Archive for February, 2012

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a heart defect in which the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped to perform its function — to pump blood to the body. This rare and complex condition, diagnosed among newborns, is discovered at birth. A normal heart has four chambers, two on the right and two […]


SPRAWL REVISITED, PART 3 The urban sprawl series concludes with possible solutions that government policy makers and urban planners could explore to put a lid on the uncontrolled low-density migration of people and cars to the exurbs. One idea is nodal development where existing small communities are enlarged so they become self-contained cities that offer […]


SPRAWL REVISITED, PART 2 The second instalment of the Toronto Star series takes an in-depth look at the real costs of unchecked urban sprawl to the Southern Ontario region — chief among them increasing traffic congestion, longer times to get to work for the working population, elevated levels of pollution and the inevitable loss of […]


SPRAWL REVISITED, PART 1 Where there is urban congestion, plans and more plans to build more roads, highways and transport infrastructure would not be too far behind. This has always been the trend because governments see expansion as the natural — and as if the only — solution to urban congestion. But more roads leading […]


When snow started falling in Toronto and its suburbs in the morning of January 2, 1999, no one bothered to take notice. Snow — plenty of it — is a staple of Canadian winters, so everyone is used to it. But not everyone is used to having more than 40 cm. (16 inches) of the white […]


This is another graphic on the Great Lakes series that I did with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2005. The graphic illustrates the substantial amount of water lost in the St. Clair River which separates Michigan, U.S.A. from Ontario, Canada: 845 million gallons a day, according to a study. That is much more water than […]