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Be sure to watch this Fifth Estate feature program entitled ‘The Silence of the Labs’ on CBC, January 10th @ 9 pm.

In the past few years, the federal government has cut funding to more than 76 world renowned research institutes and hundreds of programs. The Harper government has dismissed more than 2,000 scientists and researchers. It has cut programs that monitored smoke emissions, food inspections, oil spills, water quality and climate change. Now scientists have become unlikely radicals, denouncing what they call is a politically-driven war on knowledge. In Silence of the Labs, Linden MacIntyre tells the story of scientists – and what is at stake for Canadians – from Nova Scotia to the B.C. Pacific Coast to the far Arctic Circle.

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2013-2014/the-silence-of-the-labs

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The Toronto Star supported a ‘map of the week’ blog project which ended on July 10, 2010 but had some really great maps. Some of the topics that were mapped for the Toronto area included: Bed Bugs, Organ Donor registry, Child Birth, Same Sex Marriage, Infectious Disease, Gun Ownership, Military Recruiting, Agriculture and more. Have a look.

The author of the blog is Patrick Cain.ca who is a journalist who makes maps for the web and is now web coordinator for Global News.

Source: CAG and Toronto Star

 

 

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Attawapiskat on Youtube

MP Charlie Angus speaks out about the housing conditions on the Attawapiskat First Nations Reserve and the State of Emergency that has been declared.

Canadian Geographic tells us about waiting for a school at the Cree community of Attawapiskat on James Bay

George Stroumboulopoulos talks to musician and actor Tom Jackson on the desperate living conditions in Attawapiskat

Canadian Red Cross relief workers are flying to the remote northern Ontario First Nations community of Attawapiskat on Tuesday to help with its housing crisis. CBC News

Is Red Cross aid to Attawapiskat reserve an embarrassment to Canada?

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The CIW Canadian Index of Wellbeing was released yesterday. It measures the overall well being of Canada. According to their press release, since 1994, the starting point for the CIW, Canada’s well being has seen an overall improvement of 11 percent, paling in comparison to the 31 per cent growth in the country’s GDP over that same time frame.

If you’re interested in learning more about the new Canadian Index of Wellbeing, watch this CIW video.

Source: CAGList

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As Dr. Suzuki turns 75 today, the cities of Ottawa and Vancouver are both declaring March 24, 2011 David Suzuki Day.

In their appreciative prononucements both Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson recognized David’s contributions as a science educator and broadcaster, the 52 books he’s written, and the important work done by the David Suzuki Foundation which David co-founded.

Here are links to some of his most famous books and videos that can be found in the library’s collection:

 The Big Picture; reflections on science, humanity and a quickly changing planet

From Naked Ape to Superspecies; humanity and the global eco-crisis

The Sacred Balance; rediscovering our place in nature

Arctic Mission

Lost in the Suburbs

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Check out the new Columbia River Basin Biodiversity Atlas.

Originally focused on the East Kootenay, the Atlas footprint now extends over most of the Columbia Basin within Canada, with the notable exception of the Okanagan and Similkameen regions. Currently, 32 species of management concern, three ecosystems, and three related topics or “influences” (conservation, restoration, history) are featured.

The Atlas helps improve conservation planning and decision making by providing science-based information in an easy-to-understand format. Through text-based profiles, reports, and GIS technology, the Atlas links biodiversity information to specific locations within the Basin.

The Atlas has been a collaborative initiative since its beginning a decade ago. Always evolving, the Atlas team continues to seek out additional partners for general help and/or data sharing. This approach is essential to delivering high-quality information on biodiversity in the Basin, which will help both casual and scientific users and, ultimately, the fish, animals and plant life calling the area home.  The Atlas is managed by the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC) in partnership with major funders including the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, Columbia Basin Trust, The Nature Trust of BC, and a multi-stakeholder steering committee.

 

For more information or to explore partnerships, contact:

Ian Parfitt, Coordinator

Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre, Selkirk College
email: info@biodiversityatlas.org
phone: (250) 304 6524

Source: Caglist

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We salute our heroes!

In honour of our Canadian soldiers the “We Salute our Heroes” project, you can visit a virtual memorial wall and leave a heart felt message and dedicate a song to in honour of the fallen men and women.

You can view the CMT music video of “Standing Strong and True” performed by Canada’s biggest country stars and discover how you can support the Military Families Fund and Boomers Legacy.

Click here

source: We salute our heroes web site

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