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Indigenous, Inuit concerned about health systems, lost knowledge with COVID-19

Indigenous and Inuit communities are expressing concern as the threat of COVID-19 comes nearer to their communities

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People & Culture

Maternal health enters the information age in Peru

How the Wawared project is using technology to collect and share health data that will improve the lives of women and, perhaps eventually, everyone in the nation

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People & Culture

Q&A with winners of Arctic Inspiration Prize

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A group from the Selkirk First Nation catches a salmon in a net.

People & Culture

Five potential solutions to food insecurity in Canada’s North

Here are a few of the ways community-led projects, government programs and other organizations are helping to feed northern populations

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Trudeau and the Trebeks

People & Culture

Trudeau, Trebek and a Rear-Admiral: the Royal Canadian Geographical Society bolsters its Fellowship with three incredible leaders

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Jean Trebek and Rear-Admiral Rebecca Patterson join the organization as Honorary Fellows

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Environment

Wildlife

Wildlife

Pacific killer whales are dying — new research shows why

In the 1990s, an abrupt decline in the fish-eating southern resident population dropped to 75 whales from 98

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Science & Tech

Science & Tech

InukBook app to monitor health, environment in Nunatsiavut

InukBook is an Inuit-led, Inuit-run, community-based health and environment monitoring program in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut

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Man sneezes and expels droplets into air

Science & Tech

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the transmission of flu?

Public health measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 have also reduced transmission of flu — but this is not the year to blow off your annual flu shot

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Science & Tech

Encouraging tech innovations to safeguard ocean health

Part one of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster: A six-part series

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Science & Tech

Antarctic research could help NASA limit risks to astronaut health

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Me & My Microbes gut game

Science & Tech

Exploring the human microbiome, our ‘forgotten organ’

Me & My Microbes: The Zoo Inside You, a new exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, examines the connections between our microbiome and our health

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Articles

Refueling operations between the tug Henry Christoffersen and the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier offshore of Cambridge Bay

History

Captain’s log: Health care

The Wilfrid Laurier’s health officer compares notes with a colleague in Cambridge Bay

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Men in an Albertan field wearing masks during the Spanish Influenza in the fall of 1918.

History

Excerpt from ‘The Last Plague: Spanish Influenza and the Politics of Public Health in Canada’

Read the account of one young soldier’s fight against the Spanish flu in 1918

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Science & Tech

How Antarctic research is helping astronauts stay healthy

Canadian scientists are joining an international team in Antarctica to study the health risks of long-term space missions

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Three hikers stand with arms around each other looking at a waterfall

Environment

We need the wild — and it needs us

The author, conservationist and nature-deficit expert Richard Louv on the importance of connecting with the natural world

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Science & Tech

Excerpt from Saved by Science: The Hope and Promise of Synthetic Biology

How can we accelerate the development of vaccines? How do we feed three billion people when 12 million died of hunger in 2019? Does synthetic biology hold the answer?

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History

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Astronaut inputs information into onboard computer

People & Culture

Canadian businessperson Mark Pathy blasts into space on private mission

March 30 is the launch date! The Montreal-born investor and philanthropist will complete a 10-day mission that combines bucket-list trip with research and environmental agenda 

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Two divers scuba diving in a cave in the Bahamas

Exploration

A mountain of rock sits above them, and muddy, flooded passages are their only way out

Expert cave diver and RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth explains the risks and challenges of rescuing a boys’ soccer team trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand

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Prince Albert II, Monaco, exploration, ocean

Exploration

Prince Albert II of Monaco explains how his country’s new ocean exploration initiative came to be

The Monaco Explorations expedition will conduct three years of scientific research in nine remote locations around the world beginning in July 

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Astronauts David Saint-Jacques and Jeremy Hansen

Exploration

Space medicine

The health issues astronauts face as they journey beyond the Earth’s surface

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Pregnant woman standing in front of water, tree in background, during Autumn.

Science & Tech

Study finds link between outdoor temperature and women’s risk of gestational diabetes

Women exposed to warmer temperatures during pregnancy have a higher rate of gestational diabetes compared to those exposed to colder temperatures

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Environment

Most of Canada’s marine fish stocks are unhealthy: report

Less than 25 per cent of Canada’s marine fish are considered healthy, and the status of 45 per cent of stocks couldn’t be determined because data didn’t exist or was outdated

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Two caribou silhouetted against a dark, rainy landscape

Wildlife

Caribou are vanishing at an alarming rate. Is it too late to save them?

After more than a million years on Earth, the caribou is under threat of global extinction. The precipitous decline of the once mighty herds is a tragedy that is hard to watch — and even harder to reverse.

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First Nations protest fracking on Parliament Hill

Environment

Inside the fight for “green rights” in Canada and around the world

Other countries recognize that a healthy environment is a basic human right. A new documentary argues it's time Canada did the same.

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A grizzly bear shakes water from its fur in a river

Wildlife

Broughtons in the balance: As salmon runs fail, grizzlies are on the move

Salmon runs are failing and grizzlies seem to be on the move in the islands between mainland B.C. and northern Vancouver Island. What’s going on in the Broughton Archipelago?

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Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

People & Culture

The Inuit future

Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, on the idea of a Inuit-Crown relationship, Canada’s Inuit homelands and the role of Inuit in the world

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A rufous hummingbird flying

Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: All-star hummingbirds, a “landscape of fear” and newborn whooping cranes

Your weekly CanGeo round-up of wildlife news

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Alex Trebek illustrated by Robert Carter

People & Culture

A special message from Alex Trebek

There will be an important role for geography in the challenging times ahead. The RCGS needs your help to continue its work promoting geographic literacy in Canada and around the world. 

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People & Culture

State of the marijuana nation

One year post-legalization, a look at Canada’s changing relationship with pot

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People & Culture

Excerpt from Taking a Break from Saving the World

Taking a Break from Saving the World chronicles an activist's journey from burnout to balance

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People & Culture

Fat activism in the outdoors with Layla Cameron

The first interview in our Colour the Trails series

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Toronto eastern waterfront

People & Culture

A look at Google’s smart city

Urbanist Robin Mazumder reviews Quayside, the new ‘smart’ neighbourhood on Toronto’s eastern waterfront

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People & Culture

Growing food security in First Nations communities

Gardeners dig into a history of resilience to feed people during COVID-19

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People & Culture

Yukon summer adventure: How much exercise is enough?

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covid-19 influenza

People & Culture

COVID-19 coronavirus not a pandemic — yet

WHO says it’s “time to do everything you would do in preparing for a pandemic”

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People & Culture

Legacy of Canada’s role in atomic bomb is felt by northern Indigenous community

In the case of what happened to the people of Délı̨nę, the Moral Awakening film calls for an awakening in the form of a call to action

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People & Culture

Trans Canada Trail and AccessNow unite: New partnership creates greater accessibility

Canadian Paralympians and Para athletes join the mission to increase trail accessibility across Canada

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People & Culture

Statement on COVID-19 from RCGS CEO John Geiger

A message to our readers, Fellows, members and supporters

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People & Culture

RCGS, Roots team up to create non-medical face masks

Support the Society's educational programming and keep your loved ones safe at the same time

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a mosaic of people trying Crickstart products

People & Culture

This Canadian food startup wants you to eat crickets. Here’s why

Nutritious and ecologically friendly, crickets might just be the food of the future

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Richmond B.C. fishing fleet at sunset

Wildlife

Dozens of Canadian fish stocks in critical condition: report

Advocacy group says action plans are urgently needed for the recovery of 26 dangerously depleted fish populations

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Wildlife

Punctuation’s mark: Can we save the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale?

After a series of mass deaths in recent years, what can we do?

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Barnacles cling to a plastic bottle washed up on a beach in Haida Gwaii

Environment

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Hannah Kosick

Before joining Ocean Bridge, I was completely unaware of the extent of the problem of single-use plastic consumerism 

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Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

Environment

“There’s no coming back from this:” Why the global ocean crisis threatens us all

Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

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A woman paddles a stand up paddleboard in the water

Science & Tech

Sailing around the world for ocean plastic

Canadian scientist Sheri Bastien discusses her involvement in eXXpedition, an all-female expedition to study ocean plastic

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Winnipeg Food Atlas

Mapping

Exploring the new Winnipeg Food Atlas

The interactive map is helping local health authorities see the city differently, including charting diabetes neighbourhood by neighbourhood

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Arctic Frontiers conference 2019

Environment

Five key takeaways from the Arctic Frontiers conference

The uncertainty and change that's currently disrupting the region dominated the annual meeting's agenda

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Kim Elmslie, Campaign Director, Oceana Canada with MP Fin Donnelly

Environment

Canada bans import and export of shark fins

The ban is one of several significant and long-awaited changes to the federal Fisheries Act that passed Tuesday, including new provisions to rebuild depleted fish stocks

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Environment

Why Canada needs an Environmental Bill of Rights

What do you get the country that has it all for its 150th birthday? 

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Environment

Oceans can be restored in the next 30 years, scientists say

Study outlines five actions to boost ocean productivity and biodiversity by 2050

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Environment

Canadian ranchers protect native grasslands and species at risk

Cattle grazing helps to conserve endangered grasslands as well as the habitat for many species at risk

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Photo: Giuliana Casimirri

Environment

Citizen scientists aim to improve Hamilton, Ont. air quality

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Environment

9 ocean stories to mark the UN Decade of Ocean Science

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science kicks off Feb. 3, 2021

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Environment

5 future fixes from WWF Canada’s 2020 Watershed Reports

The report contains both optimism and warnings as Canada and its watersheds struggle with the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change

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Beetle on bark

Environment

The further the flight, the stronger the signal: How mountain pine beetles are destroying Canada’s forests

Since the 1990s, mountain pine beetles have invaded more than 18 million hectares of forest in Western Canada. Researchers now have a better understanding of how this is done. 

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Environment

Canadian researchers use tires to fight Zika-carrying mosquitoes

Old tires can easily be converted into low-cost mosquito traps, helping prevent the spread of Zika virus in developing countries

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Environment

The bike factor

How bikeable is your neighbourhood? There may soon be an index for that.

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Nigel Hussey prepares to tag a Greenland shark in Scott Inlet in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Steven Fields)

Science & Tech

Following Greenland Sharks in Canada’s Arctic

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Wildlife

Why the loon should be Canada’s national bird

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Wildlife

Common loon faces uncertain future

A new study suggests loon populations could soon decline

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moose alberta population app

Wildlife

Alberta app to track moose population across the province

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Students sitting on Can Geo Education's Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada Giant Floor Map.

Kids

There’s no map to teaching in a pandemic

Across Canada, teachers are getting creative with their methods and approaches in the classroom to overcome challenges imposed by COVID-19

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Science & Tech

Inside the campaign to put climate change warning labels on gas pumps

The idea is controversial but municipalities are starting to get on board

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Un troupeau de bœufs musqués sur l’île Victoria

Science & Tech

What’s killing muskox in the Arctic Islands?

Muskox populations in Canada's High Arctic have been struggling in recent years, and one University of Calgary researcher and her students are working out why

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Jeremy Bentham

Science & Tech

Shell’s Jeremy Bentham on the future of cities

The Vice-President of Global Business Environment and head of the Shell Scenarios team discusses the Future Cities project and how Canadian cities can be more sustainable

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Science & Tech

Housing innovations in Nunatsiavut

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Gatineau, Que. tornado Sept. 21, 2018

Science & Tech

Weather watchers encouraged to report tornadoes in Canada this summer

Physical distancing requirements to slow the spread of COVID-19 will make it difficult for researchers to visit suspected tornado sites this year, so the team behind the Northern Tornadoes Project is calling on the public to help 

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Mapping

Interactive map shows global air pollution in realtime

'World Air Map' shows us exactly what we're breathing in at any given moment in major cities around the world.

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Map  courtesy of Human Environments Analysis Laboratory, Western University

Mapping

Mapping the causes of obesity

Three maps to help you understand the geography of obesity

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Mapping

7 ways Canadians are contributing to the fight against COVID-19

Vaccines, treatments and virus mapping are all underway

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Mapping

Five conservation experts weigh in on the future for wildlife post-COVID-19

The slowdown of human activity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to some surprising benefits for wildlife conservation. Can we keep them going after the danger has passed?

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Mapping

A plastic pandemic: The results of COVID-19 PPE pollution

The mismanagement of personal protective equipment waste is contributing to environmental degradation

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