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The people and ideas shaping the way we think about our natural and human-made spaces, design, art and photography and more in Canada

Yukon sunset Aishihik Lake

The Yukon has decided to stay on Daylight Saving Time after a public vote showed support for the decision. (Photo: Jennifer Sugden/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Jennifer Sugden/Can Geo Photo Club
One of our most engaged posts on social last week was about the Yukon’s decision to scrap the time change
plastic straw alternative

Cellophax is a plastic-like material made from cellulose, a major component of trees and plants. (Photo: TreeMaTech)

Photo: TreeMaTech
With Canada set to ban single-use plastics by 2022, products made of cellulose — a major component of plants — could be the ideal alternative

In “The Case for Climate Capitalism,” author Tom Rand addresses the political divide in the question of how to tackle climate change and posits broad-scale economic solutions. (ECW Press)

ECW Press
“We cannot sit on the sidelines anymore,” says Tom Rand, author of The Case for Climate Capitalism

One of the pages of The Bug Girl shows how sad Sophia was when her friends didn't understand her love of bugs. (Image: courtesy Schwartz & Wade)

Schwartz & Wade
Sarnia, Ont., fourth grader co-writes book about girls liking insects
Three hikers stand with arms around each other looking at a waterfall

Spending time in nature is not just important for our health and well-being — it can also help us develop empathy for the natural world. (Photo: Alex Clow/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Alex Clow/Can Geo Photo Club
The author, conservationist and nature-deficit expert Richard Louv on the importance of connecting with the natural world
covid-19 influenza

The World Health Organization says it’s still too early to call the COVID-19 coronavirus a pandemic. (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
WHO says it’s “time to do everything you would do in preparing for a pandemic”
arctic ship traffic

In this map (left), dark green represents the recommended shipping route, with light blue representing low-impact shipping lanes. The pink outlined near northern Coats Island (right), shows where the report recommends installing ship-monitoring camera systems. (Maps: Governing Marine Transportation in the Canadian Arctic/University of Ottawa)

Governing Marine Transportation in the Canadian Arctic/University of Ottawa
Changes were recommended for environmental and community benefits, ship safety
ocean novel laura trethewey

The Imperilled Ocean, a new novel from ocean journalist Laura Trethewey, published by Goose Lane Editions.

Goose Lane Editions
High-stakes stories that explore Earth’s last wild frontier

Michelle Good’s new novel ‘Five Little Indians’ explores what happens when survivors leave residential schools. (Cover image: HarperCollins Canada)

Cover image: HarperCollins
New novel looks at the ‘after’ of residential schools

Illustration: Guy Parsons/Can Geo

Illustration: Guy Parsons/Can Geo
The once-ideal big leafy yard faces off against housing density as Canada’s first suburbs evolve
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