Science Matters archives

  • Photo: What's so radical about caring for the Earth?

    What's so radical about caring for the Earth?

    January 19, 2012

    Caring about the air, water, and land that give us life. Exploring ways to ensure Canada's natural resources serve the national interest. Knowing that sacrificing our environment to a corporate-controlled... More »

  • Photo: Northern Gateway is about profits versus environment

    Northern Gateway is about profits versus environment

    January 11, 2012

    The battle lines are drawn, and Northern B.C.'s pristine wilderness is the latest front. With hearings underway into the proposed $5.5-billion, dual 1,172-kilometre Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project to transport... More »

  • Photo: What are governments for?

    What are governments for?

    January 6, 2012

    What purpose do governments serve? Some people think we could do without them, but that's absurd. Even libertarians agree that some kind of police force and legal system are necessary... More »

  • Photo: Resurrecting Eden on the edge of a city

    Resurrecting Eden on the edge of a city

    December 14, 2011

    The federal government has announced an exciting NIMBY project. It will put nature in millions of backyards by establishing Canada's first urban National Park in the country's largest urban area.... More »

  • Photo: Is a healthy economy good for people?

    Is a healthy economy good for people?

    December 8, 2011

    On November 25, referred to as "Black Friday" in the U.S., a woman pepper-sprayed fellow customers at a California Wal-Mart during a mad rush to get a bargain-priced Xbox. In... More »

  • Photo: The twisted logic, and ethics, of nature's opponents

    The twisted logic, and ethics, of nature's opponents

    December 1, 2011

    Who is influencing Canada's resource priorities? In a puzzling appeal to anti-American sentiment, some industry supporters claim that U.S. foundations are threatening Canadian policy by donating money to environmental groups... More »

  • Photo: Don't say the D-word

    Don't say the D-word

    November 24, 2011

    A kerfuffle is raised every time a comedian, politician, or businessperson uses the F-word or the N-word. I understand that. But to me, the D-word is the most obscene. I'm... More »

  • Photo: Protest highlights unnatural aspects of economic system

    Protest highlights unnatural aspects of economic system

    November 16, 2011

    In early November, 70 Harvard University students walked out of their introductory economics class. They wrote to Prof. Gregory Mankiw that the biased nature of his course "perpetuates problematic and... More »

  • Photo: Occupy movement demands fresh thinking - for our grandchildren

    Occupy movement demands fresh thinking — for our grandchildren

    November 10, 2011

    The laws of physics tell us we can't build a rocket that will travel faster than the speed of light, that gravity governs objects on Earth, and that perpetual motion... More »

  • Photo: Is seven-billion people too many?

    Is seven-billion people too many?

    November 3, 2011

    What's the biggest challenge in the world? Climate change? Economic disparity? Species extinction? A Western billionaire — maybe a member of the one per cent the Occupy protesters are talking... More »