Meet the 2016 Canadian Geographic Challenge finalists!
For 21 years the Canadian Geographic Challenge has tried to mystify Canada’s brightest young geography stars with some of the toughest geography questions our experts can create. This year’s challenge will be no different.
From June 3 to 5, a handful of Canada’s best young geographers will vie for the title of National Champion in Ottawa. The 20 students, ranging from Grade 7 to 10, will be facing multiple choice, in-the-field and video questions.
I have a weakness for adaptable, multi-purpose items. Reversible clothing? I’m there. A teddy bear that stuffs into itself to become a pillow? Tell me more. Ottomans that double as storage? I’ll take three.
So you can imagine my delight when I discovered that the BeetleBag, a bicycle bag that latches onto your top tube, converts into a backpack. Biking is my main form of transportation, and having a space-efficient sac that can hold lunch and an extra jacket without making my back all sweaty ...
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.
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.
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 ...