Jan Lee

Jan Lee is a former news editor and award-winning editorial writer whose non-fiction and fiction have been published in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and Australia. Her articles and posts can be found on TriplePundit, JustMeans, and her blog, The Multicultural Jew, as well as other publications. She currently splits her residence between the city of Vancouver, British Columbia and the rural farmlands of Idaho.

Dakota Access Pipeline: Should Business Investment Define Tribal Sovereignty and Safety?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it plans to close down the Standing Rock Sioux water protectors’ camp next month. The protesters insist they are staying put, despite the advance of North Dakota’s hard winter season. With months of clashes between local officials and protestors, however, the winter may be the least of concerns for a people who feel their sovereign rights are now at increasing risk from big business and governments that appear to turn a blind eye to laws in favor of the energy sector.

Dakota Pipeline Decision by Obama Administration Due As Nationwide Protests Mount

To the ire of construction company Energy Transfer Partners, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that they will review the route and involve community groups in the discussion of the placement of the DAPL pipeline. That’s good news for the Standing Rock Sioux and a smart move for the Obama Administration as it helped defuse worldwide protests that were scheduled to take place yesterday. But will it make a difference when Donald Trump moves into the White House, since he is an investor in the pipeline?

SPECIAL SERIES: How Cotton Goes Beyond Fabric - Sustainably

Making the Case for Pesticide Use in Today’s Cotton Fields

The benefits and drawbacks of pesticide use in cotton production are complicated to unpack. Experts say genetic modification has reduced the need for pesticide applications, but this point that is often debated when it comes to herbicide applications in the US. We talk with Ryan Kurtz of Cotton Incorporated to get the lowdown on conventional cotton and why pesticides don’t have to be either-or.

Obamacare Rate Increases Aren’t the Federal Government’s Problem

Insurance rates under Obamacare will go up next year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. It’s bad news for many consumers, but especially those in states like Arizona who expect to see a triple-digit increase in their premiums. But with all the public advocacy on this issue, is it really the feds that should be taking the heat right before federal election day?

New DOJ Database to Track Police Shooting Deaths, Address Implicit Bias

The Department of Justice committed $750,000 to establish a national database of police-involved deaths. It will be a huge task and the first of its kind, the DOJ says. This move represents a huge step toward solving implicit bias in police-community interactions — up til now, it’s been easier to track flu outbreaks than police shootings nation-wide.

Water and Human Rights: Canadians Call for a Boycott of Nestlé Products

The Council of Canadians, one Canada’s most respected social advocacy organizations, is doing the unthinkable: It’s calling for a boycott of Nestlé Water. The company stands accused of taking advantage of its access to Canada’s aquifers while local residents struggle to find safe water supplies.

Theranos, 23andMe and Zenefits: Why Medical Startups are Still Struggling

Innovative medical companies with the potential to transform the country’s healthcare system are itching to take advantage of Silicon Valley’s startup incubators. But are the healthcare system and government regulators ready for them? We examine three “unicorns” that shook up the healthcare market — and almost lost everything in the process.

Trump Picks Climate Change Denier for EPA Head

According to both the Washington Post and the New York Times, presidential candidate Donald Trump made his pick on who will oversee the Environmental Protection Agency if he is elected. While environmentalists would likely sum up Myron Ebell as a poor choice, he fits right in with Trump’s position on climate change.