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Fabulous photos to help you identify Canadian foxes

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Wildlife on Monday, February 8, 2016

How well do you know your fox species? These photos will help you tell them apart in the wild. Photo: Vladislav Kamenski/CanGeo Photo Club

Sly. Quick. Cunning. Famously vocal. There's something about foxes that has captured the collective imagination of humanity throughout the ages, with the result being that these small mammals of the dog family have crept into everything from English language idioms to popular culture.

Canada is home to four different species of fox. To help you tell them apart in the wild, we've put together this handy primer featuring beautiful images from members of our Photo Club.

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) ...

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Artist uses GPS tracking to write giant message across globe

Posted by Michela Rosano in Mapping on Friday, February 5, 2016

Using GPS tracking technology, Japanese artist Yassan travelled the world and, through his movements, wrote a giant message of peace across the globe. (Photo: Yassan Takahashi)

Yassan Takahashi, a GPS artist based in Japan, wanted to send a simple message to the world: Peace on Earth. On February 2 he completed his task is spectacular form, travelling 105,734 kilometres for 41 days across six continents with a GPS tracker in his pocket.

He uploaded the data to Google Earth to create a drawing on a map that spells the word “PEACE” across the planet.

“Right now, the world is embroiled with conflict,” says Yassan. “In a world like this, is there any way for one person ...

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New website lets skiers track their progress on the slopes

Posted by Jessica Finn in Travel on Friday, February 5, 2016

Whistler Blackcomb's newly released website allows skiers and riders to track their progress on the slopes. (Photo: Blake Jorgenson/Whistler Blackcomb)

Skiing and riding at the largest mountain resort in North America just became a bit more technical.

As part of the 50th anniversary of the Whistler Blackcomb resort in Whistler, B.C., a newly-released website is building on their Radio-Frequency Identification Device (RFID) technology to help skiers track their progress on the slopes. The site, called WB+, launched Feb. 2 and allows ski enthusiasts to set seasonal goals and compare stats on both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, including lifts, ...

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Video of the week: Police eagle takes down drone mid-air

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Wildlife on Friday, February 5, 2016

In a world first, police are training birds of prey to attack illegal drones. The Netherlands' National Police is working with Guard From Above, a company that trains raptors to intercept enemy drones.

As drones become more popular, regulators and law enforcement agencies are working to determine the best ways to police these varied and adaptable gizmos.

It can be tricky, because finding the 'driver' of an unwanted drone is not always an easy thing to do. So in some cases, the police are examining ...

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New stamp honours black Canadian First World War battalion

Posted by Alexandra Pope in History on Thursday, February 4, 2016

Canada Post's new stamp honouring the No. 2 Construction Battalion, a predominantly Black unit that served in the First World War. The stamp was illustrated by Dennis Budgen, designed by Lara Minja (Lime Design of Victoria) and uses a photograph from the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia. (Photo: Canada Post)

When Canada went to war in 1914, black Canadians stepped up to join the fight but were usually turned away due to racial prejudice. That changed in 1916 when, facing a manpower shortage, the government finally allowed black Canadians to enlist. The result was the No. 2 Construction Battalion, a predominantly black unit that paved the way for Canadians of all races to serve their country in conflict.

The courage and determination of the battalion is immortalized in a new stamp from Canada Post, ...

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