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Indigenous Lands in Canada Added to Google Maps

Indigenous Lands in Canada Added to Google Maps

By The Canadian Press

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WATERLOO, Ont. – Google has mapped thousands of indigenous lands in Canada.

Google Canada employee Tara Rush says the company has been conducting mapping workshops with indigenous communities since 2014.

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City Partners with Google’s Waze App to Improve Traffic Data-Sharing

City Partners with Google’s Waze App to Improve Traffic Data-Sharing

Waze Traffic - Winnipeg

The City of Winnipeg has partnered with traffic app Waze to improve the flow of traffic data-sharing.

The Google-owned company provides user-submitted traffic details and real-time road activity to ensure a smooth ride for commuters.

The city’s soon-to-open Transportation Management Centre will provide Waze with data such as government-reported construction, crash and road closure data.

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From the Comfort of Your Couch

From the Comfort of Your Couch

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

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Tamara Tarasoff with Parks Canada operates the Google Trekker on Sable Island in this undated handout image provided bu Parks Canada. Nova Scotia’s remote Sable Island, renowned for its wild horses and wind-swept sand dunes, can now be seen on Google Street View. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Parks Canada-Louis Barnes)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Thanks to modern technology, from the comfort of my couch, I can take a drive down the Champs-Élysées, through Times Square or past Stonehenge. This is all because of Google’s Street View images, which work with Google Maps to provide 360° images of locations around the world.

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Wild Horses, Seals of Remote Sable Island Now on Google Street View

Wild Horses, Seals of Remote Sable Island Now on Google Street View

By The Canadian Press

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Tamara Tarasoff with Parks Canada operates the Google Trekker on Sable Island in this undated handout image provided bu Parks Canada. Nova Scotia’s remote Sable Island, renowned for its wild horses and wind-swept sand dunes, can now be seen on Google Street View. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Parks Canada-Louis Barnes)

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s remote Sable Island, renowned for its wild horses and wind-swept sand dunes, can now be seen on Google Street View.

Curious people can explore the crescent-shaped island, situated roughly 290 kilometres southeast of Halifax, with just a few clicks.

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Robin Williams, World Cup, iPhone 6 are Top Google Canada Searches of 2014

Robin Williams, World Cup, iPhone 6 are Top Google Canada Searches of 2014

By The Canadian Press

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Robin Williams was found to be the top trending search term of 2014 on Google Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho-Google)

TORONTO — The death of a beloved actor, quadrennial sporting events, a new smartphone, and a deadly outbreak topped Google Canada’s annual list of the most popular trending search queries.

After excluding routine searches that are entered by users every day of every year — most commonly for Facebook, Google itself, and YouTube — Robin Williams was found to be the top trending search term of 2014 in Canada.

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Self-Driving Cars on the Prairies? Hurry Up, Google

By Roger Currie

Memo to the folks at Google, please hurry up with getting those cars that drive themselves on the market. I say that because scarcely a day goes by without further evidence that not only is driving not as much fun any more, it also isn’t very safe, for a variety of reasons.

In Saskatchewan, the government is dedicating 60 police officers to enforcing driving laws. New legislation will hike up the penalties considerably higher for driving impaired, driving distracted , and of course driving too fast, also known as speeding.

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Walk on the Wild Side of Your Trip, Before You Leave Home

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(NC) — Do you ever feel a bit apprehensive about leaving the comfort of home for the uncertain terrain of the great outdoors? Trips to national parks and historic sites, for instance, often make us wonder how challenging the trails will be, or if the kids will be able to handle the elements, or exactly what the reserved campsite will look like.

Parks Canada and Google have teamed up to answer these questions so that the country’s most iconic places are accessible to everyone. Google staff says it has driven the roads, hiked the trails, visited the campgrounds, and peered into the historic rooms of over 50 national parks and national historic sites so that you can explore these destinations from the comfort of your home, before you go.

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Google Street View Maps Manitoba Polar Bears

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A polar bear checks out the tundra buggy trekker as Google maps their territory in Churchill, Manitoba. (HANDOUT)
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Google and Polar Bears International mapping their work aboard the tundra buggy. (HANDOUT)

Visiting Northern Manitoba to see wild polar bears can be a once in a lifetime experience, but for those who can’t make it to Churchill, Google has brought the polar bears to you.

Frontiers North Adventures teamed up with Polar Bears International to help bring Google’s Street View to Churchill, offering the world a glimpse at the frozen tundra that Manitoba’s polar bears call home.

A Google Maps team visited Churchill in October 2013 and mounted a trekker atop a Frontiers North Adventures Tundra Buggy. The team captured over 40 kilometres of interactive panoramic photographs in November while touring Cape Churchill in Parks Canada’s Wapusk National Park.

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Canada’s National Parks, Historic Sites Extend to Street View

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Canada’s parks can now be explored in an all new light through a partnership with Google and their Street View feature.

Parks Canada and the technology giant have launched a collection of panoramic images from more than 50 national historic sites and national parks from coast to coast.

In Manitoba, data was collected at Riding Mountain National Park, The Forks, Riel House and St. Andrews Rectory House National Historic Sites.

Google teams travelled across Canada this past summer using specialized equipment, capturing the country’s most emblematic sites on land, water, by car, on foot, indoors and outdoors.

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Human Rights Museum Now in 3D on Google Earth

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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights as seen in 3D form on Google Earth. (GOOGLE)

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) can now be viewed in 3D on Google Earth.

One of the few Canadian 3D models on the software, the museum joins Toronto’s Rogers Centre and buildings used for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

“We are very excited to see this architecturally stunning building take a place of prominence on the virtual Earth,” said CMHR president and CEO Stuart Murray. “We hope everyone who visits the Museum online will be motivated to come see the real thing when it opens in Winnipeg next year.”

While still under construction, the CMHR was studied by Google project managers who worked to recreate architect Antoine Predock’s complex geometry, textures and colours of Tyndall stone, concrete and massive expanses of glass.

To view the model, search for “Canadian Museum for Human Rights” on Google Earth.