Alana Westwood is an independent fiction and non-fiction writer based in Halifax, Canada. She mostly dissects policy and culture under the microscope of logic and science, but will pontificate about pretty much anything. Her work has been described as “illuminating”, “engaging”, and “made me late for my shift.”

Below is a recent sample of her writing. For a full portfolio (August 2016), click here.


Policy Options. Environmental assessment policy must be based on science (with Aerin Jacob, Katie Gibbs, Petr Komers, and Sally Otto).

Le Devoir. Révision de la Loi sur les pêches: le Canada est-il prêt à renouer avec la science? (with Rodolphe Devillers and Rémi Daigle).

The Scientist. Sometimes, scientists must march (with Katie Gibbs and Kathleen Walsh).

Nature. United States: Learn from Canada’s dark age of science (with Kathleen Walsh and Katie Gibbs).

Bird Watcher’s Digest. Rusty Blackbird: Species on the brink (Cover article).

Humanist Perspectives. Sailing without a map: The need for evidence-based policies (Feature article).

The Toronto Star. Mixed results for Liberals on science after one year (with Kathleen Walsh); Stephen Harper’s blatant hypocrisy on scienceWe need a national debate on science (with Katie Gibbs).

LoveNature. Over the past ten years, this deadly fungus has nearly wiped out North America’s bats.

The Hill Times. Canada deserves a science and innovation system that brings real results (with Trevor Charles).

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. 2013-2014 Review of Free Expression in Canada. Feds muzzle scientists: The government continues to brazenly undercut scientific research.

Alternatives Journal. Re-defining recovery: A new model for saving species at risk. 


It’s in you to give. Upcoming anthology from Frontenac House. Eds. Rosanna Deerchild, Ariel Gordon, Tanis McDonald. 

How to save a bird nobody likes. Picoides Vol 28, Issue 1. Society of Canadian Ornithologists.

Pausch. The Books They Gave Me. Ed. Jennifer Adams. Free Press: New York.

Where the rivers met. four33.  Issue 1. Eds. Taylor Burgess and Christopher Friesen.

The view from his shoulders. Broad! Winter 2011 Issue. Eds. Heather Lefebvre and Emma Needleman. Pg 10-11.