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Passing the Mic, Part 2 — Taloyoak throat singers and hunters

Episode 76

In the second of three episodes from Taloyoak, Nunavut, podcast host David McGuffin speaks with young throat singers Joyce Ashevak and Martha Neeveacheak, as well as their classmate, hunter Roger Oleekatalik

  • 27 minutes

People & Culture

Robert Bateman on life, art and mice

At 94, Canada’s venerable naturalist painter reflects on a long career making art and keeping it real

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People & Culture

Laws braided into belts: three Haudenosaunee Wampum Belts you should know

Cayuga Sub-Chief and Faithkeeper Jock Hill on how Wampum Belts came to be — and the knowledge they contain within their strands

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  • 9 minutes

People & Culture

Passing the Mic, Part 1 — Nunavut’s viral TikTok Mayor Lenny Aqigiaq Panigayak

Episode 75

In the first of three episodes from Taloyoak, podcast host David McGuffin speaks with Mayor Lenny Panigayak, who shares stories about embracing traditional Inuit life, his social media platform, being out on the land and more

  • 21 minutes

People & Culture

Head for the hills: skiing in the Canadian Prairies

As unexpected as they are unexpectedly popular: welcome to Canada’s prairie ski destinations 

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More than just theme parks: exploring Orlando’s blind spots

It may be the Theme Park Capital of the World, but there is plenty of adventure in Orlando beyond the amusement parks

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The cultural spectacle of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Experiencing the world’s largest carnival during a week of celebration, social unity, parades, colourful fashion and of course, partying 

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  • 5 minutes

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Chasing storms and shipwrecks on the Oregon Coast

Offering something for everyone, this 584-kilometre wind-swept shoreline is packed with historical sites, isolated beaches, quiet seaside towns and more

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  • 6 minutes

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Creating legacies on Costa Rica’s Pacuare River

The ultimate rainforest retreat complete with eco-adventures, hands-on education and adrenaline-inducing activities amidst tropical jungle scenery

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  • 6 minutes

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Spending the night in North America’s only ice hotel

An unforgettable Nordic-inspired experience where ice and snow are transformed into an enchanting overnight stay

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  • 6 minutes

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Lodge at Bow Lake: A cozy retreat among the peaks

Recently renovated and renamed, the Lodge at Bow Lake (formerly Num-Ti-Jah Lodge) immerses guests in the history of Rocky Mountain exploration

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Martinique: Exploring the Caribbean’s “island of flowers”

Renowned for its world-class beaches, ecotourism and historical sites, this tropical paradise exudes relaxation, making it the perfect destination to unwind and escape from everyday life

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  • 12 minutes

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The irony of “last chance” travel in the age of climate change

Seeing iconic landscapes before they fade away may be accelerating their demise. Can we square the circle on making these trips sustainable?

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  • 9 minutes

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Negril, Jamaica: The “trip” you need to take

Microdosing psilocybin, plus three other ways to relax and unwind by the crystal-clear waters of western Jamaica

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  • 6 minutes

People & Culture

A conversation with RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth

The RCGS Explorer-in-Residence discusses the underwater world of cave diving, the risks involved, pushing boundaries and more 

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  • 7 minutes

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Six places to (ethically) volunteer with animals around the world

From South African penguins and Canadian bears to Australian wombats and Bolivian pumas, Robin Esrock introduces inspiring wildlife sanctuaries where volunteers make all the difference

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Secret season in Jasper: 3 days of ice walking, ice skating and other winter adventures

Avoid the crowds and discover frozen canyons, scenic lakes and hearty cuisine in this epic Rocky Mountain town

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  • 9 minutes

Exploration

Remembering polar explorer Ken Hedges

Hedges, who served as medic on the 1969 British Trans-Arctic Expedition and later settled in Canada, died Oct. 11 age 88

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  • 3 minutes

Environment

Toronto’s newest park is turning an industrial landscape into a recreational hub

Located in Toronto’s Port Lands, Leslie Lookout Park will welcome visitors in June 2024, complete with a mini forest, lookout tower and a public beach

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: can the mighty muskox survive its greatest test yet?

Plus: a sea lion and an octopus fight to the death, new luminescence discovered in sea cucumbers, volcanic winters may have caused dinosaur extinction, and the white bison gene is revealed.

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Toronto high school students are shoring up urban biodiversity, one acorn at a time

The student-led Ravine Stewardship Team at Toronto French School is providing local acorns to neighbours and nurseries to increase the city’s native tree canopy

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Last bastion of ice

What the collapse of the Milne ice shelf and the loss of a rare Arctic ecosystem might teach us about a changing planet

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  • 12 minutes

People & Culture

Un rappel à notre mémoire : souligner le 70e anniversaire de l’armistice de la Guerre de Corée

Le 27 juillet 1953, un armistice a été signé, mettant fin aux effusions de sang de la guerre de Corée – mais pas à la guerre elle-même. Depuis, des questions ont été soulevées quant à la commémoration du conflit au Canada et ailleurs.

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People & Culture

Malaysian Chef Alex Chen makes Vancouver’s Michelin List

The Food Network Canada judge discusses how he found his passion for food, the backstory of his restaurant Boulevard and the key to his continued success as one of the country’s top chefs

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Biinaagami: A call to revitalize our waters

Announcing a new initiative to connect to and protect the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence watershed

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People & Culture

Renewed Remembrance: Marking 70 years since the Korean War Armistice

On July 27, 1953, an armistice was signed ending the bloodshed of the Korean War — if not the war itself — but questions have since been raised surrounding the conflict’s remembrance in Canada and beyond

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8 awesome things that happened at the 2023 RCGS Geographica Dinner — plus photos!

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 94th annual Geographica Dinner was a celebration of the power of geography, exploration and the accomplishments of the past year

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People & Culture

Excerpt from It Stops Here: Standing Up for Our Lands, Our Waters, and Our People

Sundance Chief and a member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Rueben George shares the personal account of one man’s confrontation with colonization 

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: what pikas — and their poop — can teach us about climate change

Plus: orcas are eating a toxic diet, southern birds are moving in on northern birds thanks to climate change, North Atlantic right whale population is steadying, and red swamp crayfish are showing up unwanted in Nova Scotia

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Wildlife Wednesday: peregrine falcons use ‘false alarm’ attacks to tire out prey

Plus: 3,000 illegal shark fins seized by the DFO, Atlantic Canada’s seals under investigation, salmon use ‘cooling stations’ to de-stress, and 16-kilogram tortoise found wandering spinach patch

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The 1903 Frank Slide: In the shadow of the mountain

The story of Frank, Alta., the deadliest landslide in Canadian history and a town that endures

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Wildlife Wednesday: How a pandemic heli-ski shutdown expanded the range of B.C. caribou

Plus: orca don’t love metal music, orangutans get new home at Toronto Zoo, Dominica protects ‘carbon heroes’ of the sea, and crickets boost acoustic efficiency in surprising ways

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  • 5 minutes

Environment

First-of-its-kind project is helping Canadian cities transition to net zero

Launched by the University of Waterloo, The Municipal Net-Zero Action Research Partnership (N-ZAP) is developing resources to support municipalities in their climate action plans

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  • 6 minutes

Environment

Robert Courteau on the fungiverse beneath our feet

The fun guy behind the mushroom hunt that became North America’s largest fungi bioblitz

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Travel

Eight Canadian rides you need to try

From ice chutes and air canons to floating hot tubs and Canada’s tallest rollercoaster, Robin Esrock invites you to buy the ticket, take the ride and scream to your heart’s content

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  • 6 minutes

Wildlife

After burn: The new face of fire puts wildlife on the hot seat

How Canada’s wildlife is struggling to cope with the human-induced forcings of climate change

  • 1061 words
  • 5 minutes

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