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Better formula by editing tobacco genes

The problem: For many parents, breast milk is not an option for feeding their infants. They can turn to formula, but it lacks the hundreds of complex sugars that help babies build their gut bacteria, which is key to developing their immune system.

Edtech gets out of class and into the home

Parents have become more open to taking their children’s education into their own hands, driving some edtech companies to shift their business strategies.

Apps and accounts are helping kids master money

Kids today are more financially savvy than ever, with help from online money management tools.

Credit card companies are vying for your attention

In an effort to stand out in a sea of rewards, credit card companies are upping their game.

How to get free accommodation on your next trip

Letting strangers sleep in your home may be the answer to low-cost travel.

Canada EV plant spending is in overdrive

Canada’s budget watchdog is warning that spending on the electric vehicle race is speeding out of control like a malfunctioning self-driving car.

Driving the news: The federal government says that it and the provinces have spent $46.1 billion so far to build the country’s EV supply chain. A new Parliamentary Budget Officer report begs to differ.

Smartphones for kids hit the Canadian market

Children’s phone usage is being scrutinized across courtrooms and classrooms, but one tech company thinks it has an answer. 

What happened: This week, Pinwheel rolled out Canada’s first “kid-safe” smartphone — a device designed specifically to give parents more oversight.

Zyn is in, and Health Canada is worried

Out: Worrying about youth vaping. In: Worrying about youth Zyn-ing.

Driving the news: Flavoured nicotine pouches have been a godsend for Big Tobacco as it shifts away from cigarettes. But a recent investigation into the sale of Zyn brand products has forced Philip Morris to pause U.S. online sales of the super-popular nicotine pouches. 

Canada must step up to realize its green hydrogen dreams

Canada wants to be a top-three global green hydrogen producer by mid-century, but like your buddy training to run a marathon this year, a lot of work still needs to be done. 

Driving the news: According to the Financial Times, countries aren’t developing green hydrogen projects fast enough to meaningfully contribute to global 2050 net-zero goals.
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