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Harriet Tubman and her connection to a small church in Ontario

After the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act, which allowed the capture and return of slaves from states and territories in the US even where slavery was outlawed, Tubman began bringing slaves to Canada. On many occasions, Tubman brought runaway slaves to a church called Salem Chapel in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Education

Despite protests, Ontario is going forward with a newer, more modern sex ed curriculum. These girls helped make it happen.

There’s a battle afoot over sex education in the Canadian province of Ontario. The government says it’s overhauling its sex ed curriculum — which it hasn’t done since 1998 — to prepare kids for issues like tolerance, consent, and so many things they might encounter on the Internet. Some parents say they’ll pull their children out of class rather than expose them to what they call harmful material. But two teen activists are not only welcoming the changes: they helped make them.

Food

Is the butter tart the most Canadian of sweet treats? Not so fast

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If something can be as American as apple pie, it can be as Canadian as butter tarts — right? The intensely sweet treat is a staple, and Ontario even runs butter tart tours. But British Columbia's Nanaimo bars have something to say about the butter tart's claim to supremacy.

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