Feb 19 2021

Building a Technicolour Bookshelf

Sofia Rathjen loves to read. But the Alberta Grade 8 student noticed something missing from the books at her school library. Not many characters look like her.

Sofia is part European, part Latina, and part Afro-Colombian. She’s read lots of books about people of colour. She’s even reviewed them on her...

Sports

Feb 12 2021

Shooting Star

It’s been an unusual year for the Toronto Raptors. Thanks to the pandemic, the NBA season started two months late. It’s ten games shorter than usual, too.  The Toronto franchise has had its highs and lows so far. The first blow was learning the team couldn’t play in...

Environment

Feb 05 2021

Mount Merapi Erupts

Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano, erupted January 27. The blast could be heard 30 kilometres away. For four hours, the volcano spat out red-hot rock and ash. A hot cloud of gas rushed down the slope, coating everything in grey ash. Lava spilled out of the...

Technology

Jan 29 2021

Gaming the Pandemic

Canadians have spent a lot of time and money on video games during the pandemic. That’s not surprising. When businesses and schools shut down last March, many of us were left with extra free time. We couldn’t play or watch sports. We couldn’t go to shows or concerts or...

Science

Photo credit: Government of Yukon
Jan 22 2021

Ice Age Wolf Pup Found in Yukon

Four years ago, a Yukon gold miner made a cool discovery. It was the tiny perfect body of a wolf pup! He found the pup frozen in the permafrost. He knew it must be really old. So he put it in a freezer and called Yukon Paleontology. It’s the oldest, most complete wolf...

Indigenous

Jan 15 2021

Ribbon Skirt Awareness

December 18 was formal day at Bella Kulak’s school in Kamsack, Saskatchewan. The 10-year-old Cote First Nation girl decided to wear a traditional ribbon skirt. Many Indigenous women and girls wear these colourful, handmade skirts. They are a symbol of their strength...

News

Jan 08 2021

They Desire a Better Country

The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest honours. The Order’s motto is “They desire a better country.” Canadians who make a difference are chosen to belong to it. The Order of Canada was created in 1967. Since then, more than 7000 Canadians have been...

Health

Dec 17 2020

Taking a Shot at COVID-19

Good news! The first doses of a coronavirus vaccine arrive in Canada this week. “This will be the biggest immunization in the history of the country,” said Prime Minister Trudeau. “We should be able to have a majority of Canadians vaccinated by next September.” Health...

History

Fossilized trackway in the P.E.I. National Park. (Photo credit: Patrick Brunet)
Dec 11 2020

Finding Fossil Footprints

About 290 million years ago, tetrapods scampered across Prince Edward Island. These early lizards left fossilized footprints in the red rock when it was just mud. Were they dinosaurs? No. These animals lived 100 million years before dinosaur days, in the Permian Period...

Environment

Dec 04 2020

Cleaning Up the LaHave

A young eco-activist was inducted into the Order of Nova Scotia this month. Stella Bowles is the youngest inductee to the Order ever. How did a 16-year-old earn Nova Scotia’s highest honour? By convincing the local, provincial, and federal governments to clean up the...

Indigenous

Nov 27 2020

A Marvel-ous Opportunity

Have you ever wanted to draw comic books? Kyle Charles has wanted to bring superheroes to life for as long as he can remember. The Cree artist has loved to draw since he was three.   Kyle grew up reading comics. Spiderman and the X-Men were some of his favourites....

Environment

Nov 20 2020

Muscling in on Maples

Canada is world-famous for our sugar maples. These beautiful trees give us maple syrup in spring. They paint the woods bright orange each fall. We have so many, we put the leaf on our flag. But not all maples are Canadian. Norway maples are creeping into our forests,...

Politics

President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are joined by family members after Mr. Biden delivered his victory address in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7, 2020.
Nov 13 2020

A New President

The United States has elected a new president. Joe Biden will replace Donald Trump as the leader of the U.S. government. He takes office in January. The president-elect has plenty of experience. Mr. Biden was Barack Obama’s vice president for eight years. Now he’ll be...