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The fallacy of balance as a means to protect at-risk species

January 21, 2015 | Leave a comment
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It's 1990. You're listening to Eddie Vedder and the salamanders lost half their habitat. (Photo credit: drunkside via Flickr)

By Rachel Plotkin

Take a moment to time travel with me. It's the early 1980s, Depeche Mode is in the tape deck. One hundred hectares of nearby forest is coveted by developers and home to a salamander threatened with extinction.

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This winter, make a family resolution to get outside

January 20, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By Rachelle Delaney

This January, the David Suzuki Foundation invites families coast to coast to resolve to get outside together.

Don't hide inside from chilly weather! From animal tracking and birdwatching to sledding and skating, there are so many ways to have fun outdoors in winter. Plus, it's great for your health—outdoor winter play can strengthen the immune system, sharpen your mind and decrease stress. And you'll be nurturing a nature connection that will last all year.

That's why we're asking Canadians to sign up for the Winter Family Challenge, pledging to get outside at least once a week as a family.

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Lisa's letter to Santa

December 17, 2014
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By Lisa Gue, Researcher and Analyst

Dear Santa,

I know I'm not perfect, but I've tried to be good this year.

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Site C approval is the wrong decision for B.C.

December 16, 2014 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: Andrea Morison)

By Faisal Moola, Director General, Ontario and Northern Canada,

At a news conference on Tuesday, B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced that the government has approved the controversial Site C dam project on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia. The decision ends months of speculation following a joint provincial-federal environmental review of the mega-project, which found it is unclear if power from Site C is even needed now. The review also raised doubts about whether the price tag for Site C, currently estimated at more than $8 billion, truly reflects the project's full costs.

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EcoMUSICology: The rhythms of life

December 16, 2014 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: ECUAD EcoMUSICology 2014 students)

It's hard to hear nature when you're living in a large urban environment. That's what students at Emily Carr University of Art + Design found when creating soundscape music videos in urban green spaces for their EcoMUSICology class assignments.

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