Alternatives Journal (A\J - Canada's Environmental Voice) of Canada

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Alternatives Journal Issue 41:4

Alternatives Journal provides critical and well-researched analysis of environmental issues in the clear, comprehensible style of a magazine. Issues are thematically focused, presenting in-depth exploration of specific topics like water conservation, climate change, green energy, sustainability, waste reduction and much more.<br><br>Back issues cover the history of the environmental movement.

Alternatives Journal (A\J - Canada's Environmental Voice) of Canada
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More Than Music Guelph’s Hillside Festival is a leader in harmonizing sustainablity with the music experience. From building the the first musical stage with a green roof, to orchestrating the first thirst quenching water wagons in the country, Hillside wants you to steal their green event ideas. Find them Hillside with A\J! Meditation, the New Medication New research shows that meditation can change DNA and increase health. The Adventures of Danny Michel Danny Michel talks inspiration, the environment and the time he met Chris Hadfield. If the Sky Could Talk And other environmental considerations in an interview with the women of Elephant Revival. Happy Hillside! Experience Hillside through A\J’s lens with our video of notable Hillside sustainability initiatives and fun fun fun! Find it all – and lots more Hillside coverage at Ready Set Vote. 13 Questions Looking for a candidate who…

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get to work

BUSINESS will be the force that drives society’s transformation to a low-carbon economy. With limited involvement from the business sector so far, our progress has been inadequate. Yet, of the world’s largest 100 economic entities, 40 are corporations, and they generated over $7.9-trillion (US) in 2012, giving them – rightly or wrongly – the economic power to create the change we need. Couple this with the fact that soon, 75 percent of Canada’s population with be covered by one form of carbon pricing mechanism or another, and you see a clear signal that we are no longer in a “business as usual” scenario. Taking a leaf out of nature’s book, those pursuing – or enabling – innovative adaptation and mitigation strategies will prevail. The invisible hand of the market is quite effective,…

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a\j creators

MEET A\J’s Environmental Education Guide brigade. Enthused and restless, the team was determined to compile a complete list of institutional programs that would interest any environmentally conscious person. Only occasionally did hands rise to the air when a troop member got lost in the maze of websites and links so many institutional websites provide. But their goal was set: to provide potential students with an easy, navigable resource, and make them confident that they are taking the right educational path. Onward, environmentals! Aaron Lemieux is a sports fanatic and political junkie with a BA in History and Political Science from Nipissing University, and an MA in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. Most likely to be the Prime Minister of Canada. Alex Roberts is in the last term of his MBA at Wilfrid…

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letters to the editor

Cellphones Aren’t Safe Good to bring mention of controversy, but very misleading piece [“Are Cellphones Safe?” A\J, 41:2]. Why distinguish between ionizing & non-ionizing [radiation]? They both cause harm in similar ways. Why fall for that industry doubt-manufacture term, “conclusive”? There is plenty of evidence for policy revision now, has been for many years. So many health travesties of the past century or so, where plenty of science and other valuable evidence existed for so long before corrective action was taken, and still we can fall for this doubt manufacture? Industry-connected [research] has been found in two studies (Lai, Huss) to be disproportionately finding no indication of bio-harm, [while] independent findings are quite the other way. That’s plenty conclusive in itself! Never mind then about “most” studies, quantity cannot stand for quality or…

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the election climate

BANKING HEAVILY on a belief that you and I are preoccupied with fighting climate change, the front-runners in the federal election have anchored their environmental platforms to the way in which they’ll tackle greenhouse gases: cap-and-trade, carbon taxes, vague promises of low-carbon economies. While New Democrats and Liberals attempt to out-progressive one another, Conservatives are hoping that, as in the 2008 election, economics trump environmental matters in determining where you’ll mark your ‘X’. Few leaders have been as committed to GHG reduction as Thomas Mulcair and the New Democrats. Mulcair has admitted the government must create clearer environmental regulations and a more forceful project review process for the oil and gas sector, which he believes the industry supports. New Democrats have thrown their GHG-reduction weight behind cap-and-trade à la the Quebec…

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research digest

Oil Trumps Water ALBERTA In March, the Alberta government released the Surface Water Quantity Framework, guidelines on how much water oil sands industries can extract from the Athabasca River. Leading freshwater scientist David Schindler calls the guidelines “pathetic.” Significantly, they do not include an ecosystem base flow – a best practice that protects the river during low-flow periods, when the aquatic system requires all available water for basic functioning. First Nations and Métis communities called for stronger water withdrawal limits to protect the functioning of both the river and the Peace-Athabasca Delta. Instead, senior oil sands operators such as Suncor and Syncrude have been granted exemptions from this bare minimum standard. What remains to be seen, however, is the impact of new NDP Premier Rachel Notley’s ambitious environmental goals on the current…