Posted May 22, 2018
A new book delves into the murky world of processed foods
Processed foods have never been a bigger part of the North American diet, with a 2016 study concluding that ultra-processed foods account for 57.9 per cent of the average American’s caloric intake.
But despite playing such a big role in our everyday lives, there remains remarkably little interest in funding public research to demystify this topic. The general public itself remains confused, a knowledge gap author Nicola Temple is attempting to rectify with her new book, Best Before: The Evolution and Future of Processed Food.Continue Reading...
Retooling the suburbs
Posted March 27, 2018
A discussion with urbanist Markus Moos about suburban ways of living in 21st century Canada
When people think of the biggest cities in Canada, they often think of the iconic features of their downtowns – the CN Tower in Toronto, the Farine Five Roses sign in Montréal, Stanley Park in Vancouver. But the vast majority of population growth in Canada’s large urban areas is still occurring in their suburbs.
It is these areas that urban planners Markus Moos and Robert Walter-Joseph have spent years focused on, through research projects like the Atlas of Suburbanisms and their most recent book Still Detached and Subdivided? It aims to move past the simple notion that suburbs are simply subdivisions in need of urbanization, taking into account their unique challenges and lifestyles. Continue Reading...
Posted January 11, 2018
Why a population of 35 million is not enough to become the green country we wish to be
The Globe and Mail’s long-time foreign affairs correspondent is a busy man these days, covering everything from Catalonia’s burgeoning independence movement to ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. But one question has been fascinating Doug Saunders for the past 15 years: Why does Canada have such a small population, and what are the negative consequences of that?
His book Maximum Canada delves into this very question, detailing Canada’s long legacy of what he calls “minimizing” policies during the century after Confederation – high trade tariffs, limited immigration from outside of the British Isles and an overemphasis on immigrant farmers over entrepreneurship, all of which have resulted in our current population of only 35 million.Continue Reading...
Posted December 13, 2017
London mayor unveils draft plan to densify suburbs, tackle congestion
London mayor Sadiq Khan released his highly-anticipated draft London Plan in late November, aimed at addressing an acute housing shortage, congested streets and stubborn levels of air pollution. The 500-page blueprint, which sketches out how the British capital will change between 2019 and 2029, is one of the most important vehicles for reshaping priorities in the ancient metropolis.Continue Reading...
Fuelling the war machine
Posted October 26, 2017
Book reveals new details of Texaco’s support for Franco in Spanish Civil War
It has long been known that American oil giant Texaco (now a subsidiary of Chevron) provided assistance to Francisco Franco’s Nationalist forces during the Spanish Civil War, but new research has revealed this support to have been much more extensive than previously thought.
In the mid-1930s, Texaco was growing rapidly under the helm of the brash Norwegian émigré Torkild Rieber. An admirer of Hitler who specialized at making deals with strongmen, Rieber fit Texaco’s rough image as one the most aggressive oil companies in the world.Continue Reading...