Whenever I’ve written a column about someone who I’ve subsequently interviewed on the site, I try to put a link to the column on that person’s biographical page. But sometimes I forget. We recently went back through the biographies and the columns, and found un-posted columns about Bill Rees, Chris Turner, Elizabeth May and James Lovelock.
Andrew Nikiforuk is one of Canada’s leading journalists, a man who can write memorably and incisively about education, public health, energy and the environment, among other subjects. He’s won seven National Magazine Awards as well as the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction, Canada’s top literary prize.
My January 30 column on salmon aquaculture brought a lot of response, and I will probably publish more about it here as time goes by.
In the meantime, though, it appears that what I said about hormones was misleading. The
column brought a little note from one Jeremy Twigg, who “was wondering where he heard that Canadian salmon farmers use ‘hormones’ to grow their fish.”
SUNDAY HERALD COLUMN – February 6, 2011 [HH1106]
LOVE THAT PHONE!
by Silver Donald Cameron
So here I am, trotting along on my treadmill – conceivably the most boring activity in the world – and I’m groovin’. Erroll Garner’s piano, raging with joy, thunders out one of his greatest tracks, “Old Man River,” from his 1956 vinyl album The Most Happy Piano.
I’m happy to see that my recent book is getting some attention. A Million Futures: The Remarkable Legacy of the CAnada Millennium Scholarship Foundation was published last September. Here’s a nice little Q&A that Halifax writer Richard Levangie does with recently-published authors: http://seventhestatepr.com/blog/2011/01/26/459/
And here’s a short but lovely review by Dale Kirby, a professor of education at Memorial University of Newfoundland: http://post-secondary.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-book-on-canada-millennium.html#comment-form
The book has also been noticed in University Affairs, the house organ of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, here: http://www.universityaffairs.ca/building-a-strong-foundation.aspx
It’s not exactly a natural best-seller, but it’s pleased a lot of readers and it’s good to see it drawing a little attention.
Last month, 138,000 farmed salmon escaped from feedlots on the New Brunswick side of the Bay of Fundy, which scarcely caused a ripple in the Maritime consciousness. Elsewhere – in Norway, Scotland, Chile, British Columbia – salmon farming is a highly controversial industry.
I’ve just posted my lecture, Energy, Environment and the Left, in the Green Pieces section of this website. This lecture is my most extensive and detailed examination of the ideas and issues we’re now pursuing through The Green Interview. It was delivered at the University of British Columbia on March 25, 2000.
This lecture is my most extensive and detailed examination of the ideas and issues I’m now pursuing through The Green Interview. Although it’s ten years old, most of what it says is still valid and important. It was delivered at the University of British Columbia on March 25, 2000.
How can it be that I can know the right thing to do, do the wrong thing instead, and still consider myself an intelligent being? We’ve all had that experience. I shouldn’t eat any more of those fattening canapes, we think.
“The ecological footprint is a very simple measure, and it’s intended to measure one thing,” says Bill Rees. “How big would the little planet required to support Silver Donald Cameron be?
“You eat food, you drink water, you deposit waste back into the environment.