In This Issue

Living with the Land

Conservation transcends partisan divides

Almost 50 species of wildlife are considered at risk in Alberta. Some formerly common species such as the burrowing owl and sage grouse thrived here for millennia but are on course to be wiped out within this decade. Every population of caribou in northern and western Alberta is in trouble.


Editorial: Managing the Commons

Preventing a tragedy

Alberta used to have the typical environmental challenges: How can we mine, log and pump the resources we need without depleting the natural systems on which life depends?

Green Theatre

How theatres can treat the planet better

The prototype for the ideal contemporary theatre exists and I have seen it. It's aesthetically pleasing and a marvel of engineering. The acoustics are spectacular. It is able to accommodate thousands of spectators, and its sightlines, regardless of seating, are exemplary.

A Community Like No Other

What life is like in Alberta's first cohousing co-operative

How long does it take someone in cohousing to walk 30 metres from their car to their front door on a Friday evening? Forty-five minutes and two beers or cups of tea, depending on which neighbours we run into on the way...



Esi Edugyan dreams; Tom Flanagan campaigns; Lee Kvern casts a broad gaze; Tim Bowling limns in the past; E.D. Blodgett gets thoughtful; Suzanne North time-travels

This Land
Alberta’s Nature
It’s complicated. It should be.


In post-glacial Alberta, short-faced bears and sabre-toothed cats hunted giant pronghorns, dwarf horses and mastodons. If only we'd established a national park...!

Eye on Alberta
Eye on Alberta


Loving the environment all along the political spectrum; one family's buck-based feud; Alberta's climate-changed future; plus other clippings, quotes and controversies

Waterton: Secret Jewel
The paradox of proclaimed hiddenness


Grizzlies have done so well in Waterton Lakes National Park that they are pressing out into the prairie again

Meet the Minister
Robin Campbell
Minister of Environment & SRD


It’s hard to see how patronage and the denial of civil liberties improve access to justice

Summer Festivals


Flee zombies, paint pyzanky, relish world-class chamber music--and 41 other ways to get out and celebrate Alberta culture this year

Community Action
What could your community look like?


Everything in Canmore has changed but the mountains

Highlights from Past Issues

In Our Previous Issue

Game Changer

The Beaver Lake Cree have gone to court to challenge oil sands development. What if they win?

If you want to see the Beaver Lake Cree Nation’s traditional territory in the light of modern day, try driving the 245 km stretch of Highway 881 linking Lac La Biche to Anzac. You will behold a rolling landscape of boreal forest, lakes, low-lying peatlands and a great many trucks: dump trucks and semi trailers…


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From The Archives

The Possibility of Hope

Alberta’s high suicide rates have been well above the national average since the 1950s.

Before she died, Anna Kessler was a promising scholar of Kant. She left Cornell University in 2004 to complete her doctoral studies in philosophy at the University of Alberta. Charming, talented and intelligent, Kessler quickly forged friendships in Edmonton.  “Anna had such a great life,” says Elizabeth Panasiuk, who along with John Simpson became Kessler’s