Imagine autumn in the Gatineau’s without trees, or the Rideau River without water. Now imagine the Arctic without ice. All unimaginable images, yet despite our proud ‘Great White North’ designation, the problem in grasping the magnitude of an ice-free Arctic is that it seems so far from our daily lives. In fact, most of Canada’s 35 million citizens know only of the Arctic through the pages of school textbooks, and it’s easy to see why. According to the 2016 census, 66 per cent of Canadians live within 100 kilometres of the U.S. border, as far from the Arctic as possible, in an area representing just four per cent of Canada’s total territory.
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