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A list of the past entries in our "Link of the Day" feature:

 27-Sep-16 Copyright-free material edging out Canadian educational textsAre Canadian students being forced to learn from foreign textbooks?  That's the concern of John Degen, executive director of the Writers' Union of Canada.  "I hear again and again from professors and from teachers saying that they simply don't feel they have access to enough Canadian works right now," he told CBC News.
 26-Sep-16 Adopting animals from the Winnipeg Humane Society a 'win-win'I woke the other morning to a male nibbling my earlobe. But no, this isn't that kind of article. It was Bert, a fluffy black kitten whom I'm fostering along with his cohort Chantal. As with most things in my life, our meeting was a coincidence. A friend couldn't foster them, so she suggested I do the honours.  Signing up to foster for the Winnipeg Humane Society is likely the easiest thing I've done.
 23-Sep-16 Canadian key household debt ratio hits record highCanadian household debt ratios hit a record high over the spring, according to new figures released Thursday by Statistics Canada.  The ratio of household credit market debt to disposable income rose from 165.2 per cent in the first quarter of the year to 167.6 per cent in the second quarter.  That means households held $1.68 in credit market debt for every dollar of disposable income, Statistics Canada said.
 22-Sep-16 The Bloody History of the True Crime GenreAlthough it occasionally aims for respectability—Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song are often held up as paragons of the genre—true crime is usually relegated to the bin of “trash” culture, a term that denotes cheaply produced, simplistic materials catering to the uncritical masses.  Yet the genre’s long, rich history shows us that there is much more to true crime than penny dreadfuls and blood-spattered paperbacks.
 21-Sep-16 Have scientists spotted a new particle? Researchers claim 'Madala boson' could help explain dark matterPhysicists have predicted the existence of a new fundamental particle that could help to solve the mystery of dark matter.
Known as the ‘Madala boson,’ the newly proposed particle has many similarities to the Higgs boson – but unlike the latter, it’s thought to interact with the elusive dark matter which makes up roughly 27 percent of the universe. 
 20-Sep-16 DNA in London Grave May Help Solve Mysteries of the Great PlagueThe strain of bacteria that caused the Great Plague of London in 1665 has been identified for the first time. Scientists recovered DNA of Yersinia pestis—known to have been responsible for the Black Death in the 14th century—from skeletons discovered last year during the construction of the new Crossrail underground rail link beneath London.
 19-Sep-16 Jupiter: NASA unveils photos captured by Juno spacecraft of gas giant's polesNASA has published the first-ever images of Jupiter's north pole and its southern aurora, taken during the Juno spacecraft's first orbital flyby of the gaseous giant.  Juno came within 4,200 kilometres of the planet on August 27 during a six-hour transit from the north pole to the south.  Researchers are still analysing the first data collection but the principal investigator of Juno has already described the first glimpse of Jupiter's north pole as "like nothing we have seen or imagined before".
 16-Sep-16 Sir John Franklin's long-lost HMS Terror believed foundThe wreck is located in Nunavut's Terror Bay, over 90 km south of where the ship was believed to be abandoned.  It was found after the Martin Bergmann's crew detoured to Terror Bay after hearing a story from an Inuk crew member, Gjoa Haven's Sammy Kogvik.  Kogvik told the crew that he noticed a large piece of wood sticking out of Terror Bay's sea ice which looked like a mast, while on a fishing trip about six years ago.
 15-Sep-16 Gord Downie to release album, graphic novel about residential schoolsGord Downie may have sung his last bit of Canadiana as front man and lyricist for the Tragically Hip, but a new solo offering will help spread the devastating story of this country’s Indian residential schools long into the future.  Mr. Downie, who shocked Canadians with the news in May that he suffers from an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma, is releasing a new album and graphic novel about a young First Nations boy who died a half century ago after running away from one of the schools.
 14-Sep-16 Winnipeg technology makes debut at Rio Paralympic GamesWhen Chantal Givens raced Sunday at the Paralympic Games, she had a piece of Winnipeg along for the ride. The three-time Canadian paratriathlon champion, who competed in the sport's Paralympic debut in Rio, was born missing her left hand.  In an effort to aid her grip on the handlebars of her bicycle, she turned to Leon Fainstein, a mechanical engineer at Red River College.
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