Our relationship with bees – it’s complicated

News of the bees declining has filled the news over the last several years. Researchers quickly starting looking into why but finding the answers hasn't been easy. Speculation includes pesticides, parasites, climate change, poor husbandry, habitat loss  and monoculture farming. Or all of the above. The population decline was deemed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), as majority …

Lessons from EcoGather16 – Truth Hurts

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation has wrapped up a successful first annual Environmental Gathering. It was an amazing opportunity to hear from range of speakers and dive into discussions. Some of the insights are just too good not to share. Stephen Carter, political mastermind and our keynote on Friday,  let's start with you. You were an enigma. No one around …

Changing minds about climate change

The American presidential race, as entertaining as it to watch here in the relative safety of the North, reveals a distinct difference in ideals. The democrats believe climate change is a thing. The Republicans not so much. Both parties' candidates are privy to the journal articles and scientists or have advisors who can distill it down for them. …

The problem with delaying the entry of Syrian refugees

It is even more critical now that we the bring in 25,000 refugees by January 1. The Paris attacks (and others this year) need to strengthen our resolve not weaken it. This isn't a business deal, a trade agreement, or a diplomatic exercise. Time is not a luxury they have. Yes there are risks. We …

Don’t take a seat. Let the kids stand up.

"Sit still and quit fidgeting!" How often did we hear that when we were in school? I know my kids heard it plenty but I don't think it ever did much good. Kids need to move. Turns out research has shown that the the "sit still" command is counter productive and possibly even detrimental. Let …