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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

Michelle Valberg captured the typically bustling eastern entrance to Ottawa’s World Exchange Plaza completely empty on April 17, 2020, amidst pandemic-related closures. (Photo: Michelle Valberg)

Photo: Michelle Valberg
As the country retreated to physical distancing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, our interactions with geography altered dramatically. A collection of images that captured how Canadian life changed.
Jameel Janjua Virgin Galactic pilot

Jameel Janjua to become the first Canadian commercial space pilot. (Photo: Courtesy Virgin Galactic)

Photo: Courtesy Virgin Galactic
Commercial space flight company Virgin Galactic adds former Royal Canadian Air Force member Jameel Janjua to its pilot roster 

Activist Autumn Peltier on the shores of Manidoowaaling (Manitoulin) Island, Ont., with a copper water vessel. (Photo: Linda Roy)

Photo: Linda Roy
Environmental activist and chief water commissioner for the Anishinabek Nation on the importance of protecting fresh water

Jean Daum, the creator of Coffee News, at work in the early days of the newspaper. (Photo: Provided)

Exploring the passion of creator Jean Daum with a look behind the scenes

Judith Kasiama is partnering with Canadian Geographic on a new series. (Photo: Pavel Boiko Photography)

Photo: Pavel Boiko Photography

Art: Tom Thomson, 1877-1917

Art: Tom Thomson, 1877-1917
An excerpt from the August 1946 issue of the Canadian Geographical Journal, in which the renowned art historical Donald Buchanan wrote on how Tom Thompson was inspired by the landscapes of Canada

When human activity came to a screeching halt this spring, noise attributed to human activity dropped more than 50 per cent. (Photo: William Self/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: William Self/Can Geo Photo Club
Scientists are calling it the 'anthropause'

Wade Davis is an anthropologist, ethnobotanist, photographer and author whose fieldwork has taken him to some of the world’s most remote places.

An exclusive excerpt from renowned Canadian anthropologist Wade Davis’ new book Magdalena: River of Dreams, about the iconic waterway that has shaped the geography, culture and people of Colombia
Amazon Rainforest Fire

Forest fires continue to rage in the Amazonian rainforest. (Photo: iStock)

Amazon Rainforest Fire
Bioethicist and conservationist Kerry Bowman on the 2020 Amazonian forest fires — as bad, or worse than 2019's — and why Canadians should be very concerned
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