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...


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...


May 15 2020

Cooking for a Crowd

When COVID-19 benched pro sports in Toronto, a new team moved in. On April 24, it took over Scotiabank Arena. That’s the home of the Raptors and the Maple Leafs. Two weeks later, it took over BMO Field. That’s where the Argos and Toronto FC get their kicks. This new...


A group of students, including Tamasha Hussein (bottom right), welcomes Clemance Bisamu and other new refugee scholars to Vancouver. (Jon Hernandez via
Oct 18 2019

On the Road to Learning

Moving to a new school isn’t easy. New teachers. New classmates. It takes time to settle in. It’s even harder when you’re a refugee. You’re not just at a new school. You’re in Canada for the first time. You may be studying in a second language – or even a third! Take...


Apr 26 2019

Rescued From the Flames

The Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most famous buildings in the world. It is a Gothic masterpiece, and has been the heart of Paris for more than 850 years. The first stone was laid in 1163. It took nearly 200 years to finish construction. But on April 15, this...


Jan 24 2019


A Montreal elementary school had a brush with danger on January 14. Des Découvreurs elementary school had a carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas. It’s created when gasoline, oil, wood, and other fuels burn. In the open air, CO is harmless. When...


The Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway. (Photo courtesy the Northwest Territories government).
Nov 24 2017

Highway to the Arctic

A new highway opened last week. The Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway is short, just 137 kilometres long. But it’s important. It’s the first year-round road connecting Canada to the Arctic Ocean. The two-lane gravel road is built on permafrost. It took four years to build....


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...


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....


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...


Dec 09 2016

Helping the Hungry

Have you ever wondered what happens to food bank donations? A jar of peanut butter might make sandwiches for a family of five. A box of pasta might feed a grandma, living on a pension. A carton of Cheerios could go to a college student. Baby formula and diapers could...


Sep 16 2016

Mother Teresa, Saint of the Gutters

For years, people have called Mother Teresa “the saint of the gutters.” On September 4, Pope Francis made it official. Sainthood is one of the highest honours in the Roman Catholic Church. The ceremony was held at St. Peter’s Square in Rome. Mother Teresa, friend to…