Safe schools

Two years ago, while doing research and reporting for my book, I joined an Active & Safe Routes to School walkabout at an elementary school in Ottawa. The intervention, part of a program led by a national non-profit called Green Communities Canada, is part of a process that involves collecting travel behaviour data, traffic observation…

New Year’s revolution

An oldie but a goodie, Dr. Mike Evans’ smash-hit video (3.7 million views and counting) on the single most constructive thing you can do for your health. It came to mind, yet again, because of Doc Evans’ advice in today’s Globe and Mail, a new-year list of things to do to be more healthy this…

Just the facts

“Taking a walk is good for you.” That’s the kind of statement which, as a researcher who studies links between walking and mental health told me, may appear to come from The School of the Blindingly Obvious. But without hard data to demonstrate precisely¬†how and why walking is good for our bodies, minds and communities,…