Laura Neilson Bonikowsky

Laura Neilson Bonikowsky is an Alberta writer.

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Preparing for disaster

Preparing for disaster

Humans are fearful. We grapple with our mortality, unable to imagine the planet without us, but optimistic that we will prevail. Our anxiety has been reflected in popular culture for eons, from the Epic of Gilgamesh, circa 2000 BC, to The Walking Dead. Our fears rise as the century wanes and the new one begins. […]

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Where the world trades

| January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
Where  the world trades

Trade agreements have been a foreign policy goal for Canada and many other nations worldwide. Laura Neilson Bonikowsky looks at the 10 largest in terms of dollar value and population. It’s true that money — in the form of trade — makes the world go ’round. Trading between civilizations began about 5,000 years ago, increasing […]

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Where in the world everybody is going

Where in the world everybody is going

The Top 10 tourist destinations around the globe Each year, people around the world leave home searching for adventure or a change of scenery. While most tend to travel mainly within their own region, international travel has become a dynamic and profitable business. In 2017, the most recent year for which statistics are available, there […]

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Securing food in uncertain times

| October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
Securing food in uncertain times

Food security is the state when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Food security is about more than subsistence, more than what people […]

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2016: A year worthy of worry

2016: A year  worthy of worry

As a year of grave concerns, 2016 is giving us plenty to think about. Terrorism, war, economic and political instability, refugees, climate change, unemployment, rising food costs — the selection is vast, the problems complex. How much they concern you also depends on how confident you are in the abilities of national leaders to address […]

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Environmental protection: Where Canada stands

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Environmental protection:  Where Canada stands

Canada enjoys an embarrassment of riches that make for a safe and healthy life for most of its citizens. The country prides itself on its health care and social systems, enjoys clean air and water and reaps the benefits of abundant natural resources. Canada’s management of these resources placed it 24th out of 178 countries […]

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Get outta town: A traveller’s Top 10

Get outta town:   A traveller’s Top 10

Where it began… Two thousand years ago, the Romans, having developed paved roads and the idea of the holiday, were the earliest leisure travellers. Emperor Augustus had suppressed piracy in the Mediterranean region, making it possible to travel in relative safety. Roman emperors, scholars and the wealthy visited historic sites such as the Parthenon and […]

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Canada and the birth of NATO

Canada and the birth of NATO

On April 4, 1949, Canada and 11 other countries signed the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington, D.C., to form the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), its mandate to “safeguard the freedom and security of member countries through political and military means.” After the Second World War, Canada had a strong economy and new confidence. It […]

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Expanding security to meet growing threats

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Expanding security to meet growing threats

In October 2014, two soldiers, one in uniform, were the target of a hit-and-run near St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec; Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed. The driver fled and was shot to death by police following a high-speed chase. Two days later, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo as Mr. Cirillo stood on duty at the National […]

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The day the circuses came to town

The day the circuses came to town

When the steamship Queen Victoria sailed into Charlottetown Harbour on Sept. 1, 1864, she was the last to arrive at the party, bringing the delegation from the Province of Canada to one of the most significant events in Canada’s history. One would expect that the ship’s arrival would have been cause for a certain amount […]

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