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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



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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Astronauts attending the RCGS Fellows Dinner


Posted by Michela Rosano on Tuesday, November 18, 2014



Canada's two active astronauts, Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques are among those receiving a Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society this year. (Photos: Canadian Space Agency)

This year’s roster of Gold Medal recipients at The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Annual College of Fellows Dinner is truly out of this world. From brain surgeons to rocket scientists, each one of the seven former and current Canadian astronauts attending the dinner has made achievements in the broad field of geography and been a part of important national and international events. Learn more about each astronaut receiving a medal below.

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