21 August 2014 - Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the launch of the National Research Council (NRC) Arctic Program. As part of the Arctic Program, the NRC will enter into research partnerships, which focus on technology aimed at improving the lives of Northerners and advancing Northern economic development.
August 19, 2014 - From August 19 to September 26, 2014, Canadian industry, universities and students from across the country will test their experiments in a near space environment, thanks to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)'s stratospheric balloon program, Stratos. Seven Canadian experiments will be flown on these balloons.
August 17, 2014 - Early this morning around 0500, a pipe came from the bridge of the Louis saying that there were two polar bears straight ahead. Those who were awake, or half awake, filtered on to the forward deck to get a view. For those on deck, it took another 10 minutes to spot the bears against the loose sea ice on the horizon. A mother and her cub were swimming together between the ice, barely visible.
August 9, 2014 - With near torrential rains through the night and lightning early this morning, the weather began to break just around noon. After a test of the steering, the Louis left St. John’s harbour at approximately 13:30 under clear skies. With that, the Canadian Polar Expedition 2014 is officially underway.
August 7, 2014 - If you were to look past the fog that fills St. John’s harbour today, you might see quite a bit of action in the dockyard. Preparations are continuing aboard icebreakers CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent and CCGS Terry Fox to get ready for the Canadian Polar Expedition 2014.
July 29, 2014 - For the past 40 years, hundreds of dedicated volunteer bird-watchers have helped Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) understand more than 30 shorebird species. Many of these birds travel tremendous distances between their wintering and breeding grounds.
I have always wondered why greenhouse gases from natural sources like rotting vegetation and ruminant animals are seen as contributing to global warming when they are just cycling carbon that is already in the system. It seems to me that the carbon in petroleum is more of a problem because it is being brought back into the ecosystem after being locked away for millions of years and that is where the excess carbon comes from. Is this so or not?
July 15, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of $1 million to the Beekeepers Commission of Alberta to initiate a four-year-nation-wide surveillance project to document the health profile of honey bee colonies in Canada. The aim of the project is to record the nature, extent and prevalence of diseases, pest organisms and chemical residues in Canadian apiaries.