The Numbers Guy (On Nature Magazine)

By Bruce Gillespie

Allan Elgar can pinpoint the moment he became an environmental activist. One spring evening six years ago, planners for the Town of Oakville held a public meeting concerning a proposed development of 3,076 hectares of farmland and woodlots located in the town’s north end. Elgar, a long-time business and finance manager at Bell Canada, had not planned on going to the meeting; it was his wife, Linda, who harboured misgivings about the plans to initiate residential and commercial construction. Unable to attend the meeting, Linda asked her husband to go in her place and take notes.