Science & Research

In Memory of David Schindler

On March 4th, 2021, Canada lost one of its most influential environmental scientists, David Schindler. Schindler was a champion of freshwater science, and a leading environmental advocate and conservationist. His research focused on freshwater ecosystems and water contaminants from industry development. Schindler achieved many accomplishments in his 50+ year career. […]

Are We Failing to See the Forest for the Trees?

A tree is probably the most iconic image of environmentalism. Or better yet, a person planting a tree. We are called tree-huggers by some people, after all. It has long been known that trees are key organisms in our ecosystems – they sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) and release oxygen, they […]

Reflections on Wayne Roberts

Wayne Roberts, a hero to many in Canada’s food-security movements and the broader environmental community, passed away on January 20, 2021 after a hard-fought battle with an aggressive form of leukemia. He was 76. Wayne is survived by his wife and collaborator, Dr. Lori Stahlbrand, and children, Anika Roberts-Stahlbrand and Jaime Kirzner-Roberts. […]

In Review

The Ptarmigan’s Dilemma: An Exploration into How Life Organizes and Supports Itself, John and Mary Theberge. If I were asked by a visitor from outer space for the best information on the history and ecology of life on Earth, I’d offer this book. Deservedly short-listed for the 2010 Writers’ Trust […]

THE REALITIES OF SLACKTIVISM

As a borderline millennial/Gen Z individual, I am quite versed in the world of social media, having been introduced to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from as early as 10-years-old. Back then, I mainly used social media to follow my favourite boy bands and have meaningless conversations (“hey” “what’s up” “nothing […]

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Most of us do things every day that are not entirely in favour of the natural environment, whether it’s buying a to-go coffee in a plastic cup, taking an extra long shower after a hard day, or choosing not to buy local produce when it’s the more expensive option. Virtually […]

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WTF 2020

As the end of 2020 comes to a close (we made it!), I have noticed many have taken the time to reflect on the environmental wins and losses of the year. While some believe the environment has been cast to the side and a forgotten cause, some claim we have […]

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The WTF: The Week This Friday Vol. 28

A small price to pay? Lithium, a silver-white alkali metal, is a key component in electric vehicles (EV) rechargeable batteries. And while EV’s have been named “the eco-alternatives to cars” some are claiming that the quest to find and extract lithium ultimately causes just as much environmental damage as their […]