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Canadian Geographic January/February 2019 issue

Cover options for the January/February issue of Canadian Geographic. Option 2, showing a glacier bear pausing to look out from behind an evergreen, won with 55 per cent of the reader vote.

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Caribou, like this one in the Northwest Territories, are increasingly threatened across the country. (Photo: Alex Elliott/Can Geo Photo Club)

Caribou, like this one in the Northwest Territories, are increasingly threatened across the country. (Photo: Alex Elliott/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Alex Elliott/Can Geo Photo Club
Caribou numbers in Canada are dropping drastically — and quickly — leaving the iconic land mammal on the brink of extinction
dwindling caribou map

Canadian Geographic created this map as a snapshot of the status of Canada’s caribou herds. The large spheres show the largest estimated population of each herd, while the smaller coloured spheres show the current estimated population. (Map: Chris Brackley/Can Geo)

dwindling caribou map
 A snapshot of the country’s drastically dwindling caribou herds
DFO, Coast Guard and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami announce the creation of the new Arctic Region

Although the exact boundaries of the new Arctic Region are still to be defined in collaboration with residents of the North, they will reflect the shape of Inuit Nunangat, the traditional Inuit homelands. (Map: Chris Brackley/Can Geo)

Map: Chris Brackley/Can Geo
The change is to transform the way decisions about fishing, shipping, resource development and more are made across the enormous northern region defined by the traditional Inuit homelands
Toronto eastern waterfront

A view of Toronto's eastern waterfront, where the Quayside neighbourhood will be developed. (Photo: Quayside Toronto)

Photo: Quayside Toronto
Urbanist Robin Mazumder reviews Quayside, the new ‘smart’ neighbourhood on Toronto’s eastern waterfront
women on a bridge looking into a forest

The Nature Conservancy of Canada's ongoing panel discussions explore our complicated relationship with nature. (Photo: Pixabay)

Photo: Pixabay
Experts tackle our difficult relationship with nature in panel discussions hosted by Nature Conservancy of Canada 
International space station, NASA, space, astronaut, Drew Feustel, ISS Commander

Drew Feustel records a video inside the Kibo laboratory module on the space station in late September. (Photo: NASA Johnson)

Photo courtesy NASA Johnson
A conversation with Drew Feustel, the most recent commander of the International Space Station and a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen, who returned to Earth in October after more than six months in orbit 
Unearthing clues to the mystery of the great Pleistocene extinction in Yukon

An illustration of Pleistocene-era mammals on Yukon’s tundra landscape. Thousands of fossils from this era are discovered each year, many by gold miners and members of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation around Old Crow. (Illustration: “Beringia Winter Scene,” courtesy Government of Yukon/artist George “Rinaldo” Teichmann)

Illustration: Government of Yukon
Findings about the disappearance of large mammals in the North could help scientists understand the potential impacts of modern climate change
Unearthing clues to the mystery of the great Pleistocene extinction in Yukon

Une illustration de mammifères de l’époque du Pléistocène dans le paysage de la toundra du Yukon. Des milliers de fossiles de cette région sont découverts chaque année, dont de nombreux par des mineurs et des membres de la Première Nation des Gwitchin Vuntut autour de Old Crow. (Illustration gracieusement fournie par le gouvernement du Yukon)

Illustration: Government of Yukon
Les découvertes sur la disparition des grands mammifères dans le Nord pourraient aider les chercheurs à comprendre les effets potentiels du changement climatique que nous vivons aujourd’hui
Douglas Coupland vortex Vancouver Aquarium ocean plastic Haida Gwaii

Artist and author Douglas Coupland stands in the midst of Vortex, his radical new art installation about ocean plastic on now at the Vancouver Aquarium. (Photo: Ocean Wise)

Photo: Ocean Wise
The renowned Canadian artist and bestselling author discusses how his love of plastic morphed into an art exhibit about ocean pollution
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