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This Week in Canadian Science 2018-09-02


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Canadian Atheist

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/09/02

“QIKIQTARJUAQ, NU, Aug. 31, 2018 /CNW/ – Bridging the gap between Indigenous knowledge and Arctic research will help the government better understand the unique challenges faced by the people who live in the Canadian Arctic. Climate change is one of many such challenges. Combining research results with the generations of knowledge gathered by local communities will help to protect the northern environment and the culture of the people who call it home.

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, accompanied Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, on a three-day visit to Canada’s Arctic that focused on Arctic research and Indigenous knowledge.

This visit was an opportunity for the Minister to highlight the importance of science and long-term data collection to understanding environmental challenges, particularly climate change, and the importance of working with Inuit and northerners to address these issues. Indigenous knowledge enhances our understanding of the Arctic and helps the government provide solutions to make northern communities more resilient to the effects of climate change.”


“OTTAWA, Aug. 29, 2018 /CNW/ – Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will be in Canada’s Arctic from August 30 to September 1, 2018, where she will visit the Hamlet of Pangnirtung, in Nunavut, before boarding the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen,in Qikiqtarjuaq, for a 36-hour scientific program to explore the Arctic Ocean. This will be the first visit by a governor general to the community of Qikiqtarjuaq.

Canada’s Arctic and northern communities are facing complex environmental, health and social challenges. The Governor General’s visit will underscore the importance of scientific study and data collection in understanding Arctic issues and trends. These activities allow for evidence-based decision-making and the development of practical solutions. This visit will also highlight collaboration by recognizing the knowledge of Inuit and northerners who are at the forefront of the changes taking place in the Arctic.

In Pangnirtung, located on Baffin Island, the Governor General will meet with the mayor and councillors and attend a community feast. On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Amundsen Science program, the Governor General, accompanied by Dr. Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, and the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, will join the vessel’s crew on the final leg of its latest expedition to exchange with scientists and to witness first-hand marine-based research conducted in the vicinity of Qikiqtarjuaq.”


“Miasya Bulger and Raphael Hotter have been named McGill’s recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leaders Scholarship.

This year, out of a pool of 350,000 potential candidates across Canada, 1,400 students were nominated, of which 50 received this celebrated award.

Miasya Bulger, 18, is a recipient of the $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa, Bulger will be entering the Department of Bioengineering in McGill’s Faculty of Engineering this fall. Bulger was selected for her outstanding academic record combined with her community leadership in mentoring STEM students, working with youth through the Royal Canadian Army Cadet program, and implementing programs for youth at the Ottawa Public Library. In addition, Bulger has focused her efforts on initiatives to alleviate child poverty in Ottawa by organizing awareness workshops for students and fundraising drives for food banks and local charities.”


“Science is about knowledge. It involves the gathering of facts to help create predictions and provide explanations.

But for women who have made science their career, there is seemingly no scientific explanation to explain the work challenges they face solely because of their gender.

It’s an issue that Edmonton documentary filmmaker Brandy Yanchyk explores in her new film Ms. Scientist. Thefilm goes to  Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Greenland and Nunavut, talking to female scientists who are passionate about the work they do but frustrated by the challenges they face.”



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