Happy Birthday Canada and PM Harper’s Canada Day Greeting

Today Canada celebrates another birthday, better known in Canada as “Canada Day” – the occasion marks the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces (the Province of Canada being divided, in the process, into Ontario and Quebec) on July 1, 1867. On behalf of the Government of Canada, happy Canada Day everyone via this video from Prime Minister Harper (Source: Government of Canada)


Looking for Real World Commercial Drone Apps and Uses? Head to Canada!

Ever wonder when will commercial drone activity become a reality in the US and also at the same time wonder why Canada is so much further ahead? According to this fine read from Popular Science it really is simple, “The regulatory process is admirably simple, usually requiring only 20 days to process an application for an exemption, known as a Special Flight Operations Certificate”.

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Canada’s Launches a Search for the National Bird Project

Wow, as a Canadian I was surprised to find out that Canada doesn’t actually have an “official” national bird! Yes indeed… like me, i bet you likely suspected it was the Canadian goose or perhaps the loon but nope, sorry!

Via Canadian Geographic, the public is invited to vote for their selection. Pick your favorite from a host of options categorized as raptors, songbirds, seabirds, game birds and more. Personally, I’m torn between the Canada Goose and the common loon – the blue heron also holds a spot close to my heart!

Canada's Launches a Search for the National Bird Project

Canada’s Launches a Search for the National Bird Project

See more and vote HERE on the Canada National Bird Project

Hitchbot, the GPS, 3G enabled robot is Hitching A Ride from Coast to Coast

This is one of those stories that I simply HAD to share, mainly because its completely covered in awesome sauce! We have a story of a robot, throw in some cool GSM and GPS technology, it starts off in my home Province of Nova Scotia, ends in my current city, Victoria, B.C. and involves a robot.. how can it get any better??

Enter “Hitchbot”, the hitch hiking robot from Ontario that will start a coast to coast journey across Canada.

Hitchbot (Image Credit: CBC)

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YouthfulCi​ties: NEW Urban Decoder Internship Applicants Wanted

Here’s an interesting opportunity from the Youthful Cities program – YouthfulCities is recruiting our next batch of Urban Decoders from around the world.The program will be kicking off in Canada over the coming months.

As an Urban Decoder you will be responsible for bringing YouthfulCities to life in your city. Your responsibilities include everything from collecting data to hosting events. We don’t expect you to be an expert at everything. As part of our global team you will be supported every step of the way and receive training. However, we do expect you to be self-motivated, take initiative and have an entrepreneurial spirit. [Read more…]

Global Geography community Will Miss Dr. Roger Tomlinson – the Father of GIS

A loss to the Community… regrets to share that Dr. Tomlinson has passed away… Tomlinson is generally recognized as the “father of GIS.” He is the visionary geographer who conceived and developed the first GIS for use by the Canada Land Inventory in the early 1960s.  This and continuing contributions led the Canadian government to give him its highest civilian award, the Order of Canada, in 2001.  Text for that award reads, “he pioneered its uses worldwide to collect, manage, and manipulate geographical data, changing the face of geography as a discipline.”

Dr. Roger Tomlinson

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Story Map Reveals Canada’s Top 10 BIG Infrastructure Projects

We’ve all become fans of story maps – these often awesome, interactive, webmap driven infographics inform, educate and entertain us on a variety of topics. Once new story map to hit the web reveals 100 of the biggest infrastructure projects in Canada. Browse the map to see where these mammoth construction projects including waste water plants, dams, power facilities, transportation infrastructure and more are being built – great stuff! the story map  is powered by the Esri ArcGIS Viewer for Flex and part of the Top 100 Projects project website

top 10 infrastructure projects in Canada

top 10 infrastructure projects in Canada

See the 100TopProjects map HERE

Canada will try to extend its territorial claims in the Arctic and North Pole

An interesting announcement regarding some Arctic land claim issues… A formal scientific submission was made to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf last week covering 1.2 million square kilometres of territorial claims in the Atlantic, but the government says material submitted for the Arctic Ocean is only preliminary.

Canasda to claim North Pole

Despite saying two years ago that data collection was complete, the federal government plans to send its scientists back into the field for more work mapping a giant undersea mountain range that Ottawa says could secure the sea floor under the top of the world for the Maple Leaf.

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