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Mohamed Hage: The World’s First Rooftop Farm!

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 | 0 comments

Go up on the roof of this industrial building in the northeast of Montreal at 3:00 in the morning, and you’ll find farm labourers picking crops — heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, basil, bok choy, lettuce, and more than a dozen micro-greens. This is Lufa Farms, the brain-child of a young Lebanese-Canadian named Mohamed Hage. Lufa ships about 2,500...

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Nuclear Power, 1982: A Reprint

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 | 0 comments

  I’ve just posted my extensive 1982 article "Nuclear Power: The Unaffordable Option" in the Green Pieces blog on this site. I refer to the piece in this week’s Sunday column, and it has a certain historical interest. When I re-read it, to be truthful, I was struck by how little has changed about nuclear power in general —...

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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 Espresso Book Machine – Sunday column, March 13, 2011

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 | 0 comments

I’m standing in the Great Hall of the University of Toronto Bookstore, looking at the future of book publishing. It’s called the Espresso Book Machine. Brenda Beal, the co-ordinator of BookPOD, as this service is called, taps at a keyboard in front of a monitor, downloading a file called Book Business: Publishing Past, Present and Future, by Jason...

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