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Gear Review: Justin Barbour puts a MEC life jacket to the ultimate test

During my 1,000-kilometre canoe expedition across the Labrador Peninsula with my dog, Saku, in summer 2018, I spent a lot of time on the water — upriver, downriver and across some of Canada’s biggest lakes in Smallwood and Caniapiscau. The importance of a reliable personal floatation device (PFD) that fit comfortably, could be taken on and off with ease, and had storage compartments and attachment clips was paramount.

Sustainable development’s big data revolution

In Sri Lanka, researchers are examining how big data gleaned from mobile phone networks provides insight into everything from traffic patterns to population density and could help countries meet their sustainable development goals. Part of an ongoing series of stories about innovative projects in the developing world, a partnership between the International Development Research Centre and Canadian Geographic.

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The endangered species hiding in plain sight

I’m standing in a thick riverside forest underneath a huge willow tree, surrounded by a group of green dragons. It has finally stopped raining, but the vegetation is still wet and glistening. I’m explaining to a young high school student that the green dragon is one of Canada’s plant species at risk, a cousin of the common jack-in-the-pulpit. She is trying desperately to ignore the mosquito perched on her nose, but finally can take it no longer. She smacks the mosquito, and starts laughing.

Meet the Canadian explorer who just completed the Seven Summits

He is the first Canadian to have climbed Mount Everest without oxygen. He’s rowed solo across the North Atlantic, from Canada to France. He’s climbed Canada’s highest mountain, Mount Logan — and the highest peaks in 18 other countries. And as of a couple of weeks ago, Laval St. Germain has another exploration milestone to add to his impressive resume: the Seven Summits. 

Should we kill one bird to save another?

Birders weighted down with cameras and binoculars shuffle onto Day’s Catch from the wharf at Seal Cove on New Brunswick’s Grand Manan Island, ready to catch a glimpse of the Atlantic puffins, razorbills, murres, petrels and other seabirds that have been drawing ornithophiles to the region since John James Audubon visited the island in 1833.

Our Country: Tanya Talaga’s favourite place in Canada

For the love of pronghorns

One of the rare disagreements between my parents came early in their marriage. My dad, George Mitchell, a biologist, had shot a magnificent buck pronghorn, had had its head taxidermied, and then wanted to give him pride of place in my mother’s elegant living room.

Geography teacher of the month: Connie Wyatt Anderson

After more than a decade, Connie Wyatt Anderson recently stepped down from the executive board of Canadian Geographic Education. For two years, Wyatt was the Manitoba representative, before taking on the mantle of chair. One of the projects close to her heart was the Vimy Ridge Giant Floor Map, which she helped create. As a high school teacher, she taught geography and history for 22 years at Oscar Lathlin Collegiate, on the territory of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, adjacent to The Pas, Man.


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