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Six awesome things that happened when Alex Trebek came to Ottawa

Posted by Alexandra Pope in The RCGS on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Alex Trebek with students from Robert Bondar Public School in Ottawa, Ont. (Photo: RBPS staff)

On May 3rd, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society named Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek Honorary President of the Society. Trebek, who hails originally from Sudbury, Ontario, has long been a champion of geographic literacy in the United States and in his native Canada. He has received both the RCGS' Gold Medal and its Lawrence J. Burpee Medal for his contributions to geographic education, including his support of the annual Canadian Geographic Challenge.

Given that background, it only made sense ...

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Douglas Cardinal on the Zibi project

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Community on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ottawa's Chaudiere Falls, seen from above. The area is sacred land to local Aboriginal peoples, and is the proposed location of the Zibi urban development project. (Photo: shanta/Wikimedia Commons)

Douglas Cardinal has left his mark on Canada’s capital. He is the architect behind the iconic undulating shape of the Canadian Museum of History. He is also one of the most outspoken Aboriginal critics of the Zibi project — a plan to develop 15 hectares of land on two islands and along the shorelines of the Ottawa River between Ottawa and Gatineau. While some herald the proposed project as a world-class example of urban sustainability, the area is sacred space to local First Nations peoples.

Here, ...

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How Ottawa's Zibi project is revolutionizing sustainable urban development

Posted by Doug Fischer in Community on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

An artist's rendering of how the Zibi project might look once completed. (Image courtesy Windmill Development Group)

Across Canada, there are old buildings finding new life through modern transformations. But such metamorphoses are complicated. Indeed, for the past three decades, Stratford, Ont. has struggled to decide on what to do with the giant, neglected railway repair shop that sits on the edge of downtown (read my story about it in the April issue of Canadian Geographic, and see photos here).

Maybe Stratford’s more passionate residents would benefit from a chat with Jeff Westeinde. He's the force behind ...

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Ottawa bird deaths prompt scrutiny of window collisions

Posted by Amanda Pereira in Wildlife on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

More than 30 bohemian waxwings died outside Ottawa City Hall on April 2 after flying into its elevated glass walkway. (Photo: @SafeWingsOtt/Twitter)

Advocates are calling for more awareness of the danger that glass buildings pose to birds, following a mass bird death in Canada’s capital.

More than 30 bohemian waxwings died outside Ottawa City Hall on April 2 after flying into the elevated glass walkway that connects the old building to the new.

The walkway had featured hawk decals to dissuade the small birds from flying in that direction, but Safe Wings Ottawa—a local program dedicated to reducing bird deaths from window collisions—says ...

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The Ottawa maternity ward that became international territory for the birth of a royal

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in History on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Princess Juliana holds Princess Margriet and sits with her family in Ottawa in 1943. (Photo: Library and Archives Canada/Wikimedia Commons)

It’s not often that maternity wards are placed on the same legal footing as some foreign embassies and military bases. But on this day 73 years ago, a tiny corner of the Ottawa Civic Hospital was declared international territory so that a newly born princess could retain her right to the Dutch throne.

On January 19, 1943, Princess Margriet became the first, and so far the only, royal to have been born in Canada.

The Second World War was raging overseas, and Crown Princess Juliana of the ...

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