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Astronaut Roberta Bondar is cultivating curiosity on Earth, 30 years after she saw it from space

In the News   |   January 24, 2022

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In 1992, Dr. Bondar became the first neurologist and the first Canadian woman to fly in space. Since then, she’s been on a quest to improve our appreciation for this planet. On a calm night... read more

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Canada’s cyberspy agency warns of Russian cyberattacks on critical infrastructure

In the News   |   January 21, 2022

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Canada’s cyberspy agency is warning of Moscow-backed cyberattacks on Canadian critical infrastructure as Western countries prepare economic sanctions in the growing expectation that Russia will invade Ukraine. The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security joined its... read more

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Global conservation goals are insufficient to avoid mass extinction event, report finds

In the News   |   January 19, 2022

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Biodiversity efforts unlikely to succeed without ‘transformative’ changes in the way humanity uses the planet’s resources, says expert panel of researchers in 23 countries. Global efforts to halt species loss by protecting 30 per cent... read more

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Security flaw found in smartphone app for Olympians in Beijing

In the News   |   January 18, 2022

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Security flaws in a smartphone application that’s required for athletes and team officials attending the 2022 Beijing Olympics leave users at risk of having their calls and data intercepted, a Toronto cybersecurity watchdog has found.... read more

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Canadian universities have weathered the COVID-19 pandemic without impact on enrolment or achievement

In the News   |   January 17, 2022

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When the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 forced Canadian universities to delay the winter term or begin it online, it was a blow for many students, who feared yet another portion of their... read more

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Six numbers that will rule your personal finances in 2022

In the News   |   January 13, 2022

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The past year in personal finance has been like watching the events of a normal decade or two played at high speed. So much drama in such a short period. The worst inflation in decades,... read more

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Shakespeare’s First Folio acquired by UBC in ‘once-in-eternity’ purchase

In the News   |   January 13, 2022

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An exceedingly rare and valuable complete first edition of William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies – known as the First Folio – has been acquired by the University of British Columbia. The purchase of the nearly 400-year-old... read more

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Thousands of Russian troops descend on Kazakhstan after deadly uprising

In the News   |   January 7, 2022

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In scenes that recalled the crushing of the Prague Spring five decades ago, thousands of Russian soldiers were deployed into neighbouring Kazakhstan on Thursday to help prop up that country’s wobbling authoritarian regime. Dozens of... read more

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Readers are desperate for books, and publishers want to sell them. Between them is a global logistical mess

In the News   |   December 21, 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic, and an astonishing renaissance in reading has printers, publishers and bookstores scrambling to adjust. Nearly two million pounds of paper are parked on the floor of Friesens Corp.’s printing plant, a growing... read more

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Retired generals warn U.S. military deeply divided and future coup attempt possible

In the News   |   December 20, 2021

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The United States could be subject to a military coup after the next presidential election unless it acts now to tamp down signs of insurrection within the ranks, three retired generals are warning. In a... read more

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Taliban shoots dead 10-year-old Afghan girl whose family was waiting for Canada to rescue them

In the News   |   December 17, 2021

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A 10-year-old girl was shot and killed by the Taliban while her family was waiting for the federal government to bring them to Canada. Her father had worked for the Canadian military in Afghanistan and... read more

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Arctic facing ‘rapid and pronounced’ shifts as climate change grips the region, report card shows

In the News   |   December 15, 2021

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Duration of continuous snow cover steadily declining, with its onset in the fall and melting away in spring revealing the biggest shifts relative to what was once normal. The Arctic is facing a complex and... read more

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Ottawa earmarks $40-billion for First Nations child welfare, long-term reform in fall economic statement

In the News   |   December 14, 2021

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The federal government will earmark $40-billion to compensate First Nations children and families for the failures of Canada’s child-welfare system and to pay for long-term reform, in the hopes of settling the matter out of... read more

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Welcome to the space jam: Canadian startup Kepler stirs debate with huge planned fleet of internet satellites

In the News   |   December 10, 2021

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The Canadian company is jockeying with SpaceX, Amazon and Telesat for room in orbit for tens of thousands of new machines. Critics say the space race could come at a cost on Earth. A Canadian... read more

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Canada joins allies in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

In the News   |   December 9, 2021

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Canada has joined a growing list of Western countries refusing to send diplomats to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in a repudiation of the Chinese Communist Party’s human-rights abuses. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on... read more

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