Taking in the tides

Jonathan White: writer, sailor, marine conservationist (courtesy JW)

Jonathan White has a lifelong love for the sea. Growing up on the beaches of southern California, he has explored salt water on sail boats, many of which he’s built, and has surfed in oceans around the world. These experiences have given him...

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For the love of trees: A look at the NCC Magazine Fall 2016 issue

Do I have to be a tree hugger to love trees? I hope not. I always worry that while embracing a tree I will end up with some sticky, sappy stuff on my clothes. Still, I like trees, although you might say I’m a late bloomer in my appreciation...

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An intimate connection to nature

Norman Hallendy (Photo courtesy of Norman Hallendy)

For the last 40 years, Norman Hallendy has spent his life learning about the Arctic and the many Inuit people who call the land home. His deep interest in this area has brought him across the Arctic, studying different communities and their...

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Read with NCC this summer

Reading outdoors (Photo by Ed Yourdon/Wikimedia Commons)

You’re probably thinking that a summer reading list must contain light, beachy books. This list is different: there are no protagonists trying to fit their dream wedding dress into an overstuffed closet or to solve a murder in the English...

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Gone swimming: There may be more behind water's magical allure than we think

Katie Redux (Paiting by Elizabeth Lennie, http://www.elizabethlennie.com)

"Kids playing on a log in the water represent to me a metaphor for the struggle to exist in a universe of constant change. The expectant struggle to climb up, the exhilaration of success, then the falling down and starting of the cycle again – impossible to control the liminal quality of water or the waves of a tide – and a symbolic cleansing of the spirit." ~Elizabeth Lennie (Painting by Elizabeth Lennie, http://www.elizabethlennie.com)

Water compels me. There’s nothing like the sensations accompanying a dive into the deeps of a fresh water lake, wading out from the ocean’s shore into an unbroken horizon of blue or dunking off the dock’s edge into the dark...

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Rewilding Canada: An interview with J.B. MacKinnon (Part 2)

JB MacKinnon

Author J.B. MacKinnon (Photo courtesy the author)

In 2005, JB MacKinnon and his partner Alisa Smith embarked on a year long journey to feed themselves exclusively from locally-sourced foods. Their experiment gave birth to the 100 Mile Diet concept, which was popularized in their book that...

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Rewilding Canada: An interview with J.B. MacKinnon

JB MacKinnon

Author J.B. MacKinnon (Photo courtesy the author)

In 2005, JB MacKinnon and his partner Alisa Smith embarked on a year long journey to feed themselves exclusively from locally-sourced foods. Their experiment gave birth to the 100 Mile Diet concept, which was popularized in their book that...

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What is Alice Munro reading these days? My review of The Once and Future Great Lakes

Waves crash on the northwestern Lake Superior Coast, Ontario (Photo by John Anderson)

Waves crash on the northwestern Lake Superior Coast, Ontario (Photo by John Anderson)

The Great Lakes come by their name honestly — at 244,106 square kilometres, spanning across eight states and one province, lapping the shores of approximately 35,000 islands, these five lakes have shaped the natural and cultural history of...

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