Dr. Robie Macdonald Receives the 2014 Northern Science AwardDr. Robie Macdonald, 2014 Northern Science Award Laureat
The recipient of the 2014 Northern Science Award is marine geochemist Dr. Robie Macdonald. The award was presented at a ceremony prior to the Annual Dinner of the Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, on November 19th in Ottawa. Dr. Macdonald’s research on contaminants in the Arctic Ocean has been crucial for northerners who rely on fish and marine mammals for food. The Northern Science Award recognises a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding of the Canadian North and the transformation of knowledge into action.

The Polar BlogThe Polar Blog
Produced jointly by the Canadian Polar Commission and Canadian Geographic Magazine, the Polar Blog features the work of Canadian researchers on topics that span the spectrum of polar knowledge.

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New research organization will combine the Canadian Polar Commission and the Canadian High Arctic Research StationNew research organization will combine the Canadian Polar Commission and the Canadian High Arctic Research Station
The Canadian High Arctic Research Station Act establishes a new federal research organization that combines the resources and knowledge of the Canadian Polar Commission and the Canadian High Arctic Research Station. The new organization will be responsible for advancing Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic and strengthening Canadian leadership in polar science and technology. The Act received Royal Assent on December 17 2014, and will come into force on a date determined by the Governor in Council.

Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) Canada Results BulletinSustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) Canada Results Bulletin
The second issue of the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) Canada Results Bulletin is now online. This bulletin, developed in partnership with the Canadian chapter of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), communicates results from monitoring and assessment projects in the Canadian North and highlights their links to policy.

State of Environmental Monitoring in Northern Canada Report
In support of SAON Canada, the Canadian Polar Commission has recently completed an analysis of the current state of environmental monitoring in northern Canada in order to identify gaps in coverage and recommend how these may be addressed. The preliminary draft is available for download here.

Arctic Inspiration prizeArctic Inspiration prize
"to recognize excellence and encourage teamwork among diverse groups in order to use or expand Arctic knowledge and bring it into action for the decisive benefit of the Canadian Arctic, its inhabitants and therefore for Canada as a whole"
The 2014 Arctic Inspiration Prize Awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday, 10 December in Ottawa, in conjunction with the international Arctic Change 2014 conference. The laureate for 2014 is FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth).

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The State of Northern Knowledge in Canada

cover of State of Northern Knowledge ReportNew: Compendium of topic summaries

This wide-ranging new report on the state of northern knowledge in Canada analyses the significant gains made since the beginning of International Polar Year 2007 with a view to determining today’s high-level research opportunities.  Focussing on the perspectives of northerners, it highlights new knowledge that can be used to address many of the issues northerners have identified as important.

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What is the Canadian Polar Commission?

 It's Canada’s primary polar knowledge agency. And it also:

• is a point of contact with the Canadian and international polar scientific communities;

• works with Canadian and international institutions to determine scientific and other priorities;

• encourages and facilitates cooperation and collaboration in polar knowledge;

• provides advice to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

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