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A man-made ‘uterus’ and other things you may have missed this week

The women of Mother Care shred cellulose by hand – it's the raw ingredient in the low-cost sanitary pads they produce in their tiny workshop. Only about one-10th of Indian women have access to these kinds of products; the rest rely on traditional alternatives such as rags and newspapers when they are menstruating.


For many of us, Monday to Friday races by in a blur. We know it can be a struggle to delve beyond the big headlines and keep on top of all the interesting stories out there. We're here to lend a hand: In case you didn't see them the first time, a collection of stories you may have missed this week on

Bad news bears

Bear cubs loitering outside of a daycare. It sounds cute – unless you live in the small B.C. town that's dealing with just that. Residents of Adams Lake First Nation in the B.C. Interior are panicked after a dozen bears (including fully grown ones) moved into their community, loitering on the streets and acting "like they own the place."

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Foodie fight

After Maclean's magazine released its first ever guide to Canada's 50 best restaurants last week, the list set off a firestorm amongst foodies. Critics argued that any list omitting some of the country's most celebrated restaurants – Vancouver's Vij's, Montreal's Joe Beef and Au Pied de Cochon – isn't worth much. Here's why, according to Mark Schatzker, they're right.

An absorbing tale

Arunachalam Muruganantham had an unusual goal in life: to invent low-cost sanitary pads for the women of India. From the outset, the odds were stacked against him: the women in his town weren't keen on talking to him about menstruation. And obviously, he didn't have the biology to test out his inventions for himself (though he did have some success fashioning a "uterus" out of a deflated soccer ball and goat's blood). Here's how he finally succeeded.

A good time to rent, or a good time to buy?

Keep renting, or buy a house now? That's the question two Globe editors – one of them a renter, the other a new homeowner – tried to settle earlier this week in a Q&A with columnist Rob Carrick. Judge for yourself who made the better decision.

From teammates to housemates

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Two CFL players, each of their spouses, and four children combined, all living under one roof. Sound like a recipe for chaos? Rachel Brady visited the Burlington home of Toronto Argonauts players Chad Owens and Andre Durie, to find out what's behind their unique living situation.

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National Food Reporter

Ann Hui is the national food reporter at The Globe and Mail. Previously, she worked as a national reporter and homepage editor for and an online editor in News. More


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