Existential dangers and brilliant opportunities

“What to do? What to do?” asks journalist and author Chris Wood, tackling no less than humanity’s existential dangers and brilliant opportunities in his inaugural column for Facts and Opinions. “We are surrounded by miracles and wonders,” writes Wood. “And we are preparing for

Chemical weapons? What chemical weapons?

A meme making the rounds on social media: “So the Americans draw a red line at the use of chemical weapons? “What the hell was Agent Orange? A cake garnish, like chocolate sprinkles?”   Good questions.    

One Person’s Journey: Brian Brennan

F&O contributor Brian Brennan, an Irish journalist based in Alberta, has a new series of biographical profiles on his own web site. Writes Brian: If a story was worth telling once, it’s worth telling again. That’s been my motto for many years. It’s

Wandering through the icebergs

I just posted my photo essay Welcome to Iceberg Alley  in the GEO section.  A collection of photos and a look at how the people of Newfoundland live, study,  work, and make the most of these floating ice giants that come from

Seamus Heaney’s living past

In 1995 the Irish poet Seamus Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, “for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past.” In his death today he becomes a part of our “living past.”

Fracking: at what cost, for what benefits?

The technology of “fracking” has transformed North America’s fuel forecast and global energy politics in one brief generation. But the story of fracking  is really a story about risk – and how we, as individuals and communities, face and trade off unavoidable contingencies, writes

On the road with the Newfoundland diaspora

In a journalist’s career there are many stories to tell. Sometimes you are a local journalist telling a local story to a local audience. Other times you are a foreigner in a foreign land trying to tell a foreign story to the

Not finished with Earth

Well, damn. Seems we’ll be stuck on this spinning rock in space a while longer: humanity’s best shot at escape died a heavenly death this week. NASA announced it can’t fix the broken Kepler Spacecraft, tasked with solving an earth-shaking question, “Are Earths

Behind the mask

By Deborah Jones As of today, it’s illegal in Canada to wear a mask during a riot or unlawful assembly. Under Bill C-309, just passed, conviction of breaking that law carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.  Mixed thoughts. First, a 10-year sentence, even

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