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News Roundup – June 2021

How is ArcGIS being used to help conserve raptor populations in Africa? How can municipalities use GIS to model their local watercourses in 3D? How are community members using GIS to help each other understand local housing policy? Learn more in the June News Roundup.

Feature Stories

Want your map in the 2022 Map Calendar? Learn from these past winners
Esri Canada’s 2022 Map Calendar Contest is now open! Entries are due on July 16. Are you wondering what criteria we look for when going through our submissions? Start with this blog post.

A banner with the text “2022 Map Calendar Contest: Share your best maps with the GIS community. Entries due July 16.” To the left of the text there is a small version of the 2021 calendar cover as well as a cup of coffee.

June’s Map of the Month: Cabbagetown & Moss Park – One-Story Laneway Suite Eligibility
June’s Map Calendar Hub page features “Cabbagetown & Moss Park – One-Story Laneway Suite Eligibility”, a map built by a community member hoping to improve local understanding of a Toronto housing by-law. Toronto’s laneway suite policy seeks to address dwindling access to ground-level housing in the city. Read more to learn how regular people are using GIS to communicate about policy changes that affect them directly.

Geographical Thinking Podcast: Season 1 | Episode 12: A Game Changer of Searching for Missing Children
Every year more than 40,000 children go missing in Canada. Less than one per cent of these events are broadcast through AMBER Alerts due to the alerts’ specific criteria and high threshold. Using GIS and other technology, Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) created a search network connecting police and the community in real time when kids go missing. Amanda Pick, CEO of MCSC, talks to Esri Canada’s Guan Yue about the MCSC rescu app ( and how it helped bring home two missing children.

How to take steps toward sustainability with local watercourse modelling
Why should municipalities model their local watercourses? To help monitor conditions, mitigate risks and act faster when needed. In this blog post, we discuss the benefits of modelling watercourses in 3D and how you can get started.

Managing sustainable growth in seven cities with ArcGIS Urban
What’s ArcGIS Urban all about? How are cities using it? Learn from the real-world examples of Uppsala, Seattle, Hardeeville, Honolulu, San Francisco, Boston and Kingston, where planners are using ArcGIS Urban to engage with stakeholders, build digital twins and manage urban growth.

Get data you can count on using rules to manage geodatabase edits
Managing data quality when multiple users have edit access to your geodatabase can be a challenge. Luckily, ArcGIS Pro contains tools that you can use to limit the edits that users can make. Learn more with this blog post from Esri Canada’s Carole Arseneau.

Submit your app for our App of the Month
We’re looking for outstanding, publicly accessible ArcGIS-based apps to be featured in the Esri Canada Blog as our App of the Month. Could your app be it?

Esri Canada News

Defining Moments Canada: Announcing Herzberg50 and “NobelCanadian”
May 17, 2021

Esri Canada wins awards for apps that improve public safety
May 3, 2021

Esri News

Esri’s ArcGIS Platform Chosen by Relive to Scale Development
May 26, 2021

Esri Publishes Children's Book Introducing Site Selection to Youth Audience
May 25, 2021

Jack Dangermond Honored by IGU with Planet and Humanity Medal
May 19, 2021

Esri Signs Training Protocol Agreement with Chamber of Geophysical Engineers of Turkey
May 18, 2021

Esri's ArcGIS Insights Introduces New Cloud Data Warehouse Accessibility Features
May 13, 2021

Esri Partners with International Community to Scale GIS Technology for Sustainable Development
May 12, 2021

Esri and IBM Team Up to Take on Climate Change with Call for Code
May 11, 2021


ArcUser: Helping Safeguard Threatened Raptors Worldwide
Rob Davies, director of Habitat Info Ltd., writes about Habitat Info’s charitable citizen science project to collect data on the conservation status of African birds of prey. Using this data, the project seeks to determine how much habitat space is left for raptors in Africa. Learn about the importance of raptors to African ecosystems and about this crucial project.

Read the latest issue of ArcUser online.

ArcNews: One App Speeds and Simplifies Mobile Work
ArcGIS Field Maps is a single app that allows mobile workers to perform all kinds of critical field activities, even in remote locations. It replaces paper maps and can be configured to meet the needs of individual workers and the industries they’re in. Mobile workers can mark up maps and maintain secure connection to company data no matter where they might be.

Read the latest issue of ArcNews online.

WhereNext: Better Routing Leads to Better Healthcare
For one leading health services company, route optimization is solving the perennial traveling salesman problem. The result isn’t just savings of time and money—including 2,100 driving miles in a pilot program. It’s also employee engagement and better patient care.

Esri & The Science of Where Podcast: The Keys to Successful Digital Transformation
Jay Theodore, Esri’s chief technology officer for enterprise and AI technologies, discusses the importance of creating a resiliency strategy anchored by location intelligence to withstand future business disruptions.

Video: GeoBC turns to Esri Canada to help staff return to the office safely
“Return to the Office”, a GeoBC and Esri Canada app, won the “Remote Work and Collaborative Workspaces Wunderkind” award at the recent Channel Innovation Awards hosted by ITWorld Canada’s Channel Daily News. The app provides a cohesive synergistic approach for employees returning to the office during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using location to visually display their needs, it helps BC Government employees maintain social distancing and safe health protocols while they are at the workplace. It allows them to see, for example, intersections of people and high-traffic places, like the routes to the washrooms or a coffee station and alerting them if they’ve been in contact with a colleague who has tested positive.

This post was translated to French and can be viewed here.

About the Author

Dani Pacey is a Marketing Specialist for Esri Canada. She digitized her first map at the tender age of 10 and has been fascinated by the relationships between people and places ever since. An avid technical communicator with degrees in Science & Technology Studies from York University and History of Science & Technology from the University of King's College, Dani has always blended science, social science and the humanities and loves bringing them all together to tell great stories about human life.

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