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Automne 2017



ONE OCEAN EXPEDITIONS AJOUTE LE RCGS RESOLUTE À SA FLOTTE

Le navire polaire RCGS Resolute quittera son port d’attache de Sydney, N.-É., en 2018. (Photo : One Ocean Expeditions)

Dans le port historique de Sydney, en Nouvelle-Écosse, à l’aube de son 10e anniversaire, One Ocean Expeditions a annoncé qu’elle ajoutait à sa flotte un navire dont le nom rappelle l’histoire de l’exploration de l’Arctique.

Le nouveau navire du croisiériste d’aventure, le RCGS Resolute, a été construit spécialement pour résister aux glaces dans les expéditions polaires (sans pour autant lésiner sur le luxe : le navire offre un pont-piscine, de somptueuses suites et plusieurs salons offrant une vue à 180 degrés). Il sera le premier à porter le préfixe RCGS de la Société géographique royale du Canada et joindra le Akademik Ioffe et le Akademik Sergey Vavilov sous la bannière de One Ocean Expeditions.

« La Société géographique royale du Canada est fière d’avoir One Ocean Expeditions comme partenaire de voyage exclusif, et fière de voir que le Resolute deviendra le premier navire à porter le nom de la Société », a déclaré John Geiger, chef de la direction de la SGRC. « Le RCGS Resolute, comme les autres navires de One Ocean, arborera le drapeau à la rose du compas de la Société et servira de plateforme de recherche et d’apprentissage dans les régions polaires – tout en accueillant des voyageurs en expédition. »

Historiquement, les explorateurs à la recherche du Pôle Nord sont souvent partis de Sydney. Robert E. Peary, qui a prétendu avoir atteint le pôle en 1909, a lancé cinq expéditions à partir des quais de Sydney, et y a été accueilli en héros à chacun de ses retours.

Le RCGS Resolute  appareillera du Cap-Breton pour la première fois en novembre 2018. Construit en Finlande, le navire est équipé d’un système de stabilisation moderne et d’une cote glace de premier niveau, conforme au code polaire. Son nom est empreint de patrimoine nordique.

Le premier navire ayant porté ce nom, le HMS Resolute, était armé pour la navigation dans l’Arctique et a contribué aux recherches menées pour retrouver l’expédition Franklin dans les années 1850, explorant en parallèle les îles de l’Extrême-Arctique. Resolute est aussi l’une des collectivités les plus septentrionales du Canada, sur l’île Cornwallis.

L’EXPLORATEUR ADAM SHOALTS ARRIVE AU TERME DE L’EXPÉDITION PANCANADIENNE DANS L’ARCTIQUE

Shoalts tire son canoë contre le courant de la rivière Hare Indian, dans les T.-N.-O., à la mi-juin, recherchant une voie vers le Grand lac de l’Ours. (Photo : Adam Shoalts)

Le 6 septembre 1017, après avoir parcouru 4 000 kilomètres de randonnée dans le muskeg et avoir franchi en canoë d’innombrables lacs et rivières glacés, s’alimentant de plus de 1 100 barres protéinées et du contenu de deux caisses de nourriture livrées par avion de brousse, Adam Shoalts a atteint le lac Baker, au Nunavut, point terminal de l’Expédition pancanadienne dans l’Arctique.

Tout a commencé à la mi-mai, à Old Crow, dans le nord du Yukon. Shoalts s’est tourné vers l’est et a quitté le petit village Gwich’in pour un périple en solitaire au cours duquel il a franchi à plusieurs reprises le Cercle arctique dans le nord du Canada, à travers trois territoires. Toujours aussi pragmatique à l’endroit d’une entreprise qui apparaîtrait sans doute tout sauf pragmatique aux yeux de la plupart des gens, l’explorateur se préoccupait davantage de la perspective des vents arctiques soufflant sans relâche que d’éventuelles rencontres avec des grizzlis ou des ours polaires.

Comme il le raconte à Canadian Geographic la veille de son départ, « Je traite le parcours de 4 000 kilomètres comme une suite de voyages plus courts. Mentalement, c’est comme cela que je le perçois. Physiquement, bien sûr, c’est un long voyage continu. »

Les communications étaient sporadiques, caractérisées par des périodes de silence d’une ou deux semaines et de conversations irrégulières par téléphone satellitaire avec sa famille et son équipe de soutien en communication dans le Sud. Pendant presque quatre mois, ils ont alimenté pour lui sa page Facebook, le montrant pagayant contre le courant du puissant fleuve Mackenzie, atteignant le hameau Dene de Fort Good Hope, T.-N.-O. (la dernière collectivité qu’il rencontrera avant d’arriver à Baker Lake, au Nunavut, 86 jours plus tard), et bloqué sur une île et attendant le départ des glaces sur le Grand lac de l’Ours. À la fin de son long périple, l’hiver amorçait déjà son retour dans le Nord.

L’Expédition pancanadienne dans l’Arctique de Shoalts, commanditée par la Société, était une migration monumentale, méticuleusement planifiée, mais quand même chargée de risques à travers des paysages du Nord canadien que peu de gens verront — et que personne d’autre peut-être ne verra dans un seul périple continu.

Pour lire une entrevue exclusive accordée par Adam Shoalts au terme de l’expédition et voir des images de son parcours, cliquez ici.

LE DR DAVID MORRISON, DU MUSÉE CANADIEN DE L’HISTOIRE, REÇOIT LA MÉDAILLE MASSEY DE LA SGRC

Le Dr David Morrison dans la nouvelle Salle de l’histoire du Musée canadien de l’histoire. (Photo : Musée canadien de l’histoire)

Le récipiendaire de la Médaille Massey en 2017 est l’un des plus grands spécialistes mondiaux de l’archéologie dans l’Arctique et un chef de file du monde muséal. Une grande partie de ce que nous connaissons de l’histoire à long terme de la culture inuit et inuvialuit dans l’Arctique canadien découle directement de son prolifique travail sur le terrain et de ses publications innovatrices. Dans ses travaux postérieurs sur la gouvernance muséale, la sensibilisation et la programmation publique, il a fait une contribution majeure à la promotion de l’archéologie et de la géographie au Canada.

Au Musée canadien de l’histoire, il a notamment été directeur de la Division de l’archéologie et de l’Histoire et co-conservateur responsable de la Salle des Premières Nations. Il a non seulement dirigé les travaux du Musée sur le rapatriement des dépouilles archéologiques dans les collectivités autochtones, mais il a établi les normes pour les pratiques de rapatriement dans l’ensemble de l’Amérique du Nord. Plus récemment, il a dirigé le développement de la recherche et du contenu pour la Salle de l’histoire canadienne du Musée, présentant plus de 15 000 ans d’archéologie et d’histoire dans cet immense espace de près de 2 800 mètres carrés – sans aucun doute l’exposition la plus importante et la plus ambitieuse jamais montée sur l’histoire canadienne.

« Le travail effectué par le Dr Morrison sur la nouvelle Salle de l’histoire canadienne constitue un immense cadeau à tous les Canadiens, a déclaré le président de la SGRC, Gavin Fitch. « Il est difficile d’imaginer une façon plus convaincante de raconter une histoire. »

CPAC ET LA SGRC LANCENT LE PROJET MULTIMÉDIA ROUTE 338 SUR LA DÉMOCRATIE AU CANADA

Le chef de la direction de la Société, John Geiger, la ministre du Patrimoine canadien Mélanie Joly et la présidente de CPAC, Catherine Cano, au lancement du projet Route 338 en septembre. (Alexandra Pope/Can Geo)

Avec le lancement, le 18 septembre à Ottawa, d’un nouvel outil éducatif appelé Route 338,  CPAC souhaite aider tous les Canadiens à comprendre le processus politique et à faire entendre leur voix.

« La démocratie est précieuse, mais fragile, même dans une démocratie arrivée à maturité comme le Canada », affirme Catherine Cano, présidente et directrice générale de CPAC. « Le projet Route 338 est une ressource cruciale, parce que plus nous apprenons tôt à connaître notre démocratie, meilleures sont nos chances de développer une société curieuse, informée et engagée. »

Le projet multimédia comprend un site Web où les visiteurs peuvent explorer une carte interactive avec des profils des 338 circonscriptions électorales fédérales et de leurs députés actuels. CPAC a également établi un partenariat avec la Société pour créer une Carte-tapis géante Route 338 qui voyagera dans les écoles du pays, une version « quadrillée » téléchargeable de la carte et onze plans de leçons gratuits, reliés au programme scolaire, afin d’aider les élèves de la première année à la fin du secondaire à découvrir les différents ordres de gouvernement, les fonctions de chacun et bien d’autres choses.

Vous trouverez toute l’histoire ici.

CAN GEO EDUCATION LANCE LES OLYMPIADES CANADIENNES DE LA GÉOGRAPHIE

La ville de Québec sera l’hôte des Olympiades internationales de la géographie en août 2018. (Photo : Datch78/Wikimedia Commons)

Pour la toute première fois, quatre finissants du secondaire en géographie seront choisis dans le cadre des Olympiades canadiennes de la géographie pour représenter le Canada aux Olympiades internationales de la géographie, qui se tiendront à Québec en août 2018. À cette occasion, les meilleurs étudiants de 16 à 19 ans de partout à travers le monde viendront faire la démonstration de leurs connaissances dans cette excitante compétition de quatre jours. Bien que le Défi Can Geo ait incité des milliers d’élèves de la 4e à la 10e année à concourir pour le titre de meilleur étudiant en géographie depuis les années 1990, le Canada n’a jamais envoyé d’équipes de finissants à la compétition internationale.

Le but des Olympiades n’est pas seulement de mesurer les connaissances des étudiants et leur compréhension des compétences et des notions géographiques, mais aussi de stimuler un intérêt actif envers l’étude de la géographie et les études environnementales chez les jeunes, et faciliter les interactions à l’échelle mondiale entre les étudiants de différents pays, contribuant ainsi – même de manière minime – à la compréhension entre les nations.

Pour des mises à jour sur les Olympiades canadiennes de la géographie, incluant les lieux et les dates d’inscription ainsi que des détails sur la compétition, veuillez suivre @CanGeoEdu.

LES FINALISTES DU DÉFI CAN GEO EXPLORENT LA CÔTE EST

Les finalistes de l’édition 2017 du Défi Can Geo sont en visite à Bonne Bay, Terre-Neuve, en compagnie d’Alex Trebek. (Photo : Boomer Jerritt/One Ocean Expeditions)

Les longs mois d’étude pour devenir les meilleurs étudiants en géographie du Canada ont eu leur récompense encore cette année, alors que les trois finalistes du Défi Canadian Geographic ont pris part à la croisière « Fins and Fiddles » de One Ocean Expeditions — l’un des prix qu’ils ont reçus pour avoir atteint la ronde finale du concours national de géographie en juin. À partir de Sydney, N.-É., le champion Ben Woodward, 16 ans, Jake Douglas, 14 ans, et Evan Fingerhut, 15 ans, ont mis leurs connaissances et leurs compétences en géographie à l’épreuve en explorant la côte Est du Canada en compagnie de l’animateur du jeu-questionnaire Jeopardy! et président honoraire de la SGRC Alex Trebek, avec qui ils ont animé une soirée de jeu-questionnaire à bord du navire. Les autres points saillants du voyage ont été les Tablelands du Parc national du Canada du Gros-Morne, l’archipel des îles de la Madeleine au Québec et la visite des chevaux sauvages de l’île de Sable, au large de la Nouvelle-Écosse.

Pour en savoir plus sur la finale du Défi Can Geo 2017, animée en juin par l’astronaute de l’Agence spatiale canadienne David Saint-Jacques, cliquez ici.

ALEX TREBEK FAIT OFFICIER DE L’ORDRE DU CANADA

Photo : Colin Rowe/Can Geo

Alex Trebek, président honoraire de la SGRC, a été fait officier de l’Ordre du Canada le 30 juin, « [p]our ses réalisations emblématiques dans le milieu de la télévision et pour avoir fait la promotion de l’apprentissage, notamment en sa qualité de champion de la littératie géographique ».

Originaire de Sudbury et bien connu depuis qu’il a annoncé la première catégorie du jeu-questionnaire Jeopardy! sur son plateau en 1984, Alex Trebek se fait depuis longtemps le champion de la littératie géographique, ayant souvent voyagé au cours des trois dernières décennies pour animer des concours de géographie comme la finale du Défi Canadian Geographic, présentée en direct, qu’il continue de soutenir par l’entremise de la Fondation familiale Trebek.

Alex Trebek avait auparavant reçu la médaille Alexander Graham Bell de la National Geographic Society ainsi que la Médaille d’or et la Médaille Lawrence J. Burpee de la Société, en reconnaissance de son dévouement envers l’enseignement de la géographie. « Alex a fait beaucoup pour augmenter la littératie géographique », a déclaré le chef de la direction de la SGRC, John Geiger. « Il représente ce qu’il y a de mieux en nous, avec un grand amour de son pays, mais aussi une ouverture sur le monde et un sentiment d’humanitarisme. »

JOHN TURNER REÇOIT LA MÉDAILLE D’OR DE LA SGRC

De gauche à droite :la chancelière de l’Université de Victoria, Wendy Cecil, John Turner, Kathleen Wynne et le chef de la direction de la SGRC, John Geiger. (Photo : Jenna Muirhead-Gould)

Le très honorable John Turner, 17e premier ministre du Canada, est le premier politicien à recevoir la Médaille d’or de la SGRC. La première ministre de l’Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, a fait la présentation lors d’un événement tenu au Collège Massey de Toronto, soulignant sa distinguée carrière au Parlement et dans la fonction publique et sa contribution à l’avancement de la géographie canadienne par ses nombreux voyages dans l’Arctique. « Certains politiciens disparaissent », a dit Mme Wynne, « mais vous vous avez continué d’agir et de démontrer ce que cela signifie réellement d’être une personne décente et compatissante en politique. »

Cliquez ici pour plus d’information.

NÉCROLOGIE

AL DAVIDSON, ANCIEN PRÉSIDENT DE LA SGRC (1926-2017)

L’ancien président de la Société et responsable du programme de parcs nationaux du Canada était un champion des lieux protégés

Al Davidson, ancien président de la Société géographique royale du Canada, fonctionnaire fédéral et géographe, est décédé le 27 juillet 2017. Champion de l’intégrité écologique des espaces sauvages du Canada, il a également su exécuter de façon efficace son approche intégrée et progressive de la conservation. Les parcs nationaux étaient essentiels pour la protection des lieux et de la faune, mais aussi pour l’économie locale, le bien-être individuel et l’esprit national. Comme il l’avait déclaré aux participants du Séminaire international sur les parcs nationaux tenu en 1980, « Notre patrimoine naturel et culturel commun, le Nord, la notion même de nature sauvage — toutes ces facettes des parcs nationaux évoquent l’esprit de la nation. »

M. Davidson a dirigé le programme de parcs nationaux du Canada de 1978 à 1985. Pendant cette période, il a dirigé la création et le développement de plusieurs douzaines de parcs nationaux (incluant Mingan, au Québec, Grasslands en Saskatchewan et Ivvavik au Yukon), de lieux historiques nationaux et d’aires de conservation marines, et supervisé la création du système de rivières du patrimoine canadien. Tout cela a suivi les années pendant lesquelles il a contribué au lancement de l’Inventaire des terres du Canada – un projet immense qui s’étalera sur des décennies et qui a permis de classifier les terres du pays selon leur potentiel d’utilisation pour l’agriculture, la foresterie, la faune et les loisirs – et contribué à la négociation de l'Accord Canada-États-Unis relatif à la qualité de l’eau dans les Grands Lacs. Le regretté Frank Roots, géologue et l’un des plus grands scientifiques de tous les temps au Canada, a attribué à Al Davidson le crédit d’avoir convaincu le gouvernement, dans les années 1960, de la pertinence d’étudier les glaciers. Les politiques de M. Davidson ont longtemps servi de modèle en matière de conservation dans le monde.

Pour son engagement envers la conservation, M. Davidson a reçu la médaille Massey de la SGRC (« pour son leadership dans l’application de la géographie aux questions touchant les terres et les eaux au Canada »), mais aussi l’Ordre du Canada, qui lui a été conféré en 2008.

Betty Kidd

Ancienne membre du conseil des gouverneurs de la SGRC, Betty Hazel Kidd est décédée le 12 septembre 2017 à Winchester, Ontario. Diplômée de l’Université Carleton et ancienne enseignante au secondaire, Mme Kidd s’est jointe à ce qui devait devenir Bibliothèques et Archives Canada en 1966. Pendant la plus grande partie de sa carrière, elle a été directrice de la Collection nationale de cartes et plans et de la Division des archives visuelles et sonores avant de prendre sa retraite à titre de directrice générale de la Direction générale des archives canadiennes en 1966. À maintes reprises, son travail s’est avéré d’une grande utilité pour le magazine Canadian Geographic, en raison de son engagement envers la Société et sa publication phare, par sa participation au Comité consultatif éditorial et à d’autres comités. Mme Kidd a également siégé au conseil d’administration de Russell Historical Society/Keith M. Boyd Museum et était membre fondatrice de l’Association des cartothèques et archives cartographiques du Canada.

FELLOWS CÉLÈBRES

J. DEWEY « BLUE GOOSE » SOPER

J. Dewey Soper located the breeding grounds of the blue goose in 1929. (Photo : Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada fonds, Library and Archives Canada)

Il pourrait être tentant de qualifier de futile la recherche des sites de nidification de l’oie bleue menée par J. Dewey Soper, mais ce serait bien mal à propos. Après tout, durant cette odyssée qui s’est étendue sur six ans et 50 000 kilomètres, le naturaliste canadien a su retracer un lieu qui échappait depuis longtemps aux recherches des ornithologues de toute l’Amérique du Nord.

Soper a entrepris sa recherche de l’oie bleue (une variété de couleur de la petite oie blanche) en 1923, lorsqu’il s’est joint à une expédition du gouvernement fédéral dans l’est de l’Arctique, visitant le Groenland et les îles Ellesmere, Devon et Baffin. « J’ai alors résolu de me consacrer à la recherche des aires de nidification de l’oie bleue, dans la mesure où il m’était permis de le faire », écrit-il en 1930 dans la revue The Canadian Field-Naturalist.

Au cours des trois années suivantes, les deux dernières dans le cadre d’une autre expédition dans l’île de Baffin, Soper a suivi toutes les pistes qu’il pouvait relever, sans succès. À la fin de l’hiver 1925-1926, durant lequel il avait parcouru plus de 1 600 kilomètres en suivant les cartes de qualité croissante de l’île, recueillant des échantillons fauniques et discutant avec les Inuits à propos de l’oie bleue, sa quête restait vaine. « Au terme de près de deux années de résidence dans le pays, écrit-il, l’espèce demeure toujours aussi insaisissable ».

Mais il se rapprochait du but.

Soper's watercolour of the geese in their breeding habitat. (Artwork: Courtesy of the J. Dewey Soper family and the Arctic Institute of North America)

À l’été 1926, deux Inuits de Cape Dorset ont raconté à Soper que l’espèce nichait près de la baie de Bowman, à environ 200 kilomètres au nord-est. Il était trop tard en saison pour que Soper s’y rende, cependant, et ce n’est qu’à l’été 2028 qu’il a pu revenir, cette fois à l’invitation de la Direction des Territoires du Nord-Ouest et du Yukon du ministère de l’Intérieur. À la mi-mai 1920, armé d’une carte des sites de nidification dessinée l’automne précédent par un Inuit du nom de Saila, Soper et cinq Inuits se dont dirigés vers la baie Bowman en traîneau. Environ un mois plus tard, non loin de leur campement qu’ils avaient appelé Kungovik — oie bleue en Inuktitut — Soper et deux de ses compagnons inuits ont trouvé ce qu’ils cherchaient – des nids et des œufs d’oie bleue.

La nouvelle du succès de Soper a été publiée dans les journaux et dans la chronique Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, mais ce n’est qu’en 1957 que le gouvernement canadien a consacré « Blue Goose Soper », comme il était maintenant connu, d’une façon qui semblait plus appropriée : en établissant le Refuge d’oiseaux migrateurs de Dewey Soper sur l’île de Baffin, qui abrite aujourd’hui la plus grande colonie connue de petite oie blanche au monde.

Pour le récit de la façon dont Soper s’est appuyé sur une carte dessinée à la main par un Inuit dans sa recherche de l’aire de nidification de l’oie bleue, rendez-vous sur cangeo.ca/so17/bluegoose.

Fellows dans l'actualité

NOTE: Les contributions des fellows sont publiées dans la langue où elles sont soumises.


APPS, Deborah, Paul LaBarge and Valerie Pringle

Photo : Deborah Apps

Back in 2013, Governor General David Johnston unveiled an honorary section of The Great Trail between Rideau Hall and 24 Sussex Drive. In June 2017, RCGS Fellows Deborah Apps, president and CEO of the Trans Canada Trail, Valerie Pringle, co-chair of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation, and Paul LaBarge, chair of the Trans Canada Trail Board, joined Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, RCGS CEO John Geiger and other dignitaries at the Society’s 50 Sussex Drive headquarters (above) to celebrate the official connection of this section and its iconic addresses to the main spine of The Great Trail, which passes the National Gallery of Canada and crosses the Ottawa River into Gatineau, Que., via the Alexandra Bridge.

BARBER, David

Photo : David Barber/University of Manitoba

In late May and June, Dr. David Barber, Canada Research Chair in Arctic System Science and associate dean of research for the University of Manitoba’s Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources, led a research team onboard the CCGS Amundsen to conduct the first-ever bay-wide system study of Hudson Bay at a critical time of early ice melt. The project was to provide greater understanding of the timing and impacts of freshwater inputs into the bay as a result of regulation and climate change, as well as timing of sea ice melt with regard to shipping and other activity in the bay.

The undertaking was delayed and eventually cancelled due to unexpected sea ice conditions along the east coast of Newfoundland, which forced the redirection of Amundsen from scientific duty to search and rescue, icebreaking and escorting duties. While onboard, Barber managed to get his science team onto the unusually thick and dense ice floes (above) to conduct a full suite of data collection, including ice cores, water samples from melt ponds, radar imaging and aerial surveys using drones and helicopters. So despite the cancelled mission (rescheduled to May/June 2018), the science team came home with the data needed to explain the unexpectedly thick and dense multi-year ice floes that travelled from the high Arctic to jam the coast of Newfoundland, resulting in loss of life and damage to property. The press release sent from the ship, “Major Arctic climate change study cancelled due to Climate Change,” was picked up by media around the world, including CBC, CTV, Global News, CNN and The Guardian.

BURNS, Adrian

Photo : Adrian Burns

His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Governor General David Johnston and Sharon Johnston, and Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly joined National Arts Centre president and CEO Peter Herrndorf, board chair Adrian Burns (pictured, with Prince Charles) and other dignitaries, patrons and artists, staff and members of the public for the Canada Day celebration and ribbon cutting for the grand re-opening of the NAC building. The $110.5-million project to rejuvenate the NAC with beautiful spaces designed by Canadian architect Donald Schmitt honours the building’s original concept with a hexagonal glass atrium and entrance, relocated box office, and improvements to everything from the number of public washrooms to accessibility.

BUTLER, Dave

Photo : Dundurn Press

Full Curl: A Jenny Willson Mystery, the first novel by Dave Butler, an author, forester and biologist based in Cranbrook, B.C., will be released in paperback and available for digital download on Sep. 30, 2017.

The mystery follows Jenny Willson, “a hard-edged, caustic-witted warden from Banff National Park.” Upon discovering that animals are disappearing from Canada’s mountain parks, she begins a complex investigation that follows a trail of deceit, distraction and murder. With a growing list of victims, both animal and human, Willson finds herself in a race for justice that criss-crosses the Canada-U.S. border and pushes her to a place from which she might not return.

CAMERON, Silver Donald

Following a cross-country tour and numerous university screenings and presentations, Silver Donald Cameron is continuing his promotional work for the documentary Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World, which hinges on the fact that, unlike more than 180 other nations, Canada, the United States, Australia, China and a few other countries do not legally recognize a healthy environment as a basic human right. Produced and directed by Chris Beckett, written and hosted by Cameron, the film is the capstone of the GreenRights multimedia project, a showcase of the dramatic, innovative legal battles challenging governments and industries around the world.

CHAMPION, Chris

Photo : Wikimedia Commons

In a June 29 National Post op-ed, Chris Champion, a policy advisor in Ottawa and editor of The Dorchester Review, argues that Canada’s Maple Leaf flag is the perfect embodiment of our national amnesia. The country’s original flag, the Red Ensign, he says, “vividly embodies Canada’s rich history, inclusive of First Nations, the fleur-de-lis, and the diversity represented by Scottish, English and Irish symbols.” The article was part of a series in which the newspaper’s editors “asked some of Canada’s most interesting personalities and writers to tell us what they would rather celebrate about Canada on the sesquicentennial.”

DONATO, Simon

Photo : Simon Donato/adventurescience.com

Since launching the Adventure Science podcast in spring 2017, author, endurance athlete and adventurer Dr. Simon Donato and his wife, conservation and climate advocate Chanelle Mayer have interviewed a number of world-leading explorers, adventurers and scientists who inspire, entertain and educate. From multiple Emmy Award-winning documentary cameraman Tom Fitz to paleoclimatologist and marine geologist Maureen Raymo, all speak to Adventure Science’s mission to get outside, explore the world and understand nature in a meaningful, scientific and physically challenging way. Access the podcast at adventurescience.com under media, as well as on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.

Photo : Gavin Fitch

FITCH, Gavin

RCGS president Gavin Fitch holds the Society’s Compass Rose Flag in front of a monument in England’s Lake District, erected in the 1920s to commemorate local men who died in the Great War. Fitch and his wife, Catherine, trekked from Keswick, the major town in the northwest part of Cumbria, to the village of Buttermere and on. In Wasdale Head, the historic centre of British climbing, they climbed 980-metre Scafell Pike, England’s tallest mountain.

FORD, Derek

As a leading expert in cave and karst landforms in Canada and around the world, Derek Ford contributed four chapters on these and other landforms in the Rocky and Mackenzie mountains and northern Manitoba to RCGS Fellow OlavSlaymaker’s Landscapes and Landforms of Western Canada. Just a year after being named a Senior Fellow of the Geological Society of America, June 2017 saw Ford elected as a Corresponding (foreign) Member of the Academy of Science and Arts of Slovenia for his “pioneer U series” dating studies in that country.

FREY, Joseph

NPS marine archeologist Chuck Lawson (left) and Joseph Frey search for ferrous objects potentially jettisoned from HMS Nimble. (Photo : Susanna Pershern/NPS)

When the Spanish pirate slave trader Guerrero wrecked on a reef near what’s now the southern border of Biscayne National Park, Florida, she was fully loaded with more than 500 captured Africans destined for an illegal slave market in Cuba. That occurred on December 19, 1827, when she was under pursuit and fire from the Royal Navy warship HMS Nimble, who also grounded temporarily on a reef nearby. This summer, science journalist and chair of the Fellows Committee Joseph Frey joined marine archeologists from the US National Park Service in a search of Guerrero as well as the jettisoned objects from Nimble.

GRABOWSKI, Joe

Left to right: Alize Carrere, Joe Grabowski, Kenny Broad, Lee Berger and Robert Ballard at the first ever Nat Geo Explorers Festival in Washington, D.C. (Photo : Joe Grabowski)

Joe Grabowski, an educator and scuba diver based in Guelph, Ont., was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2017, along with 13 other explorers from around the world. In 2015, Grabowski founded the non-profit Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, which has since brought more than 300 top scientists, conservationists and explorers — and amazing places — into North American classrooms through Google Hangouts and virtual field trips.

GRAY, Kim

An Inuvialuit reindeer herder rides above his herd near Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., a sight on Tundra North Tours’ Canadian Arctic Reindeer Signature Package (Photo : Danny Swainson/Tundra North Tours)

The Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada has unveiled the new 2017/18 Guide to Aboriginal Tourism in Canada, developed in partnership with Kim Gray’s Toque & Canoe, an award-winning online magazine featuring stories on Canadian travel culture. Available for free online, the new guide aims to pique interest in Aboriginal tourism experiences across Canada, presenting each through the Aboriginal culture of storytelling. 

Throughout the guide, points of interest across Canada are presented with gorgeous photography, stirring stories and personalized testimonials by individuals who stand behind the tourism businesses. For people wanting to explore Aboriginal Canada, it opens up a world of possibilities. “Our ancestors have been sharing stories with visitors to our traditional territories since time immemorial,” says Keith Henry, President & CEO of ATAC. “Storytelling is our way of life, engrained in our culture so deeply that it makes perfect sense to present the Aboriginal tourism businesses in Canada in this way. We are thrilled that we can now share our storytelling with visitors through this new guide, which is filled with rich tales and images of our communities and relatives.”

Photo : Nunavut Arctic College Media

HARPER, Kenn

Author Kenn Harper’s Thou Shalt Do No Murder: Inuit, Injustice, and the Canadian Arctic was published by Nunavut Arctic College Media in July. The book draws on Inuit oral history, archival research, and Harper’s own knowledge — acquired over 50 years in the Arctic — to re-create a compelling story of justice and injustice in the Canadian far north. Thou Shalt Do No Murder is built around the show murder trial of an Inuit leader in 1923, doubt over the validity of Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic and the collision of two cultures with vastly different conceptions of justice and conflict resolution, all ultimately contributing to the end of the traditional Inuit way of life.

Harper’s book Minik: The New York Eskimo, meanwhile, has been re-released as of September 2017, and now includes a forward by actor Kevin Spacey. Both books will be celebrated at an Ottawa Writer’s Festival event, hosted by author Elizabeth Hay at the Wabano Centre, on September 25.

Photo : Jill Heinerth

HEINERTH, Jill

RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth chased icebergs this summer. More precisely, she followed the path of ice from Greenland to Baffin Island, down the Labrador Coast and into Newfoundland — part of her Arctic on the Edge/L’Arctique à la Limite project. Updates were posted on Canadian Geographic and on her blog at IntoThePlanet.com/Arctic.

KARNATH, Lorie

Karnath is leading a project to build a school for 150 children in a rural village in Burma. (Photo : Lorie Karnath)

In May, Lorie Karnath served as co-chair of a symposium on “Tailored Biology” hosted by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. In June she helped launch the inaugural issue of a new open-source science magazine, the Molecular Frontiers Journal, for which she serves as managing editor. This biannual publication, published by the prestigious Singapore-based World Scientific, is available digitally and in print. She was also appointed Explorer-at-Large for JASON Learning, a non-profit organization founded by famed underwater archeologist Robert Ballard that works to inspire children around the world through science and exploration. She has also been spearheading a project building a school in Burma which will officially open in October, and collaborated on a book by Jan-Philipp Sendker called The Secret of the old Monk, on the tales and legends of Burma, that will be released first in German at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

KOUROUNIS, George

Photo : George Kourounis

It wasn’t his first time being lowered into an active volcano, incredibly, but for seven weeks of the summer, explorer and host of Angry Planet George Kourounis documented, climbed and descended into volcanoes in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, home to the highest concentration of lava lakes in the world. At the outset, the team was carried by helicopter to the summit of Marum Volcano on Ambrym Island (left), where they were greeted by a glowing plume of noxious sulphur dioxide gas, and where they set up base camp. 

LOPOUKHINE, Nikita and Harvey Locke

With the federal government working toward protecting 17 per cent of terrestrial Canada by 2020, Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, and Shannon Phillips, Minister for Alberta Environment and Parks, set up an advisory panel to produce official recommendations on how to achieve this goal — part of the Pathway to Canada Target 1 initiative. RCGS Fellows Nikita Lopoukhine, who has decades of experience at Parks Canada and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and Harvey Locke, founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation initiative, were among those named to the panel, which involves Indigenous Peoples, land trusts and conservation organizations, government groups, industry reps, academia and youth.

MAHTANI, Minelle

Photo : Minelle Mahtani

Minelle Mahtani won an award for her daily current affairs radio program Sense of Place at the recent Asian Heritage Month gala at the Museum of Vancouver (right). The show explores how Vancouverites experience their multifaceted city and how its urban spaces continually influence its citizens. Mahtani is on leave from the University of Toronto, where she is an associate professor of human geography and journalism, to pursue this new opportunity in radio until September 2018.

MCBEAN, Gordon

Five present and past assistant deputy ministers of the Atmospheric Environment Service-Meteorological Service of Canada (left to right): former RCGS President Art Collin, James Bruce, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Gordon McBean and WMO president David Grimes. (Photo : Gordon McBean)

In May 2017, the World Meteorological Organization announced that “Professor Gordon McBean of Canada is Winner of the 62nd International Meteorological Organization Prize.”  The IMO Prize (named after the WMO’s predecessor organization) — considered the most important award in meteorology — is given annually to scientists that have made outstanding contributions to meteorology, hydrology and geophysical sciences. McBean, a climatologist, professor emeritus of geography at London’s Western University and president of the International Council for Science, will formally receive the award in 2018.


MCCANN, Larry

Photo : Larry McCann

Imagining Uplands: John Olmsted’s Masterpiece of Residential Design, by Larry McCann, professor emeritus of geography at the University of Victoria, was recently published by Brighton Press. It recounts the efforts of American landscape architect John Charles Olmsted to create an ideal and enduring subdivision on the suburban frontier of Victoria — the first large-scale Canadian subdivision to break away entirely from the rigid geometry of the rectangular grid in favour of the naturalistic, modern style. Besides also delving into Olmsted’s upbringing, training and his other pre-First World War projects in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, the book features more than 150 historical and contemporary maps and photographs. Imagining Uplands was awarded first prize in the Prose Non-Fiction category by the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, and was a recipient of a 2017 writing award from the Hallmark Heritage Society of Victoria.

MCGOOGAN, Ken

Photo : HarperCollins Canada

The advance readers are unanimous. Ronald Wright describes Dead Reckoning as “a lively and gripping tale of heroism, folly and icy death.” Bob Rae writes “Finally! A page-turning book about Arctic exploration that puts the heroism and leadership of Indigenous people at the centre of the story.” Katherine Govier discovers “our national myth finally recast on our own shores … a brilliant reclaiming of history.” Peter C. Newman hails author Ken McGoogan as “the ultimate guide to our last frontier.” And Louie Kamookak says, “This is Ken’s best book yet. I am going to post a picture with all of his books that he can show around as he travels. I will even put on a seal-skin vest and tie.”

Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage will start rolling into bookstores in September, 2017. In October, McGoogan will begin a book tour with stops in Toronto, Stratford, Calgary, Victoria, Vancouver, Oakville, Niagara and Burlington. More details will be at kenmcgoogan.blogspot.ca.

MOORMAN, Lynn

Photo : Season Osborne

Lynn Moorman recently returned from Belgrade, Serbia, where she and former RCGS governor Beth Dye attended the 14th International Geography Olympiad (iGeo), a competition of the world’s top senior geography students (ages 16 to 19). Moorman is a member of the iGeo Task Force and participated in the fieldwork exam planning and assessment. The two RCGS Fellows gave a presentation on the venue and plans for the 2018 competition, to be held in Quebec City next August.

In Calgary on August 31, Moorman received Mount Royal University’s 2017 Distinguished Faculty Award, which considers contributions to teaching, research and service.

As a Visiting Scholar at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, from March to June 2017, Moorman carried out research into how students learn with geospatial technologies. She was awarded an Insight Development Grant through Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to conduct her research project “Insights into Learner Requirements for Digital Earth,” and worked with teachers and students in Brisbane schools. This work will continue in Calgary schools in 2017-2018. While in Brisbane, Moorman was able to interact with the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland, and gave a presentation on Canada’s Northwest Passage.

NIGHTINGALE, John

A recent post from the @OceanWise Instagram account detailing Ocean Wise-associated beluga research in the St. Lawrence Estuary.

The Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise launched recently as a new global ocean conservation organization focused on protecting and restoring our world’s oceans. Building on the roots of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, which started as a community-based not-for-profit organization, the program aims to inspire people in every corner of the planet to participate in creating healthy oceans.

The Ocean Wise brand is already familiar to many Canadians as the sustainable seafood program created by the Vancouver Aquarium as a direct-action program to tackle overfishing. Now, the name encompasses much more: it will influence a global community to see, know, understand and think about the oceans and aquatic life in a deeper, more meaningful, and more actionable way. This new level of education, engagement and research will be achieved through a network of accredited aquariums and cooperation with preeminent teaching and learning foundations and other partner organizations, through original research by the Coastal Ocean Research Institute and the curation of peer-reviewed research. “In many ways, we’ve been working toward this transformation for decades,” says Dr. John Nightingale, CEO and president of Ocean Wise. “It’s going to take a deep, transformational change — a sea change — in humanity’s consciousness to care about and protect our oceans, and we’re in a unique position to help effect that change. To do even more in the name of ocean conservation, we need to build upon our breadth of experience and grow the choir of ocean champions.”

O’NEILL, Mark and Jean-Marc Blais

Left to right: Mark O’Neill, president and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History; Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly; Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Dr. James Fleck, interim chair of the museum’s board of trustees; and Graham Flack, Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage. (Photo : Canadian Museum of History)

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall officially opened the Canadian History Hall, the new signature exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History, on July 1.

Under the leadership of RCGS Fellows Mark O’Neill, president and CEO of the museum, and Jean-Marc Blais, vice-president of exhibitions and programs, the exhibition was developed over five years by a multidisciplinary team of museum professionals aided by content advisory committees and a wide array of external experts. Their work was also informed by a public-consultation process that engaged more than 24,000 Canadians nationwide. The Canadian History Hall is the largest, most comprehensive and most inclusive exhibition about Canadian history ever developed. It tells the story of Canada and its people from the dawn of human habitation to the present, exploring the events, personalities and historical currents that have shaped and continue to shape this country. The Hall features compelling human stories and the finest assemblage of Canadian historical artifacts ever placed on public display.

Conceived as a Canada 150 legacy gift, the Canadian History Hall was an instant success, drawing enthusiastic crowds and reviews since its opening on Canada Day.

PETERSON, Perry

Photo : PYXIS

In July the Open Geospatial Consortium, the international mapping standards body, set a new digital spatial reference standard known as a discrete global grid system, or DGGS. Like other digital data structures (e.g., pixels of digital images or individual samples of digital music), a DGGS partitions the globe using cells, rather than lines of latitude and longitude, and is designed for information fusion, not for navigation.

Canadians continue to be at the forefront of this “Digital Earth” approach, which will allow mapping information to reside in distributed stores to be combined on-demand by the users in response to their personal enquiries — no more reliance on pre-integrated maps and GIS services to answer spatial questions.

Alberta’s TecTerra Centre of Excellence and Canadian Geographic Education worked with Mount Royal University professor Lynn Moorman and PYXIS to study the use of DGGSs in Canadian classrooms. Environment and Climate Change Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the United States Geological Survey, meanwhile, are also studying DGGSs for their technical uses, such as determining the effect of climate change on the stability of land in the Arctic. One study showed that decision-makers were able to easily by-pass their normal reliance on GIS professionals and access and integrate spatial data used in their scientific analysis unassisted.

PLATAKIS, Darren

The GeoNiagara Radio show will be returning for its second season in September 2017 on CFBU 103.7 FM Brock University Student Radio.
The show, which received almost 3,000 downloads for season one, seeks to engage and inform students, educators and the broader community about the relevance and importance of the discipline of geography and of geo-literacy as an educational necessity in a world that is increasingly being informed and influenced by geospatial technologies and information. RCGS Fellows with relevant backgrounds who are interested in appearing as guests are invited to contact Darren Platakis at darren.platakis@gmail.com.

REED, Maureen

Photo : Maureen Reed/Striking Balance

Millions of Canadians have tuned in to watch the eight-part documentary series Striking Balance (which aired between spring and fall 2017 on TV Ontario and British Columbia), a cross-country journey profiling Canada’s spectacular biosphere reserves. Maureen Reed, executive producer of the series and a professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment and Sustainability, and other members of the Striking Balance team also produced the e-book Sustaining Home: Canadian Biosphere Reserves in Action. They are now working toward making the package available for public education.

REID, David

The Bear Witness team at Canada Point, where in 1906 Joseph-Elzéar Bernier claimed Bylot Island for Canada. (Photo : David Reid)

In May, Bylot Island, which lies off the northern coast of Baffin Island, Nunavut, became the largest island in the world ever circumnavigated by ski. Explorer and polar guide David Reid and the other three members of the international Bear Witness Arctic Expedition took on the challenge of circling Bylot as a means of documenting and interpreting a remote and important part of the world, and with the help of local Inuit oral histories highlighted the massive climatic and environmental change now accelerating there. Given these trends, the team asked, will such a journey even be possible in the not so distant future? A commemorative book will be released in 2018.

RIEDEL, Doreen

RCMP at Herschel Island in 1923 for the trial of Aliomiak and Tatamigana, accused of the murder of trader Otto Binder and constable Woolams. Ian MacDonald is on the right. (Photo : Glenbow Archives)

Those familiar with the history of traders in the western Arctic will likely have heard about the mysterious disappearance during the night in 1924 of a young RCMP constable, Ian MacDonald, from the Maid of Orleans, a ship belonging to Charlie Klengenberg. MacDonald had been assigned to customs duty during the transfer of permitted goods from the Maid to Klengenberg’s family at Rhymer Point on Victoria Island. His body was not found, but his jacket and notebook listing the supplies transferred was retrieved from the icy waters off Bexley Point. 

Henry Larsen — of later Northwest Passage fame and first recipient of the RCGS Massy Medal — was navigator of the Maid on that voyage. Larsen’s memoirs give an account of what happened that night. A thorough investigation of the incident had been carried out, and an unpublished manuscript by Inspector Kemp reveals that when he later took over command of the Herschel Island post, he reopened the inquiry into the case and Klengenberg was for a second time found innocent in the matter. 

Doreen Larsen Riedel and and Gordon Larsen, Henry Larsen’s daughter and son, attended an official memorial service on August 18 in Lunenburg, N.S., when a plaque in remembrance of MacDonald was installed on his father’s monument. This event is part of the RCMP Graves Recovery Project to locate the final resting place of all past members of the RCMP and appropriately mark their graves.

RIVET, France

France Rivet (centre) with Origin Studios exhibit designer Robert Evans (left) and master photographer Hans-Ludwig Blohm at the opening of the Canada and Germany: Partners from Immigration to Innovation exhibit. (Photo : France Rivet)

In spring 2017, France Rivet was nominated by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research for her work on the documentary film Trapped in a Human Zoo (also nominated for Best Science or Nature Program or TV Series). On March 8th, International Women’s Day, she was the keynote speaker at the Northern Footsteps event organized by the Ottawa, Nepean and Kanata chapters of the Canadian Federation of University Women and the Ottawa Council of Women. In June 2017, in Ottawa, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany presented its exhibit Canada and Germany: Partners from Immigration to Innovation. Rivet collaborated on the section “Moravians in Labrador: A Dialogue between German and Inuit Cultures,” in particular developing the segment about Abraham Ulrikab, one of eight Inuit who travelled to Germany in 1880 to be part of an ethnographic show, and who soon died of smallpox. Rivet will be a lecturer on the Crystal Serenity’s September 2017 Northwest Passage cruise.

ROWE, Peter

Photo : Peter Rowe

For much of summer 2017, documentarian and photographer Peter Rowe explored the North Channel of Lake Huron, Ont., by sail, in preparation for a future project. In November he will travel to Colombia’s extraordinary scarlet-coloured Caño Cristales River to photograph it for Red Planet, a long-term undertaking to make a record of the red places of the world, such as Hawaii’s Kīlauea Volcano (right).

SAVOIE, Donat

Close to 30 per cent of Canada’s approximately 60,000 Inuit now live in Canadian cities. While Inuit started moving to Ottawa in the early 1970s, the migration of Nunavik Inuit to Montreal is a more recent phenomenon, explains Donat Savoie, strategic advisor to the Makivik Corporation, the legal representative of Quebec’s Inuit.

About 1,700 Inuit now live in Montreal, half of whom work for Inuit organizations, go to Montreal for medical reasons or attend post-secondary schools. Around 50 per cent of these urban Inuit, however, are in vulnerable situations or are homeless. Savoie, who in late 2016 won the Governor General’s Polar Medal in part for his work with Makivik, has seen the organization carry out and develop its ongoing action plan on Inuit homelessness in Montreal, establishing four partnerships so Inuit in need can get access to crucial medical services and social programs.

SIGURDSON, Johann and David Collette

Battle of Hudson Bay 1697, painted by Peter Rindlisbacher. (Artwork: Fara Heim Foundation)

As reported by the Winnipeg Free Press in June, Fellows Johann Sigurdson and David Collette are continuing their efforts to mount a search for the 320-year-old remains of HMS Hampshire in Hudson Bay off the coast of northern Manitoba. This British Royal Navy man-of-war (which sank with all hands aboard), the French warship Pelican and the HBC Royal Hudson’s Bay were all wrecked in early September 1697 as a result of the three-hour Battle of Hudson Bay. None of the vessels have ever been found. Sigurdson and Collette are currently attempting to secure search permits and partners, having developed a three-phase plan to locate and study Hampshire. Visit the pair’s Fara Heim Foundation website for more information.

SLAYMAKER, Olav

Photo : Springer Publishing

As publisher Springer Verlag asserts, Landscapes and Landforms of Western Canada is, surprisingly, the only book to focus on Western Canada’s geomorphological landscapes. Edited by Olav Slaymaker, professor emeritus of geography at the University of British Columbia, this exploration of the research of 34 of Canada’s leading landscape scientists encompasses a five-million-square-kilometre swath of the country, from the rainforests of the West Coast and the mighty Mackenzie River system to the rugged Canadian Cordillera, volcanic landforms and the wide-open Prairies. The final chapter, meanwhile, addresses society’s relationship with Western Canada’s landscapes — even in terms of how they have inspired art, religion, politics and culture.

STEIN, Glenn M.

“Iceberg Graveyard, Pléneau Island, Lemaire Channel, Antarctica” is one of Stein’s drawings chosen for the Library of Congress collections. (Copyright Glenn M. Stein)

The Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C., has chosen several of polar explorer and author Glenn M. Stein’s Antarctic drawings from the 2016-17 season for its collections, saying that they are “especially striking visually and will undoubtedly provide valuable visual documentation of environmental changes in the Antarctic.”

Stein presented his book, Discovering the North-West Passage: The Four-Year Arctic Odyssey of H.M.S. Investigator and the McClure Expedition, at the University of Central Florida and at Orlando Public Library, Orlando, Florida, in September, and will do so once again at The Beacon Salon Speaker Series in Leesburg, Florida, on Jan. 24, 2018.

On October 19, Stein will be attending the Women of Impact Awards Gala in Baltimore, Maryland, to accept a posthumous award for Edith “Jackie” Ronne (1919-2009) on behalf of the Ronne family. Jackie Ronne was the first woman to overwinter as a working member of an Antarctic expedition, serving with the 1947-48 Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition on Stonington Island, Marguerite Bay. The Ronne Ice Shelf, lying at the head of the Weddell Sea, was named for her.

Photo : Royal Canadian Mint

VALBERG, Michelle

Photographer-in-Residence Michelle Valberg’s image of Mathew Nuqingaq drum dancing on Nunavut’s Devon Island is set to appear in the Royal Canadian Mint’s Celebrating Canada’s 150th 13-coin series. Each installation represents a different province and territory, and have been released monthly starting in April 2017, with Valberg’s closing out the series in April 2018.

WARD, Lin

Photo : Canoe North Adventures

For its first trip of the 2017 season, Lin Ward’s Canoe North Adventures landed a group (left) in the Mackenzie Mountains for an exploratory trip of the Silverberry River, N.W.T. On this epic journey through one of most remote parts of the territory, the canoeists spent four days accessing Thundercloud Creek from Coates Lake en route to the Silverberry. It is most probable, says guide Beth Grant, that canoes have never before made this descent. Torrential rains left the team looking for higher ground as what looked like a 100-year flood washed huge trees and underbrush downstream. After two days, they were able to put in, making their run down to the Silverberry through big water and multiple canyons. Two days after a quick rescue on the Redstone River, where one of the canoes capsized in a canyon of the same name, the group made it to their fifth and final waterway, the Mackenzie River.

WILSON, Bob

Photo : Bob Wilson

Past RCGS director Bob Wilson has been appointed chair of T-Ball on the Hill by Little League Canada, an annual event on Parliament Hill held on the second Sunday of June.
This demonstration of T-ball with youth five to six years of age is the kickoff to National Little League Week in Canada. With Ottawa West-Nepean MP Anita Vandenbeld as partner and sponsor and the support of the Prime Minister, this event, now planning its third year, draws attention and support to Little League Baseball in Canada. Little League is the largest youth amateur sport organization in the world, with more than 100 countries participating and providing opportunities for youth.

Bob was also elected chair of the Ottawa Sports Awards, now the largest amateur sports recognition program in Canada. In conjunction with the City of Ottawa, the 66-year-old program annually recognizes the top amateur athletes in 65 different sports and teams that have won a provincial or higher title, presents lifetime achievement awards, scholarships for university or college athletes and a local endowment to a smaller sport group or team in need of financial support.


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