Notes from the Panther Lounge archives

  • Photo: What we measure affects what we do

    What we measure affects what we do

    March 7, 2017

    "What we measure affects what we do. If we have the wrong metrics, we will strive for the wrong things" — a prescient observation made by Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize... More »

  • Photo: Monarch butterflies still need your love

    Monarch butterflies still need your love

    February 9, 2017

    A couple of weeks ago, it was raining monarch butterflies. I was visiting a hilltop sanctuary near Mexico City where monarchs from Canada and the U.S. Midwest spend their winters.... More »

  • Photo: Rob Stewart: A rare gift to the oceans and the world

    Rob Stewart: A rare gift to the oceans and the world

    February 6, 2017

    Along with people in Canada and around the world, I am heartbroken with the loss of Rob Stewart. There was no one like Rob and the loss is profound. Those of us who were privileged to know him will never forget his passion and his magnetism. Rob drew you in. He was one of the truest and most influential advocates for the oceans and for the Earth. More »

  • Photo: Phase-in of Ontario's neonic regulation hits new milestone

    Phase-in of Ontario's neonic regulation hits new milestone

    January 30, 2017

    First report on neonic-treated seed sales measures widespread use Looking for information about Canadian pesticide use and sales is frustrating. But in a leap forward for transparency, Ontario has published... More »

  • Photo: Asbestos ban is a victory for health but leaves a painful legacy

    Asbestos ban is a victory for health but leaves a painful legacy

    January 5, 2017

    One of the most celebrated films in the history of French-Canadian cinema, Mon oncle Antoine, opens with shots of an asbestos mine in Black Lake (now Thetford Mines) in the... More »

  • Photo: Christmas trees 2.0: Toward truly ecological natural trees!

    Christmas trees 2.0: Toward truly ecological natural trees!

    December 14, 2016

    Natural versus artificial: Which is greenest? If you answered natural, congratulate yourself. A local natural tree is more ecologically friendly than an artificial tree, unless you keep the artificial one... More »

  • Photo: Five tips for getting your letter to the editor published

    Five tips for getting your letter to the editor published

    December 7, 2016

    One of the best ways to tell government to protect the environment is writing a letter to the editor. The letters page is one of the most popular parts of... More »

  • Photo: Monarch butterfly year in review: #2016sucks

    Monarch butterfly year in review: #2016sucks

    December 7, 2016

    This has been a rough year. We lost pop culture icons Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Prince and Muhammad Ali. And, according to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, monarch butterflies may not be far behind. More »

  • Photo: When it comes to engaging diverse audiences, the messenger matters

    When it comes to engaging diverse audiences, the messenger matters

    November 30, 2016

    A year ago, the David Suzuki Foundation published a Sustainable Diversity Report based on our work to reach "beyond the choir." After that, 45 people from all walks of life came together to discuss the report's key findings and to strategize about next steps. Our goal is to mix cultural inclusiveness with environmental stewardship. We aim to advance our understanding of sustainability and expand the environmental movement by celebrating voices and stories that are often unheard or unacknowledged. We believe by connecting all Canadians with Indigenous people, we can learn about each other and share wisdom, history and stories about nature. We recognize that wherever our ancestors came from, we are all one in Canada for our love of the natural environment and our commitment to make it better for each generation. More »

  • Photo: D-Day for Indigenous rights at the Supreme Court of Canada

    D-Day for Indigenous rights at the Supreme Court of Canada

    November 24, 2016

    On November 30 the Supreme Court of Canada will hear two cases regarding destructive activities carried out by the National Energy Board and oil companies in or around the traditional... More »