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Europe's Iron Curtain rises again -- this time for cyclists

Michael Cramer biking on the Iron Curtain Trail. (Courtesy of Michael Cramer)

Michael Cramer biking on the Iron Curtain Trail. (Courtesy of Michael Cramer)

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European Member of Parliament Michael Cramer has fought for years to turn the former division between eastern and western Europe into the Iron Curtain Bike Trail.

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Tuesday: $350 robotic arm, First Nation salaries, Iron Curtain bike trail, and more...

Tuesday: $350 robotic arm, First Nation salaries, Iron Curtain bike trail, and more...
A six-year-old Florida boy is able to give his mother a big hug today, thanks to the ingenuity of one university student, and his $350 robotic arm...the AFN's National Chief says First Nations leaders shouldn't be the only ones required to post their earnings online, the federal government should share its spending practices too...and a German politician wants to turn the route of the former Iron Curtain into a bicycle path.





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3D printed robotic arm for six-year old: $350. The ability to hug mom: priceless.

3D printed robotic arm for six-year old: $350. The ability to hug mom: priceless.
Alex Pring is a six-year-old boy who was born missing his right arm from just above the elbow. But the cost of a traditional robotic limb - which has to be replaced as Alex grows - is unaffordable for most. But now, thanks to Albert Manero and his team of aerospace engineering students, Alex can ride a bicycle with both hands - for about the cost of a bicycle.

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Monday: Grassy Narrows mercury report, Ebola - Liberia, lumberjack camp, and more...

Monday: Grassy Narrows mercury report, Ebola - Liberia, lumberjack camp, and more...

Officials with Grassy Narrows First Nation in Ontario accuse the provincial and federal governments of failing to properly support the community's known victims of mercury poisoning...The Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to spread -- and now, Liberia is taking drastic action to contain it...and if you think you've got the chops, quit moussing up your facial hair and head to a new Nova Scotia lumberjack camp.

 

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After 14 years, new school finally set to open in Attawapiskat

After 14 years, new school finally set to open in Attawapiskat
The new school year is still a month away, but the excitement is building in Attawapiskat. This year they'll finally be attending classes in a new, permanent school. It's been 14 years since the former elementary school in Attawapiskat was condemned for toxic contamination.

Chelsea-Jane Edwards was one of the people who campaigned hard for the school.

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Do you have the chops? A Nova Scotia man starts a lumberjack day camp

Do you have the chops? A Nova Scotia man starts a lumberjack day camp
He's a lumberjack and he's OK, and he wants you to be too. Darren Hudson has created a lumberjack day camp for adults called 'AXExperience', a place where people can learn and hone their lumberjack skills.


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Grade 12 student devises alarm to save kids left in cars

Grade 12 student devises alarm to save kids left in cars
Every year, dozens of small children are forgotten in cars. Sometimes a parent remembers and rushes back to the car - but sometimes they don't get there in time to prevent the child suffering harm.

Seventeen-year-old Alissa Chavez has designed a car-seat alarm system to alert parents when they've left a child in the car. The system sounds an alarm on the car, on a key fob and on an app when the parent is 10 metres away from the car but there is still a child inside. 


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Friday: Iranian artist - Canada Council, BC stroke survivor, CRA: Oxfam, and more...

Friday: Iranian artist - Canada Council, BC stroke survivor, CRA: Oxfam, and more...
An Iranian's Canada-Council-funded project is still slated to be destroyed because of an import ban on products from Iran...after suffering a stroke that paralyzed much of his body, as B.C. man survives in his bathroom for a week by drinking water from his toilet...and The Canada Revenue Agency threatens to strip Oxfam of its status over its mission statement, taking issue with its claim that it aimed to "prevent" poverty.

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Preventing poverty not a charitable tax goal, CRA tells Oxfam

Preventing poverty not a charitable tax goal, CRA tells Oxfam
The Canadian Revenue Agency has told the international development agency Oxfam Canada that it cannot include "preventing poverty" as part of its mandate if it wants to keep its charitable status.




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BC man trapped in bathroom for seven days after stroke

BC man trapped in bathroom for seven days after stroke
Steve Adsley never thought it would happen to him. The 62-year-old man suffered a stroke that left most of his body paralysed and trapped in his bathroom -- for seven days. He knew that he was going to need water, so he got creative.

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Acetaminophen is no better than a placebo for lower back pain: study

Acetaminophen is no better than a placebo for lower back pain: study

Your back is killing you. So you pop a couple of Tylenol. Just what the doctor ordered, right? Well, a new Australian study published in The Lancet this week suggests that it may not be what physicians should be prescribing for lower back pain.

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