Are you like me - you thought about joining the Climate Strike today, but you live in Alberta and are worried your neighbour might call the "anti-oil snitch line"? We are having a bit of fun in this province joking about our potentially "Un-Albertan" conduct - you know, like over-zealous recycling or driving a hybrid. … Continue reading Un-Albertan
Sensory Processing after the Fort McMurray Wildfire The red fire tee. That's how I think of it. It sounds like a description from an L.L. Bean catalogue. It's not. It's the shirt I wore for almost twenty four hours as our family fled from the Fort McMurray wildfire three years ago. Often when I reached … Continue reading The Red Fire Tee
Pop Music, Acid Rain, and our Climate Challenge I grew up in the 1980's when the radio waves were a-rift with iconic pop tunes disguising omens of apocalyptic doom. Remember Nena's "99 Luft Balloons"? Nuclear War. Rush's "Distant Early Warning"? A suite of doomsday scenarios. Platinum Blonde's "Sad Sad Rain" ? At that time I … Continue reading Sad Sad Rain – a Reason for Hope
By all means, wear Green for the Broncos this weekend. But do something else too please - buckle up! I am talking about all those sports road trips in tour buses. Seriously, just put on your seatbelt. I’m talking to you – parents. Then have your child put hers on too. Here in Fort McMurray, … Continue reading Buckle Up for Broncos – Wear a Green Jersey and then Become “that” Parent
Introduction This article is a continuation of an outline of the basics of Alberta and Canada's carbon pricing plans that began in "The Carbon Tax for Dummies - Part 1" The Alberta carbon plan is based on its policy report, "The Climate Leadership Plan", or the "CLP". The federal government based its policies on the … Continue reading The Carbon Tax for Dummies – Part 2 -How is Industry Treated and Will the Plan Work?
My son’s soccer team played in a tournament in Gothenburg this past summer. As we got to know the city and Swedish countryside, I was in awe of the number of wind turbines and the extensive use of their efficient, clean, public transit system. Back home, Canadians appear to be struggling to accept the $30/tonne … Continue reading The Carbon Tax For Dummies – Part 1 -Why Do We Need It and What Will We Pay?
Gardeners are a congenial lot who enjoy their bucolic settings. It is hard to rustle their feathers. Even in Fort McMurray's online gardening community, members are extremely respectful when discussing the different approaches to horticulture. Mention glyphosate however, and they stand alert. Tell them that the city will spray the Birchwood trail newly-developed firebreak with … Continue reading In the Weeds