Our Blog | August 2008

New Office Assistant!

by: Heather on 08/28/2008
Posted in: Events

This post is to welcome our new office assistant (and also to ensure that our blog meets its quota of cute kitty pictures)! Welcome Mango!

Yes, that was an action shot, and no, it did not end well for the plant... Thanks to Jean for the great photo!

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Learning Without Limits

by: Heather on 08/27/2008
Posted in: Education

Scotland's national home education support organization, Schoolhouse, is hosting Learning Without Limits, an international conference to celebrate choice, diversity and freedom in education. John Taylor Gatto, author of the upcoming Weapons of Mass Instruction and the bestselling classic Dumbing us Down will deliver the keynote address. The …

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Peak Oil Facts with Richard Heinberg

by: Heather on 08/26/2008
Posted in: Peak Oil

Richard Heinberg is the author of a number of Peak Oil books published by New Society, including his most recent book Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines. This clip features Richard giving an introduction to Peak Oil, and is from a series called "Why are Things Falling Apart?" from the producers of What a Way to Go: Life at the …

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Food Security for the Faint of Heart

by: Heather on 08/21/2008
Posted in: New Books

Robin Wheeler's wonderful new book Food Security for the Faint of Heart is just off press! To whet your appetite, here are Robin's Top 10 reasons to get food secure:

1. Stuff happens. Earthquakes, trucker strikes, who knows; in an instant, our world could change. We should be better prepared.

2. It can be difficult for low-income families to afford …

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The Tarnished Rings of the Olympics

by: Heather on 08/20/2008
Posted in: Activism

Jim Duff of the Hudson Gazette wrote the following column (reposted here by permission) reflecting on the value of the Olympics to Canada and Canadians. Inspired by reading Chris Shaw's Five Ring Circus: Myths and Realities of the Olympic Games at the same time as following Canada's Olympic hopefuls in Beijing, Jim arrives at some fascinating conclusions. Check it out!


The Sleepless Games

If this reads like it was written on deadline by someone who's had little sleep, it was. I stayed up to watch the triathlon Monday night and was so buzzed after Simon Whitfield's incredible come-from-behind silver, I ended up finishing Five Ring Circus, Christopher Shaw's scathing book on the scandal of Olympian proportions surrounding Vancouver's 2010 Winter Games bid.

It's not hard to find Canadians ambivalent about the Olympic Games. Last week, everything we heard and read was how badly our team was doing in Beijing and why. A midweek editorial in the Globe and Mail came out and baldly said what many Canadians believe - there's no point in sending Canada's best if they're not already top-ranked internationally in their disciplines, 'personal bests' be damned. Much ink and spit was spilt over that.

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