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The Esri Canada Blog offers a uniquely Canadian perspective on all things GIS. Browse the various categories & posts to stay up-to-speed on developments affecting you, the Canadian GIS user. Consider this a one-stop resource to see how others are using GIS, learn about new products and developments, read what’s new in Canada and around the world related to SDI, get the latest education-related information, keep abreast of the Community Map of Canada Program, and much more.
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Researchers score climate change data studying backyard rinks with assist from Esri Canada

Mar 02, 2015 / Posted by Adam Buchholz
Backyard rinks are as dear to Canadians as double-doubles, maple syrup and Olympic gold in hockey. But climate change is threatening to melt the future legacy of the backyard rink. To better understand this possibility, a team of researchers from Wilfrid Laurier is crowdsourcing backyard rink conditions and mapping the results thanks to Esri Canada's own Cameron Plouffe.
Education & Research

Student awards: Esri Canada GIS scholarships and the Esri Young Scholars Award

Feb 27, 2015 / Posted by Angela Alexander
Esri technology is used at post-secondary institutions across Canada for teaching and research in a broad range of disciplines, including both “geo” fields (geography, geology and geomatics) and non-“geo” fields (for example, forestry, biology and archaeology). Find out how Esri Canada helps support students at colleges and universities through the Esri Canada GIS Scholarship program and the Esri Young Scholars Award.
Education & Research

Explore Black History Month With Maps

Feb 10, 2015 / Posted by Angela Alexander
Black History Month is celebrated annually in North America in February. It’s a great opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of Black Canadians, but also to learn about the challenges Black people have had to overcome throughout history. Find out how you can integrate maps into your teaching of black history and explore the free resources that are available to you.
Education & Research

Skills Canada GIS Competitions for Secondary Students

Feb 05, 2015 / Posted by Angela Alexander
Students who use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in their learning gain important skills that can be used in the real world. These skills include critical thinking, spatial reasoning and collaboration. If you are currently using ArcGIS for Desktop in your teaching and you'd like to give your students a relevant experience, sign them up for the Skills Canada GIS Competition. Find out more about this annual competition held in Ontario and Manitoba in the spring.