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 cross the Canadian border – twice!

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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...

Entertainment

Nov 02 2018

Bye-bye, Big Bird

Caroll Spinney can tell you how to get to Sesame Street. He’s been a regular on the show since the day it aired. Technically, he’s been two regulars. You see, Mr. Spinney is the puppeteer that brought both Big Bird and Oscar to life. After almost 50 years, Mr. Spinney...

Culture

Oct 26 2018

Super-Size Me!

Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes. Small ones make good pies. Big ones make great jack-o’-lanterns. But what about super-gigantic ones? They’re the perfect size for giant pumpkin contests. These contests are held at fall fairs across Canada and around the world....

History

Oct 19 2018

The Sword Maiden of Sweden

Have you ever hunted for treasure at the beach, looking for stones to skip or pretty shells? Last summer, eight-year-old Saga Vanacek found more than she expected. She discovered a 1500-year-old sword. Saga was wading in Lake Vidöstern, Sweden. The water was only knee-...

Animals

Oct 12 2018

Bat Rescue

Scientists in Nova Scotia are on an undercover mission. They’re staking out a secret spot. Who are they spying on? Bats. But not just any bats. This colony of flying mammals has survived white nose syndrome (WNS). WNS is like the zombie apocalypse. It has killed seven...

Indigenous

Oct 05 2018

Building Lookout Hill

Carcross/Tagish First Nation got its first skatepark in September. This tiny Yukon community sits between Whitehorse and the B.C. border. With a population of 300, Carcross isn’t very big. But it brought big plans to life. There weren’t enough activities to keep kids...