Our Boreal Backyard

In this issue—our annual green issue—we focus on climate change and the boreal forest. Dr. Julee Boan writes about “seeing the forests for the trees” and how increases of only a few degrees could impact our local environment and our lives, and Damien Lee and Stephanie MacLaurin write about maple syrup and Anishinaabe governance in a (climate) changing world. We also profile local change makers and explore the unique world of tree-planting.

April 2016As part of our cover theme, we tour Cinevate’s green space, see what it’s like to live off the grid at Fablewood Homestead, and take a peek at Line Roy’s shabby-chic eco clothing. We also bid adieu to longtime Magnus Theatre artistic director Mario Crudo, and talk to local actor Nick Serino about his recent win at the Canadian Screen Awards. As well, Sarah Kerton makes a reservation at the new restaurant In Common, and Nancy Saunders crosses milking a cow off her bucket list.

Each of us can take action to protect our boreal backyard and in turn, we give future generations the chance to experience and enjoy our beautiful natural habitat. As Dr. Julee Boan states in our cover story: “If you have the ability to contribute to make a better place for those who can’t, it’s your responsibility to do so.”

-Adrian Lysenko