct 28 2016

Baby Boom

Oh, baby! It’s been a busy two years for British Columbia’s orcas. The clan of orcas known as southern resident killer whales had a baby boom in 2015. Ten new calves were born. “We haven’t had a year like this since 1977, when we had nine,” says Michael Harris,...


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. These storms are the world’s deadliest natural disasters. The average hurricane releases as much...


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...