Sep 22 2017

A Whale of a Tale

Talk about beginner’s luck! Last month, an Inuk teen harpooned a bowhead whale on her very first hunt.

Adult bowheads grow to 18 metres. They weigh up to 100 tonnes. That’s twice as long as a school bus and seven times as heavy!

Aboriginal people living in Canada’s Far North have always hunted whales...

Technology

Sep 15 2017

Two Hundred Years on Two Wheels

The bicycle turns 200 this year. Karl Drais, a German inventor, came up with the two-wheeler to solve a transportation problem. Before bikes were invented, there were no cars or trucks. For most folks, the only way to travel and carry goods was on foot. Some people...

Environment

Horses are rescued from dangerous floodwaters caused by Hurricane Harvey on August 31, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
Sep 08 2017

Hurricane Harvey Hits Houston

A powerful hurricane struck southeast Texas in late August. By the time it blew itself out, Hurricane Harvey caused an estimated $180 billion of damage and killed at least 60 people. People knew Harvey was coming. Meteorologists tracked the tropical storm. It sucked up...

Politics

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as former astronaut and Governor General designate, Julie Payette, talks to reporters in Ottawa on July 13, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)
Sep 01 2017

Countdown to Our New Governor General

Canada gets a new governor general this fall. It’s a great honour to be the Queen’s representative. You meet with royalty and presidents. You sign laws and give out medals and awards. You swear in the prime minister and his cabinet, and open and close Parliament. You’...

News

The sun is obscured by smoke from wildfires in the distance behind burnt trees in Williams Lake, B.C., on Sunday, July 30, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Aug 28 2017

Fighting Fires in B.C.

Summer is fire season in British Columbia. This summer was the worst in B.C.’s history. The B.C. Wildfire Service knew it was coming. The spring was cool and wet. But by early July, the weather was blazing hot. Temperatures soared into the 30s. There had been no rain...

Sports

Naomi Prohaska with her father at the summit of Mount Logan.
Jun 16 2017

Feeling on Top of the World

Nothing’s impossible if you set your mind to it. Just ask 15-year-old Naomi Prohaska. She’s the youngest person to climb to the top of Canada’s highest mountain.  Summiting Mount Logan is no small feat. The Yukon mountain rises from the biggest nonpolar ice fields in...

News

Jun 09 2017

Bringing Down the Big Top

There’s something magical about the circus. Death-defying feats, performing animals, goofy clowns, graceful trapeze artists. It all starts when the ringmaster steps into the spotlight, wearing a jaunty top hat. “Ladies and gentlemen. Children of all ages. Welcome to...

Sports

Jun 01 2017

Still in Motion

It’s been 30 years since Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion Tour. On his tour he did something no one has ever done before. He travelled around the world by wheelchair. Can you imagine? Rick wheeled through 34 countries on four continents. He saw the Great Wall of China and...

Environment

Plastic debris on East Beach, Henderson Island. [Photo by Jennifer Lavers]
May 26 2017

Paradise Lost

Have you ever heard of Henderson Island? Probably not. It’s tiny. No one lives there. Almost no one goes there. It’s just a tiny dot on the map, halfway between New Zealand and Chile. In 1988, that tiny dot on the map became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Why? Because...

News

May 19 2017

Ketchup Wars

Last year, an Orillia man started a ketchup war. How? With a Facebook post. He told people to stop buying Heinz. Get French’s instead, he said. His post went viral. Canadians love ketchup. We eat more per person than every country but Finland. You can find a bottle in...

News

May 12 2017

TED Talk Surprise

TED conferences bring in big-name speakers. The top scientists and thinkers. World leaders. Sports heroes and artists and movie stars. But at last month’s event in Vancouver, organizers promised something extra-special. A mystery guest. “Who is it?” everyone wondered....

Animals

May 05 2017

Goosebusters!

Canada geese are party animals. They migrate together in big Vs. They waddle around together. They eat together, too. Cornfields are the perfect place for a goose party. There’s room for thousands of geese. Predators can’t sneak up on them. And waste corn is all over...

News

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau presents Malala Yousafzai with honorary Canadian citizenship during a ceremony in Ottawa on April 12, 2017. (REUTERS Photo)
Apr 28 2017

“We Are Proud to Call You Canadian”

Canada welcomed a new citizen April 12. This brave teen was born in Pakistan. She is the world’s youngest Nobel laureate.   Can you guess who it is? It’s Malala Yousafzai. Her citizenship is honorary, of course. She can’t vote or get a passport.   This honour is given...