Carrie Saxifrage has written for The Vancouver Observer since 2006. Her reporting on the impact of the Northern Gateway Pipeline on First Nations garnered significant critical acclaim. She worked as a nurse and environmental lawyer in the U.S. before moving to B.C. in 1994. She thrives most when swimming, growing food and back-packing. In 2006, she commenced her most life affirming adventure yet: putting climate change at the center of her personal and political decisions. She lives with her husband, Barry, on Cortes Island, B.C.