Science Matters archives

  • 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 »

  • Photo: An Inconvenient Truth

    An Inconvenient Truth

    February 23, 2007

    As I cross the country I keep coming up against two myths. These myths aren't perpetuated by ordinary Canadians, but by pundits and politicians. It's when I talk to real... More »

  • Photo: Internet can bring communities together

    Internet can bring communities together

    February 16, 2007

    I don't know what's more inspiring — the audiences or the videos. Traveling across Canada, and seeing so many faces in so many different communities, I have to keep pinching... More »

  • Photo: Canadians are hungry for environmental leadership

    Canadians are hungry for environmental leadership

    February 9, 2007

    I've never been this exhausted, or this exhilarated. It's only been a week and already I'm overwhelmed by the response from Canadians concerned about our health and our environment. Even... More »

  • Photo: What would you do if you were Prime Minister?

    What would you do if you were Prime Minister?

    February 2, 2007

    I love Canada. Our peoples. Our geography. Even the weather. It's a good thing, too, as I'm about to experience it all up close and personal as I embark on... More »

  • Photo: Agricultural policy for the birds

    Agricultural policy for the birds

    January 26, 2007

    How do you feed nine billion people? It's a daunting question, but one we really need to be asking ourselves if we hope to feed humanity without severely degrading the... More »