Our Blog | January 2009

B.C. Teachers Not Alone in Opposition to Standardized Testing

by: EJ on 01/31/2009
Posted in: Education

The British Columbia Ministry of Education has been administering Foundation Skills Assessment tests to students in grades 4 and 7 since 2000. Since that time, classroom teachers have become increasingly concerned about the negative effects of these tests on student learning, the waste of time and resources and the controversial use of the results …

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Commonway Tele-Seminars Begin Next Week

by: Heather on 01/28/2009
Posted in: Author Events

This just in from Sharif Abdullah, author of The Power of One and founder of the Commonway Institute. Thanks Sharif!

Commonway Institute Tele-seminars

Ever since the beginning of our current financial crisis, as the wave of bad financial news threatens to engulf us (and other dangers await), I have heard a steady, quiet, but insistent question: …

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Personal Food Security

by: Heather on 01/27/2009
Posted in: Food

I've been thinking a lot about food security lately, and I know that I'm not alone.

Food security is a very personal thing - what works for one family won't necessarily work for another. For example, you can store all the preserved horseradish-flavoured strawberries you like, but if no-one in your family actually likes horseradish-flavoured …

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Canada's Navigable Waters Protection Act Under Threat

by: EJ on 01/26/2009
Posted in: Activism

Recent steps by the Conservative government are placing Canada's Environmental Assessment Act and the Navigable Waters Protection Act in jeopardy. In a recent press release, the Green Party of Canada stated:

The Navigable Waters Protection Act is a significant piece of conservation legislation. Anglers and boaters have relied on it, as have …

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BookStorming for Social Change

by: Heather on 01/26/2009
Posted in: Activism

If books, meaningful and insightful discussions, community engagement and creating social change to make a difference are some of your passions, then check out BookStorming for Social Change. The brainchild of activist Grace Soyao, BookStorming is a unique book club that reads books that allow members to know, learn, and share opinions and …

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