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Thalidomide disaster: background to the compensation debate

There were already concerns about thalidomide when it was approved in Canada. It was withdrawn in Canada in 1962, months after other countries did so. Today, some survivors are demanding more compensation, pointing to the government's negligence.

Boeing Dreamliner draws a gigantic outline of a Dreamliner

On Wednesday afternoon a Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner took off from Seattle on a test flight. Flight tracking apps show the Dreamliner followed a flight path over the United States that draws an outline of the Dreamliner.

What to expect after an interest rate hike | Facebook Live

CBC's Peter Armstrong is joined by personal finance expert Preet Banerjee for a Facebook Live Q&A about how rising interest rates could affect your finances.

When hope returns: a new drug takes on a rare, aggressive skin cancer

Fred Ewart is taking a new immunotherapy drug in the hopes it will help him survive Merkel cell carcinoma. So far, it's working.

FAQs: Worldwide bleaching of coral reefs worries scientists

While the Great Barrier Reef experiences the worst mass bleaching in its history, other coral reefs follow suit. What causes the bleaching and what can be done?

When eating your veggies isn't good for you

The Listeria-related frozen vegetables recall shows that it's not just meat processing that should concern consumers. Veggie burgers and dogs do generally worse than their meat equivalents for pathogens, undeclared allergens and ingredients, missing ingredients, and hygienic issues. And the veggie ones may secretly contain meat.

Warmer than average summer ahead across Canada, forecasters say

Nearly all of Canada will see above-normal average temperatures this summer, says Environment Canada's David Phillips.

Census excitement obscures questions about its future

Happy census day, Canada! Some countries are moving away from the traditional census and Canada may do so, too.

Mother's Day commercialization by the numbers

Flowers, cards — and complaints that it's too commercial — have been part of Mother's Day since its early years. We have the numbers on the commercial side of the celebration.

FAQ: Signing the Paris Agreement on climate change

Over 160 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change at a ceremony at the UN today, Earth Day. So what's the big deal?

What happens if federal health transfers get age-adjusted

Canada's provinces have very different age structures and provincial governments with older populations want age-adjusted health transfer payments. Here's how the health-care pot of gold gets divided if they get their way.

Currency exchange: How to get more for your downward dollars

Travelling outside Canada or sending money abroad? Here's how to get a better deal exchanging your Canadian dollars for other currencies.

Whistleblowers Yuliya and Vitaly Stepanov describe Russia's sports doping system

The whistleblowers who exposed Russia's doping system in track and field tell their story to The National's Adrienne Arsenault.

Seasonal stock market indicators flashing warnings to investors

Investors saw results this week from three seasonal indicators about the year ahead, and all are negative. One indicator had the worst five trading days to start a year since 1930.

North Korea wants an H-bomb but experts doubt it tested one

While A-bombs and H-bombs both use an initial explosion to set off a much bigger blast, developing the latter is much more complex, leading to doubts about the North Korean claim they tested an H-bomb.