Apr 28 2017

“We Are Proud to Call You Canadian”

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

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 for great...


Gary Robbins, with his wife Linda Barton-Robbins by his side, collapses after finishing the 2017 Barkley Marathons. (Michael Doyle/Canadian Running Magazine)
Apr 21 2017

A Race to the Finish

They call it the toughest race on Earth. It’s almost four times longer than a marathon. More challenging than the Ironman triathlon. It’s the Barkley Marathons.   The Barkley is a 160-kilometre cross-country race. But you aren’t racing against the other runners. You’re...


Hans Rosling
Apr 13 2017

The Man Who Made Data Dance

Back in 2005, Dr. Hans Rosling had great news to share. The world had changed. It was getting healthier. It was getting wealthier. And not just developed countries. The poorest countries, too! The Swedish professor had the statistics to prove it.  


Apr 07 2017

City Chickens

Where does your family get eggs? Do you buy them at the grocery store? Or do you reach under a warm, fluffy hen, feel around in the straw and pull them out one by one? You don’t have to live on a farm to get eggs right from the chicken. City families can keep hens, too...


The Edmonton Commercial Graduates basketball team, arriving in Toronto on April 19, 1927 for the Canadian championship series with the Lakeside team. Third from left, Hattie Hopkins, substitute; Margaret MacBurney, star forward; Elsie Bennie, defense; Dorothy Johnson holding flowers, captain of the team; and world's champion foul-shooter; Mildred McCormack, substitute; Daisy Johnson, centre; Kate Macrae, defense; and Marguerite Bailey. (John Boyd/The Globe and Mail).
Mar 31 2017

Queens of the Court

Every team has its glory years, its winning streaks. The New England Patriots. The LA Lakers. Our men’s and women’s Olympic hockey teams. But no team has ever been as unbeatable as the Edmonton Grads. Between 1915 and 1940, this women’s basketball team played 522 games...


Minnesota Wild's Jason Pominville skates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators in St. Paul, Minnesota on February 17, 2017. The Wild announced on February 27 that Mr. Pominville has mumps along with other members of the team. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Mar 10 2017

Benched by the Mumps

The Vancouver Canucks lost seven hockey players from their lineup last month. Not to injury. To mumps. Troy Stecher came down with the virus on February 24. His teammates Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund were all quarantined with symptoms....


Mar 03 2017

Busy Signal

Could you take a break from your cell phone? Students at Herring Cove Junior High found out the hard way last month when their school temporarily banned cell phones. The one-week phone ban was an experiment, suggested by a Grade 8 teacher. Would texting less help her...


Feb 24 2017

How Do You Like Them Apples?

Say goodbye to tired-looking apple slices and ugly bruises. Say hello to the Arctic apple. Its flesh stays white long after you cut it up.   Slice it up and put it in your lunch bag. Take your time eating it. This apple won’t turn brown. Not for days. Not for weeks!  


Feb 17 2017

My, You’ve Grown, Canada!

t’s official. Canada’s population has hit 35 million. That’s ten times bigger than it was in 1871! How do we know this? The 2016 census told us. Every five years, the government collects information from every household in Canada. The census asks questions about the...


Feb 10 2017

Swallowed by the Waves

Sharks lost their biggest champion last week. Rob Stewart, a Toronto filmmaker and conservationist, died while diving. You wouldn’t think sharks need a hero. They’re apex predators. Kings of the ocean. They’re man-eaters, right?


Feb 03 2017

A Spoonful of Sugar

Everyone knows you shouldn’t eat too much sugar. But how much sugar are you eating? The easy answer is “too much.” Many foods contain natural sugar. You can taste the sweetness when you bite into an apple or banana. A glass of milk has the same amount of sugar as these...


Jan 27 2017

Shining Brightly

Ann Makosinski comes up with bright ideas. A flashlight that runs on body heat. A battery-free headlamp. A coffee mug that charges your phone.   Now the 19-year-old inventor has been named one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 for 2017. Forbes gives this honour to...


Jan 20 2017

Partners in Science

The world is fighting climate change. Glaciers are melting, oceans are warming and sea levels are rising. Scientists are working hard to find ways to slow these changes and deal with the challenges they bring. Canada’s Indigenous people are contributing their unique...