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Getting to the root of it: How an Alberta scientist is changing the way farmers see soil

In a nondescript building tucked away in northeast Red Deer, the phone is ringing off the hook.  At least that’s how Melissa Werkema, an upstart young scientist trained in Israel, describes how business has been since word spread about her new soil testing lab, which gives farmers from Alberta and …

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Arundel, Que., family and physician form a special bond after death of 11-year-old boy

Twinkle lights spiral around the trunks of tall spruce trees outside the Dwyer-Odell home in Arundel, a village in the Laurentians, north of Montreal. A wind chime hanging from a branch tinkles. Dozens of wooden hearts, each holding a message for Brayden Odell and his family, decorate the boughs. “I come here …

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In historic first, women’s rowing teams take on Regatta long course

Studio Verso rowed themselves into the history books as the first women’s team in over two centuries to win the long course, racing the entire length of Quidi Vidi Lake. (Jeremy Eaton/CBC) Even after two centuries, there’s still room for the Royal St. John’s Regatta to make history. For the first …

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The pandemic upset how we assess students. Experts worry that’s also hampered recovery efforts

Some young learners are struggling to build early reading skills while others stumble over math concepts. Repeated pandemic pivots have left students out of practice with classroom learning, impacted their mental health and distanced them from peers. The CBC News series Learning Curve explores the ramifications of COVID-19 for Canadian …

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Meeshe’s Journey: how a middle school running club helped her cross the finish line

There were cheers and a few tears when Princess Meeshe Robles crossed the finish line after completing a 5K race at Port Elgin Regional School. Robles has cerebral palsy and completed the race on a Rifton tricycle. Over the school term, the Grade 8 student went from needing help to biking uphill …

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Canada can now seize, sell off Russian assets. What’s next?

Selling Russian-owned assets to pay for Ukraine’s reconstruction may sound like a logical approach to restitution, but as the Canadian government gains new powers to begin this process, questions remain about how it will work, and whether some issues are headed to court. C-19, the budget implementation bill, received Royal Assent last Thursday. Among …

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NATO to boost its rapid reaction force to 300,000 troops

NATO will increase the strength of its rapid reaction force nearly eightfold to 300,000 troops as part of its response to an “era of strategic competition,” the military alliance’s secretary general said Monday. The NATO reaction force currently numbers around 40,000 soldiers that can deploy quickly when needed. Foreign Minister Anita …

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Her husband died awaiting surgery delayed by the pandemic. She says N.S. health care is broken

Gay Clarke keeps wondering why things didn’t happen differently. “I did all the what-ifs,” she said. She and her husband, Mark Clarke, lived in Kentville, N.S., until his death at the age of 66 in February. Mark died the day before he was supposed to have cardiac surgery that had …

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Canadian QB Rourke throws record-setting 436 yards as Lions dominate Argonauts

Even after setting a CFL record, B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke saw room for improvement. The 24-year-old native of Victoria, B.C., threw for 436 yards on Saturday, powering the Lions to a dominant 44-3 victory over the Toronto Argonauts. It was the most passing yards a Canadian quarterback has ever …

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Why Prince Andrew may be out of public sight — for now

Hello, royal watchers. This is your regular dose of royal news and analysis. Reading this online? Sign up here to get this delivered to your inbox. It was described as a “family decision.” But there is a sense that it may have been more like an edict or decree, with some in the …

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