5 Things You Need to Know: April 21, 2016

Today's top stories

Decision Day for Senator Mike Duffy

A judge is ruling on 31 charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust, to which, Duffy has pleaded not guilty. The first 12 charges have been dismissed, and we’ll update you on our news page once the final verdict is announced.


Happy Birthday to HRH!

Happy Birthday to Queen Elizabeth, celebrating her 90th today! Read more here.

No Swimsuit Required


A Barrie teen has entered a pageant of a different sort. Diana Smendra hoping to become Miss North Ontario. Read more about that here


The Hip-tionary


Merriam-Webster has beefed up its dictionary by a couple of thousand words and acronyms. Can you say FOMO?


Harnessing the Power of… Pee?!?

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Apparently, we humans are filled with renewable energy. Scientists at University of Bath in England have found a way to use urine to power fuel cells. In fact, they’ve developed a low-cost, pee-powered fuel cell capable of running electronic devices – including cell phones.