Alan Twigg’s tribute to Rudolf Vrba

Rudolf Vrba, who escaped Auschwitz and co-authored a report saving 200,000 lives, remains unrecognized in Vancouver despite his significant historical impact. Alan Twigg (l.) seeks to change this.” FULL STORY


Non-suffering Saxifrage

November 20th, 2014

Carrie Saxifrage is a journalist for the Vancouver Observer who also honed her research skills as an environmental lawyer in the US. Having climbed mountains that include the Matterhorn and Chimborazo, she homesteads on Cortes Island where she has adopted a low carbon lifestyle. She has worked with First Nation communities to held generate their responses to the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline.

In her first book due in April, The Big Swim: Coming Ashore in a World Adrift (New Society $16.95), she provides twelve personal essays to demonstrate how responding to threats to the biosphere can generate personal growth. With wit and lyricism she encourages others to confront climate change as a non-scientist. Saxifrage is an open water swimmer, a life-long backpacker, kayaker, cyclist and bus traveler who has fashioned “a handbook to living deeply in perilous times” according to J.B MacKinnon, author of The 100-Mile Diet and The Once and Future World.


The Big Swim: Coming Ashore in a World Adrift (New Society 2015) $16.95 9780865717985

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