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Researchers devise bacteria-fighting gel

A team of Ontario researchers say they've come up with a way to convert common types of viruses into a gel with potential for a wide variety of medical and environmental uses.

The scientists at Hamilton's McMaster University say the gel is comprised of bacteriophages, or viruses found throughout the human body and surrounding environments that fight bacteria.

Quirky Canadian facts a mystery for many: poll

TORONTO—A new poll suggests Canadians haven't made much progress in expanding their knowledge of the more colourful parts of the country's history.

The online survey from Historica Canada, the organization behind the country's Heritage Minutes, quizzed respondents on 30 pieces of quirky Canadiana using true or false questions and tallied the number of correct responses.

Town votes down motion on land acknowledgment

An Ontario town has rejected a motion to open all its council meetings with an acknowledgment that the proceedings are taking place on lands held by Canada's indigenous people.

A councillor in the town of Richmond Hill first tabled the idea at a meeting in February—only to encounter pushback from other councillors and see the motion deferred to a later date.