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Deconstructing Dinner: Community Farms

A new model is sprouting up throughout BC that is looking at farming in a whole new way. There is clearly a growing interest to support more localized food systems, however, the bigger... 



Conscious Awareness

I was walking in Vancouver the other day in a neighbourhood some might call, "not quite the best,” when I saw a young man approaching me. I gauged his age to be in his mid-to-late... 



Self Acceptance

For many of us, the decision to make major changes to our lifestyle comes when we either have a health scare or simply feel so awful that we realize something needs to be done. The... 



The Joy of Paying with Cash

My aunt always kept very meticulous records of her expenses throughout her life, and made solid investments, resulting in a stable financial situation for her now in her later years.... 



Food – Overpackaging

We in the wealthier countries have a love affair with the convenience of packaged foods. They are quick and easy to prepare as long as we can follow instructions, not messy, provide... 



Kokopelli Woman

I had a wonderful experience with Carol Keane the other day, at a cozy coffee shop on the campus of Vancouver Island University. We found a quiet corner next to the library and she... 



Self Compassion

There is a joy and good humour in self-compassion that stands in sharp contrast to the harshness of self-hate. I am an educator and course facilitator focusing on communication,... 



How We Might Save Our Planet

"We are living parts of this living body of earth” – Joanna Macy. It may well be the challenge of our century and the primary responsibility of education, to foster an understanding... 



Book Review – An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth (The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It) By Al Gore, Rodale Publishers 2006, 328 pages, $28.95 CAN. If your loved one is critically... 



Deconstructing Dinner: BioFuel Boom

BIOFUEL BOOM: GREENWASHING AND JET-POWERED CARS Industry and government refer to them as "sustainable” and "clean”, but biofuels are far from it. We now face the greatest... 



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