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About Samia Madwar

Samia Madwar was a new media editor at Canadian Geographic.

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World views: Think global, shoot local

Posted by Samia Madwar in Photography on Thursday, October 18, 2012

Photo contest judges Donald Gibson, Rebecca Kennedy and Paul Galipeau of Parks Canada and photographer Lee Narraway discuss the winning images of the World views: Think global, shoot local photo contest featuring Canada's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Find out more about CG Photo Club contests at

Storytelling and sense of place

Posted by Samia Madwar on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Students try out their new face masks in a workshop on Greenlandic mask dancing

The Students on Ice Arctic expedition is over, we've made our sad farewells and are all returning to our daily routines. One thing I miss about being up North is our daily story time.

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, mother, student, writer, performer — and, incidentally, a fellow staff member on the expedition — shared Inuit stories with us every night that we were aboard the Akademik Ioffe. To fully appreciate our surroundings as we sailed north along the coast of Baffin Island and across Davis ...

Students on Ice: Not quite stuck in Iqaluit

Posted by Samia Madwar on Friday, August 3, 2012

The ice is late this year.

Usually, Iqaluit mayor Madeleine Redfern explains, ships start coming into
Iqaluit at the end of the first week of July, when the ice has cleared just enough for them to navigate without peril. This year, they were only able to make it in at around the third week of July. Geoff Green showed us a series of ice charts courtesy of the Canadian Ice Service tracking ice cover along the coast of Baffin Island in Nunavut. Though wind and currents are sweeping away some ...

A day in the life of a student on ice

Posted by Samia Madwar on Thursday, August 2, 2012

Greetings from Iqaluit!

As an online editor, I'm used to shifting deadlines and last-minute projects that need to be done, finished, perfectly polished and out the door by...yesterday. It's those surprise tasks that often end up being the most interesting.
One day this past spring for example, I was at my cubicle minding my own business when our managing editor sauntered in and asked me ever so casually whether I had any plans for August. I told him I did not.
He then asked whether I wanted ...

Climbing Mt. Logan

Posted by Samia Madwar in The RCGS on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

This photo has become nearly emblematic of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the non-profit educational organization that publishes Canadian Geographic magazine. Fun fact: it was taken on this day 20 years ago on the 150th anniversary of the Geological Survey of Canada, when a group of climbers took celebrations to a new level.
They had decided to climb Mount Logan in the Yukon, whose actual height had never been measured. Surveyors had previously used a theodolite, a type of telescope, ...

On board the CCGS Amundsen

Posted by Samia Madwar on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The CCGS Amundsen is docked in Montréal this week for the International Polar Year 2012: From knowledge to action conference. Soon, it will move to a more permanent location for repairs. 
Currently, for instance, the icebreaker has only four engines. To drive through thick ice, it needs six. 
The repairs mean the icebreaker will be out of commission this summer. In the meantime, the ship that has carried hundreds of researchers to the Canadian Arctic to study everything from ocean currents to ...

Bringing back the peatlands

Posted by Samia Madwar on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A typical peatland adjacent to oil sands mines. Credit: Suzanne Bayley

In a promotional video for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Patrick Moore marvels at weeds. 
As the co-founder of Greenpeace walks through what appears to be a lush meadow, brushing the tips of his fingers over grasses, he extols the beauty of a landscape that was once a mining operation in the Alberta oil sands. The land, Moore says, has been successfully reclaimed, meaning it has been converted from an open-pit mine to a self-sustaining natural state. 
A new study to be published ...

How kids can save energy

Posted by Samia Madwar on Thursday, March 8, 2012

We're one month into the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge, and hundreds of classrooms across the country are competing to reduce their energy use at school. Some are taking the lessons they learn from the CEDC and applying them at home.

Last week, one classroom in Fort St. John made it onto the local newscast. Watch the video starting at the 11:30 mark to see how these kids are unplugging and going back to books for fun!

Mining matters

Posted by Samia Madwar on Thursday, March 1, 2012

More geological maps and archived data are needed to get the most out of Canada’s mining potential, says James Franklin of the Geological Survey of Canada and Franklin Geosciences Ltd. At a breakfast lecture held by the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering in Ottawa on Thursday, Franklin said Canada is not investing nearly enough in its mining industry. Australia, which has a similar wealth of mining resources, invests up to five times more in mining research. 

Much of Canada’s ...

When research is funny

Posted by Samia Madwar on Sunday, February 19, 2012

You may recall Troy Hurtubise, the man behind the full-body armour suit designed to withstand grizzly bear attacks. The Ontario native figures in TV shows and a National Film Board documentary, and is the author of Bear Man, The Troy Hurtubise Saga. 
He won an Ig Nobel prize for Safety Engineering (that’s him in the video) in 1998. 
Then there's Steve Penfold, the York University graduate student — now a professor at the University of Toronto — who won an Ig Nobel the following year for his research ...



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