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Recognized for a lifetime of renowned service in communications, science broadcaster and co-host and producer of DAILY PLANET, Jay Ingram, is appointed as a member of the Order of Canada.

“Jay is without doubt the greatest science communicator in Canada,” said Paul Lewis, President and General Manager of Discovery Channel. “His passion, enthusiasm and curiosity about the universe are infectious. His books and daily television appearances have engaged millions of Canadians, especially younger Canadians, and encouraged them to get excited about the extraordinary world of science.”

“Being appointed to the Order of Canada is unexpected and extraordinary,” said Ingram. “This is a huge surprise!”

Ingram has been credited throughout his award-winning career for what he does best – bringing science to the mainstream. His appointment to the Order of Canada is a testament to Ingram’s outstanding contribution to Canada’s scientific community. From his years of helping to shape television’s first daily science newsmagazine, DAILY PLANET, into flagship success, to his best-selling new book, THE DAILY PLANET BOOK OF COOL IDEAS, Ingram is a leader in science communication.

DAILY PLANET airs Monday to Friday at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel. In addition, full episodes of DAILY PLANET are available at www.discoverychannel.ca/DailyPlanet, along with podcasts, Jay’s Journal and much more!

A centrepiece of Canada’s honours system, the Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. New appointments, including Ingram, have been honoured for enriching the lives of others and making a difference to this country.

DAILY PLANET is the internationally award-winning flagship show of Discovery Channel Canada. Now in its 14th season, DAILY PLANET is the first nightly prime-time science magazine show in the world and has grown in the last decade to become a powerhouse of science and technology broadcasting internationally. From the lab to the living room, DAILY PLANET brings the world of science not only to Canada, but to millions of viewers worldwide. Visit DAILY PLANET on Canada’s online network at discoverychannel.ca/dailyplanet.

Wednesday, April 22 10 a.m.

Celebrating Earth Day, this episode of DAILY PLANET features stories on the “Human Powered Car”, a three million dollar spin on the enviro car. It’s a new direction for transportation and it gets you in touch with your inner Fred Flintstone. “The Junk Raft” follows eco-mariners seeking to raise awareness about the giant SEA-fill by sailing through it on a homemade raft built entirely of junk. And finally “Energy Catchers of the Future” explores plans that draw from the expected sources – sun, wind, and waves – and others that take a more unusual approach such as tornados, fungus, and garbage.

Daily Planet Highlights the Ultimate in Homespun Inventions

Who hasn’t daydreamt of inventing something to make their lives easier, safer – or just plain cooler? But how many of us actually make the leap from fantasy to reality? Now, meet some amateur inventors who’ve done just that! From stylish bullet-proof suits that would make James Bond envious to a dish-doing robot that wouldn’t be out of place on The Jetsons, Daily Planet hosts Jay Ingram and Kim Jagtiani take a look at the science behind the latest in amateur invention in an all-new theme week. Running Mon., March 24 to Fri., March 28 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel, Daily Planet’s “Built in Your Own Backyard” theme week celebrates the spirit innovation and the passion of “backyard” inventors who strive to make the science we use everyday a little better – and a lot cooler too!

Highlights from Daily Planet’s “Built in Your Own Backyard” theme week include:

Mon., March 24 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
From grad school project to real-world relief effort, see how Peter Brewin and Will Crawford have revolutionized instant – yet stable – shelter systems. To utilize these incredible concrete “shelters in a bag,” simply add water, inflate and let set for 12-24 hours. The resulting concrete huts are suitable for military operations, remote hospitals and refugee camps. Also, meet Sudbury backyard inventor Colin Firth – the ultimate hockey fan – for whom building a community ice rink wasn’t enough, so he built his own Zamboni!

Tues., March 25 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
Is loading the dishwasher a drag? Scientists in Pittsburgh are perfecting a robot that collects dirty mugs and loads them into a dishwasher – all by itself. The RoboButler can see the mugs and choose the best way to get them into a rack. Also today, the height of fashion meets high security with the invention of a bullet-proof suit. Bulky vests have gone by the wayside in favour of new revolutionary materials and expert craftsmanship, resulting in trendy shirts and jackets capable of absorbing the impact of a speeding bullet!

Wed., March 26 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
The “Rocketman” personified, Ky Michaelson is the ultimate inventor. At 70 years old he has committed his life to adding a rocket to just about anything you can think of. Michaelson is so good at building rockets he’s broken state, national and international speed records and has even consulted on Hollywood movies – see what he’s up to next! Also today, see how Ubifit is like a pedometer on steroids! Featuring nine different sensors to measure every type of exercise including walking, running, climbing stairs and even riding a bike, Ubifit tracks weekly totals and displays it on a user’s cell phone as different flowers blooming in a virtual garden. And, for a different kind of walk on the wild side, see how a California company has found a way to tame tornados… and can make these forces of nature do their bidding.

Thurs., March 27 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
Alaskan construction worker Carlos Owens has just made a real-life monster transformer – in his mom’s backyard! Standing almost two stories high, yet controllable by hand, Owen plans on developing his monster robots into boxers for backyard demolition derbies. Then, meet a piston builder who can turn any truck engine into a homemade jet engine. Does this noisy invention have the potential to be next green generator? Also today, witness the latest means to harness the incredible power of nature. Forget lightning, or even wind power – check out Thomas Fetterman’s fly powered plane!

Fri., March 28 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
Inspired to create your own inventions? Daily Planet looks back at the week’s discoveries in a special best of “Built in Your Own Backyard” episode. From shelters to subs, join hosts Jay Ingram and Kim Jagtiani as they recap the brightest new inventions featured during Daily Planet’s “Built in Your Own Backyard” week.

Beginning Mon., Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel, Daily Planet’s Fire Week takes an in-depth look at the science behind the destructiveness of raging fires and the most effective ways to fight them. With the help of the Ontario fire marshals office and scientists who study the mechanics of flames, Daily Planet’s Fire Week investigates how fires actually cause damage – whether it is in the home or in lush forestland. From the forensics search at a crime scene that has burnt down to the anatomy of a kitchen fire, watch as hosts Jay Ingram and Kim Jagtiani take a closer look at this hot topic and find out what’s burning when it comes to fire safety.

Monday 4 February / 7 pm ET/8 pm PT
Solving a murder is never easy – especially if the killer tries to destroy evidence by setting a fire. Fire investigator Greg Olson from the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal believes there is an easier way for investigators to find more evidence by using the principles of archaeology. In the first instalment of this two-part investigation, police experts put Olson’s theory to the test. Watch as they create a realistic crime scene in an abandoned house. Hidden inside are guns, shell casings, a knife and pig cadavers used to represent dead victims. Then, police experts set the stage for Olson to look into the new ways crime scenes can be investigated.

Tuesday 5 February / 7 pm ET/8 pm PT
In part two of this forensic fire story, Greg Olson of the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal puts his new techniques, which employ the principles of archaeology, to the test. The intense heat and flames of the fire have compromised the staged crime scene. Watch as both fire students and students trained in archaeology sift through the ashes seeking answers. But who will solve this case?

Wednesday 6 February / 7 pm ET/8 pm PT
In an interesting take on fighting fires, Daily Planet heads to Toledo, Ohio, where scientists are learning how to fight fire with fans. Instead of water, fire fighters are using giant fans to blow the flames out like the candles on a cake. But can this unique fire-fighting method really provide results? Then, can burning a forest also help save it? Oak Savannah is one of the rarest ecosystems on the planet because it needs periodic forest fires to help it reinvigorate itself. Watch as engineers play Mother Nature and deliberately set a large amount of land on fire to make way for a revitalized forest.

Thursday 7 February / 7 pm ET/8 pm PT
Today, Daily Planet examines the anatomy of a kitchen fire with a behind-the-scenes look at fire itself. Watch as fire investigators study the power of fire by setting up a model kitchen and then watching it burn. Join investigators from the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal as they study flashover – the deadly moment when everything in a room catches fire. Find out how flashover occurs and why it is so important for investigators to study it.

Friday 8 February / 7 pm ET/8 pm PT
Burnt out, yet? Daily Planet looks back at all the theme week’s discoveries in a Best of Fire Week show. From fire investigations to forests that need fires, join hosts Jay Ingram and Kim Jagtiani as they recap the stories that burned brightest during Daily Planet’s Fire Week.

Kicking off a week of rip-roaring stunt action, Ryan Stock enlists the help of a medieval fight coordinator to attack him with ancient weapons. Watch as Daily Planet explains the physics behind how the armour protects Stock by diffusing the impact of such weapons as swords and axes. Next, watch as adventurer Will Gadd climbs an abandoned mine in Sweden with some unusual ice formations. But this stunt means big risks because the unusually warm weather is melting the ice. Will giant icicles cut his chances of executing this slippery stunt safely? Then, step into the cockpit of a unique German-made helicopter as pilot Chuck Aaron puts his aircraft to the test. With its centre of gravity altered to allow it to move quickly during aerial manoeuvres, don’t miss this death-defying flight as the Red Bull aerobatic helicopter performs stunts that no other civilian helicopter can survive – including loops, flips and rolls.

Mon., Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on CTV

Guinea Pig hosts Ryan Stock and AmberLynn Walker get things cracking with Walker smashing a sledge hammer down on Stock’s head. But that’s not all! Watch as this daring duo kicks it up a notch with a human wrecking ball stunt involving stilts, chains, a bowling ball and a dinner plate. Daily Planet uncovers the secret behind Stock’s ability to withstand the crushing blows. Next, travel down to the Utah desert where an engineering student is tasked with a robotic stunt: to land a small plane in the back of a moving pickup truck – and do it autonomously. The goal? To demonstrate how technology can enable robot planes to land and refuel on moving military vehicles. Then, follow two fighter pilots from the Indian Air Force as they try to fly around the world in an airplane that weighs less than a pull-out sofa. Flying an ultra light airplane around the globe in world record-breaking time is aviation history in the making and Daily Planet reveals how this feat can be achieved.

Tues., at Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Today on Daily Planet, watch as Ryan Stock tests the limits of his skin. Don’t miss Stock pulling host Kim Jagtiani in a fine hybrid car across the studio floor…with nothing but hooks imbedded in his skin! Then, follow skiing enthusiasts Sarah and Eric McNair-Landry on an adventure kite-skiing trip across Greenland’s ice cap. Navigating their way through an old military base and enduring close encounters with crevasses, witness the dangerous trek through the wilderness as they swoosh their way through Greenland on land and in the sky. Then, join biker Markus Stoeckl as he practices mountain-biking on a ski slope. Having previously set the record for “no-frills” downhill mountain biking faster than any person in the world, watch as this daredevil on wheels perfects his passion for riding the slopes.

Wed., Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Today on Daily Planet, meet renowned fashion designer Miguel Caballero as he reveals that personal protection shouldn’t interfere with personal style. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest in protective apparel that allows anyone to perform stunts without sacrificing fashion over function. Don’t miss this sneak peak at Caballero’s new line of clothes, including a bullet proof jacket that looks great with pumps. Watch as Daily Planet discovers the garb that could save your life and still take your breath away.

Thurs., Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Craving more death-defying action? Today, Daily Planet takes a look back at some of the most eye-opening acts of the week. Join host Kim Jagtiani as she recaps her favourite stories from Stunt Week.

Fri., Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Friday October 26 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

Discover the mystery behind the disappearance of the Thule Inuit – hunters who lived across the Eastern Arctic plains for centuries. What actually happened to these hunters known for their prowess in harpooning whales in open water?

Then, learn how years of exposure to 24 hours of direct sunlight affect the circadian rhythms of the people who live in the north.

And, meet a true north outdoorsman as he takes a wild ride on the raging waters of the Yukon River on homemade rafts made out of logs and rope.