Canada

Footprints in the NW sand: Perhaps 13,000 years old

Fats Domino was famously "walking to New Orleans." No one knows where the people who left footprints on British Columbia's Calvert Island were walking. They…

Vancouver sending heritage homes to the wood chipper

The Vancouver Sun calls spring the “demolition season” in Vancouver, BC. Growth and development in the city are booming, driven in part by demand from…

Coal ports’ critics question the economics

Developers of two giant coal-export terminals proposed in Washington “are facing severe headwinds” in a volatile global energy economy, a nationally-known consultant on the economics…

Scary lessons for Bristol Bay from recent B.C. mine-waste accident

For millennia, humanity’s insatiable appetite for valuable metals has degraded the integrity of ecosystems that provide habitat for the world’s wildlife, and the clean water…

First Nations cross border to protect Salish Sea from oil shipments

Proposals to triple the volume of tar sands production in Canada have sparked a new alliance of First Nations and Northwest tribes to stop it.…

B.C. oil pipeline: A threat to the whole Northwest?

In Big Energy’s massive rush to export oil and coal from inland United States and Canadian mines and wells to the hungry power users of…

Rising danger: Project tracks where oil spill might go in the Salish Sea

The rapid rise of tar sands oil shipments through Canada to the Northwest is leading to increased worries about oil spills in coastal waters. Tanker…

Inslee leaps into West Coast climate agreement

A new West Coast agreement on global warming raises political questions for Washington state: Does the agreement boost or hinder an effort to create a…

Dreaming that a B.C. pipeline leaks, dodging the grizzly bears

It was spring in the British Columbia coast mountains: A glorious time, no mosquitoes yet, here in the high country, 4,100 feet up, the sun…

Jean Godden: My favorite war

Saturday, June 15, was a significant anniversary — one most of us neglected to celebrate.  It was, in fact, the 154th anniversary of the defining incident…

The I-5 Skagit bridge collapse: God’s plan?

A week ago Thursday, I was driving home to Seattle after a brief teaching stint in Vancouver, B. C. As I drove south, I heard…

The Chinese investors are coming

The Seattle Times reports that affluent Asians, and specifically Chinese nationals, are snapping up properties in the Seattle area. Homes on the Eastside, especially West…

Is Bellevue the new Vancouver?

For decades, people have wondered what Bellevue would be when it grew up. Would it simply be an affluent "Greater Seattle" neighborhood? A Twin City,…

NW media mogul buys Everett paper and enters coastal oil debate

Canadian newspaper mogul David Black today added the 111-year-old Everett Herald to his 39-newspaper Washington group, having recently also bought Seattle Weekly.  In an interesting…

What’s 9 million tons of toxic slag more?

What's the penalty for dumping 9 million tons of toxic slag into a Washington lake? For Teck Cominco, that day of reckoning will probably be delayed…

Vancouver and Seattle: a tale of two arts cities

Last week, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra kicked off its West Coast tour with a concert at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. The orchestra turned in a performance…

Heritage Turkeys of the Year

It's a grim task, but  someone has to do it, right? For the fourth straight year, I am presenting the Heritage Turkey Awards, examples of the…

The MV Coho: A low-budget response to winter tropics cravings

With the winter solstice looming on Dec. 21, people in the Pacific Northwest often begin lusting for warmer climes, flip flops and blue skies. Maybe…

Seattle Weekender: Japantown, Tieton, and Matisse

Nihonmachi Nite From the late 1800s until the advent of World War II, an area of about 15 blocks around South Jackson Street and Sixth…

The Canadianization of America

The United States won the land north of the Columbia River from Britain mainly by flooding the zone with settlers. The dispute came to a…

Energy boom transforms Canada’s prairies

A week’s speaking and teaching trip has brought me to the Canadian prairies, in the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta. But these are no longer…

The resurgence of Vancouver’s creative class

When VancouverisAwesome.com founder Bob Kronbauer told me he’d be sharing a personal story about sturgeon fishing in the Fraser River at an upcoming CreativeMornings event,…

A year of making do on tourism promotion

Just over a year ago, the Legislature zeroed out the state's weak and ineffective office of tourism promotion, already the nation's laughingstock with a paltry…

Meet the megapolitans and their need for rail, collaboration

In a space as large as France, the Netherlands, and Belguim combined, America’s megapolitan areas house more than 2.5 times as many people. In fact,…

Why a new invasion of tankers threatens Northwest waters

A few years from now, when our best-known marine life — endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, threatened Puget Sound chinook salmon, or the Fraser River sockeye…