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Congratulations, Samantha

Selam Abdella, left, and Samantha Howard are co-winners of the inaugural Margaret R. Crickard Scholarship

Selam Abdella, left, and Samantha Howard are co-winners of the inaugural Margaret R. Crickard Scholarship

Exciting news today that Environmental Science Honours student Samantha Howard won one of the two inaugural Margaret R. Crickard Scholarships that celebrate the academic achievement and community involvement of International Development Studies (IDS) students (one of her majors). Very well deserved!

30% chance of snow

Leaving work, mid-way and almost home, Nov 3, 2020.

Leaving work, mid-way and almost home, Nov 3, 2020.

Every year, the first snow takes us by surprise here in Halifax. Today’s commute was an interesting one, thanks to a forecast of 30% chance of snow, and my choice of puffy vest, sneakers and short socks. Those without snow tires were similarly caught out. Happy to be home.

Hello, Welcome back, Goodbye, You’re still muted

Last in-person meeting with MES Krysta Sutton at Coburg Social, August 2020

Last in-person meeting with MES Krysta Sutton at Coburg Social, August 2020

It is that time of year again, but this time with a difference. I’m saying “Hello” to new students coming into our MES and MREM programs, and “Goodbye” to some heading off (like Krysta, above), and “Welcome back” to those returning from internships or fieldwork. I’m also saying a lot of “you’re still muted”, and perhaps more often having it said to me, as most of the above is happening online. I have a tepid relationship with much online technology, but right now I’m mostly grateful for it: the internet will allow us to continue doing what we love, working with students, despite a global pandemic. Occasionally, the internet also throws up a happy surprise, despite my shunning of Facebook, like the photo below, one of a few that landed in my inbox from an old university friend, of a Spring Break trip to Graceland in Memphis 25 years ago. So, “Hello, Welcome back, Goodbye” and, by the way, “You’re still muted.” Don’t worry, we’ll get the hang of it.

With Waterloo Engineers at Graceland, 1995

With Waterloo Engineers  Brent, Josh and two Jeffs, at Graceland, 1995

Dam removal in Europe

Esa Fahlen hosting an actual dam removal in Sweden as part of a Dam Removal Europe Webinar, Canada Day, 2020.

Esa Fahlen at an actual dam removal in Sweden as part of a Dam Removal Europe Webinar, Canada Day, 2020.

An interesting way to spend Canada Day morning is tuning into a Dam Removal webinar for practitioners from Dam Removal Europe. The real draw for me was the fact that they are crossing regularly to a live dam removal happening on the Marieberg Power Plant in the Mörrumsån river, Sweden. The removal is a collaboration with a power company, Uniper. Great panelists from the UK, France, US, Sweden as well as from the US where there is such a long history of dam removal. Good to see some discussion of sometimes contrasting cultural values as well as generous sharing of errors that advocates have learned along the way.

Black Lives Matter

Rodney Small, a great man and citizen of Halifax, saw the worst of it at 15 and works to make things better every day.

Rodney Small, a great man and citizen of Halifax, saw the worst of it at 15 and works every day to make things better.

Logging on today, despite the call to #ShutDownAcademia, to post a link to  a short documentary about Rodney Small, a man I’m proud to know. He was a standout mature student in my early years at Dalhousie, when I taught the first year environmental requirement into the Bachelor of Management program.  I’m horrified to learn from this documentary and elsewhere that he was a victim of police brutality and wrongful arrest at the age of 15 in Halifax. He survived, he fought, he won, and thank goodness: Halifax needs him.  Black lives matter.

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