Oct 23 2020

Canada Bans Single-Use Plastics

Canadians use 15 billion plastic bags a year. We use almost 57 million straws a day. In 2016, 29,000 tonnes of plastic trash ended up littering Canada’s land, water, and air. That’s enough plastic to make 2.3 billion single-use water bottles.

The federal government has promised to reduce plastic waste. This...


Photo credit: Robin Loznak.
Oct 16 2020

Taking Canada to Court

Is it up to the government to protect Canada from climate change? Fifteen kids and teens say it is. They’re taking the government to court to prove it. The young activists announced their lawsuit October 25, 2019. It was the morning of the Vancouver climate rally. Ten...


Oct 09 2020


People all look different. We come in all shapes and sizes. We have different genders and cultures. We come in different colours and races. This diversity wasn’t always reflected in our books, movies, and ads. However, that’s finally starting to change. Unless you have...


Oct 02 2020

Bye-bye, Birdy

Fall is here. The days are getting shorter and cooler. And everywhere you look, birds are on the move. Long, honking vees of Canada Geese wing across the skies. Turkey vultures soar by the dozens. Flocks of songbirds gather in gardens and at feeders, then fly off. They...


A forest burns as the Bobcat Fire grows, out of control, near Wrightwood, California, on September 18, 2020. [EPA/DAVID MCNEW]
Sep 25 2020

All Fired Up

Wildfires are searing the west coast of the United States from Mexico to the Canadian border. Almost 27,000 square kilometres of California, Oregon, and Washington state have gone up in flames over the past month. That’s an area half as big as Nova Scotia. California...


Sep 17 2020

Pop-up History Lessons

Look around your city or town. You’ll probably find some heritage plaques. On buildings and monuments. At parks and schools. They tell you about local history. In July, five new signs popped up around Toronto. They looked like heritage plaques. But they weren’t. These...


Sep 11 2020

Hockey Bubbles Up for the Cup

It’s playoff time in the NHL. Only four teams are left, duking it out in the conference finals. Each team wants to make it to the finals and take home the Stanley Cup. The fans are cheering. The stands are full… Or are they?


Aug 28 2020

Saving Seahorses

Amanda Vincent has been protecting seahorses for her whole career. In May, her work was rewarded. The B.C. marine biologist won the $250,000 (US) Indianapolis Prize. She’s the first marine biologist to win this important conservation award. “I’m absolutely thrilled....


Bill Reid toonie. (Royal Canadian Mint.)
Aug 19 2020

A Painting in Your Pocket

Keep your eyes open for a new special edition toonie. If you find one, you’ll be able to carry around a famous piece of art in your pocket. This coin honours Bill Reid, a famous Haida artist from B.C. One of his best-known works appears on the coin. It’s called Xhuwaji...


Jun 19 2020

Land of the Ancestors

Łutsël K'é Dene First Nation just earned big award. It won the UN’s Equator Prize for helping to create Thaidene Nëné, Canada’s newest national park reserve. It’s the first time a Canadian group has won. The $10,000 Equator Prize goes to Indigenous and local...


Jun 12 2020

Read All About It!

Have you heard the news? J.K. Rowling has a brand-new story! It’s called The Ickabog. Don’t go looking for Harry or Hogwarts or a glimmer of magic. The Ickabog isn’t set in the Harry Potter universe. Don’t go looking for an actual book, either. Why? For now, this free...


The entrance to the massive cave in British Columbia's Wells Gray Provincial Park. Two members of the Canadian team that conducted a preliminary exploration of the site are circled in red to give an idea of the size of the entrance of the cave, which measures 100 metres long by 60 metres wide. (Photo: Catherine Hickson)
Jun 05 2020

The Biggest Cave in Canada

Two years ago, B.C. biologists were counting caribou in Wells Gray Provincial Park. As their helicopter flew over a remote part of the park, they spotted a giant cave. They called geologist Catherine Hickson. “My initial reaction was that this is a very important...


May 29 2020

Voyage of the Stødig

Most people who want to visit Norway book a tour or a take a cruise. Not Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel. These young British architects were seeking adventure. They wanted to visit the wild, remote parts of Norway. They wanted to explore its fjords and hike in its...