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Building a better concrete toboggan- GNCTR 2014

It sounds like a university student a “concrete” toboggan, load a few people on board and race down a steep snow-covered hill.

The Queen's University engineering team speeds down the hill in ...


Union federation applauds Ontario minimum wage increase, but it's still below poverty line

The announcement of a higher minimum wage in Canada's most populous province of Ontario is good news, but it's still not enough to get workers above the poverty line, says the province's labour federation.

On Thursday, the Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the province's minimum wage would rise from $10.25 an hour to $11 as of ...


Monarch butterflies numbers plunge

The number of monarch butterflies that migrate from Canada and the U.S. to Mexico every year has dropped to its lowest level since people started counting them. There are other populations of monarchs, but those that go on this annual trek may disappear entirely.



Abstract painter Fernand Leduc was key figure in contemporary art, signatory of 'Refus global'

A key figure in contemporary art, abstract painter Fernand Leduc died on Tuesday (January 28) at the age of 97. Leduc was part of "Les Automatistes" a group of painters in the predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec.

In 1948 he was a signatory of the controversial anti-establishment and anti-religion manifesto "Refus global" (Total Refusal) along with contemporaries such as Paul-Émile ...


Warm weather forces change to Yukon endurance races

Two major international races have had to make significant changes due to unseasonably warm weather recently in the far north.

The Yukon Quest is an annual 1,600 kilometre dog sled race between Fairbanks Alaska, USA, and Whitehorse Yukon Alaska.

The Arctic Ultra is a marathon for runners, skiers, or cross country cyclists, this year with 160 and 480 ...


Canadian journalist detained in Egypt

Canadian Mohamed Fahmy is among 20 journalists detained in Egypt on charges of joining or assisting a terrorist group and spreading false news that endangers national security. The journalists work for the Al-Jazeera TV network. It is the first time authorities have put journalists on trial on terror-related charges.


Canada Post stamps for Black History Month

Canada Post has created two more stamps in its ongoing series commemorating February’s Black History Month in Canada.

The two stamps represent two of the earliest black communities in Canada, on opposite sides of the country.


Statistics Canada- Canadian household spending

Canada’s statistics gathering agency has just released its report on household spending by Canadians for the year 2012.

Not surprisingly household spending was up from the previous year by 2.7%.

The average Canadian household spent $75,443 in 2012 which included just over $56,000 on goods and services, with the remainder for things like income tax, pension contributions, and ...


Canada's largest bank, Royal Bank, to sell Jamaican operations

Canada's largest bank, Royal Bank (RBC), announced on Wednesday (January 29) it has agreed to sell RBC Royal Bank (Jamaica) Limited and RBTT Securities Jamaica Limited (collectively "RBC Jamaica") to a rival lender, Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited. The sale is dependent on regulatory approvals and "is expected to be finalized in the coming months" according to the RBC press release.

"Consistent ...




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