Michael Dougherty

Resistance and renewal

This winter's snows and rains in the heartland of our continent have brought the Mississippi River back almost to its normal navigational channel depth from the dramatically low drought levels of last summer.

One for the birds

Eight people could sit around the tables in a hall not unlike the CYO Hall underneath Sacred Heart Cathedral here in Whitehorse where the Weekend Soup Kitchen volunteers have been faithfully serving meals to our community's hungry for the last 18 years.

From Patrick to us

Kidnapped as a youth, forced into slavery, he escaped and returned to his homeland only to be called back to serve his former captors in a very different way.

Countering a cold blast of wind from the devil

Blank two-storey, wood-frame row houses line the main street through Lota, Chile. The stark functionality of worker's housing in this former company town can't be escaped.

Bumpy road ahead in 2013, 2014…

In early 1983 the Canadian government, under the controversial Canada-U.S. Test and Evaluation Program, allowed the United States to begin testing an early generation of unmanned stealth weapons over the North.

Shaking earth and preconceptions

Hector Bravo and his family planned to begin their trip home to Canada last Friday from Santiago, the capital of Chile. A bird strike, though, on a turbine of their arriving plane meant an overnight delay.

Tornadoes, fires and floods

You know what a pot of water looks like when it has reached a rolling boil. The underside of the grey green clouds passing over us literally looked like that madly bubbling and churning water.

Who suffers, who dies

The Ex-Convento of Santa Maria de Churubusco now sits completely surrounded by low lying residential neighbourhoods on the edge of Coyoacan, a district on the south side of Mexico City.

Olly, olly oxen free

Long summer evenings and kids, there is something universal in that combination. They carry together across the generations remarkably similar images of carefree play.

Buying a different idea

Today marks the 20th Buy Nothing Day. This consciousness raising, protest action initially conceived by a Ted Dave, a social activist artist from Vancouver became a central campaign for the anti-consumerist Adbusters magazine.

Riches should not impoverish

Looking west from the excavated skarns, adits and shafts along the Copper Haul Road and across the valley from the Grey Mountain viewpoint, you can easily make out the signs of a century of mining in Whitehorse's backyard.

A continuum of responses needed

Spring officially begins tomorrow. For us here in the Yukon the arrival of the first RV vies with the first swan as our marker of the true advent of the season.

Coast to coast: flower power or extinction?

San Francisco, California lies some 76 hours south of Whitehorse as the bus travels.

Bananas and dominoes

As our plane approached San Pedro Sula, the second city of the Central American republic of Honduras, the orderly squares of banana plantations dominated the tropical countryside below.

Courage and caring

Guatemala City can be a dangerous place. Back in January of 1971 having just arrived in this highland Central American capital city and found a modest hotel room I decided to go out for a short walk before settling in for the night.

Unicellular megawatt independence

Our approach to Puerto Rico's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport took us over the mouth of San Juan Bay. The 43-metre high grey walls of the El Morro fortress on headlands facing out onto the Atlantic Ocean can not be mistaken even from 3,000 metres.

The poor are being driven up a new Golgotha

Radical new ideas could not be tolerated. Traditions had to be maintained and power balances preserved.

A better world in a bowl of soup

A large bowl of soup and a thick slice of dark homemade bread usually satisfied the lunch crowd at the Banyan Tree restaurant in Winnipeg.

Seeing with both eyes

CYO Hall which sits underneath Sacred Heart Cathedral in Whitehorse has hosted an impressive array of speakers over its 60-year history.

Life’s river carries us all

A rainforest clad gorge hems in the lake like El Golfete as the Rio Dulce emerges for a second time on its brief journey east from Lake Izabal, Guatemala's largest lake.