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Free Online GIS Course

course_moocA new free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is available; visit here for details:

Simon Fraser Professor Introduces GIS MOOC

is a free course on Canvas from Shivanand Balram, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer, Spatial Information Science at Simon Fraser University (British Columbia, Canada).

Course Learning Objectives

After successfully completing the learning activities for each week, you should be able to achieve the following by the time the course has ended:

  • Identify the components that make up a geographic information system,
  • Differentiate what is geographic data and why it is special,
  • Understand models of spatial data representation and referencing,
  • Find, critically evaluate and use spatial data and databases,
  • Design maps for public communication and dissemination,
  • Demonstrate competence in using a GIS software for analysis,
  • Implement GIS analysis for a problem situation of your choice.

Prerequisites

There is no prerequisite knowledge requirements. However, it is assumed that you:

  • have access to a modern computer and internet connection,
  • have proficiency in fundamental computer and internet skills,
  • are willing to spend 3 to 4 hours per week on the learning materials,

Canadian Couple Challenging for Right

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Distribute Atheist Book
'Rene and Anna Chouinard, who have three children, have been fighting with the board for more than two years to have an age-appropriate publication -- Just Pretend: A Free Thought Book for Children and Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist -- distributed to Grade 5 students.
The couple, who are humanists and follow a religion-free way of life, took their case to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario on Aug. 20 and were granted a hearing on the issue. While no date has yet been set for the proceeding, the tribunal allowed the Ontario Human Rights Commission and Canadian Civil Liberties Association to act as interveners in two-days of hearings

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