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Drawn To Victory film, map unveiled in Ottawa

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Mapping on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A successful war effort depends on reliable maps, so it’s perhaps no surprise that the years surrounding the First World War saw the greatest advances in the field of cartography since the invention of the printing press.

This period of innovation is documented in Drawn To Victory, the first instalment of A Nation Soars, a trilogy commemorating Canada’s Great War aviation efforts.

A preview of the documentary film, narrated by Canadian actor and Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical ...

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Jill Heinerth on Canada’s underwater geography

Posted by Guest Blogger in Nature on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Jill Heinerth documenting shipwrecks in Newfoundland. (Photo: Cas Dobbin)

By: Jill Heinerth
Canadian cave diver, underwater explorer, writer, photographer, film-maker and Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Learn more about Heinerth's various projects at her website Into the Planet.

The tremendous successes of the Victoria Strait Expedition and work by the talented dive team of the Canadian National Parks system has brought a new attention to the “other half” of Canadian geography - the part that is submerged beneath the surface of our lakes, rivers ...

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Why are Canadian households shrinking?

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Community on Monday, November 23, 2015

StatCan’s analysis shows that as the number of households has increased, the number of people living within them has consistently decreased. (Chart: Statistics Canada)

For the first time in history, there are more people living alone in Canada than there are couples living with children.

A new report released today in Statistics Canada’s Canadian Megatrends journal shows that in 2011, the number of one-person households in Canada surpassed the number of households consisting of a couple and at least one child under the age of 24 — a significant demographic shift that is changing the way society looks at everything from housing to senior healthcare.

StatsCan’s ...

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Fisheries and species at risk acts failing, says study

Posted by Harry Wilson in Wildlife on Monday, November 23, 2015

Atlantic cod is listed as a species at risk. (Photo: NOAA FishWatch/Wikimedia Commons)

Threatened and endangered marine fishes, which are in the most need of conservation measures, fare the worst under the Species at Risk Act and the Fisheries Act, a study published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences has found.

The study says that the two categories of fishes face the greatest bias and receive the least protection, with almost five years passing between their assessment by scientists with the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) ...

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Climate change sees bee tongues shrink

Posted by Harry Wilson in Wildlife on Monday, November 23, 2015

Study finds that the tongue of one bee species, the Bombus balteatus, has shrunk. (Photo: D. Sikes/Wikimedia Commons)

The length of the tongues of two species of alpine bees found in Colorado got 24 per cent shorter over the last 40 years because the insects have had to adapt to feeding on flowers altered by climate change, scientists believe.

The Toronto Star reported that researchers in the joint U.S.-Canada study “believe the bees have rapidly adapted to feeding on shorter-tubed flowers, transforming them from long-tongued specialist pollinators to short-tongued generalists over the course of a few dozen ...

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