An HIV vaccine may be within reach

The problem: HIV mutates faster than the immune system can make antibodies to fight it. That’s one reason it has been so hard to develop a vaccine — the version of the virus someone is protected from would be totally different from the one they may be infected with.

The booming business of death tech

Death and taxes are the only two certainties in life, and now you can make sure you’re ready for both from your phone.

Boeing sets up shop in Montréal facility

Québec’s new aerospace hub just locked in a pretty big-name tenant.

Driving the news: Boeing is contributing $240 million to a new aerospace innovation zone in the Montréal area, a hub where it will also become the anchor tenant. The investment will support multiple projects, including electric flying prototypes and advanced landing gear.

Ontario’s booze feud

A multimillion-dollar dispute between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and… well, liquor, might complicate your summer patio plans. 

Driving the news: An industry group representing summer cocktail fixtures like Crown Royal, Bacardi, and Aperol says some products could be pulled from Ontario liquor store shelves as its brands face over $100 million in fines from the province’s alcohol retailer. 

Canadians are juggling a double-shift

More Canadians are finding themselves caught in the “sandwiched” generation, balancing care for both elderly parents and their own children.

Is that second degree worth it?

If you’re thinking of getting another degree, make sure to weigh the costs against the benefits.

Is financial therapy the solution to all your problems?

Financial therapy can help address emotional blocks to financial well-being. But is it worth it?

Weight loss shot hits the market for $199

Weight-loss drugs may not just be for the rich, famous, or generously-insured for much longer. 

What happened: Hims & Hers, a U.S. online pharmacy, will sell an injectable weight loss drug that uses semaglutide, the same active ingredient as Ozempic and Wegovy. 

AI cameras notch assist in wildfire fight

Western Canada has seen an early start to the wildfire season, but some new high-tech cameras are proving to be a powerful weapon for fighting the flames. 

Driving the news: Newly installed AI-powered cameras designed to detect wildfires across B.C. delivered on their first real test, giving emergency crews a crucial head start in putting out dozens of fires in the province over the past two weeks.  

Canada has a tariff dilemma

Tariffs recently announced by the U.S. on a slew of Chinese imports have forced Canada to answer some tough questions about its climate plans.

Catch up: Last week, the Biden Administration slapped new tariffs on a range of made-in-China goods, including electric vehicles, semiconductors, solar cells, and batteries.

Russia and China are friends with benefits

In case you’re wondering what Vladimir Putin got up to during his state visit to China this week, it included a stop in “Little Moscow,” visiting a Soviet soldier memorial, and dreaming up plans to launch a rival singing contest to Eurovision (which banned Russia in 2022).

Most importantly, Putin was looking to firm up ties with the nation that threw Russia a lifeline after it invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

What to do this weekend

NYC and Dublin lose their portal privileges

 In a development surprising no one, the headline-making pair of giant video portals that allow people in NYC and Dublin to see each other via livestream have been temporarily shut down less than a week into their existence due to inappropriate behaviour from some passers-by.  

Why is a small French island territory revolting?

You know protests have gotten out of hand when the government bans both TikTok and alcohol sales — which is exactly what happened this week in New Caledonia. 

Driving the news: France has imposed a state of emergency on the Indo-Pacific island territory of New Caledonia after days of rioting killed five and injured at least 300 people. A thousand police reinforcements were sent in to “regain control” of certain areas. 

Search (and the internet) are about to get very different

Think of how often you Google things, and it might give you an idea of how much a redesign of its core product is about to change how the whole internet works.

Explain It Like I'm Five: Accessible technology

Getting the grid going

The next time your job feels impossible, remember there are people in charge of doubling the capacity of Canada’s energy grid by 2050.

Driving the news: According to a federal government report, Canada has to double its current electricity supply over the next 26 years to meet growing demand. Even Québec, long seen as a source of limitless electricity, is expected to face shortages by 2027.

Phoenix is nothing but a pile of ashes

Unlike the mythological bird of the same name, the federal government’s Phoenix payroll system is not going to rise from the ashes. 

Driving the news: The feds are reportedly going full speed ahead with their plans to ditch Phoenix, the public service payroll system that has done nothing but cause headaches since its launch in 2016. As of last year, 30% of federal employees reported errors in their pay.

Canadians want to love Via Rail

Jumping on the train might seem like a nice alternative to a traffic jam… until you realize your train is also sitting in a traffic jam. 

Many Canadians rely on the national passenger rail service: 4.1 million people hopped aboard a Via Rail train last year — a 25% jump from 2022 — and CEO Mario Péloquin says he expects to see a record of over five million passengers take a Via Rail train in 2024. 

April’s job numbers threw a wrench in rate cut plans

April’s surprising job numbers have analysts rethinking when interest rate cuts might roll in.