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Sunday Columns

The Levees, God Bless ‘Em! – Sunday column, January 9, 2011

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 | 0 comments

The queue began on Barrington Street, snaked down the driveway past four busby-topped Scots Guards and vanished into Government House.  The crowd was cheerful and colourful – military officers encrusted with gold braid and medals, young couples towing velvet-clad little girls and toting swaddled babies, elegant toffs in striped pants and swallow-tailed...

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Offsetting Our Carbon – Sunday column, January 2, 2011

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 | 0 comments

“You’ll be pleased to know that the emissions for your air travel to this conference have been offset by the purchase of carbon credits,” announced the Executive Director. The delegate next to me leaned over. “What language is she speaking?” he whispered. “Futura mondiale,” I said. “The language of the world’s...

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A Gift of Forest – Sunday column, December 19, 2010

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 | 0 comments

What I want for Christmas is a forest. I don’t want just any forest. I want a 313-acre tract of woodland near Scotsburn, Pictou County. Until this month it belonged to Wagner Forest Nova Scotia Ltd, an American forest products corporation. It now belongs to the Friends of Redtail Society, a locally-based conservation group formed specifically to acquire it. I...

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The Community as Campus — Sunday column, December 12, 2010

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 | 0 comments

I am standing atop a narrow ten-storey building in downtown Trois Rivières, Québec., gazing out across the immensity of the St. Lawrence. My companions include Rémi Tremblay, a senior administrator at the Université du Québec à Trois Rivières, and Jeanne Charbonneau, who heads a social enterprise known as Vire-Vert....

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The Happiness of David Cameron – Sunday column, December 5, 2010

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 | 0 comments

And now for some good news. David Cameron – not my brother, the guy in No. 10 Downing Street – has been musing aloud that maybe the Gross Domestic Product, a narrow financial measure developed during the economic maelstrom of the 1930s, doesn’t adequately describe human life in the globalized 21st century.  In these musings, Cameron echoes...

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Within Sight of Shore – Sunday column, November 7, 2010

Posted on Nov 13, 2010 | 0 comments

Last month I mentioned a major rearrangement of this site, getting rid of various mailing lists, newsletters and blogs, concentrating all of our efforts here and making this my my only blog, and I’ll post every Sunday’s column here, even if it’s not particularly environmental in character. This site’s newsletter will become my only mailing...

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Ronald Wright: Progress Traps

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 | 1 comment

Here’s a Sunday Herald column (published today)based on a recently-recorded Green Interview with Ronald Wright. The full-length interview will be posted on The Green Interview site later this year.  RONALD WRIGHT: PROGRESS TRAPS  September 5, 2010 "Archaeology is the best tool for looking ahead,” says Ronald Wright. Written history is...

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Satish Kumar and the Dancing Economy

Posted on Aug 8, 2010 | 0 comments

Here is my Sunday Herald column on Satish Kumar, published today. Enjoy! SDC “If you are protecting the environment for the benefit of humankind, valuing the natural world in terms of nature’s usefulness to humans, that is a shallow ecology,” says Satish Kumar. “If you see intrinsic value in nature, and you say that a river has intrinsic...

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The Lonely Mission of David Hughes

Posted on May 30, 2010 | 0 comments

 SUNDAY HERALD COLUMN — May 30, 2010 [HH1020] What’s the true value of a barrel of oil? Around $70, say the markets. The market value of anything is the price that a willing buyer will pay and that a willing seller will accept. David Hughes shakes his head. It is a big head, with a high forehead topped by a thatch of curly hair. Hughes is a...

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