Mar 15 2019

Take Your Best Shot

Vaccines are one of the biggest public health advances of the 20th century. You may think of them as a shot in the arm. But when they were first developed, many parents around the world saw them as a lifesaver.

They spelled an end to quarantine signs. To the fear that your child would catch a life-...

Sports

Mar 08 2019

Competing in ‘Canada’s Olympics’

Young athletes from across Canada headed to Red Deer, Alberta in February. Why? To compete in the Canada Winter Games. It’s Canada’s biggest multisport games. Like the Olympics, the Canada Games is held every two years. It alternates between winter and summer sports. “...

History

Mar 01 2019

Heroes and History

A new Heritage Minute came out February 20. These one-minute commercials capture important moments in Canadian history. The new one tells the story of the Vancouver Asahi. You’ll find the Asahi in Canada’s Baseball Hall of Fame. But most Canadians have never heard of...

Environment

Feb 22 2019

Don’t Roll Up the Rim

Canadians love Tim Hortons’ Roll Up the Rim to Win contest. This annual tradition is as Canadian as the hockey player that gave Timmy’s its name. It’s also one of the most successful marketing campaigns in Canadian history. People have been rolling up the rim since...

Politics

Juan Guaido speaks at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), in Caracas, Venezuela, on February 8, 2019. (EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ)
Feb 15 2019

A Tale of Two Presidents

Venezuela has a big problem. It has two presidents. How did this happen? Nicolas Maduro has been leading the South American country since 2013. He was re-elected last May. But his opponents in the National Assembly say Mr. Maduro is a dictator. They claim he interfered...

Technology

Feb 08 2019

Charged Up for Tomorrow

The key to reducing climate change is cleaner, greener energy. The key to unlocking that energy is a bigger, better battery. There’s just one problem. We don’t have one. Ordinary batteries can only hold a little energy – enough for phones and laptops and cars. We need...

Health

Feb 01 2019

Food for Thought

Health Canada served up a new Canada’s Food Guide in January. This updated guide for healthy eating was introduced January 22. Canadians will notice a few changes. Like the 2007 version, the new Canada’s Food Guide tells us what to eat and what not to eat. But it also...

News

Jan 24 2019

Undetectable

A Montreal elementary school had a brush with danger on January 14. Des Découvreurs elementary school had a carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas. It’s created when gasoline, oil, wood, and other fuels burn. In the open air, CO is harmless. When...

Health

Jan 18 2019

Move It!

Students at Roland School in Manitoba have a fun new way to boost their fitness and “shake their sillies out.” They just follow the Sensory Path.  The Sensory Path was once an ordinary hall lined with lockers. Now it’s a 35-metre fitness trail.  Colourful stickers on...

History

Jan 11 2019

Cutting the Angle

An anonymous petition wants to hand over part of Minnesota to Canada. The Northwest Angle is technically part of the United States. But this tiny piece of land isn’t even connected to Minnesota. It’s wedged between Manitoba and Ontario. To drive there, you have to...

Science

The official Expedition crew portrait with (from left) NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, and astronaut David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency.
Dec 19 2018

David Saint-Jacques Is Out of This World

Move over, Chris Hadfield. There’s a new Canuck on the International Space Station (ISS). David Saint-Jacques is the ninth Canadian to go to space. He and two other astronauts blasted off from Kazakhstan on December 3. They are spending six months aboard the space...

Entertainment

Figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir sign their star as they are inducted into the 2018 Canada Walk of Fame during a press red carpet event in Toronto on ] December 1, 2018.(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)
Dec 14 2018

Starring… Canada!

Canada’s Walk of Fame is twinkling a little brighter this year. On December 1, it added some bright new stars. These Canadian VIPs come from many fields. From sports and the arts. From science and business. They’ve all done something to make Canada proud. Canada’s Walk...

Science

This image from InSight's robotic-arm mounted Instrument Deployment Camera shows the instruments on the spacecraft's deck, with the Martian surface of Elysium Planitia in the background. The image was received on December 4, 2018 (Sol 8). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Dec 07 2018

Inside the Red Planet

November 26 was a big day for NASA. The InSight spacecraft, which left Earth in May, was ready to land on Mars. Mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was packed with people. As InSight entered the atmosphere, everyone watched the monitors. Scientists were...