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Explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton wanted to move to Canada and become Canadian

Articles of Interest   |   February 16, 2024

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The renowned polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton was planning to move to Canada and become a Canadian, and even bought land here, it emerged Thursday as a plaque in his honour was unveiled in Westminster... read more

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Educators across Canada shifting their thinking around exams and assessments

Articles of Interest   |   January 31, 2024

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At the end of every high-school semester, it’s not unusual to find teens weighed down by those stress-inducing final exams. But one Ontario school board has taken a different approach. Instead of dedicated exam days... read more

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Canadians want their governments to tackle poverty, but nobody can agree on what to do

Articles of Interest   |   January 11, 2024

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In Canada, poverty is a half-full, hall-empty glass kind of situation. On the positive side, the poverty rate has declined to 7.4 per cent in 2021 from 14 per cent in 2015, according to the... read more

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As winter solstice brings the shortest day of the year, scientists debate evidence of even briefer days

Articles of Interest   |   December 22, 2023

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For people living in the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year – that is, the 24-hour period with the least amount of daylight. But while the timing of sunrise... read more

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Quebec reduces tuition hike at English universities, but adds French requirement

Articles of Interest   |   December 15, 2023

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The Quebec government has announced that planned tuition hikes for out-of-province students at English universities will be smaller than first proposed, but it’s adding a new requirement that 80 per cent of students from outside... read more

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Discovery of six-planet solar system wows astronomers

Articles of Interest   |   November 30, 2023

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If three’s a crowd, then six makes a chorus. That’s the case at least for a rare six-planet solar system whose discovery has wowed astronomers, even in an era when detecting planets around distant stars... read more

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University campus tours are in full swing. But even parents with RESPs lack an education financial plan

Articles of Interest   |   November 21, 2023

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For parents of Grade 12 students, things are getting real. You and your kid are likely researching college and university programs, touring various campuses and finalizing applications. Now’s the time when the full cost of... read more

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Credit card welcome offers can be lucrative but buyer beware

Articles of Interest   |   November 21, 2023

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With the holiday shopping season approaching, it seems like you can’t go into a grocery store or a bank, or shop online, without a financial institution offering you a credit card. Often the pitch sounds... read more

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Ontario advised to abandon tuition freeze as universities and colleges face financial strain

Articles of Interest   |   November 16, 2023

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A panel of experts is calling on the Ontario government to lift the domestic tuition freeze it has maintained for the past four years and allow universities and colleges to charge higher fees to address... read more

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What are parents’ rights groups actually fighting for in schools? And do students want it?

Articles of Interest   |   November 9, 2023

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Pronoun policies and sex education are just some of the targets of conservative movements that want to control how children learn. Some pupils have other ideas. Alex Harris, a New Brunswick student, was 14 when... read more

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EVs are computers, so put down those socket wrenches

Articles of Interest   |   October 23, 2023

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Electric vehicles are so radically different from many of our old gas-guzzlers, especially when you focus on an EV’s sophisticated battery technology and its operational silence, that they often draw comparisons to computers and smartphones.... read more

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Personal finance advice that makes people feel bad about money

Articles of Interest   |   October 20, 2023

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We have a cliché problem in personal finance. Too many empty phrases that get repeated endlessly because they suggest expertise and mastery of money. You’ll find some prime examples of stale personal finance clichés in... read more

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If you can’t afford a house, a recession will help a lot more than building more homes

Articles of Interest   |   October 3, 2023

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Change is constant in the financial world these days, except with housing affordability. Homes were unaffordable in recent years, they’re unaffordable now and they could remain so for years to come, even if we build... read more

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Economics lessons will pay life-long dividends to understand how any marketplace works

Articles of Interest   |   September 19, 2023

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As a new flock of first-year Canadian university students settles into life on campus, many are receiving their first serious exposure to the study of economics. Some will find it exhilarating. Some will find it... read more

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Canada’s new farm team

Articles of Interest   |   August 30, 2023

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As extreme weather bakes their soil, young farmers are helping one another to embrace new techniques, lower emissions and (they hope) still earn a living. Making a living from the land has never been easy,... read more

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