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Toronto Zoo's polar bear cub takes first steps

This polar bear cub, born on Nov. 9, 2013 at the Toronto Zoo, is the only survivor from his litter of three. He took his first steps on January 6, 2014.

Bear Cubs

Was our Afghan saga useless – or worse?

This is the year when we learn whether our long Afghanistan experiment has accomplished anything at all.<p>In March, Canada will end its rump training mission, withdrawing all but 100 soldiers shortly before international forces hand the country’s security over to the Afghan National Army. For the 47 …


Pot needs more than a token discussion

Unexpected potholes are popping up on the road to legal pot. Amid polls showing a majority of North Americans favouring legalization, new voices of caution are challenging the views of the weed liberationists who would tax and regulate cannabis like any other state-sanctioned high.<p>These apparent …


Montreal mayor to fight values charter in fresh debate

Mayor Denis Coderre will tell the province to butt out of Montreal's dealings with religious minorities on city staff as he prepares to address public hearings on Quebec's Charter of Values, which launch on Tuesday.<p>The mayor will go before a parliamentary committee to defend Montreal's independence …


Step inside the oldest building in Vancouver's Chinatown

In this edition of The Amazing Space, Carey Foulks, director of art services of the Rennie Collection, gives us a tour of the Wing Sang building, the oldest building in Vancouver Chinatown


Transport Canada proposed new rules for rail cars that would require new DOT-111 tank cars be built with thicker steel requirements, as well as adding top fitting and head shield protection. The amendment would take tank car requirements that the industry has largely already agreed to, and turn them into binding regulations. (Photo: Derailed DOT-111 railcars from an accident in Illinois in 2009 are shown. Associated Press)

How a Canadian-led team is fighting to protect Malawi girls from rape

Troubling traditions<p>Small, beautiful and peaceful, Malawi calls itself the “warm heart” of Africa. But it also ranks as the world’s 10th poorest nation, has one of its highest incidences of HIV/AIDS, and clings to some troubling traditions – such as a dark and predatory attitude toward …