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'Strong, capable Hutterite runner' takes on the trail — and tradition

"If I am a healthier Elaine, then I am a healthier Hutterite," says Elaine Hofer, even though she struggles with taking time away from her traditional Anabaptist community.

Can you picture things in your head? Well, this guy can't

Tom Ebeyer has aphantasia, the inability to visualize images in the mind. And for the first two decades of his life, he had no idea his brain was different in any way.

This man had a song from his childhood stuck in his head. So he spent a year tracking it down

Driven by a ‘bad case of nostalgia,’ Jordan Verner embarked on a quest to find an obscure series of cassette tapes that he first listened to in his elementary school French class in Thunder Bay, Ont., in the 1990s.

Uprooted by war, this refugee is rebuilding his life in Canada through music

After Syria's civil war uprooted his life, Radwan Altaleb fled for Canada, leaving behind his most prized possession: his collection of ouds, a stringed instrument, which he characterizes as 'the grandfather' of the lute, mandolin and guitar.

Rescue dog's philosophical musings on farm life spread joy online

Leonard the giant Lab mix 'has the heart we all need,' says owner Maureen Wilson. And the pooch's regular pup-dates are all the more amazing when she thinks of how his life could have gone.

There's a uniquely Korean word for rage and regret. So why had I never heard of it?

Eunice Kim came to Canada from Korea when she was five years old, but had never heard of the term 'han,' sometimes referred to as "Korean rage."

How an act of kindness at a Cape Breton beach brought two strangers together

Beulah Chandler was on her favourite Cape Breton beach when she filmed the most beautiful thing: Duncan Gillis, a stranger, helping his ailing wife walk on the beach. Over 37,000 views later, they met and learned how much they had in common.
The Doc Project

I brought the party to my dying father's hospital room

Samira Mohyeddin was determined that her father's final days were going to be anything but drab.

Is a secret gold mine hidden in the B.C. mountains? This treasure hunter says so

Adam Palmer has spent 10 years chasing the tantalizing legend of Slumach's gold — even though it comes with a curse.

A mixed-up phone call led two Anna Marie MacLeans to lifelong friendship

Two women, both named Anna Marie MacLean, were born on opposite sides of the country. But both women say a fateful meeting as teenagers at a performing arts camp in Nova Scotia fundamentally altered the course of their lives.
First Person

I wrote a memoir about my family's secrets. Then I had to move back in with them

After publishing a tell-all memoir about her family’s struggles with undiagnosed mental illness, Lindsay Wong was surprised by their reaction when she moved back in with her parents during the pandemic.

30 years after the start of the Bosnian war, this survivor fears the children in Ukraine will be forgotten

As a teenaged girl, Nadja Halilbegovich lived through the Siege of Sarajevo, before escaping to the U.S. then Canada. She still bears the scars

After singing made these Afghan students a target, they made a harrowing escape to Canada

They were an all-female group of singing schoolgirls, putting them at great risk of Taliban reprisal. But volunteers quickly mobilized to get them out.

A mysterious song was stuck in his head for 25 years. So he asked strangers to help him find it

Jordan Verner has spent his entire adult life obsessed with a song he hasn’t heard since he was a child. It was from Dimoitou, a series of cassettes used to teach French in elementary schools across Canada in the '80s and '90s. We join Jordan on his quest to track down the cassettes, and that one elusive song.

From extension cords to a homemade barge, two Edmonton buddies try everything to extract a petrified stump

A pair of hockey dads went to extreme lengths to move a 70 million-year-old petrified tree from the Edmonton river bank to a paleontology museum. Indiana Jones would be proud.
First Person

My parents had an arranged marriage. Now they're helping me find a husband

For years, Pooja Joshi resisted expectations from her family to get married. But now, in her mid-30s, she wants to find a life partner. And after many disappointments on online dating apps, she's embraced a tradition of her Indian heritage and invited her parents to arrange a match for her.
First Person

My relationship with my husband's ex-wife makes me a better mother and person

Julia Lipscombe and her husband's ex-wife and co-parent, Shannon, have a relationship she never anticipated. They are friends, spending time together and supporting each other – and Lipscombe says this has helped their blended family thrive.

These dads are serving time. This program aims to help them connect with their kids

A parenting program for prison dads helps them make the most of their connection to their children, despite the walls between them.
First Person

How shopping for a purse led to a renewed bond with my grandmother

Shimshon Obadia wanted to find the perfect purse to celebrate their decade-long journey of discovering their non-binary identity. Instead, they ended up rediscovering a deep connection with their grandmother
First Person

My family fled Vietnam by boat when I was 4. Now I'm learning the full story through my mother's journals

In 1979, the Skyluck carried 2,700 refugees fleeing Vietnam into the Hong Kong harbour, where they were forced to remain on board for more than four months. Andrew Nguyen and his family were among them. Forty years later, his mother's journals reveal their story.

B.C. woman helps rescue more than 200 asylum seekers in Mediterranean Sea

Amber Sheasgreen, a veteran search and rescue worker from Prince Rupert, B.C., recently led a crew made up mostly of volunteers as they worked to save refugees attempting to make a journey to safety by boat in the central Mediterranean Sea.

Escaping Romania: how my dad survived crossing Europe's 'bloodiest border' in 1980 and settled in Saskatoon

Angelina King's father says he doesn't often tell the entire story of how he escaped communist Romania in the 1980s, because he's afraid people won't believe him. It's filled with coincidences that seem too wild to be true. But, she's proof they are.

Like 'cayenne pepper' on your brain: migraine sufferers describe the unique pain of an attack

CBC Doc Project producer Shari Okeke and host Acey Rowe share their own stories about coping with migraines, and Shari speaks to other sufferers about how migraines disrupt their lives and what they're trying to do about it.

How this book club helps teenage girls across Canada discuss tough topics

Tanya Marie Lee created 'A Room of Your Own' book club in Toronto in 2017, to give teenage girls what she didn't have growing up.
Reporter's Notebook

How a piano teacher I never met taught me about fashion and finding joy

When Edmonton piano teacher Bette-Joan Rac died in November 2020, those tasked with cleaning out her house found several clues about the colourful life she led. Reporter Alexandra Zabjek dug into the story of a seemingly quiet woman who lived life on her own terms, and she learned some lessons about herself along the way.