Michael Dougherty

The trail ends for last Yukon Oblate

The long trail for Jean-Marie Mouchet, the last member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the Yukon, ended on Monday, December 2.

Game seven, ninth inning and we are at the plate

The Boston Red Sox vanquished the St. Louis Cardinals in game six on Wednesday. With that win they became the 2013 World Series champions.

Casino logic sees everyone losing trying to win

The ferry across St. George's Channel from Rosslare, Ireland to Pembroke, Wales takes about four hours on a good day.

Systemic roots of poverty must be addressed

Dirty mattresses lay on the floor. The smell of garbage mixed with stale smoke saturated the air.

A light for seeing the unseen

The long dusty road had no number. For all intents the small communities strung out along it had no names. A packed, recycled school bus carried people and their produce down it every day, though.

Change rolls in through struggle

`Fall brings change. As we see the snowline creep down the mountains around Whitehorse, we know that all too soon the white of winter will fill the Yukon River valley.

Sharing environmental burdens and responsibilities

President Rafael Correa stood erect as the Ecuadorian National Anthem played. Every Monday, precisely at 11 a.m., a ceremonial changing of the guards begins in Quito’s Plaza de la Independencia.

Brick by brick, visitor by visitor

Carmen and Alfonso welcomed Eva and I into their home and lives in Tunibamba, a couple of hours drive just up on our side from the equator in northern Ecuador.

Between pirates and freebooters

Panama, from its very beginning, has been a place in between: in between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, in between North and South America, and in between the sources of the world's wealth and those who control it.

Gilded past, tarnished reality

The Cordillera de los Andes stretches from Colombia in the north down along the western side of South America to the tip of Chile and Argentina in the south, making it the longest continental mountain range in the world.

Are we going the way of the glyptodon?

The bony armour of the glyptodon tail felt lighter than I thought it would. This ice age mammal could stretch out to nearly 3.5 metres and weigh in at two tonnes.

Universal truths hidden behind Latin American walls

Clean, tan beaches north of the port of Montevideo, Uruguay, follow the Rambla boardwalk for kilometres. For the most part, luxury highrises line the inshore side of the six lanes dedicated to vehicular traffic.

Under the Southern Cross

The meeting room below our lodgings at the Centro Mindszentynum on Calle Araoz in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires hummed with excited activity last Sunday night. Clapping and singing drew me down to see what was happening.

In today, tomorrow walks

Looking back on growing up in the 1950s in a Father Knows Best, Mickey Mouse Club and I Love Lucy TV world, it might appear that life then was very predictable and static. However, it clearly wasn't.

Our planet, our time

Last week, a cob of freshly picked Quebec sweet corn following a dip in a clear Laurentian lake told me that the golden days of summer had arrived for sure.

Transcending ourselves

The reasons people choose to settle in any given area vary greatly. The South Saskatchewan River valley near Batoche, Saskatchewan, drew people for millennia.

What lies in the stars for us?

The new Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium managed to squeeze in between the empty, aging Olympic Stadium, the new Saputo Stadium - home to the Montreal Impact soccer club - and the Biodome, which was converted from the shell of the 1976 Olympics Velodrome.

Storms and disasters demand resilience

Every morning this week, fast-moving vehicles of all descriptions have filled the three northbound lanes of Autoroute 25, heading across the eastern edge of the island of Montreal.

Global fast needed

A good conversation can certainly speed an 85-hour bus trip along. On my annual 5,600-kilometre trek from Whitehorse to Montreal the Greyhound filled and emptied and filled over again, offering a varied array of seat mates.

Fighting a culture of waste

In southern Canada and across the United States the national celebrations on July 1 and July 4 always involve the discharge of a significant amount of gunpowder into the lower atmosphere.