BEFORE THE FLOOD – West End Phoenix (Oct. 2018)
IT’S ONLY THE OUTER PERIMETER of 200 Rock that would make parents anxious about letting their kids loose inside. Faded Coke bottles and sardine cans burst out of black garbage bags piled two feet thick on cracked asphalt. A razor-wire-topped fence ringed the site, yet the three-sided fence was open at the back. I wandered in and saw dragonflies darting through knee-high grasses and meandering butterflies seeking out the year’s last flowering plants. Aspen, hackberry and maples grew tall; apple trees held on to the last of their fruit.
June 2017 — An Ominous Fog
September 2016 — Saving the Rouge, Canada’s Largest Urban Park
August 2016 — Waukesha Water Woes
October 2015 — Accidental Ecosystems
April 2015 — Focus on Ocean Plastic
April 2015 — Beads Befoul Great Lakes
March 2015 — 13 Essential Questions for Election Candidates
December 2014 — Carpocalypse Now
October 2012 to Present — Contributions to A/J Community Science Blog
HOW TO BUILD A BETTER TREE – The Walrus (Nov. 2017)
SNAKING FARTHER INTO CHINA’S MONSOON tropical forest on Hainan island, our minibus sped past squat stone houses, longhorn cows, and chickens, all shrouded in a haze of garbled greens. We’re hours away from Haikou’s pulsing traffic and nocturnal neon lights, but the rural roads are still packed; motorcycles, e-bikes, and logging trucks fight for space on roads the colour of PEI dirt. It’s August, and I’m here to see one of China’s largest tree plantations—and the likely future of the pulp and paper industry.
September/October 2017 — The Underdogs (Print Edition)
May/June 2017 — Canada’s Environmental Assessments Suck
November — How can Canada Face Climate Change Head On?
January/February 2016 — Operation Offset (Print Edition)
September/October 2015 — Shallow Waters (Print Edition)
May/June 2015 — The Great Lake Killer (Print Edition)
May/June 2014 — Our Home on Golden Land (Print Edition & Online)
2012 Year End Special Edition — Gag Order (Print Edition)
Nov/Dec 2012 — The Player’s Behind the Panties (Print Edition)
July/Aug 2012 — Attack of the Killer Carp! (Print Edition & Online)
HACKING THE WATERSHED – Corporate Knights (Fall 2017)
“SO, HOW DO YOU THINK it went?” he asks. “Amazing,” replies another man standing in a line of young people wearing blazers, hoodies and loud sneakers. “The T-shirts you guys made?” continues the first: “Can’t be beat.” The two men then refocus on the hors d’oeuvres being offered in the lobby of the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario.
January 2016 — Great Lake Swimmers
THE GLOBE AND MAIL
August 2015 — Asian carp: How to stop an invasion
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BLOCKS – Azure (Aug. 2018)
MY LEGO WAS KEPT IN a grey bin shaped like a giant 2×2 round brick. I dumped pieces on my bedroom floor and mangled the colourful plastic pieces into flying cars, canoes, castles. But landscapes were always my favourite. In a box brimming with cubes, rectangles and cylinders, the oddly shaped shrubs were… different.
Summer 2015 — Out for Justice (Print Editon & Online)
Summer 2014 — A Tale of Two Wind Farms (Print Edition & Online)
Fall 2012 — Nature’s Caregivers (Print Edition & Online)
Spring 2013 — Dream Teams (Print Edition & Online)
April 2013 — A Beautiful Anti-Social Building
THE GRID TORONTO
January 2013 — Toronto’s (un)Official Species
TAINTED SPRING – The New Territory (Dec. 2016)
HIS FATHER IS GRAINY IN the black and white photograph, back hardwood straight on the clapboard dock. A pile of wooden debris forms a makeshift step to a rickety pier while discarded boards lie stuck in the brown swamp beside a crumbling dinghy. In the photograph I held at the University of Central Arkansas archives he stands in white shirtsleeves, contrasted against a dark tie, hands on hips. Another man, face blurred in motion, looks over the swamp at trees half rotted from rooting in standing water. It is 1955.
August 2016 — Why Ontario’s Growth Plan Misses the Mark
December 2015 — Planning for Toronto’s Ravine Strategy
December 2015 — 2016 Municipal Budget Preview: Parks, Recreation and Forestry
December 2015 — Greenbelt Report Maps Out Toronto’s Growth
October 2015 — What’s Next for Ontario’s Greenbelt
September 2015 — Deciding the Future of Toronto’s Hard-Working Wetlands
September 2015 — Toronto’s Unfunded Parks Plan
THIS APP DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE – TVO (Oct. 2017)
AS TORONTO PUSHES TO EXPAND its forest cover, one startup is aiming to connect cities and citizens with digital tools that will broaden our knowledge of the city’s tree canopy. Born at Ryerson University’s Urban Forest Research and Ecological Disturbance group, Citytrees has spent the past three years inputting urban tree data into a custom-built web app.
November 2015 — North America’s war on destructive Asian carp
September 2015 — How an Asian carp invasion could destroy Great Lakes fishing
September 2017 — What Makes You Care About Climate Change?
August 2017 — Spotlight on Great Lakes: Wetlands
July 2017 — Great Lakes and Canada 150
GREAT LAKES NOW