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Conflicting advice for Gen-Y and Millennials entering the work force

Highs and lows - on a rollercoaster

“Why back in my day, we worked for one company all our life…” Words uttered by many a baby boomer, father or grandfather who shakes their heads at the job-hopping antics of their grandkids, kids or nieces and nephews… Does anyone believe they will work for the same company all their life now? Probably not! Beginning in the 1980s and ever-accelerating, ... Read More »

Rethinking the response to the Middle East

Blue Sky

ISIS. Terrorism. Fanatics. Iraq. War. Oil. Muslim. The above words are all words that are associated with a perceived threat from the developed world about the unrest in the Middle Eastern countries. Terrible atrocities have been committed by people who have an extremist viewpoint of the Western World, and the Western World, led by the U.S.A. has turned around and ... Read More »

The absurdity of Canada’s oil pipeline woes

Pipelines of North America

Canada has a problem. Oil prices have got high enough and technology has advanced that a lot of oil that was trapped in less porous rocks is now suddenly quite attractive to extract. The problem is, it all lies in the middle of Canada. Well, not the geographic heart of Canada but suitably close enough. Well, oil is liquid and ... Read More »

Corporate Espionage versus Environmental Activism

Corporate espionage vs environmental extremism

It’s  a war on democracy! Big corporations have partnered with spy agencies and private intelligence firms to combat environmental activism and non profit organizations! So screamed the headlines from a recent edition of the British newspaper, The Guardian, claiming this was a “disturbing picture of a global corporate espionage programme that is out of control.” The article goes on to ... Read More »

Why the irrational hatred for perceived ‘vicious dogs?’

Pit Bull. Just mention the words “Pit Bull” in North America and many people’s lips will curl up with hatred. This particular breed of dog is immediately associated with wild, barely tamed, vicious dogs. And undoubtedly, there have been people and animals attacked by pit bulls. Horribly so. And, there have been people and animals attacked by German Shepherds, Doberman ... Read More »

Let’s be clear – cutting CO2 emissions won’t prevent natural disasters

Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines (NOAA)

Blame Canada’s Carbon Complacency for the Philippine Typhoon …Anyone who thinks that this typhoon is not due to the atmospheric disruption and rising sea levels resulting from our changing climate has their head firmly planted in the comfortable soil of ignorance, ideology or both. And so starts Kevin Grandia, President of Spake Media House, in an article on Huffington Post, ... Read More »

Sustainability versus reality

Inukshuk

Nunavut is Canada’s newest territory,  a significant chunk of land whose southern most boundary is along 60oN. By land mass alone, it is nearly the same as Greenland, and if it were a country, it would rank 15th in the world. And yet, it has a population of only just under 32,000, of which over half of these people are ... Read More »

Do Professional Science bodies speak for ALL their membership?

Crowd

On August 5th, 2013, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) released a ‘Position Statement’ on Climate Change, rather bluntly blaming humanity. The full Position Statement on their website requires a PDF reader and can be read here. The bottom of the AGU news release announcing their Position Statement makes mention that they are “a not-for-profit, professional, scientific organization representing more than ... Read More »

Climate refugees – or cultural refugees?

In 2007 the natives of a small island in the Pacific called Tuvalu, began calling themselves the first climate refugees… Then in 2009, there was the underwater convention in the Maldives… In 2012, the village of Selawik in northwest Alaska became known as the “Venice of the North…” And in 2013,  articles are now being written on other settlements in ... Read More »