News in Review | Current Edition

Give your students the opportunity to explore multiple perspectives on many of today's most important issues. From September to April, four news stories every month are broken down and given context — whether it’s Greta Thunberg and youth climate activism, the dangers of vaping, rampant fake news, or Alberta's energy future.

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News in Review - December 2019 School Violence: How Safe Are Our Children? (Story A)

How safe are Canadian schools? How do schools track and report student violence? And just how prevalent is it? A months-long CBC News investigation found that peer-on-peer violence in schools is all too common, and starts as early as elementary school. An absence of reliable statistics and under-reporting prompted CBC News to ask young people directly about their experiences. The ...
  • 2019
  • 00:18:07
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/13/2020

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  • NIR-19-12 - PPT - School Violence: How Safe Are Our Children?

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News in Review - December 2019 School Violence: How Safe Are Our Children? (Story B)

When your child goes to school, you expect them to be safe. As an exclusive CBC News investigation into school violence reveals, that isn’t always the case. That certainly didn’t happen in Devan Selvey’s case. The 14-year-old boy was stabbed to death outside his school in Hamilton, Ontario in October 2019. He later died in hospital. His mother witnessed the ...
  • 2019
  • 00:14:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/13/2020

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  • NIR-19-12 - PPT - School Violence: How Safe Are Our Children?

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News in Review - November 2019 Greta Thunberg: Climate Activism and the Youth Movement

Climate change is on everybody’s mind but a teen from Sweden has taken it to a new level of awareness. Greta Thunberg, 16, has taken her activism around the world as she brings her unfaltering message that we must stop damaging our planet now. From school walkouts to global marches and strikes, she fearlessly faces off against politicians, pundits and ...
  • 2019
  • 00:18:41
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 11/20/2019

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  • NIR-19-11 - PDF - Greta Thunberg: Climate Activism and the Youth Movement

  • NIR-19-11 - PPT - Greta Thunberg: Climate Activism and the Youth Movement

News in Review - November 2019 Vaping Alert: Are E-Cigarettes Really Safe?

E-cigarettes were designed to help smokers quit, but they’ve turned into a popular habit for many young people. Teens are enticed by the flavours, colours and allure of the product. But a growing number are falling ill with lung-related issues, and in the United States several have died. While no one product or ingredient has been linked to the illnesses, ...
  • 2019
  • 00:13:27
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/20/2019

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  • NIR-19-11 - PDF - Vaping Alert: Are E-Cigarettes Really Safe?

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News in Review - November 2019 Charging the Road: Is the Electric Vehicle Ready to Take on Gas?

A recent study by the International Energy Agency found that North Americans drive the most-climate polluting vehicles in the world. Surprising when you think that we’ve entered an era where being environmentally responsible is such a popular movement. And electric vehicles (EVs) are available on the market. But drivers are not totally convinced about the cost, reliability and ease of ...
  • 2019
  • 00:11:07
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/20/2019

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  • NIR-19-11 - PDF - Charging the Road: Is the Electric Vehicle Ready to Take On Gas?

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News in Review - November 2019 Arctic Ambitions: Russia’s Race to Control Northern Resources

Russia and Canada share a border in the Arctic, and both countries are hungry to control the vast resources it offers. With global warming, much of the sea ice is melting, giving access to waterways that are faster and more economical for year-round shipping. The Arctic is also thought to possess up to one quarter of the Earth’s undiscovered oil ...
  • 2019
  • 00:10:44
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/20/2019

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  • NIR-19-11 - PDF - Arctic Ambitions: Russia’s Race to Control Northern Resources

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News in Review - October 2019 Battling Beijing: Hong Kong's Summer of Protest

In the spring of 2019 Beijing announced an extradition bill that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be extradited and tried in Communist mainland China. That led to growing protests demanding the withdrawal of the bill. Frustrations mounted and so did the use of force on both sides. As crowds grew into the millions, Chinese officials used tear gas, ...
  • 2019
  • 00:14:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/17/2019

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  • NIR-19-10 - PDF - Battling Beijing: Hong Kong’s Summer of Protest

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News in Review - October 2019 Tina Fontaine: A Murdered Girl's Legacy

Tina Fontaine was just 15 when her body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River. A report from the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth says in the years since her murder, not enough has changed to ensure other children in circumstances similar to Tina’s are not at risk. But Tina ...
  • 2019
  • 00:12:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/17/2019

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News in Review - October 2019 Smart Cities: Utopia or Blight?

Smart cities are the way of the future. Well-planned, massive projects that promise smarter, efficient, greener living with the promise of economic prosperity. At an estimated cost of one hundred billion dollars Forest City in Malaysia is one of the largest master-planned cities in the world. But the project has met with severe criticism including those who say the Indigenous ...
  • 2019
  • 00:17:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/17/2019

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News in Review - October 2019 Alberta's Energy Future: Pipelines vs. Renewables

For decades Alberta’s economy has been tied to oil and gas production. But when industry recession hit, Alberta’s economy took the hit. Some parts of the energy sector blame the government for not building pipelines to get their product to market. Some are turning their sights in another direction. They say the future of energy lies in renewables like sun, ...
  • 2019
  • 00:10:51
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/17/2019

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  • NIR-19-10 - PPT - Alberta's Energy Future: Pipelines vs. Renewables

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