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About the PEN


 The PEN is a free community newspaper that has been published by the Peace and Environment Resource Centre (PERC) since 1984. The PEN has been published six times a year: January-February, March-April, May-June, July-August, September-October, November-December). In Autumn of 2015, PEN switched to a quarterly publishing schedule, and has since published Fall 2015: Greening Sacred Spaces and Winter 2015/2016: Sustainable Eastern Ontario.

The mandate of the PEN is to provide information on local peace, environment, and social justice issues. Although these may be national or international in scope, we focus primarily on the actions and events of local organizations. Our Editor, Margaret Jensen, can be contacted at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by leaving a message at 613- 230-4590.


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People from all walks of life, from the local community, organizations, and internationally can contribute an article. An experienced editorial team ensures every issue is packed with a variety of articles of consistent quality.


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If you are interested in writing for the PEN, we recommend that you read a few of the back issues to get a feel for the type of issues we cover.


Regular Columns: Currently, the only regular column that is technically unstaffed is Web Watch. Web Watch is a listing of 4-6 web sites of interest to the peace, environment and social justice community. Each listing includes the URL and a one or two sentence description of the site. This position is currently being staffed on a rotational basis.


Articles: Articles are usually between 350-700 words in length. Articles can be assigned, if specific topics need to be covered, but suggestions for article ideas are welcomed. Topics range from profiles of activists and organizations, to local news and events, projects and programs, and longer-term issues that are periodically updated. All must address some aspect of peace, social justice or environment. Topics may focus on national or international projects or themes, but we always try to put a local spin on it - matching a topic with a local group that is working on the same issue.


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In this issue..

A Retrospective 50-Year Memory Tour of Western National Parks and Other Sites 1964 and 2014
by Paul and Marilyn Koch
In 1964, Paul and Marilyn Koch took a 10-week camping trip through National Parks and other locations in both Canada & the USA. The trip covered three Canadian Provinces and 33 US States. 
In September 2014, armed with photographs from the original trip, they took a retrospective journey in the reverse direction through the Western portion of the trip with the intent of photographing a number of locations and sites as closely as possible to the original photos. This document shows the comparative results. Month of the year--July vs. September--weather, and time of day, all had an impact on many of the pictures but overall with a few exceptions things looked much the same. 

Athabasca Glacier and the Columbia Icefields 

The shocking but not surprising change in the Athabasca Glacier was by far the largest and most meaningful change in natural systems seen on the trip. The first two pictures (shown here), taken from approximately the same location, exaggerate somewhat the distance by which the toe of the glacier has receded, since the toe is now obscured by the large gravel hill that has been exposed. The toe of the glacier in 1964 was at the edge of the lake to the right, close to where a parking lot for glacier access is now located. 
Athabasca Glacier as seen in 1964.
Athabasca Glacier as seen in 2014. Photos courtesy Paul and Marilyn Koch.
The following pictures (not shown) give a more detailed view of the glacier's loss. The bridge in the first picture is at the front of the parking lot as you start to hike to the glacier. About half way up the hill was a marker showing where the toe of the glacier was in 1982. 
In the second picture taken at the top of the hill, you can see that it is still a significant way to the glacier, which is partially hidden--about as far again as the distance back to the parking lot. The third picture shows the current toe of the glacier to the left and the gravel hill that partially hides the glacier to the right. 
Wikipedia indicates that the Athabasca Glacier has retreated approximately 1.5 kilometres in the last century and the rate of retreat has accelerated since 1995. 
The big question remains: How much of that change is due to the burning of fossil fuels and how much simply to natural causes? No one really knows, but it does speak to the need to cut our fossil fuel-based energy consumption in every way possible.
[PERC would like to extend a sincere "thank you" to Paul Koch for permission to publish this excerpt of his Memory Tour. This excerpt has been edited for length.] 

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Thank you to Sustainable Eastern Ontario, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for sponsoring the Winter 2015-2016 edition of the PEN.


Viewpoints expressed should not be taken to represent the opinions of the Ottawa Peace and Environment Resource Centre, the Peace and Environment News, or our supporters. The PEN does not recommend, approve or endorse any of the advertisers, products or services printed in the PEN or referred to on the PERC website. Health-related information printed in the PEN or online is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for the advice of a qualified and licensed health care provider. The PERC and PEN are not responsible for the content on any external website links.