Our Blog | May 2011

Bike to Work Week BC 2011: May 30 – June 5

by: EJ on 05/27/2011
Posted in: Events

The mission of Bike to Work Week BC sure put a smile on my face:

"To experience the joy of an ever increasing number of people safely commuting by bicycle."

Talk about passion!  Not the just joy of riding to work but of seeing ever increasing numbers of people safely biking to work.  I am a committed bike to work commuter but really, it is nothing …

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Hope and Hard Times Photo Essay by Jim Korpi

by: EJ on 05/25/2011

"Sustainability is nothing more than putting in place the age-old desire to live richly, equitably, and peaceably with each other and with our natural surroundings so that our 'home' may offer itself to the imaginations and tables of generations to come."  Ted Bernard, Hope and Hard Times


Ted Bernard, author of The Ecology of Hope: Communities …

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Exploding Watermelons, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Grow my Own

by: Heather on 05/19/2011
Posted in: Food

Like many of us, I have occasionally been guilty of buying the occasional box of Chinese Mandarins or  off-season package of snow peas. I steadfastly ignore my inner voice - you know the one that berates you for all the excessive food miles and says "it's from China - you don't really believe that organic label, do you"? After all, the kids love …

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Biofuels and Land Use Change

by: Heather on 05/17/2011

Biofuels are one of those ideas that can work incredibly well when applied at an appropriate scale, but which can rapidly spiral out of control if implemented at an industrial level.  For example ethanol can be an excellent renewable fuel when created from agricultural cull and waste feedstock, and when distilled on the farm or as a cooperative …

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Elizabeth May Makes History!

by: EJ on 05/06/2011

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Canadian Green Party, made history by becoming the first Green to be elected to parliament in North America.  Her riding, Saanich-Gulf Islands, is located just to the east of the City of Victoria on Vancouver Island BC and just south of Gabriola Island, home to New Society Publishers.  May picked the Saanich-Gulf …

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