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Latest indicators

2008 to 2009
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Gross domestic product, monthly
December 2009
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Greenhouse gas emissions
2006 to 2007
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Particulate matter (PM2.5)
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Ground-level ozone
1990 to 2006
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Natural resource wealth
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A new research project on Canadian settlements: initial geographic results

Nancy Hofmann, Akmal Elgarawany, Hugo Larocque, Giuseppe Filoso and Tim Dennis

Settlements are important hubs for residential, commercial and industrial activity, however, the size, structure and form of settlements over time can have a variety of social, economic and environmental implications. Statistics Canada has developed a new concept and dataset to delineate or map boundaries for Canada’s settlements. This article presents some of the early geographic results of this project, including the tendency of settlements to be more concentrated in specific parts of Canada as well as typical geographic or location preferences such as proximity to fertile agricultural land and access to transportation. Full article: HTML

Ecoregion profile: Lake Erie Lowland

Giuseppe Filoso and Hugo Larocque

The Lake Erie Lowland ecoregion profile is the second in a series of ecoregion profiles. The information presented includes a brief description of the physical setting, a snapshot of land cover and use as well as selected statistics on the changing socio-economy in the region. This is Canada’s second most densely populated ecoregion. Full article: HTML

Quick fact: Lawn mowers in Canada

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