Conversations with people… and encounters with ideas… that are re-inventing the world.


Wild Law — a 2007 column about environmental rights in Pennsylvania

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 | 0 comments

Almost exactly seven years ago, I published a Sunday Herald column about an environmental-rights ordinance passed in an obscure Pennsylvania borough — a bold and pioneering step, one of the first such laws in North America. Next week, in Quito, Ecuador,  I get to meet some of the people responsible for that ordinance — Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil...

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Salmon Wars in the Green Unplugged online festival!

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 | 0 comments

Our film Salmon Wars is in the global film festival Green Unplugged, opening today! To see it, click here: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/11758 Green Unplugged is one of a series of Culture Unplugged festivals that since 2008 have been visited by more than 60 million people from 39,000-odd cities across...

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Betty Krawczyk!

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 | 0 comments

BETTY KRAWCZYK Betty Krawczyk is a petite, silver-haired great-grandmother of 84 who may just represent the future of the environmental movement. She's a jailbird. As many of the interviews in this series point out, our world is now run by what David Korten calls  "an alliance between the world's largest corporations and most powerful governments...

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Winning the Salmon Wars

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 | 0 comments

A friend writes me to say he's discouraged about the net-pen aquaculture contretemps. I reply: I actually think we're winning. When I wrote my original column in early 2011, it was to comment on the odd fact that this industry, which is so controversial elsewhere, seemed to be sliding along below the radar in NS. Well, that's certainly not true any more....

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Mayor Kelly Muffs His Moment

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 | 0 comments

  History just tossed Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly the political opportunity of a lifetime. Kelly blew it spectacularly. And everyone in the city is diminished by his failure.   For decades, the chattering classes have been deploring the apathy of the young. The young don’t care about public affairs, they don’t vote, they have no interest in...

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Occupy Nanaimo: Why they’re there.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 | 0 comments

 Here’s a message from Rafe Mair, former BC cabinet minister and radio talk show host. Post it widely. And my congratulations to Occupy Halifax for making the decision to vacate the Grand Parade for Remembrance Day, and return later. You’re acting like the grass. The tree may be blown down, but the grass bends and pops back up. Bravo!  RAFE...

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The End of My Sunday Column

Posted on May 1, 2011 | 3 comments

In 1998, when the Halifax Chronicle-Herald invited me to contribute a weekly column to their new Sunday edition, I wrote a simple one-page contract that said, essentially, that the Sunday Herald would publish my columns before anyone else, and that I would retain all other rights to the works. And thus began a happy association between me and the paper – and...

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The Green Party and the Leaders’ Debates

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 | 1 comment

In this Canadian federal election, the major parties have connived with the national broadcasters to prevent the inclusion of Green Party leader Elizabeth May in the televised “debates” that have become such an important feature of modern elections. The official fiction is that because the Greens have no seats in Parliament, they are not a national party...

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Nuclear Power: The Unaffordable Option (Today Magazine, 1982)

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 | 1 comment

Note: This article was published in the weekend magazine supplement Today, in June, 1928]  In 1953 President Dwight Eisenhower proposed an international Atoms for Peace program under which the United States would turn over to the United Nations its entire peace-time nuclear industry for the benefit of humanity at large. Lewis Strauss, Eisenhower’s atomic...

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The 10% Solution and the “No Pressure” video

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 | 0 comments

At its best, British humour — the Monty Python dead parrot sketch, for instance — is almost unbearably funny. At its worst, British humour is flat, vulgar, and nasty. An example of that? The video recently released by 10:10.org, under the title “No Pressure” or “There Will Be Blood.” In the video, climate-change evangelists urge...

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