As we flip the calendar on 2023, our team wanted to take the time to reflect on all of the good news stories from the past year.

From advancements in AI to a 5-year-old’s lemonade stand that raised 17k to help fight the Maui wildfires, here are some of our most notable highlights to commemorate 2023:

Chris: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Moving Forward at Lightning Speed

From the hype in late 2022, AI is moving forward at lightning speed, and promises to have an impact in all areas of our lives — entertainment, media, healthcare, science, the economy and job market, government, and education. Like other game changing inventions in history (the wheel, stirrups, money, the printing press, the steam engine, the automobile, the computer and the Internet), this technology will have both a negative and positive impact. I like to focus on the positive!     

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Haley: Government of Canada Introduces Bill to Protect Elephants and Great Apes in Captivity

Bill S-15 would prohibit new captivity of elephants and great apes, including for breeding, without a licence that shows it is for conservation, science, or the animal’s welfare.

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Katie: Millionaire Builds 99 Tiny Homes to Help His Community

After selling his software business for millions, Marcel Lebrun decided to pour his time and money into an affordable housing project in Fredericton.

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Kevin: Selfless Quad Amputee Summits a Peak to Raise Money for Other Disabled Kids

A ten-year-old quadruple amputee is going to attempt to summit a 656-foot mountain to raise money for other children with disabilities.

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Logan: Long-Beaked Creature Is Proven Not Extinct in First Ever Photos

An egg-laying mammal named in honour of Sir David Attenborough has been rediscovered after it was thought extinct for more than 60 years.

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Mahir: AI-Supported Mammogram Reading Detects 20% More Cancers

Reading mammograms with the help of AI software found 20% more cancers than the routine double reading by two different radiologists and didn’t increase false positives, according to a Swedish study.

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Max: FedEx Delivers 300,000 Free Christmas Trees to Military Families With Annual Trees for Troops Program

FedEx is rolling down the highway to deliver Christmas joy to military families throughout America in the annual Trees for Troops program.

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Nargiza: A 5-Year-Old’s Lemonade Stand in Seattle Raised Over $17,000 for Victims of Maui Wildfires

This young boy in Seattle is showing that there’s no barrier to entry for disaster relief; that all it takes is a willing heart, a hot summer day, and some ice-cold lemonade.

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Nick: Iran’s Narges Mohammadi Wins Nobel Peace Prize for Her Work Fighting Oppression of Women

Mohammadi, 51, is one of Iran’s leading human rights activists, who has campaigned for women’s rights and the abolition of the death penalty.

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Preya: Woman Becomes First Human to be Fitted with Nerve and Bone Fused Bionic Limb

A Swedish woman named Karin has become the first person to ever receive a below-the-elbow prosthetic that fuses bone with metal and electrodes.

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Tess: Stray Cat Finds a New Life in the Public Library — From Hitting the Streets to Hitting the Books

Benny the cat is a three-month old attendant at Swanton Public Library in Ohio. Encouraging children to read by visiting them during story time, or zooming around the place thanks to the conspicuous absence of books on the bottom shelves, he’s becoming a little star among the library staff.

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York: Ontario Advised to Abandon Tuition Freeze

A panel of experts is calling on the Ontario government to lift the domestic tuition freeze it has maintained for the past four years and allow universities and colleges to charge higher fees to address growing financial pressures.

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Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed these uplifting stories, and found a little something to celebrate this holiday season.

Here’s to 2024!

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