Nov 20 2020

Mapping a New Coral Reef

In October 2020, a team of Australian scientists stumbled across a mountain no one had ever seen before. This mountain—a living coral reef—lay hidden under the ocean’s surface, just 100 kilometres from northern Australia.

Politics

President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are joined by family members after Mr. Biden delivered his victory address in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7, 2020.
Nov 13 2020

A New U.S. President

The United States went to the polls November 3. Four days later, the results were clear. Joe Biden will be the country’s next president. The president-elect brings plenty of experience to the job. He served as a senator for 36 years and vice president to Barack Obama...

Health

Nov 06 2020

A Name Change for Asbestos

Asbestos, Quebec is changing its name. Why? Because it’s named after a mineral that kills 100,000 people a year. That’s not a terrific selling point for a town that’s trying to attract business. “We are losing great business opportunities just because of our name,”...

Indigenous

A Mi'kmaw fisherman hold his son on his boat before heading out to set traps in Saulnierville, Nova Scotia on October 21, 2020.
Oct 30 2020

The Right to Fish

On October 13, several hundred non-Indigenous commercial lobster fishers and their supporters raided two facilities where Mi’kmaw fishers were storing their catches. At a lobster pound in New Edinburgh, rioters set a van on fire, stole lobsters, and damaged the...

News

Oct 23 2020

QAnon

Have you heard about QAnon? It’s a fringe, unfounded conspiracy theory, spreading via social media, that has infected the United States. What are the details of this theory? It sounds like the plot of a new vampire movie: A powerful secret cult of politicians and...

Indigenous

Oct 16 2020

What’s in a Name?

Naming traditions vary widely from culture to culture. Children may take their father’s surname, their mother’s surname, both, or neither, depending on local laws and customs. They may be named for family members, religious figures, their birth order, appearance – even...

Technology

Oct 09 2020

Atlantic Loop to Energize the Maritimes

On September 23, the federal government announced plans for the Atlantic Loop, a large regional power grid that would supply the Maritimes with clean, green electricity. Electricity is often generated far from the place it’s used. It is transmitted from source to...

News

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., on October 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Oct 02 2020

R.I.P. R.B.G.

America has lost an outspoken advocate for equal rights. U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also known as the Notorious RBG, lost her fifth battle with cancer September 18. She was 87. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in 1933. She grew up during the Great...

News

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

On Fire

Wildfires are scorching 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, an area half as big as Nova Scotia. California was...

News

Sep 18 2020

Banned Nerve Poison Fells Russian Activi...

One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s harshest critics has been poisoned. Alexei Navalny, a 44-year-old political activist, collapsed on a flight to Moscow on August 20. Traces of Novichok, a Russian military-grade nerve poison, were found in his blood. The Kremlin...

Sports

Sep 11 2020

The Trouble with Team Names

A growing outcry against controversial Indigenous team names, logos, and mascots has persuaded three pro sports teams to consider rebranding. The CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos, Washington’s NFL team, and baseball’s Cleveland Indians have rejected pressure for many years. In...

Animals

Aug 26 2020

Sea Otters Bring Back the Balance

A species that nearly disappeared from B.C. is back. Sea otters are frolicking off the B.C. coastline in numbers that haven’t been seen in almost 200 years. The return of this fuzzy, playful critter has brought unexpected benefits. It’s repairing the entire marine...

History

Aug 21 2020

From Museum to Mosque

Hagia Sophia is Turkey’s biggest tourist attraction, attracting almost four million visitors a year. For the past 86 years, this iconic Istanbul landmark has been a museum. In July, however, the Turkish government converted Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. That...