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Exploring Philadelphia's public art hotspots


Posted by Michela Rosano in Travel on Thursday, May 26, 2016



(Photo: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™)

Walking west on Market Street towards Philadelphia’s City Hall, my eye is drawn to the statue of William Penn perched atop the tower, watching over the city he founded. The bronze statue by Scottish-American sculptor Alexander Milne Calder looks small compared to the soaring skyscrapers around it, but when it was installed at the tower’s apex in 1894, the 11-metre tall, 24-ton Penn made city hall the tallest building in Philadelphia. It remains one of the city’s most prominent landmarks and, along ...

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First Nations turn to tech to save endangered languages


Posted by Vanessa Hrvatin in Community on Thursday, May 26, 2016



Texting with the FirstVoices Keyboards, an app that allows users to type in more than 100 indigenous languages from Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

Want to learn Skidegate Haida? There’s an app for that!

With many indigenous languages facing extinction across Canada, finding a way to preserve them has never been more urgent, and mobile technology might be the solution.

Since 2011, First Voices, an initiative of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council in BC, has been developing apps to serve as both a teaching tool and a way to archive indigenous languages.

The apps are available from iTunes and the Google Play store and their creation ...

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Interactive map shows hyower infrastructure in Canada


Posted by Thomas Hall in Energy on Thursday, May 26, 2016



A hydroelectric dam located near Bassano, Alberta. Locate all of Canada's generating stations using the Canadian Hydropower Interactive Map, below. (Photo: Mark Steel)

Pause for a moment and consider the electricity that is powering the device you’re currently using. Where does it come from? If you’re reading this in Canada, chances are the laptop, phone or tablet you’re using is powered by water.

Many Canadians don’t know that hydroelectricity provides more than 60 per cent of Canada’s electricity needs. In fact, Canada has the third largest installed hydro capacity in the world, behind China and Brazil. But even though Canada has the existing infrastructure ...

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Cat owners urged to keep their pets indoors to help save birds


Posted by Alexandra Pope in Nature on Thursday, May 26, 2016



Nature Canada's new campaign is aimed at preventing cats from roaming freely outdoors to help keep both cats and birds safe. (Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic)

As conservationists sound the alarm about the disappearance of North American birds, a new campaign is asking cat owners to step up and do their part to protect our feathered friends.

The Cats and Birds campaign, an initiative led by Nature Canada, asks cat owners to pledge to take steps to prevent their cats from preying on birds, such as only allowing them outside under supervision — or just keeping them indoors.

Eleanor Fast, Executive Director of Nature Canada, says studies have found ...

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Nature Conservancy protects island 'bird hotel' near P.E.I.


Posted by Alexandra Pope in Wildlife on Wednesday, May 25, 2016



An aerial view of Holman's Island in Bedeque Bay. The island has been acquired by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and protected as an important habitat for migratory birds. (Photo: Mike Dembeck/Nature Conservancy of Canada)

A small island off the western coast of Prince Edward Island that once housed a resort will now be a "hotel for birds."

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has acquired Holman's Island in Bedeque Bay, protecting a significant habitat for migratory birds as well as a unique piece of P.E.I.'s history.

The island, located less than two kilometres from Summerside, was once home to the Island Park Hotel, the province's first summer resort. The hotel burned down in 1904 and nature quickly took ...

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