What’s an environmental scientist to do?

Regular blog followers may have noticed that I haven’t written much about environmental issues lately. It’s not that I’ve stopped paying attention to them, but that their weight on my spirit was becoming almost unbearable. I felt burned out by the continuous bad environmental news coming from governments at all levels, and it hasn’t really…

Science policy advocate interview

John Dupuis, over at Confessions of a Science Librarian, has been running email interviews with our iPolitics science policy series group. The most interesting questions, for me, was “…how [did you end] up involved in science advocacy? How do you define advocacy and what’s been the focus of your advocacy activities?” This was difficult to…

Canada and Water: Destroying our Cultural Foundations

The disconnect between government policies and public opinion is hardly newsworthy, but it seems the divide has reached Grand Canyon proportions around Canadian environmental issues, particularly water. I (finally) got around to reading my latest issue of Canadian Geographic, which had a brief interview with Ed Burtynsky. He’s a Canadian photographer who this fall debuted…

Say hello to Canada’s new Fisheries Act

Monday, 25 November, marked the day on which the new (improved? no – let’s say, gutted) Fisheries Act took effect in Canada. First introduced in one of the many Conservative omnibus bills of 2012, the new Act has taken effect despite vocal high level opposition from citizens, scientists, and former Conservative Fisheries ministers alike. The…

A big week

*Updated late 15 October with link to second iPolitics piece in series, and addition of new paper out in CJFAS The Canadian government kicks off its fall sitting (one month late) with tomorrow’s Throne Speech. It will presumably renew Harper’s War on Science (let’s not even get into his Minister for SciTech putting together a…