Global im­pact

Canadian Geographic - - EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK - — Aaron Kylie For in­side de­tails on the mag­a­zine and other news, fol­low ed­i­tor Aaron Kylie on Twit­ter (@aaronkylie).

“THE WORLD NEEDS MORE Canada.” So said for­mer Amer­i­can pres­i­dent Barack Obama to Par­lia­ment in June 2016. I re­called his com­ment as we were fin­ish­ing this is­sue and was struck by an un­in­ten­tional theme com­mon in a num­ber of our sto­ries: Canada’s in­flu­ence be­yond its bor­ders. In our Ul­ti­mate Ge­og­ra­phy Quiz (page 39), for in­stance, we test your knowl­edge of the 49th par­al­lel as it cel­e­brates its 200th an­niver­sary as a big part of our di­vid­ing line with the United States. As Will Ferguson writes in the in­tro­duc­tion, “any border, even an ar­bi­trary one, shapes us.” As part of the long­est un­de­fended land border on Earth, the 49th tells the world we’re a peace­ful na­tion that strives for com­pro­mise. We’re also a na­tion that looks for in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions, as con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor Alanna Mitchell makes clear in her story about the Span­ish Flu at its cen­ten­nial (page 52) — a Cana­dian his­to­rian is at the fore of re­think­ing how the virus spread and Cana­di­ans are lead­ing the ef­fort to com­bat fu­ture pan­demics. The theme ap­pears in var­i­ous ways in other sto­ries, too, from the role of Inuit in Canada in keep­ing the story of the renowned British ship­wreck HMS Erebus alive around the globe (page 68) to Mon­treal-based Cirque Éloize ( PIC­TURED) ex­port­ing its unique ap­proach to mod­ern ac­ro­bat­ics (page 60). Great lead­ers rec­og­nize that, in what­ever form it comes, the planet can al­ways use more Canada.

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