Allyn Lyons

Columnist  

  • Nihilism isn’t activism

    There was a minute when it seemed like my Twitter feed was filled with jokes about the climate crisis.

    I saw one about kids not needing to think about what they’re going to be when they grow up, because surely by then there won’t be a society or future for them.

  • Carbon’s ugly cousin: methane

    Most Winnipeggers likely think the only options for their waste are “recycling” or “garbage.” Even a lot of environmentalists who try to avoid plastic packaging likely toss their organic matter in the trash without wringing their hands over it too much. But when those potato peels, eggshells and old leftovers decompose in the landfill, they produce methane.

  • Rental report

    In December of 2021, the Institute of Urban Studies (IUS) at the University of Winnipeg released Gain, Loss, and Change: The Impact of Condos on Winnipeg Neighbourhoods, a report on the shrinking number of affordable apartments in Winnipeg, and found that over 10,000 rental apartment units had been removed from the market between 1968 and 2015.

  • One green city

    In 2018, the United Nations released the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which detailed how humanity is majorly screwed if we don’t significantly limit CO2 emissions by 2030. At our current consumption rate, our planet’s temperature will rise over the 1.5°C deemed “safe.”

  • Favourite local writer

    1. Cierra Bettens
    2. Ryan Thorpe
    3. Madeline Rae

  • Untangling science from colonialism

    About half a million years ago, humanity’s ancestor Homo bodoenis lived in Africa, making hand axes that Mirjana Roksandic struggles to replicate now.

  • The lowdown on lo-fi

    Lhasa Petik’s new nostalgic single “Hurts To Be Young” might strike a chord with people longing for their pre-pandemic life. The indie-pop tune is full of longing for the past and the freedom that came along with it.

  • Live from your couch, it’s Canadian comedy albums!

    Sketch comedy may seem more familiar in a visual format like Saturday Night Live, in which outrageous props and costumes are part of the jokes. But Mouth Beef, the debut album by local sketch troupe HUNKS, makes the listener the set designer.

  • One green city

    To prioritize a city’s well-being, invest in green spaces

  • Calling out COVID deniers won’t change their minds

    But there are still benefits