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Ecologist Charles Krebs awarded 2014 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research

Congratulations to the 2014 recipient of the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research – Dr. Charles Krebs. A Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Krebs is one of the world’s preeminent field ecologists. Accolades for his work are numerous and include Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Norwegian Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Australian Academy of Science and of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.

Harper Government Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Canada's Arctic Research Potential

October 23, 2014 - Ottawa, ON - Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Today in the House of Commons, the Government of Canada introduced the Canadian High Arctic Research Station Act to establish the governance structure for a new, world-class science and technology research facility.

Polar Blog: Advanced Canadian sonar technology takes crystal-clear pictures of arctic sea floor during the 2014 Franklin search

Harsh arctic conditions, such as those that defeated Sir John Franklin, are exactly what David Hopkin needed this summer to test some sophisticated Canadian undersea technology. Hopkin, a scientist with Defence Research and Development Canada, tried out some cutting-edge sonar imaging equipment in Nunavut as part of the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition. His experiments met with resounding success.

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ARCTIC-WISE presentation on Arctic sovereignty and security

Michael Byers and Rob Huebert discuss sovereignty and security in the first presentation in ARCTIC-WISE, an interdisciplinary series led by the University of British Columbia’s Green College and the UBC Polar Club. The series is also supported by the Canadian Polar Commission and the Vancouver Aquarium.

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Canada-Italy Workshop on Arctic S&T Collaboration

The Canadian Polar Commission and the Embassy of Italy in Canada were very pleased to organize a joint workshop involving key Canadian and Italian arctic knowledge experts held in Ottawa on October 22nd, 2014.

Franklin shipwreck identified as HMS Erebus

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced that the Franklin Expedition ship discovered in early September by the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition is Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Erebus. Sir John Franklin, who was in command of the Franklin Expedition, sailed on HMS Erebus.

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Polar Blog: Invasive species and Arctic shipping

High on the deck of a bulk carrier at the Hudson Bay port of Churchill, Man., biologist Farrah Chan carefully lowers a fine-meshed plankton net down into the dark water of the ship’s ballast tank. Far below, a scuba diver assists her by collecting samples of marine life from the vessel’s hull. Chan is looking for alien species — aquatic invertebrates and plants that ride from port to port with the global shipping fleet, suspended in ballast water or clinging to hulls, rudders, and propellers.