Innovation, Science & Technology in Canada

This collection focuses on Canadian contributions in science and technology, as well as accomplishments demonstrating our innovative spirit. We examine major steps forward in the aeronautics, agricultural and medical sectors, as well as a host of more recent developments, ranging from clean technologies to the impact of social media, the sharing economy and artificial intelligence.

  • 2016
  • 13-14
  • 37 Titles

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The National Making Canada Proud

In celebration of Canada Day, The National followed six stories of Canadians making a difference around the world, from the occupied West Bank to Winnipeg. Highlights include a doctor in China being compared to a modern-day Norman Bethune; a researcher using the cellphone to improve medical treatment for AIDS patients in Kenya; a man whose organization donates bicycles worldwide; and ...
  • 2009
  • 00:22:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Venture One Red Paperclip

Meet the one-red-paperclip guy, Kyle MacDonald, a 26-year-old ex-geography student with a crazy scheme. In the summer of 2005, Kyle announced to the world he was going to trade a red paperclip for a house — with just his blog as a bartering tool. In one short year, this stunt took him from unemployment to international media darling, along the ...
  • 2006
  • 00:12:07
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Venture Powering the Future: Hydrogen, the New Oil

Two related documentaries form this full-edition feature on attempts to make hydrogen a viable alternative to oil. In The Iceland Experiment we explore that country's determination to break its reliance on foreign oil. Government officials and consumers comment on the switch from fossil fuels to hydrogen. Next, in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars we look at the long difficult road to ...
  • 2002
  • 00:23:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Security Start-Up: Selling Safety

It's a scary world out there. Statistics show that often crime goes up when the economy goes down. The most recent estimates peg break-ins at 230,000 per year and auto theft at 400 cars every day. Many experts agree that people are especially willing to pay to feel safe these days. No wonder plenty of new entrepreneurs feel secure about ...
  • 2009
  • 00:19:21
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Suzuki Diaries 3: Future City

Cities are where most Canadians live. And, as we head into the future, how we adapt to the needs of expanding cities will have a huge impact on their livability. Food, land use, housing, energy, waste, how we tackle these issues will determine whether our cities evolve, or whether they decline. In a new instalment of Suzuki Diaries, David and his daughter Sarika set ...
  • 2012
  • 00:44:37
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

News in Review - March 1997 The Arrow: A Myth Made in Canada

The interrelationship of history, myth and reality are key themes in this significant chapter in Canadian history.
  • 1997
  • 00:12:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/15/1997

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The Nature of Things The Man Who Tweeted Earth Classroom Favourites

Most of us can only imagine what the astronauts aboard the International Space Station have experienced. The distance has made it seem unknowable. But December 2012 that all began to change. From the moment Hadfield arrived at the ISS for a five-month mission, he transformed the way we connect to space. Millions followed his every move. His YouTube videos were ...
  • 2013
  • 00:44:34
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

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The National The Sharing Economy

Taxis and hotels are two businesses being disrupted by a new business model based on an old idea: sharing. Airbnb, Uber and other online services help connect people willing to offer their underused apartment, automobile passenger space or other assets to those who want access to them. The sharing (or peer-to-peer) economy is worth billions of dollars and growing. But ...
  • 2014
  • 00:10:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/02/2014