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Canada’s fantastic failure

Canada’s fantastic failure

Nov 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Canadians expect to have our environment protected and to know how it’s being protected. A report from Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development shows we’re being short-changed. “In many key areas that we looked at, it is not clear how the government intends to address the significant...

Blue Dot tour rolls out

Blue Dot tour rolls out

Oct 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • As an elder, I’ve watched Canada and the world change in many ways, for better and worse. Thanks, in part, to cheap energy and technological growth, the human population has more than tripled. As a boy, I could drink from streams and lakes without worrying about getting sick. My father took me fishing for halibut, sturgeon...

Join us on the Blue Dot Tour

Join us on the Blue Dot Tour

Sep 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • A now famous 1972 photo of Earth taken by Apollo 17 astronauts from 45,000 kilometres away became known as “the blue marble.” And the late scientist Carl Sagan described a 1990 picture taken from six billion kilometres away by the unmanned Voyager 1 as a “pale blue dot.” The vision of Earth from a distance has...

A healthy planet = strong economies

A healthy planet = strong economies

Aug 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Those who don’t outright deny the existence of human-caused global warming often argue we can’t or shouldn’t do anything about it because it would be too costly. Take Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who recently said, “No matter what they say, no country is going to take actions that are going to deliberately destroy...

Pipeline approval defies democracy

Pipeline approval defies democracy

Jul 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • There was little doubt the federal government would approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project, regardless of public opposition or evidence presented against it. The prime minister indicated he wanted the pipeline built before the Joint Review Panel hearings even began. Ad campaigns, opponents demonized as...

Salmon farms: a decade of problems

Salmon farms: a decade of problems

Jun 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • The David Suzuki Foundation and others have run ads over the past decade decrying BC’s open net-cage salmon farm industry. With significant expansion planned for the West Coast, the question remains, “Has BC’s salmon farm industry improved?” Salmon farming threatens some of the planet’s last remaining viable wild...

Doing nothing is not an option

Doing nothing is not an option

May 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • We should really celebrate our small blue planet and all it provides every day, but recent events give us particular cause to reflect on our home and how we’re treating it. Through an amazingly ordered combination of factors, this spinning ball of earth, air, fire and water… provides perfect conditions for human...

Canadian cities need repair

Canadian cities need repair

Apr 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Canada’s federal government recently announced $14 billion in new funding to help municipalities repair and replace aging infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, sewer lines, energy production/distribution systems, subways and other public transit. About $1 billion is dedicated to smaller communities, but most of the...

Peter Seeger the activist

Peter Seeger the activist

Mar 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • A man with a banjo can be a powerful force for good. Pete Seeger, who died January 27 at the age of 94, inspired generations of political and environmental activists with songs ranging from Where Have All the Flowers Gone? to Sailing Down My Golden River. From the late 1930s until his death, Seeger brought his music to union...

Out of darkness into the light

Out of darkness into the light

Feb 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Nelson Mandela, who died in December at age 95, was sentenced to life in prison in 1962 because he fought for justice, equality and democracy. He was finally released 27 years later, in 1990. South Africa’s racist apartheid system fell and Mandela served as president from 1994 to 1999. The tributes after his death...