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Bothered by My Green Conscience

by: Heather on 04/02/2009
Posted in: New Books

About a year and a half ago I stumbled upon the website of an exciting artist named Franke James who was creating fabulous colourful, creative and inspiring visual essays to get the word out about climate change. I was absolutely blown away by her work, and immediately wrote about it in one of my first blog entries here. Franke almost immediately …

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Urban Gleaning - The New Dumpster Diving?

by: Heather on 04/01/2009
Posted in: Food

The other night on CBC radio I heard a report on Parisians picking through the discarded food from markets in order to feed their families. According to the report, these people are known as "urban gleaners". This Reuter's story on the trend states that the phrase urban gleaning comes from the term "glanage", which refers to a French tradition …

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Parenting for a Peaceful World

by: Heather on 03/31/2009
Posted in: New Books

I probably shouldn't say this, but parenting books do not usually excite me. I can usually see the value in their strategies, but all too often they come off as preachy and over-bearing, or they make me feel inadequate and guilty. Secretly I am convinced that the compromises I made when my kids were young and I was an overworked and overstressed …

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Education Stimulus Package Versus State Cuts in Education

by: EJ on 03/27/2009
Posted in: Education

With the first round of money allocated to the American education stimulus package due to arrive on the doorsteps of state and local schools any day, squabbles erupt as to the best use of this money. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed the concern of misuse of funds in a recent interview with Education Week.

The American Recovery and …

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Private Power Protest in BC

by: Heather on 03/26/2009
Posted in: Activism

10,000 Voices for BC Rivers is calling for a moratorium on new power generation projects in BC until they meet all four of the following criteria:

  • regionally planned
  • environmentally appropriate
  • acceptable to First Nations
  • publicly owned

Their goal is to persuade a minimum of 10,000 British Columbians to speak out for green power and BC …

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