The Covid-19 global pandemic has been with us now for 14 months. From its somewhat inauspicious beginnings in Wuhan City, China, in December 2019 it has now spread to 150 countries around the globe and has infected 111 million people. Of those infected 2.5 million have died. Canada has so far recorded 833,000 infected and… Continue reading Reflections on a pandemic: what have we learned?
by Graham Rawlings I feel proud that the Australian State of Tasmania has recently declared itself 100% powered by renewable electricity. What a break-through, hopefully to be followed by many other jurisdictions in due course. Tasmania is unique in that it has a favourable climate, suitable topography, and geology which make it all possible. How… Continue reading The World of Water
by Paul Strome Most people who live in a ‘free country’ like Canada believe they have the right to a healthy environment. We feel we are entitled to all that is imbedded in that philosophy – clean water, fresh air, healthy food, etc. Those of us who live in a rural setting (18% as of… Continue reading What Will It Take for Governments to Act?
by Stan Hirst Gloomy and rain today. Just like yesterday. And the day before. Day before that too, come to think of it. Suits my sombre mood. Newsline does not help much either – tells me that only 2.3% of the Canadian population have received the first shot of Covid-19 vaccine as of today. The… Continue reading Brave new post-Covid world
by Lillian Ireland Does it kind of feel like Groundhog Day when the days just seem to spin? A week, a month, a year, repeat; seems like the beginning again! This treadmill that we’re running on has left many people in tears, continually picking up pieces while facing recycled fears. Changes evolve, like the masks… Continue reading Groundhog Day, again
by Jill Schroder “When day comes, we step out of the shade…” is an excerpt from Amanda Gorman, the youth Poet Laureate’s contribution at the Biden-Harris inauguration. This phrase landed with me and then rippled out. It does seem like we are stepping out of the shade now, in January. The days are getting longer,… Continue reading Stepping out of the shade
by Marilyn Daniels I see the “work” taken on by the Suzuki Elders as having two components: the “work” of being and becoming an Elder (in the sense that First Nations hold the term); and the “work” one takes on as an elder (in the sense of life stage interchangeable with ‘older’. I feel that… Continue reading Some COVID-inspired introspection on the work of the Suzuki Elders
by Richard Norris The world is embarking on a monumental energy transition with the aim of decarbonizing the global energy infrastructure. While essential, we must not underestimate the scale and difficulty of this transition. Currently 85% of global energy supply comes from fossil fuels. In addition to replacing this existing energy supply with greener, cleaner… Continue reading Energy in Society: Myth of Utopia
by Lillian Ireland “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy… Continue reading Stepping forward into 2021