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News from The Royal Cana­dian Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety

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he Royal Cana­dian Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety and the Ca­ble Pub­lic Af­fairs Chan­nel have an­nounced a new part­ner­ship that will see the or­ga­ni­za­tions work to­gether to make Canada bet­ter known to Cana­di­ans. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both groups met at CPAC’S Ot­tawa stu­dios on Jan­uary 25 to sign a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing and kick­start dis­cus­sions on pos­si­ble projects. CPAC is best known for its ex­ten­sive cov­er­age of Cana­dian pol­i­tics and par­lia­men­tary pro­ceed­ings through its com­mer­cial-free, bilin­gual tele­vi­sion ser­vice and on­line stream­ing video. The RCGS cel­e­brates Canada’s nat­u­ral and cul­tural her­itage and ex­plores its en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and eco­nomic chal­lenges through its pro­grams and publi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing its flag­ship mag­a­zine, Cana­dian Ge­o­graphic. Both or­ga­ni­za­tions share a com­mit­ment to deep­en­ing Cana­di­ans’ knowl­edge of their coun­try, so the part­ner­ship is a nat­u­ral fit, says An­dré Pré­fontaine, chief de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer of the RCGS. “When you look at the man­date of the RCGS and the man­date of CPAC, they’re prac­ti­cally iden­ti­cal,” he says. “Work­ing to­gether, we can bet­ter achieve our shared goals.” Both or­ga­ni­za­tions will lever­age their strengths to cre­ate dy­namic, in­for­ma­tive con­tent tai­lored to a va­ri­ety of plat­forms, in­clud­ing a new Cana­dian Ge­o­graphic Ed­u­ca­tion Gi­ant Floor Map and les­son plans high­light­ing Canada’s 338 fed­eral elec­toral dis­tricts. “The goal is to in­form Cana­di­ans about im­por­tant is­sues and make our con­tent ac­ces­si­ble so they can en­gage with our coun­try in dif­fer­ent ways,” says Cather­ine Cano, pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of CPAC.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from The Royal Cana­dian Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety and CPAC at the lat­ter’s Ot­tawa stu­dios.

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