Entries by Russel MacDonald

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Canada’s Paris-pipeline paradox

Markus Hecker, University of Saskatchewan and Jackie Dawson, University of Ottawa The Canadian government’s decision to purchase Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project shortly after ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change creates an interesting paradox and a national challenge. The environmental implications of pipeline development have already caused British Columbia and Alberta to feud, […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Killing sharks, wolves and other top predators won’t solve conflicts

Robert Lennox, Carleton University; Austin Gallagher, University of Miami; Euan Ritchie, Deakin University, and Steven J Cooke, Carleton University In French Polynesia, fishing is an integral part of everyday life. The people living here fish on the flats and along the reef using nets, hooks and line, harpoons, spearguns and traditional artisanal traps. They fish […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Canadians deserve a real pipeline compromise

Peter Dietsch, Université de Montréal The Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion is turning into one of the most controversial and divisive issues in Canadian politics in years. On the one hand, proponents point to the economic benefits for Canada, and for Alberta in particular. On the other hand, critics emphasize the environmental footprint of the oilsands […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Birds wearing backpacks trace a path to conservation

Samantha Knight, University of Guelph and Ryan Norris, University of Guelph With the arrival of spring, we look forward to the return of hundreds of species of migratory songbirds from their wintering grounds. Sparrows, swallows, warblers and thrushes, among other songbirds, will be returning from their wintering sites anywhere between the southern United States and […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – How the hard work of wild animals benefits us too

Kendra Coulter, Brock University Like other nature lovers and rural residents, I have been marvelling at the many animal courtships and other mating preparations that accompany the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The brilliant-red male cardinals who seek out the best seeds and then tenderly feed their female mates, beak-to-beak. The robins who […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Hope and mourning in the Anthropocene: Understanding ecological grief

Neville Ellis, University of Western Australia and Ashlee Cunsolo, Memorial University of Newfoundland We are living in a time of extraordinary ecological loss. Not only are human actions destabilising the very conditions that sustain life, but it is also increasingly clear that we are pushing the Earth into an entirely new geological era, often described […]

IANAS Food and Nutrition Security

Assuring food and nutrition security is generally regarded as one of the key global challenges for the 21st century. Population growth, climate and environmental change and technology development will all interact to determine how our various nations will assure an adequate food supply to the citizens of the Americas. Equally important will be national agricultural […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Beyond beasts of burden: How to reward our animals for their work

Kendra Coulter, Brock University Animals do a lot for us. So what should we do for them? Dexter, an emotional support peacock, made global headlines recently when United Airlines refused to allow him on a flight. His story is the latest to reanimate the public discussion about the certification and regulation of service animals, and […]