Bidding Farewell to National Poetry Month with a Nod to Science-Inspired Poets

By Lené Gary, General Science Editor   Poets need scientists. And some might argue, scientists need poets. In the second semester of my MFA in Writing program (studying poetry and creative nonfiction), I began thinking about how a lack of basic scientific integrity in one’s creative work leads to failed metaphors. The impetus for this […]

Continue reading


Celebrating Earth Day with Jane Goodall

Farah Qaiser, Policy & Politics co-editor On Sunday, April 22, 2018, Jane Goodall celebrated Earth Day at the University of Toronto with a short talk, followed by a Q&A with Andria Teather, CEO of the Jane Goodall Institute Canada. Goodall is a British primatologist who is best known for her 55-plus years of studying the […]

Continue reading


It’s raining red: Why use of chemical fire retardants is on the rise

Phos-Chek-dropped-Okanogan-County-WA-2015_CC

by Kira Hoffman, General Sciences editor If you drove through central British Columbia in the late summer of 2017, it would have been hard to miss the charred trees and blackened landscapes. B.C. experienced its worst wildfire season on record, with fires burning over 1.2 million hectares of forests throughout the province. In some places, […]

Continue reading


Making Big Ideas Happen

SWCC People’s Choice Award Winner – Canada’s Favourite Science Site: Let’s Talk Science By Malgosia Ip, for SWCC Amy Cook was a graduate student at Western University when she and her colleague Mira Ray started a small not-for-profit organization called CRAM Science. They were both passionate about science outreach, but found that outreach activities typically […]

Continue reading


Climate change, fire, and their implications for species

by Tanya Samman & Alina Fisher, Environmental and Earth Sciences Co-editors The role of fire in forest ecosystems Forest fires are powerful and devastating. But they are also necessary for the rejuvenation of some ecosystems. Many plants are well-adapted to fire; some trees have dense bark or shed lower limbs to help them survive fire […]

Continue reading