What can one person do? Listen to this.
When Stella Bowles was 13, her family’s septic system collapsed. Before that she’d never thought about what happens after you flush, and she was appalled to learn that most of her neighbours’ homes along the shore of Nova Scotia’s lovely LaHave River – more than 600 of them – didn’t even have septic systems.
In the 1970s, during the darkest days of my life, I found myself considering suicide – and then I learned that a dear friend had just done it. The shock of that discovery put an end to my own thoughts of suicide, but my intimate understanding of how one might choose to do such a thing led me to write a very personal essay about suicide called “In the Spiral.” I never published it, but 20 years later, in 1994, my publisher, Ron Caplan, was putting together a book of my shorter works, and he ran across a copy of the essay in my archive.
Fifty-three years ago this month my eldest son Max was about to turn five. His mother and I were students in London. We decided to celebrate by taking our little family to Paris. Using Arthur Frommer’s Europe on $5 a Day, we found a little hotel on the Ile St.
We’ve recently published an interview with Dr. Albert Marshall, a revered elder of the Mi’kmaw or L’nu nation, whose unceded territory covers all of Atlantic Canada and parts of Quebec and Maine. The main topic of the interview is the importance of the fact that humans are embedded in the natural world and belong to it.
“Donald,” said Marjorie, “why do you always have to do six things at once?”
“I’m a young man in a hurry,” I said.
“Exhausting for people around you,” she sighed.
I remembered that dialogue recently when I realized that my colleague Dr.
When we drove across the border from North Carolina into Georgia, Charlie Doucet grinned massively, walked back into the battered old motorhome, plucked down his guitar, settled into the passenger seat, and began singing:
Georgia, Georgia –
The whole day through,
Just an old sweet song
Keeps Georgia on my mind …
In a friendship lasting close to 40 years, Charlie and I did a lot together – so why does that moment so often come back to me?
“We have not come here to beg world leaders to care,” declared 15-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden at the COP 24 conference in Katowice, Poland. “They have ignored us in the past and they will ignore us again. We have come here to let them know that change is coming whether they like it or not.
When the Toronto Star set out to profile a dozen “Changemakers — Canadians who are making our lives better”– it zoomed in on John Borrows. And no wonder. Borrows, an Anishinaabe law professor at the University of Victoria, is an expert not only in Canadian and British law, but also on the laws of the Indigenous peoples.
Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World
An On-site/Online Course from Cape Breton University
If you’re a Canadian (or an American) you don’t have a right to a clean breath of air, or a drink of pure water. Your body contains a pound of plastic and traces of 700 toxic chemicals – and you can’t sue the polluters responsible.
Shrinking traditional print markets and dropping fees are making it harder for many freelancers to earn a living. One veteran Canadian journalist shares how he’s learned to capitalize on deeply-researched content by expanding into multiple media formats with partners experienced in radio, television and the web.