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8-7 Free Canadian Geographic Field Trip Challenge

Your class could win an all-expense paid trip to Quebec. Here’s what you need to do!

Choose a Parks Canada place that the class believes is extraordinary and create a one-minute video that demonstrates why the chosen place is significant to Canadians. Videos should focus on:

Natural significance – Tell us why Canadians should explore this place. Is your destination important to Canadians because of where it is located? For example, does it protect an important ecosystem? Or is it home to a species at risk? Does it feature a unique geographical feature? and/or;

Cultural significance –  Tell us how this place defines a part of the Canadian culture. Is your destination important to Canadians because of its cultural history? For example, was it the site of an invention or discovery? Or did an important historical event take place there? Does it tell the story of cultural tradition?

  • These themes can be covered through any course including social studies, history, geography, science, language arts and the arts.
  • All videos must:
    • Be the original creation of the classroom entrant as represented by the account. All elements, including music and images must be original or the entrant must have obtained all of the proper approvals and permissions from the copyright holders.
    • Acquire permission from students, parents/guardians and the school prior to including any video or sound clips, photos or other identifiable information.
    • Authorize the Contest Group Entities to use the contents of the entry for educational purposes. This includes rights to use, modify, broadcast, webcast, publish and distribute the entry or parts of the entry.
    • Be presented in at least one of Canada’s two official languages, English or French.
    • Be no longer than 60 seconds. Anything beyond the allotted time will not be considered as part of the finished product.
    • Be uploaded in any file type that is accepted by YouTube

A representative of the class must upload, before February 23, 2015, at 4:59:59 PM (Eastern Time), the video on the contest website where it will become available for public voting on March 2, 2015. Upon submission of the video, classes will have to complete an online form with a short description of the video, their rationale for selecting their chosen Parks Canada place and proof that the submissions was student driven. Portions of this form will be visible to the public while some will be visible only to the judges. To be considered student-driven, the majority of inspiration, planning, filming, editing and post-production must be done by students in the class. Teachers and other volunteers may assist as necessary; however the majority of work should be done by students.

There is a limit of one contest entry per eligible class; duplicate entries, incomplete entries, and entries with falsified information will be disqualified. The decision to disqualify any entry is at the sole discretion of the Contest Judges, and will occur without notice or communication to the entrant. The disqualification decision of the judges is final and not subject to review. Videos submitted that do not adhere to the required subject matter or file formats will be disqualified.

Only one (1) email address may be used by any individual who enters the Contest on behalf of his or her Grade 8/Secondary 2 class. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of an entrant, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized holder of the email address at the time of entry. For these purposes, the “authorized holder” is the natural person who is assigned to the submitted email address by an Internet access or online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

All entries must be received no later than February 23, 2015 at 4:59:59 PM (Eastern Time). Late entries will be disqualified. There is no fee to enter this contest, and no purchase is necessary.

Classes must engage the community to encourage votes for their video. The classes with the ten (10) videos that receive the most votes will be asked to explain in 250 words or less, the methods by which they promoted their video within the community. Classes must demonstrate community engagement in order to qualify for contest prizes.

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Banking Glossary: Earn, Save, Give, Spend, and General Financial Terms

GLOSSARY of Banking Terms: Earn, Save, Give, Spend & General Financial Terms

Use this glossary of terms as a reference.


  • Direct deposit—the electronic transfer of money from one bank account to another.

  • Income—money received in a given period as wages, interest, etc.
  • Income tax—tax paid on personal income such as salary or investment income; regulated and collected by governments.
  • Net income—the amount of money an individual takes home after deductions (which include income tax, CPP and EI).
  • Profit—financial gain, the sum remaining after the deduction of expenses. See also Net income.
  • Revenue—income made from sales or earned on investments or, as with government revenue, from taxes. Revenue is the money made before expenses are subtracted, in contrast to net income.


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Disappearing Forests: Google Map changes since 2000`

Using Landsat imagery and cloud computing, researchers mapped forest cover worldwide as well as forest loss and gain. Over 12 years, 888,000 square miles of forest were lost, and 309,000 square miles regrew.

Global view of problems … and fixes
Applications for the new global forest map range from calculating how much carbon is stored in the world’s forests to identifying what countries are logging trees most ravenously. “Whether you are a tree hugger or a logger, this map could be useful to you,” Hansen noted.

The map does bring a new level of transparency to forestry accounting, he added. It opens up for the world to see the impact of Brazil’s conservation policy, for instance, where the rate of forest loss was halved to 8,000 square miles a year over the course of the decade.

The map also shows that Brazil’s deforestation reduction is more than offset by increased forest loss in places such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Paraguay and Bolivia. Overall, the forest loss in the tropics is increasing by 811 square miles a year, according to Hansen and colleagues, who discuss the map in a paper published today in the journal Science.

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Interesting World Maps

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50 Facts about Canada

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Which side of Canada’s tech-divide are you on?

Large digital-skills divide among Canadian adults, OECD study shows

Jill Mahoney
The Globe and Mail
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Canada is facing a gaping digital divide, with large swaths of the adult population scoring at both the highest and lowest levels on an international test of computer problem-solving skills.

The survey found that Canada had the second-highest proportion of adults who excelled on a test that measured participants’ abilities to complete multi-step tasks using computers. At the same time, the country lagged near the bottom of the pack for the proportion of respondents who did poorly on the assessment.

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2047: When Climate Change will shift to an Unnatural State

Science team identifies tipping point in climate change: 2047

The turning point arrives in 2047 as a worldwide average if fossil fuel consumption continues unabated; as late as 2069 if carbon emissions are curbed.

The Globe and Mail
Published Last updated

If you have been wondering when global warming will show up on your doorstep, Camilo Mora has an answer for you.

Dr. Mora, an associate professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, leads a team that tackled the challenging question of when the climate will shift entirely beyond what could be considered natural.

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Global Carbon Footprint

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Vancouver: Community Gardens

Community gardens’ zoning designation can mean significantly lower assessments

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The City of 2050

Have you ever wondered where you or your children may be living in 2050? Experts predict that by then three-quarters of the world’s population will live in cities. For part of its Tomorrow’s Cities season the BBC takes a look through the crystal ball to imagine what city life might be like in 40 years’ time.


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