Alternatives Journal

This multidisciplinary Canadian journal provides articles, research and book reviews on environmental ideas and action.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1, Winter

Finishing Second: A Tribute to Almost-Great Moments in Canadian Environmental History
While the environmental movement hasn't exactly made the mainstream over the last twenty-five years, it has progressed well beyond the "lunatic environmental fringe" stage. I think that's a real shame. What we need is a little more seat-of-the-pants...
Green on the Screen
Computer disks and the World Wide Web are making environmental information much easier to come by for activists and researchers In 1995 Alternatives reported on recent happenings in progressive activism on the internet (21:3). More recently, E Magazine...
Hybrid Turkeys Love Green Office
New design pleases tenants with energy savings and health benefits Hybrid Turkeys Inc. is one of the tenants of the most environmentally sensitive office complexes in the country. Kitchener-Waterloo's Green on the Grand is Canada's first C-2000 building...
News and Conflict: How Adversarial News Frames Limit Public Understanding of Environmental Issues
Most of us learn about environmental issues through the news, rather than by direct experience. Because of this, the news media, in environmental affairs as in other areas of public concern, is a "pervasive political and cultural force."(1) Citizen's...
That Sinking Feeling
Do "artificial reefs" in BC waters increase biodiversity or waste? A British Columbia group that sinks decommissioned warships to increase undersea biodiversity and encourage diving tourism is being criticized by environmentalists who believe the practice...
Three Decades on the Green Beat
For our 25th anniversary, we asked Canada's most prominent environment reporter to reflect on what the media have done and the prospects for effective environmental journalism in the years ahead. When I entered journalism in the 1960s, my dream was...
Watchdog Just Watches: Environmental Commission Remains Silent as NAFTA Members Deregulate
NAFTA's environmental watchdog is not challenging the wave of environmental deregulation occurring in Canada, the United States and Mexico since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC),...
Writing It Down and Acting It Up: Green Audits and Community Theater Helps Tenants Get Healthier Housing
In South Riverdale, Toronto, tenant activists are finding innovative ways to communicate the relationship between health and the home environment. The Don Mount Court Tenants' Association has made organized presentations to their landlord, resulting...