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Human-Powered Helicopter Wins Award (VIDEO)

Jul 26th, 2013 at 11:30AM: Oh Canada! First you gave us William Shatner, now you give us a human-powered helicopter. A team of engineers called AeroVelo has won a $250,000 award for creating a human-powered helicopter that could fly three meters off the ground for 60 seconds while keeping the cockpit within a ten-square-meter area. The American Helicopter Society sponsored this Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter...

Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield Makes First Music Video In Space

May 13th, 2013 at 12:00PM: It's official. We Canadians rock. If William Shatner and Bryan Adams aren't enough for you, there's Chris Hadfield. He's an astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency and has become hugely popular with his videos about life aboard the International Space Station, answering such profound questions as how to cut your nails in space. Now Hadfield is coming home. He's turned over command of the ISS...

Video: A Week In The Life Of The International Space Station

Feb 26th, 2013 at 4:00PM: The International Space Station is one of the wonders of modern technology. A series of interconnected orbital modules are home to a rotating crew of astronauts and cosmonauts plus a host of ongoing experiments. While the ISS only gets into the news every now and then, interesting things are happening there daily. Right now three astronauts – two American and one Canadian – are on...

Montreal man nears end of 11-year walk around the world

Montreal man nears end of 11-year walk around the world Oct 3rd, 2011 at 4:00PM: After nearly 4,000 days, 53 pairs of shoes and over 46,600 miles across 64 countries on 6 continents, Jean Béliveau is nearing the end of an 11-year trek around the world. What started as a journey of self-discovery during a mid-life crisis, eventually became a mission to call attention to peace & nonviolence, especially for children around the world. Setting off with a...

Canada gets its very own dictionary

Canada gets its very own dictionary Jun 3rd, 2010 at 9:30AM: Canadians have long been quick to declare the differences with their American neighbors to the south. Whether displayed through a particularly fervent love for hockey or by virtue of the country's publicly-funded healthcare system, there's numerous if sometimes subtle differences. We can now add one more reason to the list - Canada has its own version of English. OK, yes...I can hear you saying...

Vancouver hookers get media training for Olympics

Vancouver hookers get media training for Olympics May 26th, 2009 at 5:00PM: A magnifying class will be held over Vancouver from February 12 to February 28 for the Winter Olympics, and Vancouver's prostitutes want to put their best feet forward. To prepare for the influx of business and – media onslaught – Prostitution Alternatives Counselling and Education Society (PACE) is helping the city's sex worker population understand what to expect. The Canadian agency...

Update: new Canadian weighs 6 lbs and is Ugandan and (maybe) American

Update: new Canadian weighs 6 lbs and is Ugandan and (maybe) American Jan 1st, 2009 at 4:00PM: The Canadian born on Northwest Airlines Flight 59 yesterday is the daughter of a Ugandan ... who is also a permanent resident of the United States. So, at least we know that the newly-minted citizen of our northern neighbor is not Dutch. Sasha, the newest NWA passenger, was delivered mid-flight by Dr. Natarajan Raman and Dr. Paresh Thakker. Raman is a radiation oncologist who hadn't delivered a...

Woman gives birth over Atlantic on New Year's Eve

Woman gives birth over Atlantic on New Year's Eve Jan 1st, 2009 at 12:00PM: On a flight from Amsterdam to Boston, USA Today reports that a woman of unknown nationality (though probably American or Dutch) gave birth to a Canadian while in flight. The miracle of international airspace is responsible for the citizenship, though it did not cause the underlying birth. There is no word on whether Northwest Airlines charged for the extra carry-on that materialized while Flight...

Canada Holds Elections, Conservatives Win but Not by Enough

Canada Holds Elections, Conservatives Win but Not by Enough Oct 16th, 2008 at 12:30PM: While their neighbors to the south fret over their own upcoming trips to the polls, Canada got on with it and elected, or in many cases re-elected, its parliamentary leaders earlier this week. The results: the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper won 16 more seats while their Liberal peers dropped 18 seats. However, the results are not enough to give Harper's party control of...

A Canadian In Beijing: Turn Up The Volume

A Canadian In Beijing: Turn Up The Volume Mar 30th, 2007 at 8:55PM: Ember Swift is the newest member of Gadling. Over the next three months, this Canadian woman will be living in and exploring China. During her time there, she'll be posting regularly about her adventures. Check in every Wednesday and Sunday to see what China is like from a Western perspective... Beijing is less than one week away and my musician self can barely keep the volume down. My...

Stereotypes of Tourists, from a British Perspective

Stereotypes of Tourists, from a British Perspective Jan 22nd, 2007 at 5:02PM: Travel stereotypes always make good writing topics. On one hand, we hate stereotyping because we are told that "cultured people don't use stereotypes". On the other hand, there is no question that observations become stereotypes because they are based on accurate reality. And isn't travel supposed to be about observing reality? I came across a funny piece, entitled "The Worst Tourists in the...

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