This week Pierre Juneau, the head of the CRTC and an early champion of Canadian content, passed away. Under Pierre Trudeau, Juneau mandated minimum standards for Canadian content (CanCon) on the TV and radio, winning him few friends among broadcasters but the loyal support of Canadian performers. He forever changed what Canadians watched and heard, and his legacy of promoting and carving a space for Canadian artists has lasted to this day. [CBC]

Canada’s most famous ship, the legendary Bluenose, gets a much-needed remake. With the exception of 20 tonnes of preserved ballast and some original wood joins, the Bluenose will be completely new, constructed with durable hardwoods rather than short pieces of local timber like the original. The finishing touch? A mess table for the crew assembled from wood pieces donated from each province, save for Nunavut, which, having no forests, will send rock to be inlaid in the centre. The Bluenose II is expected to hit the waters this summer. [Globe & Mail]

The Globe & Mail puts out a great piece on the price and quality of Canadian higher education. Turns out, it’s a real bargain!

“When compared to countries around the world, post-secondary education in Canada is a great value. Not only is tuition here dirt cheap compared to American, Japanese or British schools, but the quality of education delivered by Canada’s publicly-funded universities is consistently excellent.” [Globe & Mail]

Our colleagues at the Historica-Dominion Institute penned a spirited editorial at The Globe & Mail on the War of 1812 provocatively titled, “The War of 1812: Stupid but important.” It’s a rollicking read that provides historical context, a persuasive argument and some interesting poll numbers. Go read it now! [Globe & Mail]

The National Geographic reminds us of Canada’s natural wonders with its “Top 10 Things to do in Canada’s National Parks.” Recommended: polar bear watching in Wapusk; going backcountry in Jasper; bird-watching at Point Pelee; biking in Kouchibouguac, and observing the earth’s rotation at Gros Morne. If there was ever a time to amend your new year’s resolutions to include more outdoor activity, it would be now! [National Geographic]