There is a salamander in Mexico City called the axolotl, which is dangerously close to extinction. Its only habitat was a portion of the extensive system of wetlands in the high valley where this now immense metropolis is located. These … Continue reading →
It’s a beautiful sunny morning and I come out the side door with a basket of wet laundry to hang up. Maria, my Italian neighbour, is outside, quickly taking her clothes off the line, even though they’re still wet. “Why … Continue reading →
Regent Park in Toronto was one of Canada’s oldest public housing developments. Built in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the small three and six storey brick apartment buildings had lots of green open space between them and no locks … Continue reading →
Every two or three months we have what we call a soirée at our home. It’s not as fancy as it sounds. Twenty-five or thirty of us get together and entertain each other. Some of us sing folk or opera … Continue reading →
The authorities are now moving in to evict the Occupy protesters across North America. That is because the encampments themselves express a message that is just too direct and gutsy. Mainstream politicians and commentators keep asking for a program of … Continue reading →
Edmund P. (Terry) Fowler is Professor Emeritus of political science at Glendon College, York University, in Toronto, Ontario. Between 1967 and 2002, when he retired, he created and taught courses in local government, voting behaviour, community power structure, history of science, and green philosophy. He created and ran the Glendon Municipal Intern Program, under which students worked for municipal councillors in the Toronto region.