Science Matters archives

  • Photo: Our leaders just don't get it

    Our leaders just don't get it

    May 4, 2007

    When Environment Minister Baird announced his government's new climate change plan, I was in Toronto, getting ready to shoot some television commercials promoting energy conservation. I volunteered to do the... More »

  • Photo: Mysterious phenomenon has researchers baffled

    Mysterious phenomenon has researchers baffled

    April 27, 2007

    What happens to them is unknown. The adults are simply gone — thousands of them. No corpses left behind, nothing out of place. They are just gone. It may seem... More »

  • Photo: Watchdog programs offer shoppers choice

    Watchdog programs offer shoppers choice

    April 20, 2007

    Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Dr. Daniel Pauly, a world-renowned fisheries biologist. We were at a SeaChoice event, discussing the future of our... More »

  • Photo: Beware those bearing intensity targets

    Beware those bearing intensity targets

    April 13, 2007

    Ever since the media have finally decided that global warming is front-page material, politicians have been scrambling to come up with ways to placate an increasingly concerned public. Some of... More »

  • Photo: Loss of a friend is also a loss for science

    Loss of a friend is also a loss for science

    April 6, 2007

    On March 30th, Science, one of the world's most respected scientific journals, published a paper about how the overfishing of big sharks in our oceans has led to an increase... More »

  • Photo: Budget long on politics, short on vision

    Budget long on politics, short on vision

    March 30, 2007

    Well, you've got to give Stephen Harper this much — he's a great politician. His budget, delivered recently by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, masterfully doled out the right goodies to... More »

  • Photo: Wanted: Leadership for the 21st Century

    Wanted: Leadership for the 21st Century

    March 23, 2007

    I just turned 71. That's old — at least in my books. Sometimes I can't believe that I've made it this far. Other times I can't believe how much there... More »

  • Photo: Searching for more sustainable options

    Searching for more sustainable options

    March 16, 2007

    Phew. That's all I can say now that I've finished a 30-day cross-Canada road trip to listen to Canadians' concerns about the environment. It's been exhausting and at times bewildering,... More »

  • Photo: There ought to be a law

    There ought to be a law

    March 9, 2007

    Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person in Canada who doesn't own a cell phone, and I don't think I ever will. Watching people barking into their phones at... More »

  • Photo: Notes from a bus

    Notes from a bus

    March 2, 2007

    Exhaustion. Exhilaration. Self-doubt. It seems like I've been assailed by these emotions daily on my cross-Canada bus tour. With up to three speaking events a day, along with a constant... More »