Sep 15 2017
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.
Sep 08 2017
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...
Sep 01 2017
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.
Aug 28 2017
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...
Jun 16 2017
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...
Jun 09 2017
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...
Jun 01 2017
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...
May 26 2017
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...
May 19 2017
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...
May 12 2017
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....
May 05 2017
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...
Apr 28 2017
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...