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The all-important boreal forest

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments
The all-important boreal forest

The number of birds breeding in North America’s boreal forest region is estimated at between 1.65 and 3 billion. Of these, landbirds are by far the most numerous, making up 97 percent of all birds breading there. The importance of the boreal forest region as a breeding ground for many bird groups is staggering. Estimates […]

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Danger in the Nursery

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments
Danger in the Nursery

The Canadian boreal forest is one of the world’s most important breeding areas for migratory birds, with 1 billion to 3 billion individual birds from at least 300 species known to regularly breed there. Approximately 30 percent of all shorebirds (7 million) and 30 percent of all landbirds (1 billion to 3 billion) that breed […]

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Lost legacy

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments
Lost legacy

Ontario’s official watcher of the woods says we need to plant billions of trees in southern Ontario alone. Why? Beginning in the 1990s, the province presided over a calamitous decline in the number of trees it plants every year. By Donna Jacobs When their sheer beauty is not enough, trees more than earn their right […]

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Enigma in Zimbabwe – a descent of man

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Enigma in Zimbabwe –  a descent of man

Zimbabwe (in its earlier life, Rhodesia) has been so many things for different people: delight and despair, opportunity and persecution. For me, half a century ago, it was an escape from my London birthplace and a fusty England clinging to Empire; a land of glorious weather and broadest horizons; a romantic place where I met […]

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Arctic action

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Arctic action

There’s a kind of scorecard for where Canada stands in Arctic development compared to its Arctic neighbours, particularly Norway. In 2006, Norway published a detailed, 92-page outline of what it intended in its Arctic territory, and updated it three years later. Canada got around to the same kind of outline in 2009, and it had […]

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Who owns the Arctic?

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Who owns the Arctic?

High in the Canadian Arctic, working from a camp on Borden Island, a group of scientists uses autonomous vehicles to survey the floor of the Arctic Ocean. If they are successful in proving that Canada’s continental shelf is connected to a region around the geographic North Pole, their work will support the Canadian government’s assertion […]

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The photographer who documents heroes

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
The photographer who documents heroes

People are his passion. It was Norman H. Gershman’s Wall Street headhunting skills (he founded Consultants Period, Ltd..) that gave him the patience to track down an almost unknown story in a country cut off from the rest of the world for 50 years. But it was his passion for people that led him to […]

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Understanding besa, the Albanian code of honour

| September 2, 2010 | 1 Comment
Understanding besa, the Albanian code of honour

“All Jewish children will sleep with your children, all with eat the same food, all will live as one family” — Albanian Prime Minister Mehdi Frashëri, 1943   As the only country in Europe whose Jewish population grew 10-fold during World War II, and included refugees from all over Europe, Albania, with its 70 to […]

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Muslims who saved Jews

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Muslims who saved Jews

Muslims Who Saved Jews? Who Ever Heard of It? When I first learned of the WWII rescue of Jews in Muslim Albania and Kosovo, my reaction was visceral. Muslims who saved Jews? I must record this forgotten event with my camera and tell the story through the various family histories of the people I was […]

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Canada-EU deal: ‘Now the hard part starts’

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Canada-EU deal:  ‘Now the hard part starts’

The easy part — if ever there were one — is over. Now the hard part starts. This fall marks the midpoint in the two-year timeframe for the completion of a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Canada and Europe have had four rounds of formal negotiations and many informal discussions. Even a volcanic eruption […]

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