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Video of the Week: B.C. wildfires continue to burn

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Nature on Friday, May 29, 2015

The largest fire that British Columbia has seen so far this year has finally been 100% contained. This aerial video documents the Little Bobtail Lake fire, which started around May 9 and raged about 70 kilometres southwest of Prince George, causing area evacuations.

Although parts of the Bulkey Nechako Regional District are still under an evacuation order, CBC News reports that sprinkler units are set up around buildings, and fire personnel are mopping up the remaining flames.

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World Energy Council calls for international climate framework

Posted by Carys Mills in Energy on Friday, May 29, 2015

Sandra Winkler, photographed here at the 2015 Canadian Energy Summit in Toronto, is one of three authors of the World Energy Trilemma that was released on May 27, 2015. (Photo: Peter Power/Canadian Geographic)

As Canadian energy leaders and policy makers met in Toronto this week for the 2015 Energy Summit, a new report was released suggesting an ambitious international climate framework is urgently needed.

The finding is from the World Energy Council, which Canada is a part of, ahead of climate talks scheduled for December in Paris.

The report was distributed to those gathered at the Energy Council of Canada's summit in Toronto this week, after it was released in Mexico at the Clean Energy Ministerial.

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Throwback Thursday: Covered bridges

Posted by Nick Walker in History on Thursday, May 28, 2015

Read Jacques Coulon's August 1969 cover story “Covered bridges in Canada” here.

In 1805, American bridge builder Timothy Palmer put a roof on Philadelphia’s new Schuylkill Permanent Bridge, and North America’s first covered wooden bridge was born. For the next hundred years, covered bridges were built in the thousands in northeastern North America (mainly by small communities, farmers and businesses), with most of Canada’s more than 1,400 sprouting over rivers and streams in the forested farmland of Quebec and New Brunswick. And, as Montrealer Jacques Coulon explained in his ...

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Gear review: Skogsö jacket perfect for shoulder season travel

Posted by Julie Smith in Product reviews on Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Fjallraven Skogso jacket in action in Berlin. (Photo: Tyrone Burke)

Most Canadians travel in depths of winter — to escape the local weather — or at the height of summer — to make the most of it. Supply and demand dictates that these are also the most expensive time of year to travel. Traveling during the spring and fall can save you hundreds of dollars, even thousands, depending on your destination and traveling style.

It can make a trip to Europe or Asia that much more affordable, but it often means accepting the fact that you’ll run into weather that’s less ...

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3 tiled maps to help students learn geography

Posted by Breanna Adams in The RCGS on Thursday, May 28, 2015

Download the Tiled Map of Canada here!

Want to immerse your class in Canada's geography, but don't have the space for one of Canadian Geographic Education's giant maps? Our new tiled maps might be just the ticket. Simply choose one of the maps below, print it out on a series of letter-sized pages (each of which will show a portion of your desired map) then tape them together to create a large-but-not-unreasonably-large canvas to teach from. Also stay tuned for the soon-to-be released tiled maps of each province and territory!

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