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1. B.C. wrens, geese, and owls prove predicting extreme weather is for the birds
This year’s B.C. Interior bird count revealed more than just a rare sighting of the Lapland longspur – it showed just how savvy birds can be in predicting the weather, at least according to bird count organizer, Doug Brown.

2. CGI Group is a defensive name to weather the current storm with, says Dundee
With stocks off to their worst start to a year in history, investors across multiple sectors have found there aren’t a lot of safe havens. But Dundee Capital Markets analyst Eyal Ofir says Canada’s CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) is a safe port in a menacing storm.

3. McGill scientists may have found the key to next-generation antibiotics

Researchers at McGill University have figured out a way to take 3D images of megaenzymes that help create the antibiotics used in today’s medicine, which may lead to the development of next-generation antibiotics.

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Most Popular Articles of 2014

1. Could lightning fast internet be on its way to Canada? Last week, Google posted a position on its own jobs board that could be an indication that the search engine giant might be planning to launch Google Fiber in Canada.

Is this the best sign yet that Google Fiber is coming to Canada?

2. Canada’s medical marijuana industry is undergoing a sea-change. One need look no further than the public markets for evidence; the country’s first publicly traded marijuana play, Tweed Marijuana, recently began trading and boasts a market cap in excess of $100-million…

Canada’s Medical Marijuana Industry: A Top Down Look

3. In 1992, the NHL introduced the “instigator” rule, handing an extra two-minute minor penalty to a player who starts a fight. Here in 2014, many video game fans think the book should be thrown at video game maker Electronic Arts for their efforts on the latest version of their wildly popular NHL franchise. But will EA’s reportedly awful effort on NHL 15 really cause its long-time fans to abandon ship?

EA Feels the Wrath of Fans Over NHL 15 Flub

4. Alberta artist Peter van Tiesenhausen has provided an interesting legal precedent in his long-running battle with oil companies seeking to run a pipeline through his 800 acre territory. He has copyrighted his land as a work of art…

Alberta Artist Copyrights Land as Artwork to Keep Oil Companies At Bay

5. The $5.2-billion, 12-year deal that Rogers Communications signed with the NHL back in November means it will assume full editorial control over “Hockey Night in Canada”, meaning the fates of on-air talent such as Bob Cole, Don Cherry and Ron Maclean is now in the publicly traded company’s hands….

Roger That? How “Hockey Night In Canada” Ended Up Losing the CBC Money

6. With the rise of social media, reaching a specific market segment has never been more cost-effective. And never has it been more complicated. But a comprehensive new study from Vancouver-based market research firm Vision Critical reveals that social media is, in fact, having a big impact on consumer decisions.

Brands Ignore Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest at their Peril, says Vision Critical Study