Monthly Archives: May 2015

A fresh wind is blowing

It is good to be here in Edmonton, Alberta, just as the new social democratic government for the province takes office after 44 years of Conservative rule. On Sunday Rachel Notley of the New Democratic Party (NDP) was sworn in as the province’s … Continue reading

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The longest stretch of parkland in North America

A redeeming feature of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, is its park system.  The North Saskatchewan River snakes through the city and the linear park runs to its south.  It is said to be the longest stretch of connected urban parkland in … Continue reading

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Campaigning for commons: anti-GMO protest

By chance when I was visiting the Strathcona farmers’ market yesterday in Edmonton, Canada, I found myself in the midst of a campaign.  This was a march against genetically-modified (GM) crops, Monsanto and the failure to label GM crops so people are … Continue reading

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Arriving in Edmonton

I arrived in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Thursday evening, 21 May, for the biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons.  Once again I am being generously funded by the Elinor Ostrom Award.  I travelled with … Continue reading

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Hunting for house martins

I drive home from work every day through the pretty village of Stonor in south Oxfordshire, but I have never looked carefully at the houses.  Now that I have claimed this grid square for the British Trust for Ornithology’s house … Continue reading

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David Sharp, father of the Thames

David Sharp—designer, illustrator, writer, campaigner, organiser, walker, vice-president of the Ramblers and much else—has died aged 89.  He was a great man in many respects—and all the greater for his self-effacing modesty.  His work was the public face of the … Continue reading

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Environment down the pecking order?

It’s Sunday afternoon, 10 May, and David Cameron has announced eight new (well, mostly recycled) ministers, but the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is not among them. While I realise the PM doesn’t necessarily make appointments … Continue reading

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