In This Issue

Our Vital Forests

And how they're mismanaged.

I’ve seen the transformation of the country in my lifetime,” says biologist Lorne Fitch as we drive up gravel Highway 517 to Hidden Creek. “Alberta’s Forest Service has failed to recognize that there are more values to these landscapes than fibre. A lot of policy is driven by mill capacity. They have to feed the maw.”
A burly man with a trim silver beard, Fitch is an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary and the provincial riparian specialist for Alberta Cows and Fish. “If you want to know what’s happening in Alberta’s forests, you should look at the fish,” he says. Hidden Creek—previously “the best habitat and spawning ground in the Oldman system”—was logged in early 2013.


Editorial: Fight Fire with Fire

Rethinking how we manage forests.

North America’s biggest forest fire happened in Alberta. Sparked by farmers clearing brush and by oil and gas crews smoking out biting insects, the flames marched across the northwestern Alberta boreal for three months in 1950: a 3.5-million-acre inferno.

In Praise of Protest

Civil disobedience saves the Castle.

On January 24, 2012, the Stop Castle Logging protest had been underway for 13 days in temperatures down to −35 degrees and a wind-chill reaching −45.

Green Roofs

A growing trend for city skylines

When you think of a city skyline, do you think summery expanses of prairie grasses, dotted with wildflowers and humming with birds and insects? Or maybe rooftop gardens lush with herbs and leafy greens?


Kevin Van Tighem's Heart Waters; Christine Rehder Horne's Tarstopping; Timothy Caulfield's Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?; and more

This Land
Our Next Forests


All over Alberta, urban horticulturalists and native birds are collaborating, unknowingly, in the enterprise of redesigning our forests.

Yo-Yo Politics


Ordinarily my stance on US elections is to ignore them. I do so because we Canadians have our own elections and our own scandals,

Eye on Alberta
Clippings, Quotes and Controversies


High, Wide and Handsome; Hot Future; Let It Burn; plus other clips, quotes and controversies.

Local Food Guide


Food and beverages produced at Alberta farms and breweries--and where to buy them.

Meet the Minister
Oneil Carlier
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry


Carlier’s stated priority is to “stand up for hard-working families by supporting good jobs.”

Community Action


Hinton, AB

Highlights from Past Issues

In Our Previous Issue

Treading Heavily

Edmonton confronts its giant eco-footprint

Lisa Jimmo wakes up at 6 A.M. each weekday to prepare for her 30-minute drive to work in downtown Edmonton. Her house is in Horse Hill, an idyllic farmland community some 18 kilometres northeast of Edmonton’s core. From Horse Hill School, where her kids once went to classes, the tips of the city’s skyscrapers shimmer on the horizon. “We wanted to be close enough to the city for the amenities but far enough out for the yard,” Jimmo says. “It was a choice I made 20 or 30 years ago. I don’t know at what point I would say ‘This is too much.’”


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From The Archives

Is It Too Late For the Heritage Trust Fund?

Better late than never for saving

A decade ago, when Alberta was debt-free and staring at a $7.4-billion surplus, Premier Ralph Klein decided it was time to spread the wealth. He announced that every person who lived in the province—and, as it turned out, more than a few who didn’t—would receive a cheque for $400 as a “Prosperity Bonus,” a $1.4-billion giveaway that quickly became known as “Ralph Bucks.” Former premier Peter Lougheed, the architect of the province’s long-neglected Heritage Fund, disagreed with the move.