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Celebrating Life, Death & Rebirth in Mexico

By: Melanie Blake
Every year, at the beginning of November, something extraordinary takes place in many areas of Mexico: Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) festivities. While it may seem ghoulish to gringos that “death” and “festivities” can go hand-in-hand, for most Mexicans, it’s very natural. The dead are not remembered or commemorated. Instead they are considered present.We will...

A Few of My Favourite Things in Taiwan

By: Laurielle Penny
Taiwan may not be on your radar yet – but it should be! There’s fabulous food, a trendy contemporary art scene, gorgeous scenery, clean and efficient infrastructure and, before it gets on the mainstream radar, great value. Asian Art Specialist Susan Lahey leads this tour and she’s selected her favourite aspects of life in Taiwan to share with you:The Art. An inspiring mix of trad...

A Brief (and Ironic) History of Moose on the “Rock”

By: Ian Shanahan
Just about every Newfoundlander has a Moose story. It comes with the territory (well, province, if we’re being picky). Not only are they common, but they’re pretty darn impressive even if you’ve seen them hundreds of times. Better yet, their surroundings are usually a picturesque setting combining serene wetland and thick forest (oftentimes with a touch of morning mist). As Newfo...

Canada's Arctic Sport Obsession

By: Jennifer Kingsley of BBC Travel
An Inuit town has its own brand of hockey fan, and they’re hardcore. Meet the people of Pond Inlet whose ingenuity is shown in their love for the game...  The town of hockey lovePond Inlet, Nunavut, is an Inuit town of 1,600 people at the northern tip of Baffin Island. It’s 650km north of the Arctic Circle, and surrounded by hundreds of miles of sea ice, Arctic mountain peaks and ...

UAlberta Polar researcher recognized for outstanding contributions

By: Laurielle Penny
Climate change affects us all, but none more so than the landscapes, animals and peoples of the circumpolar north. Mark Nuttall, the 2016 recipient of the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research, knows this firsthand.The north is emerging as a resource-rich, geo-politically contentious area. As one of the world’s most influential social scientists in Northern and Circumpolar studie...

Toronto Event: The 2nd Annual Celebration of the Arts

By: Samantha Clark
You're invited to the 2nd annual Celebration of the Arts in Toronto! An evening of performances, travel presentations and inspiration.Thursday, November 3   7:00 - 9:00 PMToronto Botanical Gardens Floral Hall 777 Lawrence Ave. E., Toronto (SW corner of Leslie St. and Lawrence Ave. E.)Plenty of free parking!Must-see Presentations:   -  Selection of Italian songs and arias...