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Articles by Jeff Gailus

I'm an award-winning Alberta writer and journalist who was once proud to wear a Canadian flag on my backpack while I waltzed around Europe. No more. While Canada's stance on energy and climate policy is the most egregious example of our pro-industry, anti-environment "truthiness," it's only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. My blog, Northern Exposure, sheds the light and brings the heat.

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Today is the 173rd birthday of John Muir. Muir was the co-founder and first president of the Sierra Club and a steadfast advocate for the protection of wilderness. His essays and books, penned late in life after years of exploration, exposed millions to the wonders of the untrammeled outdoors. His legacy lives on in the millions of acres of American wilderness that has been protected from the saw, the plough, the bulldozer and the drilling rig.

Although Canadians have not embraced Muir’s penchant for protecting wilderness the way Americans have, Canada did play a role in his education and evolution. In 1863, John’s brother Dan fled to Canada to avoid being drafted into the horrors of the American Civil War. A year later, John followed his brother to Canada, spending the spring, summer, and fall wandering the woods and swamps around Lake Huron collecting plants. With his money running out and winter coming, he met up with his brother in Meaford, Ontario, where the two worked at the Trout Hollow Sawmill until the summer of 1865. American wilderness scholar Roderick Nash described Muir’s travels in Canada as sojourns into wilderness to avoid mili... Read more

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  • Tar sands ignored in year-end media round-up

    The inexorable march of the calendar from one year to the next is always a good time for reflection, and the media always plays along with the rest of us. What was the biggest story of the year in Canada? Well, according to The Calgary Herald, the 10 biggest stories included controversial land deals, debates […]

  • Premier Stelmach, Please Read

    December 21, 2010 Dear Premier Stelmach, Merry Christmas, Premier Stelmach, and health and happiness to you and your family. We have never met, but this is the first of many letters you will receive from me, each one accompanied by a great and important book. I must say, before I introduce the first one, that […]

  • God Bless America

    Like Native Americans in the nineteenth century, Imperial Oil must now see the Canada-U.S. border as something of a Medicine Line: On the American side, persecution; on the Canadian side, freedom. The irony, of course, is as grand as Imperial’s plan to transport hundreds of giant pieces of industrial equipment — most larger than the […]