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Best and brightest honoured at 2014 RCGS dinner


Posted by Deborah Chapman in Community on Sunday, November 23, 2014



His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada speaking at the 2014 Medal Ceremony of the 2014 Annual College of RCGS Fellows Dinner. (Photo: Matt Zambonin/Canadian Geographic)

Last week, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society honoured our country’s trailblazers in the field of geography. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and patron of The RCGS officiated the 2014 Medal Ceremony of the 2014 Annual College of RCGS Fellows Dinner. His Excellency presented the prestigious Massey Medal to Vancouver's Graeme Wynn for his internationally renowned work on Canada’s historical geography and to honour Canadian geographers who have helped build a broader knowledge and deeper appreciation of Canada.

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Chronic wasting disease is becoming a chronic problem


Posted by Harry Wilson in Wildlife on Wednesday, November 19, 2014



Fear that chronic wasting disease is spreading through Alberta and could become an epidemic that would cripple part of Canada’s agriculture industry — much as mad cow disease did to Alberta’s cattle industry in 2003 — have prompted calls for the federal government and Alberta’s government to take action.

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Reflections of a Frankin-phile


Posted by Harry Wilson in Community on Wednesday, November 19, 2014


While illness prevented George Hobson from collecting his 2014 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration at The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s College of Fellows Dinner this year, the 91-year-old retired geophysicist and former director of the Polar Continental Shelf Project was, through his wife Arlie Hobson, able to answer a few questions about his career and connection to the hunt for Sir John Franklin’s lost ships.


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Recycled livestock waste-water wins Environmental Innovation Award


Posted by Nick Walker in Science & Technology on Wednesday, November 19, 2014



LWR’s patented process technology uses mechanical and chemical treatments for the removal of manure contaminants from the discharge waters of “concentrated animal feeding operations.” The system is focused on the reduction of solids, phosphorus, potassium, ammonia and nitrogen from livestock facility wastewater. As the wastewater flows through this process, solids are sequentially removed from the influent stream. The produced water is available for re-use in the barns, while important by-products are valuable fertilizers.

Using their patented waste treatment system, Ross Thurston and the rest of his Calgary-based Livestock Water Recycling team reduce manure into its valuable components — reusable nutrients (phosphorus), solid and liquid fertilizers, and water so clean you can drink it. What doesn’t come out of the process is a single ounce of waste. This year, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is awarding Thurston the 3M Environmental Innovation Award for his system.

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“We have it in our hands to shape the future,” says 2012 Massey Medal winner


Posted by Harry Wilson in Community on Tuesday, November 18, 2014



Graeme Wynn at Nova Scotia's Blomidon Look-Off Provincial Park, which overlooks the Annapolis Valley. Wynn, who at The Royal Canadian Geographical Society's 2014 College of Fellows Dinner will collect the Massey Medal that he was awarded in 2012, began his academic career in this part of the country. (Photo courtesy of Graeme Wynn)

It’s been two years since Graeme Wynn learned that he’d been awarded The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2012 Massey Medal, in recognition of his outstanding career achievements in the fields of historical geography and environmental history. But a busy schedule meant the University of British Columbia geography professor hadn’t been able to personally receive the award until the society’s 2014 College of Fellows Dinner. Here, he talks about his career, his study of New Brunswick’s and New ...

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