Barring the gates is no long-term solution for our parks

The popularity of Canada's parks and protected areas is creating problems that will require more than simply banning people to solve

Barring the gates is no long-term solution for our parksCanada’s national parks are having a big year. It’s both a blessing and a curse. In July, the parks and historic sites saw nine per cent more visits than they did in 2016, which experienced 24.6 million visits for the year. And that was a big jump from the 23.2 million in 2015. In one…

Why did Canada Day become such a bummer?

No question Canada has much to answer for in its treatment of indigenous people. But we also have a great deal to be proud about

Why did Canada Day become such a bummer?Those of us who were around for Canada’s 100th birthday can’t help but be struck by the very different mood this year, as we mark the country’s sesquicentennial. How, we wonder, did this national milestone turn into such a bummer? To understand just how much the national mood has shifted, let me point out some of…

Canadian politics is like a box of chocolates

Just when you think you have Canadian politics figured out, you still never know what you are going to get

Canadian politics is like a box of chocolatesPolitics, with apologies to Forrest Gump, is a like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. Maxime Bernier was pretty confident he was going to get the leadership of the federal Conservative Part on the weekend. So confident, in fact, that didn’t really deliver a campaign speech on Friday night. It…

A pipeline straight to political disaster?

Both B.C.'s Christy Clark, and Justin Trudeau now face some difficult choices when it comes to the Trans Mountain Pipeline

A pipeline straight to political disaster?Few issues in recent Canadian history have been as divisive as the debate over the construction of new pipelines to carry crude oil to market. The uncertain results from the election in British Columbia only add fuel to a roaring fire. The “blue” Liberal government of Premier Christy Clark won the most seats in the…

Learning from the resolve of zero-gravity spiders

Rejected in love? Lost a job? Experienced a serious medical condition? Gone through a financial crisis? Spiders In Space offers comfort

Learning from the resolve of zero-gravity spidersSpiders In Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change By Todd Hirsch and Rob Roach P&P Publishing C$20 For those of you who had any doubt, this book confirms that misery really does love company. It tells the story of 15 very different people from a variety of backgrounds across Canada who have but one thing…