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Cyber hygiene and a few other simple tips for Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cyber security is a complex, overwhelming topic for many Canadians. But let’s not focus solely on the tech. Toothbrushes, zombie attacks, and a current hack spreading on Facebook offer alternative ways to spark awareness and safer online habits. Upfront and honest, I’m an ’80s baby, which probably explains why Janet Jackson’s 1996 hit song “What […]

Mapping Ottawa’s biodiversity, one weekend at a time

“We’re at a very ground-level stage here where we don’t even necessarily know what tree species we have within 20 kilometres of Ottawa,” says field naturalist and tree expert Owen Clarkin. “There’s a lot of change happening. There’s a lot of clear-cutting occurring. There is climate change. Our push has been documenting what’s there today, […]

613 Geotours: Route Canal

This week’s geotour starts and ends where the Rideau Canal enters the Ottawa River, just below the Chateau Laurier. The tour will feature a moderate walk or bike ride between two provinces and reveal the history of why the Rideau Canal ends where it does.

Extinction X-ing: Signs of the (prehistoric) times

Right-of-way road signs at the Canadian Museum of Nature might cause some visitors to do a double-take, since the creatures depicted were last seen between 72 million and 12,000 years ago. The pair of signs, one depicting a woolly mammoth and the other Chasmosaurus irvinensis, are a playful homage.