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Interview: Science Minister Kirsty Duncan on the future of Arctic research

On her first official visit to the Arctic as Science Minister, Kirsty Duncan drove home the importance of climate research, incorporating traditional knowledge, and funding for innovation and research

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History

The Tuglavina family at Okak, 1915, right to left: Arnatuk, Renatus (Kuttaktok), Josef and Jonas

History

The man who challenged the Hudson’s Bay Company

The amazing story of Renatus Tuglavina, remembered in northern Labrador as a folk hero

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History

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the election of Canada’s first female MP, Agnes Macphail

A century later, former federal politician Catherine McKenna reflects on what has changed — and how far we still need to go

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Ciarán Hinds, right, as Sir John Franklin, and Tobias Menzies as James Fitzjames in the premiere episode of AMC's “The Terror.” (Photo courtesy AMC)

History

“The Terror” recap: Episodes 1 and 2

Our experts dissect the debut episodes of AMC’s new series about the Franklin Expedition

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History

Operation Husky: Reflections on a forgotten story

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Gokstad Viking ship replica at the World's Columbian Exposition Chicago in 1893

History

Viking ship arrives in Newfoundland after transatlantic journey

Draken Harald Hårfagre—the world’s largest modern Viking ship—has arrived in St. Anthony, Newfoundland

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Many Colville Lake locals spend their time in and around trapping cabins, preparing the pelts they’ve collected.

People & Culture

Traditional trapping in the North

Once a traditional way of life across Canada, trapping survives and even thrives in communities throughout the North, including Colville Lake, N.W.T.

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Close up image of the Sam Greer's hand drawn letter and land claim. The claim would have included all of what is now Kits Beach and Kits Point (not Vanier Park).

Mapping

How a small, hand-drawn Vancouver map sold at auction for $24,000

Brian Grant Duff from All Nations Stamp and Coin explains the controversial land claim made by Irish settler Sam Greer on what is today known as Kits Beach

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Red Couch Tour launch event Ottawa Museum of Nature Ela Kinowska Mona Fortier

People & Culture

Red Couch Tour to collect stories of Canadians

Project aims to create a film archive of Canadians' views about themselves and their country throughout the sesquicentennial

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Sarah Jackson, The Great Trail, day 428

People & Culture

First woman to walk entire Great Trail returns home after two years

Sarah Jackson talks memories, experiences, and struggles on the trail

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Wildlife

How citizen scientists solved a migration mystery

No one knew golden eagles in the Yukon and Alaska migrated along the Rockies’ front ranges, until an avid birder noticed something strange

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Photo courtesy Howard Falcon-Lang

Environment

Oldest known pine tree fossils discovered in Nova Scotia

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A cougar sits in a tree

Wildlife

The cat came back: Canada’s cougar comeback

Why Canada’s cougars are on the rise — and what that means for us

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People & Culture

Dave Bidini on the West End Phoenix and reviving local news

Episode 30

The Rheostatics frontman, bestselling author and community newspaper publisher shares why hyper-local storytelling matters more now than ever before

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Wildlife

“Whale superhighway” map marks World Whale Day

Plus: Marathon hare migrations, increasingly efficient wolves, wandering basking sharks and homemaking bees

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Banana tree fibre paper

Environment

Eco-friendly paper

Five eco-friendly products used around the world to create paper

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Environment

How much warmer than normal was your city in 2015?

Now there's a way to visualize exactly what a record warm year globally meant in your city

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Christmas presents with brown paper wrapping

Environment

5 ways to cut down on plastic waste this holiday season

Wrapping paper, packaging, plastic plates and cutlery — it all adds up. Here are some easy ways to avoid a nightmare around Christmas. 

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Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic

Environment

The climate change connection to the west’s devastating fire season

Why are conditions so favourable for wildfires this year?

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Environment

Microbes are unique to the cities they live in, study finds

Geography is the number one factor influencing the compositions of bacterial communities

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Environment

Scientists discover how monarch butterflies navigate

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General Walter Natynczyk

Exploration

Interview: Walter Natynczyk

The Canadian Space Agency President looks at Canada’s role in space

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People & Culture

The truth about polar bears

Depending on whom you ask, the North’s sentinel species is either on the edge of extinction or an environmental success story. An in-depth look at the complicated, contradictory and controversial science behind the sound bites

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A Parks Canada archeologist inspects debris next to Erebus’s hull

People & Culture

The authors of Franklin’s Lost Ships discuss the book

An interview with John Geiger and Alanna Mitchell

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A purple martin silhouetted in flight against a blue sky

Wildlife

Migration in the time of climate change

New technology is helping researchers understand how birds time their migrations when the seasons send mixed signals

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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

Louie Kamookak on the importance of Inuit oral history

Louie Kamookak awarded medal from The Royal Canadian Geographical Society for enhancing the Society’s ability to make Canada better known.

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Michael Gervers in Ethiopia, where he has been studying traditional Christian churches cut into the sandstone landscape

People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Michael Gervers

The University of Toronto professor and expert on Ethiopian history is documenting the centuries-old craft of rock-hewn churches 

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People & Culture

Web series profiles raise awareness of Arctic research

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Nááts’ihch’oh, or Mount Wilson, in the newly named national park reserve

People & Culture

Northern vision

An interview with Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the past, present and future of Canada's North

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Wildlife

Canada on track to protect 10 per cent of its oceans by 2020

Government is committed to using science to determine what areas of Canada’s oceans will be selected for protection, says Federal Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo

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People & Culture

Remembering Alex Trebek

While best known as the host of Jeopardy!, the Honorary President of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society was one of the planet's biggest champions of geographic knowledge and education

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People & Culture

Canadians share their love for museums with selfies

#MuseumSelfie trended on Twitter January 20th as people the world over shared their snaps.

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Wildlife

Bison to return to Banff National Park

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Wildlife

Shark tag finds its way home

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Science & Tech

Testing, testing: Inuit hunters and scientists work together to ensure walrus meat safe to eat

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Wildlife

Managing the white-tailed deer population

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People & Culture

Photographing Toronto’s diversity

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Humpback whale in the broughton archipelago, bc

Wildlife

Giants of the Broughtons

Whales are beginning to return to B.C. waters — but will they find a safe haven?

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People & Culture

Welcome to Flat Earth 101*

*Do your own research

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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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Wildlife

The erosion of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act threatens iconic Algonquin wolf

Algonquin wolves face an uncertain future primarily because they can be legally shot and trapped in many parts of Ontario

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Science & Tech

How artificial intelligence can help crisis managers respond during extreme weather events

Artificial intelligence combines with social-media analysis to inform first responders and scientists

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Beginning January 1, 2013, local Winnipeg freelance photographer David Lipnowski began a long term, personal project entitled

People & Culture

Manitoban diversity

Photographer David Lipnowski showcases the wide – and perhaps unexpected – diversity within Manitoba

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Wildlife

Jennifer Ackerman on new book The Genius of Birds

Ask Jennifer Ackerman whether being called a birdbrain is an insult or a compliment, and she’ll tell you that there’s no question it’s the latter

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Wildlife

David Bird talks Pocket Birds of Canada handbook

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Wildlife

Tests confirm unusual Atlantic salmon catch off Baffin Island

Warmer temperatures in the Arctic are making the area more hospitable for unfamiliar marine life, researchers believe

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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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Un troupeau de bœufs musqués sur l’île Victoria

Science & Tech

Quelle est la cause de la disparition de bœufs musqués dans les îles de l’Arctique?

Les populations de bœufs musqués dans l’Extrême-Arctique canadien luttent pour leur survie depuis les dernières années. Une chercheuse de l’Université de Calgary et ses étudiants sont en train de découvrir pourquoi

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captive belugas

Wildlife

Vancouver Parks Board bans display of live cetaceans at Vancouver Aquarium

The aquarium is concerned for the future of its marine mammal rescue program

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Calling all Canadians! Ig we gave you $10,000 to fight climate change, how would you do it?

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