The Failure of Our National Discourse

If you’re like me and believe that Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands to the BC coast will never come to fruition (and I’m clearly not alone in thinking this to be the case), then you have to ask yourself the question: what’s next for Canada’s energy debate? Northern Gateway is trending because[…]

A New Chapter

For almost two decades, the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition helped give a voice to an animal that few people knew existed, and empowered young people to put forward a vision to protect the rare white Kermode or spirit bear. Today, it can be said with confidence, that while the spirit bear is not saved, it[…]

A New Voting Block? Fiscally Conservative & Green

There is an emerging, new demographic in Canadian politics that I like to refer to as Young Green Tories. But don’t be fooled by the moniker – they are neither traditional Conservatives nor Green party activists. Rather, they are young, multi-partisan, hard-green fiscal conservatives who could well develop into Canada’s new must-have voting block –[…]

The Absudity of the Pipeline Debate

“The real risk is not regulatory rejection but regulatory approval, undermined by subsequent legal challenges and the absence of ‘social license’ to operate,” Jim Prentice, (then) CIBC executive and former Harper environment minister, on the reality of National Energy Board approval for Northern Gateway. In the greatest non-shock of recent political history, the National Energy[…]

A brief history as to why Northern Gateway is (still) dead

Whether you love Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands to the British Columbia coast or hate it, it’s hard to argue that this pipeline will come to fruition in its current incarnation. Between a disastrous public relations campaign (who Photoshop’s out entire islands from an animation depicting the proposed oil tanker route[…]

Who wants to run for office?

I’ve long been accused of harbouring political ambitions. As those who know me well can attest, this couldn’t be further from the truth. While in politics it’s always said that one should never say never, I can say with ease that running for office is something I will never, never consider.  And I’m not alone in[…]

Wildlife Photography is Critical to Wildlife Conservation

Since seeing my first wild bear at the age of seven, my passion for the wild has been fuelled by my passion for nature photography. Ghost Bear Photography – named in honour of the two decade fight to save the white Kermode or spirit bear – hopes to, like the spirit bear campaign itself, reconnect[…]

Reflections from the Campaign: Q&A Part 2

Part two of my favourite interviews with Charles Tsai: How would you describe your ideal environment? My ideal environment doesn’t just include the conservation of fragile beauty, complex ecosystems, and societal sustainability, it also includes a political equilibrium between environmental policy and economic policy. To me, this is an absolute must, for without political sustainability,[…]

Reflections from the Campaign: Q&A Part One

My good friend, colleague and mentor Charles Tsai – founder of Social Creatives and current innovation-driver at Ashoka Canada – is not just a great leader in his own right, but also a brilliant journalist, with a knack for asking great questions. Over the years, Charles has pushed me to reflect on the Spirit Bear[…]