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Cuba. Image: Eirik

Canada Hosts Secret Talks That Help US And Cuba Make Up

The United States and Cuba seem to be on speaking terms again.
For more than 50 years, the two countries have quietly been unfriendly towards each other.

by · December 18, 2014 · News
Mastadon skeleton. Image: Kevin Saff

Climate Change, Not Hunting, Killed Off Mastodons

Mastodons in Canada’s north were probably wiped out by the start of a new Ice Age, and not by human hunters, according to a new scientific study.
Early humans have commonly been blamed for hunting mastodons to extinction in North America.

by · December 17, 2014 · Animals, Environment, News
Sidney Crosby is the latest hockey player to come down with the mumps. Image: Wikipedia

Hockey Players Coming Down With The Mumps

Lots of professional hockey players have recently come down with the mumps.
“The mumps” is an illness that makes people feel tired and sometimes achy.
People who get it usually look like they have a swollen (puffy) face and throat area. It used to be quite a common childhood disease, but then a vaccine was invented to prevent mumps and it became much less common.

by · December 16, 2014 · Health, News, Sports
A Western Screech Owl. Image: Randy R. Magnuson

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree… Check!

The 115th Christmas Bird Count is officially underway.
The count is an annual census of local and migratory birds and it’s organized by the National Audubon Society. From December 14 to January 5, volunteers will gather in more than 2,000 locations in North, Central and South America to count the birds in their area.

by · December 16, 2014 · Animals, News, Science
Rosetta Space Probe Raises Water Questions

Rosetta Space Probe Raises Water Questions

Scientists have made some surprising discoveries in space recently.
The European Space Agency (ESA) sent a probe, called Rosetta, six billion kilometres into space to meet up with a comet known as 67/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

by · December 15, 2014 · News, Science
Image: Ryan Mahle

Another Log On The Fire

There are many traditions around the holidays. “Holiday traditions,” in this case are things that people do every year during a holiday such as Christmas or Hannukah. Usually it is something that people have done for many years, perhaps beginning a long time ago.

by · December 12, 2014 · Lighter, News
A Beluga Whale in Quebec, Canada. Image: Luca Galuzzi

The Number Of Endangered Species In Canada Growing

The number of endangered species in Canada is growing. Five new animal species and five types of plants were declared endangered in November by a committee of wildlife experts.

by · December 10, 2014 · Animals, Environment, News
Jean Beliveau is immortalized outside the Molson Centre. Image: Jeangagnon

Fans Say Good-Bye To Hockey Player Jean Beliveau

Thousands of hockey fans poured in to the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sunday and Monday to say goodbye to one the sport’s most beloved players.

by · December 9, 2014 · News, Sports
John Tory. Image: Wikipedia

Tory To Tackle Toronto’s Traffic Troubles

Toronto’s new mayor thinks he can fix one of the city’s most annoying problems. The major Canadian city has become known for its “gridlock.” That’s a way of saying “lots of traffic jams.”

by · December 8, 2014 · News, Politics
The countdown clock. Image: NASA

Time For A Change As NASA Upgrades Its Launch Clock

There are some pretty famous clocks in the world: London’s Big Ben, and the clock on the Peace Tower in Ottawa, to name just two.
But the most watched clock in the world may be NASA’s launch clock.

by · December 4, 2014 · News, Science, Technology