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Posts tagged with ‘geography’ (151)

Honouring the 2014 Camsell Medal winners

Posted by Thomas Hall in Community on Monday, November 17, 2014

Chris Burn won the Camsell medal for his nearly two decades of work for The Royal Canadian Geographic Society. He began working with the Society when Iain Wallace, who was then chair of the society’s research and grants committee, asked Burn if he’d like to help (Wallace also won a Camsell award this year and is featured in the video above). He was eventually elected to the board of governors and finally served as vice-president of the society. Apart from his work with the society Burn is a professor ...

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10 surprising facts about Canadian geography

Posted by Aaron Kylie in Nature on Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Sudbury impact crater in Ontario, Canada. The oval-shaped crater (which stretches diagonally across the image from bottom left to upper right) is Canada's largest known crater. (Photo: NASA WorldWind/Wikimedia Commons)

There are times when I speak and, based on the reactions of those around me, I feel very much like Cliff Clavin, the know-it-all barfly from the 1980-90s sitcom Cheers. You see, from the fall of 2013 through the winter of 2014, I researched and wrote a book called Canadian Geographic Biggest and Best of Canada: 1000 Facts & Figures (in stores now!), which boasts national superlatives in a number of categories, such as geography, weather, sports, pop culture, etc, etc.

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Ebola’s evolving geography: Why this year’s outbreak has spread further than ever before

Posted by Guest Blogger in Community on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Communal taxis, likes these troy troys in Ghana, are one of the most common forms of transportation in Africa. These crowded vehicles allow for easy transmission of illness. (Photo: Julie Smith)

By Julie Smith and Tyrone Burke

There has never been a confirmed case of the Ebola virus in Ghana, but the fear that there will be soon is palpable in the streets Accra, its modern capital city. A taxi’s radio crackles out the text of a World Health Organization fact sheet on the disease verbatim. Hawkers wading into stopped traffic holding newspapers with the headline “Ebola Scare.”

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Alberta geography professor wins RCGS' Massey Medal

Posted by Thomas Hall in Community on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

From left to right, Lt. Gov. Donald Ethell, Derald Smith (holding medal), Nancy Smith and Linda Ethell (Photo: Lynn Moorman)

He’s now this year’s Massey Medal winner , but to the thousands of students who passed through his University of Calgary classes, he’s always been much more than a geography professor.

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Photographing Colourful Canada

Posted by Joshua Rapp Learn in Photography on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Click this image to see a slideshow of photos from Canada in Colour.

An iceberg looms near Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, the iceberg capital of the world. (White category) (Photo: George Fischer)

George Fischer has travelled through dozens of countries and all across Canada, producing 48 photography books over the past 25 years. For his latest project Canada in Colour, he wanted to do something different. He divided 100,000 images of polar bears, landscapes, cities and serendipitous moments by their colours, narrowing them down to the best. He says he hopes this book will "encourage people to discover for themselves their own colourful Canada.”

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