Dry times in the Canadian West

*UPDATED 5 JULY – NEW BC, AB, AND SK WILDFIRE & DROUGHT SITUATION* I’m closing the windows again to keep the cool in and the heat out. It’s another hot, sunny day on the west coast, and while it’s nice to have great weather, it’s scary to see the landscape dry to a crisp and…

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…

Where’s all the snow?

We spent a few days in the Rockies last week, on a memorial trip for a family member we lost last year. We were surprised at what appeared to be low snow amounts, particularly up at the hydrologic apex of North America: the Columbia Icefield. When we arrived there on Thursday, the wind was howling…