Remembering my father

What follows is the eulogy I delivered at my father’s funeral. May he rest in peace. Donald Thornhill (April 22, 1948 – April 26, 2019) My father was a patient man and he had to be. Here’s something he told me: “With the wear and tear we gave our clothes, it’s a wonder I had […]

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LETTER: Career opportunity in fishing … for plastic?

First published November 19th, 2018 in The Telegram. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ first set of plastics challenges close December 20th, 2018. Broken windows, peeled-away siding, displaced outdoor furniture and swamped boats are casualties from last week’s gale-force winds. Hopefully, the storm-scattered debris will be retrieved or returned to its owners, but much of […]

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Book Review: Marq de Villiers’ Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource (2003)

Water is a book about our global freshwater supply and its quality. It’s a policy-relevant and science-rich book but is neither a policy book nor an academic book. Like its subject matter, this book is meant for everyone. Author Mark de Villiers writes: “Water is not ‘ours’ or ‘theirs,’ but the planet’s. We use water, and […]

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