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Invisible Women

Last Saturday, at the Storytellers Film Festival, a short film called eu-tha-na-sia screened. Made by multidisciplinary artist Jani Lauzon, the film follows the feet of a girl leaving her territory, going to residential school, spending time on urban streets and finally, returning home. While the film has a happy ending, with feet fit once again […]

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Lila: Off her chain and warm but still needing home

J. and I are animal lovers. Combined we’ve had five dogs, eleven cats, four parakeets, four geckos, two iguanas and a robin with a broken leg that J. spent a summer helping heal before teaching it to catch its own worms and finally, fly off. Our cat came to us two years ago outside the […]

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The Grim Reality

It’s grim, a friend said to me the other day. She didn’t mean it in a bad way. She’s a person who isn’t afraid of darkness in her fiction but, even still, I cringed a little bit. That’s nothing new. Since Swarm has been out I’ve found myself feeling a tad insecure about the austerity of the […]

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“Well, the party’s over”: David Suzuki

David Suzuki’s Carbon Manifesto: For more:

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We Need To Talk

Swarm is set during times of peak oil. Well, post peak oil, actually. Deeply post peak oil. Very simply, peak oil is the theory that there is a peak at which we’ve tapped all the easily available oil reserves in the world. After that, petroleum becomes harder to find and more expensive to extract. You […]

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Swarm for Canada Reads

Over the course of my Ontario book tour, I’ve had lots of people ask me what inspired me to write Swarm. One part of that answer is simply that I wanted to talk about the eventual disintegration of an economic system that’s come to rely on a cheap and accessible energy source that is shrinking […]

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Swarm: The Current Crisis

So here we are.  One reading into my book tour and the U.S. government has shut down, sending nearly a million federal workers on furlough and risking the stability of the whole house of cards. By the last day of my tour in Ontario – October 17th, the day I head back to The Pas […]

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in support of the staycation

Rising gas prices have finally raised the question. Should we stay or should we go? It’s not an easy one to answer, but since airplanes deliver one of the worst doses of carbon, it’s long overdo that we stop treating travel like it is sacrosanct in the discussion about climate change and start thinking about […]

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float through the air with the greatest of ease

On my way home from the library last night, yet another bit about the collapsing airline industry was on the radio. Dubbed the “airline armageddon” by blogger Lou at The Cost of Energy, it seems like passenger costs for plane trips are rising faster than anyone can book their tickets. Despite the disappointment for travelers […]

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crossing the line

I love the United States. The country is full of grand vistas and great people. And even though lots of Canadians complain about the tough process of getting across the border these days, I’ve never had a problem. More often than not, I find the folks working the conveyor belts and waving me through the […]

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