A report released today by the David Suzuki Foundation shines a light on industrial development in the Peace Region of Northeastern British Columbia. The alarming impact of development, which is happening on a scale unparalleled in Canada, is affecting the lives and well-being of local First Nations and non-aboriginal farming communities in the booming region.Continue reading »
Renowned activist and global statesman Nelson Mandela died December 5 at the age of 95. Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa for 27 years for his role in the struggle "for a democratic and free society, in which all persons will live together in harmony, and with equal opportunities," as he said at his trial. After his release in 1990, he became leader of the African National Congress and helped negotiate an end to apartheid, a system of brutally enforced racial segregation. He served as South Africa's president from 1994 to 1999.Continue reading »
Canada is blessed with some of the last vestiges of pristine nature on Earth — unbroken forests, coastlines and prairies, thousands of rivers, streams and lakes, open skies, abundant fresh air. Many of us live in urban areas, but our spectacular landscapes are embedded in our history and culture. They define and shape us as people.Continue reading »
"Happiness is an inside job" (says a postcard by Dr. Nedd above my desk).
His recipe to become a happier person:
- Celebrate whatever there is
- Bring a sense of wonder to your life
- Enjoy nature
- Be with happy people
- Treat everyone as if you care
- In everything, give thanks
Does this describe how you stay happy during the holidays? Then read no further.
But Dr. Nedd also has a "How to become a miserable person" recipe:Continue reading »
By Jodi Stark, Communications and Public Engagement Specialist
Last year, I became enamoured with a little story by Jackie "The Marine Detective" Hildering about a humpback whale living off Northern Vancouver Island she calls KC (Kelp Creature) — because he likes frolicking in kelp forests.Continue reading »
Early November marked the 18th anniversary of the tragic murder of outspoken writer and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues by the Nigerian government. Saro-Wiwa and the others had waged a long campaign to stop multinational oil company Royal Dutch Shell from drilling in the lands of the Ogoni people in the Niger delta.Continue reading »
What have water treatment plant workers ever done to you?
Make their jobs easier — and give the environment a break while you're at it.
Allow me to introduce the "unflushables":
Despite what the commercials say, tampons (and applicators) go in the garbage, ladies. Don't wait for "that time of the month" to change your ways. Omit disposables today.
Gentlemen, you're not off the hook. Condoms are garbage, too.Continue reading »