Mar 27 2020

Suds Up!

Everywhere you go lately, someone reminds you to wash your hands. What difference does it make? Soap and water can’t fight a global pandemic.

It can, actually. In fact, handwashing stops COVID-19 in its tracks.

The coronavirus can only make you sick if it finds a way into your respiratory system. It...

Health

Mar 20 2020

How to Squash a Pandemic

Actor Tom Hanks has it. A few professional basketball and soccer players caught it. So did Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, the wife of our prime minister. It’s COVID-19. Three months ago, no one had ever heard of this new coronavirus. Now it’s a global pandemic. The virus...

Science

In this artist's concept of NASA's InSight lander on Mars, layers of the planet's subsurface can be seen below and dust devils can be seen in the background.
Mar 13 2020

Mars Spills Its Secrets

Scientists have questions about Mars. How did the planet develop? What’s it like on the inside? Does it quake? How’s the weather? NASA’s latest Mars mission is looking for the answers.

Sports

Mar 06 2020

Chance of a Lifetime

A practice goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs made his NHL debut February 22. But he didn’t suit up for the Leafs. He helped the Carolina Hurricanes beat them! NHL teams bring two goalies to a game. The backup is dressed and ready to play if the starter leaves the game...

Environment

In this photo taken on January 16, 2020, two Samburu men who work for a county disaster team identifying the location of the locusts are surrounded by a swarm of desert locusts filling the air, near the village of Sissia, in Samburu county, Kenya.
Feb 28 2020

Swarmed by Locusts

East Africa has a big locust problem. These hungry grasshoppers travel in giant swarms. They’re invading country after country. They eat everything in their path. It’s the worst year for locusts in decades. If they can’t be stopped, crops will be wiped out. Livestock...

History

Feb 21 2020

Special Delivery

Fred Arsenault turns 100 next month. The Toronto veteran loves getting mail. So his son Ron planned a special birthday surprise. “He said he’d love to get some birthday cards,” says Ron. “So I thought, well, let’s get him some birthday cards.” He took a picture of his...

Culture

Feb 14 2020

We Read Canadian

On February 19, people across the country will read books by Canadian authors. Why? It’s I Read Canadian Day. This brand-new day reminds us that Canadians write great books for young people. Canadian children’s books win tons of awards, all around the world. But over...

Health

Image of Coronavirus
Feb 07 2020

Fighting a New Virus

A nasty new coronavirus hit China in December. The outbreak started in the city of Wuhan. Coronaviruses are upper respiratory diseases. Some, like the common cold and flu, aren’t very serious. The symptoms are often mild. They usually go away quickly. The new virus...

Environment

Jan 31 2020

A Storm to Remember

On January 17, a giant snowstorm hit the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. It was the blizzard of the century. People were warned it was coming. Stock up on essentials, they were told. Don’t go to school. Don’t go to work. And for heaven’s sake, stay off the...

Environment

Jan 24 2020

Earth’s Best Shot

Calling all thinkers, leaders, and scientists. Calling all innovators and inventors. Prince William is looking for you. The Duke of Cambridge is launching a bold new plan to fight climate change. It’s called the Earthshot Prize. This multimillion-dollar award will...

Culture

Jan 17 2020

The Paper Bag Princess Turns 40

Hands up if you’ve read The Paper Bag Princess. This timeless tale by Robert Munsch hit the shelves 40 years ago. It never grows old. It has the all ingredients of a typical fairy tale. A prince and a princess. A daring rescue. A fire-breathing dragon. But there’s a...

Environment

A firefighter manages a controlled burn near Tomerong, Australia, on January 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Jan 10 2020

Fire Fight

Australia didn’t have a very Merry Christmas. The New Year isn’t looking very happy either. Why? Hundreds of wildfires are blazing, all across the continent. Many are burning out of control. It’s the worst fire season in Australia’s history. And it’s just getting...

Indigenous

Dec 17 2019

Say Hi to Some Lonely Languages

Everywhere you go, people say hello. “Welcome, my friend.” “Peace be unto you.” “Here you are.” “Have you eaten?” The words are different. But they all mean “hello.”