Feb 15 2019

A Tale of Two Presidents

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

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 with Venezuelans’ right...

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...

Environment

Nov 30 2018

Oil Spill in the Atlantic

On November 16, an offshore oil platform dumped 250,000 litres of crude oil off the coast of Newfoundland. It’s the worst spill in the history of the province. The oil leaked from the SeaRose, an FPSO operated by Husky Energy. FPSOs are huge ships. They’re used as...

Animals

Nov 23 2018

Mountain Gorilla Population Climbs

Good news for the mountain gorilla! It recently moved from “critically endangered” to “endangered” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. When so many species are going extinct, mountain gorillas are slowly bouncing back. In 1997, just 624 lived in the wild. By...

History

Nov 16 2018

The Beaucours Ramparts

In October, a Quebec City construction crew dug up something strange. They found an old piece of wood sticking out of the ground. What’s so strange about that? That old wood is part of a 20-metre wall.  And why is that so special? The wall is 325 years old! Quebec City...

Culture

Ivy Manouchehri and Kristal Daniels performing for residents at Oakcrossing Retirement Home in London, Ontario. (Photo by Abby Plener via cbc.ca)
Nov 09 2018

A “Grand-New” Idea

Cara Duncan, 23, is a student at McMaster University. Last year, she found a housemate using Symbiosis. It’s a housing program the university was piloting. The program asked her questions about her habits and personality. Then, she met her match – Lesly Adamson. Cara...