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Q&A with Merna Forster about women on Canadian banknotes


Posted by Michela Rosano in Community on Thursday, December 18, 2014



(Photo: Sabrina Doyle)

Merna Forster is a Canadian historian and author based out of Victoria, B.C. whose work celebrates the contributions of women in the nation’s history. While she has been involved in numerous initiatives to promote Canadian women in history, her most recent endeavor is a petition to include Canadian women on banknotes. We sat down with Forster to talk about her campaign.

How did your petition start?

A few years ago, when those new Bank of Canada polymers started rolling off the press, I realized ...

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Dinosaur bone bed in Edmonton earns praise


Posted by Tyler Irving in Science & Technology on Thursday, December 18, 2014



University of Alberta Professor Phil Currie oversees the field school excavation at the Danek bonebed in 2008. (Photo: Victoria Arbour)

Edmonton has a secret. It’s one of the few places in the world where it is possible for anyone to go on a fossil dig without leaving the city limits. Every spring since 2006, a small army of university students and willing volunteers gathers at a little-known location along the Blackmud Creek that is jammed with dinosaur bones. So far the site, called the Danek bone bed, has yielded almost 800 catalogued specimens and is celebrated in a new issue of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. But the bone bed hasn’t always been so popular.

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Beluga habitat concerns delay Energy East pipeline terminal


Posted by Harry Wilson in Wildlife on Wednesday, December 17, 2014



A wild beluga plays in the shallow waters of Cunningham Inlet. (Photo: Nansen Weber)

TransCanada Corp. has ceased all preliminary work on a key part of its proposed Energy East pipeline at Cacouna, Que., after the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) classified the beluga whale population in the region as endangered in November.

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10 surprising facts about Canadian innovations


Posted by Aaron Kylie in History on Tuesday, December 16, 2014



New Brunswick's famously foggy coast inspired the invention of the foghorn. (Photo: Nina Stavlund)

Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing a selection of my favourite stats and feats from my new book Canadian Geographic Biggest and Best of Canada: 1000 Facts & Figures (in stores now!). If you enjoy trivia, particularly Canadian trivia, or have a particular fascination with Canadian facts and accomplishments, you’ll surely enjoy my book. In the hopes of further capturing your interest, I’ve been sharing a top-10 selection of items from each category that particularly stood out for me. This week: ...

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Geography lovers gift guide


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Mapping on Monday, December 15, 2014



Wood chart of Lake Huron. (Photo: http://www.belowtheboat.com)

Stumped on what to get for your geography-loving pal? Have a family member who loves maps more than anything but you’re loath to buy them another globe? Here are a few suggestions for unique gifts that will please their map obsessed.

1. Quilted map
Who doesn’t love being cozy over the holidays? Give the gift of warmth with a homespun touch with this quilt of the Great Lakes. If you want even more of a personal touch, Hapticlab also has do-it-yourself versions that you can use to make your very ...

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