A man walks in the boreal forest near the town of Moose Factory, Ontario, Canada

Lost in the Boreal Forest

A little over a year ago I travelled to the community of Moose Factory, near James Bay in northern Ontario, for a magazine assignment. While there I was introduced to Arthur “Archie” Hesther, a 72 year-old member of Mocreebec First Nation. Archie had an amazing story: while in his youth, he had survived almost two weeks […]

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Circumski Mount Logan team arrives at icefields glacier camp, Kluane National Park, Yukon.
Environment | Exploration | Interviews | Travel

Circumskiing Mount Logan

Last spring I spent a week with a group of mountaineers at a remote glacier camp in Yukon’s St. Elias Range near the base of Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak. Sometimes referred to as “Canada’s Himalayas”, the St. Elias Mountains (the highest in North America) sit within the largest glaciated region outside of Greenland and the […]

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The Beit Beirut Barakat building in Lebanon.
Culture | Interviews | Mideast

Mona Hallak on ‘Beit Beirut’

One of the few remaining structures bearing the scars of Lebanon’s fifteen year civil-war (1975-1990) is Beirut’s Barakat Building. This once stately and aristocratic edifice straddles a key intersection near the centre of the capital. The four-story avant-garde building was designed by two architects in the 1920s and 30s and fused Art Deco elements with […]

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A Native American deadfall trap in Yukon, Canada.
Culture | Environment | Travel

Traditional Deadfall Trap

On a recent trip to Yukon, I visited Kwaday Dan Kenji (“Long Ago People’s Place”), a First Nations cultural interpretive centre on the old Alaska Highway near the village of Champagne. Harold Johnson and his wife Meta Williams of the northwest Champagne-Aishihik First Nation live on the wooded lot, an ancestral site, where they’re sharing the […]

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Kathleen Lake in Kluane National Park, Yukon Territory, Canada
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Liddle on Kluane National Park

BRENT LIDDLE, a wilderness guide from Haines Junction, Yukon has spent over three decades exploring one of the most remote corners of North America. Between 1975 and 2002 he served as an interpretive guide at Kluane National Park: a 22,000 square kilometer wilderness area in the Yukon straddling the southernmost limit of the Arctic. Kluane […]

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The toe of the Salmon Glacier in Northern British Columbia
Environment | Ideas | Interviews

Richard Bello on Climate Change

Much of our information on climate change tends to come by way of one media source or another. We rarely, if ever, get a chance to meet the scientists and hear directly from them about their work and the challenges they face. On a recent trip to Manitoba I met Richard Bello. He is a climatologist in […]

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Integrative medicine Richard Nahas
Ideas | Interviews

Nahas on Integrative Medicine

I recently caught up with my old friend, Richard Nahas, an M.D. practicing alternative and integrative medicine in Ottawa. Since embarking on his career in 1994 Richard has accrued a panoply of fascinating work-related experiences and travels: from challenging tenures treating the downtrodden in Cairo and Johannesburg, to being a frontline physician during the SARS […]

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Godhead the Brain's Big Bang
Book Reviews | Exploration | Ideas

Review: ‘Godhead: The Brain’s Big Bang’

Three questions sum up the fundamental quandary for scientists working in biology and cosmology today. Where did the information that made matter possible come from? How did life arise out of inanimate matter? And what is consciousness? These profound puzzles about the nature of our universe are the major stumbling blocks holding up progress in […]

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