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1. Meet Canada’s new genetically modified cold weather bees
Scientists are looking to create bees that are genetically modified to survive cold Canadian winters in hopes that the number of bees we import from the U.S. can be reduced.

2. PEI could be overrun with lobster because of climate change, say experts
Of all the doom and gloom news that comes from climate change, such as waterfront cities like Miami and New Orleans possibly disappearing in our lifetime, this one somehow doesn’t seem so bad.

3. What’s behind Patrick Roy’s obsession with advanced hockey stats?
Hockey fans are used to seeing Patrick Roy upset. But these days Roy, beard flecked with grey and once winking eyes blank and slow-moving from the demands of his current position as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, has a fresh target for his ire: advanced stats.

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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