May 14 2021

Remembering the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

Shortly after midnight on April 26, 1986, a reactor exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine. Thirty-five years later, Chernobyl is still the world’s worst nuclear accident.

In 1986, Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union. The Chernobyl nuclear plant was located 20 kilometres south of Ukraine’s...


May 07 2021

It Is Bright, It Is Lit

A new Inuit art centre opened at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) in March. Qaumajuq will showcase the world’s largest public collection of Inuit art. “The WAG has this extraordinary collection of Inuit art, close to 14,000 objects (and) another 8000 on long-term loan,”...


Apr 30 2021

Stand Up and Be Counted

Canada is a diverse, growing nation with a population of 38 million. How does the government know how many people live here, where they live, and where they work? How does it determine what programs individual Canadians need and how much to budget for them? How does it...


Apr 23 2021

“We’re Not the Virus”

Anti-Asian racism is surging in Canada. According to data gathered by the Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC), people of Chinese descent reported 1150 incidents between March 2020 and February 2021. While reports came in from every province, the lion’s share were...


Apr 16 2021

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Dead a...

On April 9, Buckingham Palace posted sad news. “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.” He died two months before his 100th birthday, after a life of devoted...


Apr 09 2021

Something to Talk About

In January, the Compassionate Neighbourhood Health Partners Society launched a project to combat the loneliness felt by isolated seniors. How did the Chilliwack, B.C. health agency deal with the problem? It turned to another demographic that is also missing social...


Apr 01 2021

The World’s Biggest Traffic Jam

On March 23, one of the world’s largest container ships blocked one of the world’s most important shipping lanes. The MV Ever Given got stuck while travelling through Egypt’s Suez Canal. The Suez Canal, which opened in 1869, connects the Red Sea and the Mediterranean....


Mar 12 2021

Canada Adds Proud Boys to Terror List

Canada has added the Proud Boys to its list of terrorist groups. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair made the announcement February 3. The Proud Boys is an all-male, neo-fascist group, founded in 2016 by Gavin McInnes, a Canadian far-right media personality. The group...


Mar 05 2021

Roving Around on Mars

NASA landed a rover on Mars in February. The mission left Earth last July, landing on Mars eight months and 472 million kilometres later. Perseverance has a dual mission: to find proof of past life on the Red Planet and to learn if Mars may support human life in the...


Feb 26 2021


Loujain Alhathloul was released from a Saudi Arabian prison on February 6. The high-profile activist had been imprisoned for 1001 days for her outspoken advocacy for women’s rights in the ultra-conservative Arab nation. Loujain and nine other women were arrested in May...


Feb 19 2021

Speaking Out in Spoken Word

Fauzia Adetokunbo Agbonhin, an award-winning spoken word performer and poet, has experienced a lot of prejudice and hate in her life. At times, the 19-year-old Western University student even hated herself, wishing she could change her skin colour, her hair – even her...


Feb 12 2021

Protecting Apes and Elephants

On November 17, Senator Murray Sinclair introduced a private member’s bill in the Senate. If passed, Bill S-218 will establish some of the strongest animal-protection laws in the world. This ground-breaking animal rights bill is known as the Jane Goodall Act. Senator...


Feb 05 2021

Governor General Resigns

Governor General Julie Payette resigned January 21 after a scathing report into workplace harassment at Rideau Hall. She is the first governor general to leave her post amid controversy. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Richard Wagner is standing in...