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Accepting the things we cannot change

I enjoy blogs like Words Are My Game, where Liana M. Silva chronicles her writing life: the struggles to fit writing in amongst family issues, or the difficulties in finding direction with a new book she’s working on. Her blog is the story of process, of a work in progress, and does away with the…

B&Wboat

Mount Polley mine disaster: redux

Science Borealis is holding a blog carnival to celebrate their first anniversary, with bloggers writing about the most important story in their field for 2014. I’ve chosen the Mount Polley mine disaster, which I first wrote about on 5 August. To recap: on 4 August, a tailings pond at the Mount Polley gold mine in…

KinsolB&W

Questions about a Parliamentary Science Officer

A couple of weeks ago, the European Union’s Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA) was axed. It didn’t make headlines in Canada until about a week ago, which was surprising given the push by Kennedy Stewart and the NDP for a Parliamentary Science Officer (PSO) here in Canada. I hadn’t thought very carefully about the PSO initiative…

Vancouver1

Scientist to science writer

It began as an adventure, of the flying kind. The smell of jet fuel and the constant engine roar in the quilted interior of the de Havilland Beaver reminded me of the Arctic. Of travelling three hours by Twin Otter to a remote glacier site, then waiting anxiously two months later, in fog and rainy…