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Ancient Egyptian Sarcophagus; Image: Buffalo Museum of Science

Canadian Scientist Loves Mummies

Heather Gill-Frerking is a Canadian scientist who loves working with mummies.

Mummies are the preserved bodies of humans and animals.

Gill-Frerking is the director of science and education for the “Mummies of the World” exhibition at the Buffalo Museum of Science.

by · April 22, 2014 · News
New Justice League United Cree superhero, Equinox; Image: DC Comics

DC Comics Introduces Cree Superhero

DC Comics will introduce a new superhero in April: a 16-year-old Cree girl from Moose Factory, Ontario, who goes by the name Equinox.

The character will be part of a five-issue series featuring Justice League Canada, a team of superheroes based in Northern Ontario.

by · April 21, 2014 · Entertainment, News
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Popular Talk show host David Letterman To Retire

A popular American late-night talk show will have a new host, likely next year.

The Late Show with David Letterman is on every weeknight starting at 11:35 p.m. in most North American cities.

Letterman is a comedian who interviews celebrities. Musicians often play during his show, and sometimes it features funny skits.

by · April 16, 2014 · Entertainment, News
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Moose Jaw Will Become “Reading Town” In May

For one week, books will be everywhere in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

That’s because from May 3 to 10, the city will become “Reading Town.”

It’s a project being run by the National Reading Campaign and the Saskatchewan Festival of Words organizers.

by · April 15, 2014 · News
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CBC To Cut 657 Jobs

The CBC announced last week that it plans to cut 657 jobs over the next two years.

The CBC (Radio-Canada in Quebec) had to drastically cut the amount of money it can spend (its budget). Because it had to cut more than $130 million, it had to let go of many people’s jobs because it would not be able to afford to pay their salaries.

by · April 14, 2014 · News
Jim Flaherty, 2007. Image: Joshua Sherurcij

State Funeral For Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty

A “state funeral” will be held in Toronto on Wednesday for Jim Flaherty.

by · April 13, 2014 · News, Politics
DeMar-DeRozan. Image: US Mission Canada

Raptors Headed To Playoffs

Canada’s only basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Toronto Raptors, are generating some excitement.

For the first time in six long years they have made the playoffs.

Of the 30 teams in the NBA, only 16 make it to the playoffs. There will be eight teams from the Eastern Conference and eight teams from the Western Conference. The Raptors play in the East.

In the playoffs, each team competes in a best-of-seven series. The first team to win four games moves on to the next round. A team has to win three rounds to make it to the finals. Then, the lone surviving team from the East plays the lone surviving team from the West.

by · April 11, 2014 · Sports
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Why Do Zebras Have Stripes?

A new study answers a question people have long asked themselves about the animal kingdom: Why do zebras have stripes?

If you want to try guessing the answer, stop reading now.

Have you guessed? OK, start reading again.

According to a new study, a zebra’s stripes most likely help to keep annoying, biting flies off them.

Scientists have thought that might be the reason.

However, they also had other theories: that the stripes provide camouflage to help them hide from enemies; to confuse their enemies; to help them stay cool; or for a social reason such as to attract a mate.

by · April 9, 2014 · Animals, Science
Pauline Marois has stepped down from the PQ. Image: Simon Villeneuve

Liberals Win Majority In Quebec

Voters in the province of Quebec made their feelings known on Monday, giving the Liberal party a majority government.

Majority means the Liberals got more votes than all of the other parties put together.

The Liberals beat the main rival, the Parti Quebecois, led by Pauline Marois.

by · April 8, 2014 · News, Politics
At The Nerf Games women and men take part in the competition. Image: Sergey Galyonkin

Toy Weapons For Girls: Too Violent, Or Too Pretty?

Some toy companies have recently introduced new lines of toy weapons designed especially for girls.

While the toys are a hit with girls, some adults object to them. Some people say the toys encourage violence and aggression among girls. Others say they are too feminine, and promote old-fashioned stereotypes.

Last fall, Nerf introduced its Rebelle line, which includes bows and guns that shoot foam darts or spray water. The weapons have names like the Heartbreaker Bow Blaster and the Pink Crush Blaster gun. They are brightly coloured in mostly pinks and purples.

by · April 7, 2014 · Kids