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Hazel Cameron’s Christmas

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 | 0 comments

My Christmas Story by Silver Donald Cameron What all three boys wanted for Christmas was a dog. Some kind of pet, anyway. No, said their mother. Toys possibly. Books or clothing certainly. But Hazel Cameron had an ailing husband and a home on a 33-foot city lot, and she was a tidy woman. She had three boys; Donald was 13, David nine, Kenneth five. They made enough...

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How Green is a Motor Home?

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 | 0 comments

How green is a motor home? Good question. It arose a few times during our cross-country tour, and I had no time to write about it. After all, we were on the road within Nova Scotia for the last 10 days of September, left for Ottawa on September 30, and arrived in Vancouver November 5. The tour was intense and tiring; we did 38 events in 43 days and drove 6743 km....

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Vancouver. And it’s raining.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 | 1 comment

The rain patters on the roof, slides down the windows, sluices down the drains. Today’s forecast? Rain. Tomorrow? Rain. Three days, five days, ten days? Rain every day. We must be in Vancouver. And we are. When I wrote my last blog post we were in Thunder Bay, in late October. Thunder Bay was warm, gritty and fun; like Sydney, NS, it’s the capital city...

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Thunder Bay! Time to take stock…

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 | 0 comments

THUNDER BAY!  The north shore of Lake Superior is magnificent – great sweeping vistas of water interrupted by majestic islands, endless reaches of yellow and green forest, an aloof northern landscape made for trolls and giants and the music of Sibelius. And then there’s the towering Canada Goose statue at Wawa, an enormous folly asserting the presence of...

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A Rainy Day in Brampton — and on to Waterloo and Guelph

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 | 0 comments

A rainy Sunday in Brampton, Ontario – part of a huge sprawl of malls, warehouses, factories and freeways spilling westward from Toronto. We’re in the Indian Line Campground, the closest one to downtown Toronto, but it’s not very close – about half an hour with light traffic, much more in busy periods. It’s a good base for the screenings and...

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Toronto, here we come!

Posted on Oct 8, 2016 | 0 comments

Wow. Just … wow. That’s the best word I know to describe the splendid audience reaction to the Green Rights film. People love it! They love the stories, love the hopefulness, love the pace, love the use of folk-art and folk-music to mark the transitions from one story to another. Canadians don’t know these international success stories, and they’re...

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ON TO OTTAWA!

Posted on Oct 1, 2016 | 0 comments

I’m standing in this gorgeous auditorium that seats 350 or 400, and most of the seats are full, climbing up in rows and ranks to the roof. I’m being introduced – very warmly – by Dr. Jonathan Langdon, Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Social Change Leadership. I’ve done presentations to a couple of classes. But right now, in this...

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Thank you, Halifax! And on to Antigonish!

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Wow! A standing ovation, brisk book sales, strong cash donations and a lively question period – what more could one have asked from our Halifax screening of the Green Rights film last evening at Mount St. Vincent University? The event was graciously hosted by MSVU President Ramona Lumpkin, and MC’d by Dr. Ian Stewart of King’s College on behalf of our...

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The Halifax Screening is Next!

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 | 0 comments

We’re launched on the tour! And it’s going beautifully. THE TOUR: We showed the Green Rights film at Acadia University in Wolfville on Monday and had a very warm reception. I did a little Facebook Livecast that morning – I intend to use FB Live often as the tour goes on. Yesterday in Truro, I spoke about Warrior Lawyers to an enthusiastic awards luncheon...

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Thumbnail, Kindle and Calendar

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 | 0 comments

You spoke. We listened. You told us overwhelmingly that you preferred the photo that showed me talking with Mi’kmaw canoe builder Todd Labrador, beside the Wildcat River. But some of you found the people lost in the background. So we cropped it closer, clarified the text, and we’re using it as our thumbnail. Thank you! Here it is: Meanwhile, Warrior...

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The Minister, Halifax, Taiwan, and Hawaii

Posted on Sep 4, 2016 | 0 comments

So who’s that? Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, speaking with Bill Casey, MP for Colchester-Cumberland, Nova Scotia — who is a big fan of the Green Rights project and The Green Interview. And what are they talking about? Casey is presenting the Green Rights project to her, and strongly suggesting she attend the celebratory reception...

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Sending Green Rights and Warrior Lawyers into the World

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 | 0 comments

Help us choose a thumbnail. And: Warrior Lawyers is published!  We need to choose a thumbnail for Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World. Here’s the photo I’ve been using:   That’s an actual shot from the film, but I don’t know how well it communicates for us. I’m standing on a log that’s floating on a pond of crude oil...

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Salmon — in a Suit

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 | 1 comment

Salmon — in a Suit Last week, a St. John’s lawyer named Owen Myers took the government of Newfoundland and   Labrador to court. Myers’ lawsuit alleges that the government broke its own laws and regulations by exempting a salmon farm project in Placentia Bay from a full-scale environmental review. The $250 million project would be one of the largest...

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Fifteen New Interviews in Production!

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 | 0 comments

The Green Interview has recorded more than a dozen marvellous conversations in recent weeks, and we’ll be releasing them over the coming months as they’re edited and completed. Some of these people are famous – David Suzuki, Atossa Soltani, Tzeporah Berman, Alberto Acosta. Others may be entirely new to you – Nati Greene, Santiago Manuín, Mumta Ito,...

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Five Interviews, Four Days — more details

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 | 0 comments

Five great interviews in just four days. Here's a bit more detail about our amazing week in England.  The Green Interview crew landed in London and drove to a rented flat in Oxford, where we spent Monday. On Tuesday, we drove to Ludlow, in Shropshire, on the Welsh border, where we met Hugo Spowers of Riversimple car company (www.riversimple.com)....

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New interview — Dr. Ronald Colman!

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 | 0 comments

Dr. Ronald Colman is executive director of GPI Atlantic, a non-profit organization that set out, a decade ago, to create a Genuine Progress Index for Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia is an ideal test-bed for such a project, with fewer than a million people living on a peninsula – but with a full suite of sophisticated institutions, including numerous universities...

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Dave Hughes vs. The New York Times

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 | 0 comments

On November 17, The New York Times published a long article under the title “There Will Be Fuel,” maintaining that “the outlook, based on long-term trends barely visible five years ago, now appears to promise large supplies of oil and gas from multiple new sources for decades into the future.” The basic argument: Shortages and high prices...

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New interview — Chris Turner!

Posted on Nov 21, 2010 | 0 comments

Introducing Chris Turner, author of The Geography of Hope! Dismayed that environmentalism had become "a sort of mythology of death – passionate, lyrical, righteous and hopeless,” Turner set out to discover what he called  “the archipelago of hope,” the places and initiatives all over the world where people are fully aware of the...

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