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By Katrina Marsh.
Photo credits: Michael Aide

It’s been ten years since Apt613 launched on a cold January day in 2008. From the outset the mission of the website was to get Ottawans to get off their couch to discover their city. By getting the community to write about itself, we doubled the site’s impact by not only letting people know about new and exciting artists, businesses and events, but also providing them with a different and fun way to support their community. We’ve worked with hundreds of amazing contributors throughout the years, from moonlighting public servants to aspiring young journalists and folks just looking for another way to connect.  read more

By Liliana Zigo, 2017-2018 Killam Fellow from American University to University of Toronto

This semester has been one of the most challenging for me, but also one of the most rewarding. Navigating a new educational system and feeling lonely were obstacles I learned to overcome. I will be forever grateful to the friends that I made here in Toronto, as well as to my support system in the States. This experience taught me good friends will be part of your life if you let them, and they will make life that much richer. read more

My Uber driver picked me up from the airport and was heading toward my new home in Washington D.C. when my Uber Pool buddy asked me the typical question, “What do you do?”

As my flight-addled brain managed to respond that I’d be an intern at the Canadian Embassy that fall, the reality set in: I would be living in another country for four months – not as a student or a tourist, but as an employee and as a representative of my beloved country of Canada.

Tucson, Arizona is beloved by snowbirds, but best avoided late spring to early fall: It’s just too hot. Located in the Sonoran desert (though it rains a bit too much here—an average of about 12 inches—for it to fit the official international definition—10 or less inches a year—of a desert), Tucson has always had warm summers. With Tucson between 2500 (most of the city) and 3700 (the densest part of the foothills that surround the city core) feet of altitude, however, and with frequent “monsoons” (thunderstorms), summers once were largely tolerable. With warming global temperatures from Climate Change, however, that is no longer true. Tucson summers have gotten noticeably hotter in the last two decades or so, and have become “sizzling”. read more

By Rebecca Lawton, Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at the University of Alberta, 2014-2015, and recipient of a Fulbright RBC Eco-Leadership Program Grant 2017.

In Victoria, B.C., red-and-white Maple Leaf flags snap in the February wind. I’m happy to return to the place where I conducted my Fulbright research two years ago, when I first visited the Royal B.C. Museum (RBCM) and B.C. Archives. I’m back to join Chris O’Connor and Kim Gough, Learning Program Developers at RBCM, for a climate communication and eco-writing workshop for two Victoria schools, Reynolds Secondary and Pacific School for Innovation and Inquiry. read more

I let the culture in, let it challenge and change me. And in that changing, I became someone better, I think. Oh, the Yukon knew how to woo me: picking cranberries on your belly in the forest; racing across a frozen lake holding on to a dogsled; canoeing the Yukon River from the city centre to the center of peace and eagles; going to the Available Light Film Festival at the Arts Centre even on a -30 day with friends; CD and book launches packed to the rafters with friends; walking home through the city on a summer night in full sunlight; hot-tubbing outside when it’s -25C, your hair freezing, talking with your gang and watching the aurora dance above you.

Are you ready to start your journey?