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Australia Proved Gun Control Reduces Mass Shootings, Homicides, Suicides

(240) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 1:12 PM

Yet another multiple-victim shooting rocked the U.S. Wednesday morning as a gunman killed two Virginia TV journalists — Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27 — live on the air.

This comes on the heels of the Charleston, S.C. church massacre that killed nine, the...

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Meet Yerka, The World's First 'Unstealable' Bike

(12) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 8:43 AM

Biking can be one of the best ways to combat climate change and get exercise. But the downside to switching to a bike commute is that it increases the possibility your bicycle will be stolen.

In fact, The National Bike Registry reports that an estimated 1.5 million bikes...

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Twisted Sister's Dee Snider: Donald Trump 'Nice,' But Too Narcissistic To Be President

(9) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 11:07 AM

"[Donald Trump] is the Barnum & Bailey of our time," says Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, who should be able to recognize a fellow "master showman" considering his hair metal band similarly took over pop culture in the mid-'80s thanks to their absurd outfits and music videos.

Of course, Snider is...

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Road That Recharges Electric Cars While You Drive To Be Tested In UK

(11) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 1:17 PM

Electric cars seem like an obvious way to reduce carbon in the atmosphere. After all, gas-powered Canadian cars, trucks and motorcycles spew out about 88 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year while our southern neighbour's vehicles are responsible for 670 million tonnes, or one-fifth...

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This 'Drinkable Book' Purifies Water By Removing 99.9 Per Cent Of Bacteria

(2) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 2:24 PM

Nearly 750 million people around the world lack access to clean drinking water, the effects of which leads to over a half-million deaths each year, most of whom are children. Despite considerable progress over the 25 years, it remains one of the biggest challenges...

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Canada Could End Homelessness. And It'll Only Cost You $46 A Year

(71) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 4:05 PM



(Photo: Gettystock)

"Nobody grows up with the aspiration to be the poster child for homelessness, but you take what you've been given, right?"

Katrina Blanchard-Gervais laughs at the absurdity of it all, and she sounds more bright than bitter. After two years...

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Why We're Going Beyond the Ballot

(9) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 8:07 AM

Stephen Harper recently launched the longest Canadian election since, oh, 1872. Over the coming weeks, party leaders and their teams of candidates will spread out across the country to win your vote, using everything from attack ads to debates to stump speeches to talk about the issues that matter to...

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Drake Turns OVO Fest Into a Political Rally And Declares Victory

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 9:24 AM

While federal politicians began campaigning across Canada on Sunday, the following day Drake handily won the re-election as hip-hop's prime minister after a recent scandal threatened to derail his rule.

OVO Fest has always been less a festival than a political rally for its founder Drake, the self-declared 6...

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Amy Lehman, Aid Worker, Warns Against 'Magic Bullet' Solutions Like Anti-Malaria Bed Nets

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 10:48 AM

This weekend the Googleplex in Silicon Valley will be hosting the Effective Altruism Global conference, a gathering of science tech philanthropists and entrepreneurs who want to use their business and book smarts to optimize the world. This year's speakers include the likes of Tesla and SpaceX...

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Clear Garbage Bags Bring Shaming To Halifax's Non-Recycling Residents

(5) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 2:42 PM

In Vancouver they shame "grassholes," people who break lawn-watering restrictions despite the ongoing drought. Now over on the east coast, Halifax is about to bring the same sort of peer pressure to their recycling program.

Beginning on August 1, residents are only allowed to use

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Lego That Lets Kids Build Their Own Prosthetic Arms (And Hack Them, Too)

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 2:15 PM

If there's one toy that crosses all countries, cultures, age groups and genders, it's Lego. That's why it's so perfect that the Danish bricks will soon be able to be built onto children's prosthetic limbs – and build up their self-confidence at the same time.

Carlos Arturo Torres, a Colombian...

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Can Hip Hop Help Young People Handle Their Stress And Anger? (Spoiler: Yes, Yes Y'all)

(5) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 4:59 PM

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Ever since hip hop started out in the parks of New York's South Bronx four decades ago, the culture has been seen by some as a corrupter of youth. This, despite the fact that the music developed as a means of bringing together a community...

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Let's Talk About Kanye And Kim

(80) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 1:55 PM

The internet, or rather the older, whiter portion of the internet, erupted in anger this week when it was revealed that the world's biggest music star, Kanye West, would be performing at the Pan Am Games closing ceremonies in Toronto.

This outsize fury was perhaps best encapsulated in a...

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The Dutch City of Utrecht Is Doling Out Free Money For A 'Basic Income' Experiment

(17) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 3:13 PM

Modern social assistance, in which governments provide financial support to the unemployed, has been around since the Great Depression, and it's been controversial for just as long.

The primary complaint by opponents is that it removes the incentive to work, resulting in efforts to make welfare as unpleasant as...

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Jack Andraka Invented A Cancer Breakthrough. Now He's Building Nanobots. He's 18.

(55) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 10:33 AM

Jack Andraka just graduated high school. It was a big deal, of course, but it was also a moment of normalcy for a kid whose life so far has been anything but ordinary.

Andraka overcame homophobic bullying to become a world-famous science prodigy at the age of...

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The Greatest Canadians You (Probably) Don't Know About

(15) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 4:13 PM

New lists of greatest Canadians roll out pretty regularly but almost always with the same old names — more specifically, the same old straight, white, male names.

Folks like Tommy Douglas, Lester Pearson, and John A. MacDonald were undeniably pivotal to the development of Canada, but our country is...

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NASA Scientist: Artificial Intelligence 'Could Solve All The World's Problems' (If It Doesn't Terminate Us)

(32) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 9:20 AM

Artificial Intelligence has been in the news a lot lately with Google revealing its experimental AI can dream and Facebook announcing its own is entering "the next frontier" because it can understandThe Lord of the Rings.

Meanwhile, Newsweek's current cover story is headlined "

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The Best Part of Being a Dad Is Finding a Friend in My Five-Year-Old

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 5:28 PM

This will be the fifth Father's Day since the annual occasion became less about my dad and more about my son, Emile.

It almost perfectly coincides with E's senior kindergarten graduation ceremony -- a thing I would have never otherwise known existed since, back in my day, I just moved...

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Make A New Muslim Friend This Ramadan (And Break The Fast With Them)

(8) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 6:59 AM

As the holy month of Ramadan approaches on June 18, 2015, Muslim families across the country will be gathering together in the evenings for iftar, the traditional breaking of the daily fast. And they want you to join them.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada is launching a national campaign...

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#IWorryAbout: Tell Us The Concerns Keeping You Up At Night

(19) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 2:47 PM

With the country ramping up for a federal election in the fall, it's high time to talk about what is most important to Canadians as we go forward as a nation.

Whether well-trod or rarely broached, we'd like to hear from you about the worries that keep you up...

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