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Connecting the Spots

I went to my dermatologist recently complaining about several skin conditions. I have psoriasis on my elbows, eczema on my face, and vitiligo (Michael Jackson disease!) under my chin. “Isn’t it strange that I have all of these skin issues all at once?” I asked him. He just shrugged and said, “It happens.” He didn’t […]

Aboriginal Literacy

I caught this piece on aboriginal literacy on the news the other night. The Rotary Club of North Vancouver has been quietly funding libraries in First Nations communities around the province. The Write to Read (W2R) project was initiated by former Lt. Governor Steven Point who understood the urgent need for literacy in aboriginal communities. […]

Totem & Tacos

Yesterday, my brother Don and I took in the spectacularly beautiful Totem, Cirque du Soleil’s latest production. Afterwards, still catching our breath, we stumbled upon this colourful little outdoor eatery, which matched the circus mood perfectly. We felt as if we had just been transported to a village in Mexico. Narrow Lounge is at 3rd […]

O Solo Dee-o

My friend Deirdre is singing a solo in this community musical theatre production from Once Upon a Theatre. I call her Dee. I’m going tonight. Check it out. Looks like it will be a blast! Here are the details from the website.

Nothing Lucia does is of any importance whatsoever, but don’t tell her that. […]

Creative, Not Costly

You can now recycle more items in your blue box (if you live in a house) or your building’s “containers” cart (if you live in an apartment or condominium). These new items include: milk cartons, paper containers, Tetrapaks (e.g. soup containers), paper cups, ice cream tubs and paper/metal containers such as frozen juice cans.

This […]

Sitting Still

This is a thought for the day from Eknath Easwaran. I’m quite sure he would add cell phones to the list of activities we need to quell if he were alive today. Are you up for a text free Sunday?

All human evil comes from […]

Corky on the ALR

I wrote about the ALR and Bill 24 last post, but then this letter popped into my mailbox today and I knew I had to spread the word. I had the pleasure of working with Corky Evans on the campaign to save the Formosa Blueberry farm. This is a picture of him with one […]

Zoning Out

For those of you who haven’t been following the provincial Bill 24 debate, here’s the gist of it. On March 27th, 2014 Bill Bennett and Steve Thompson (acting Minister of Agriculture) announced Bill 24, the amendments of the Agricultural Land Commission Act. The creation of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) in the 1970s was a […]

Flush It

In the early 1900s, an enterprising young marketer at a razor company decided to create a new niche market for their products. His target: North American women. He embarked on what is now known as the Great Underarm Campaign. Up to that point, women didn’t shave their underarms or their legs for that matter. […]

Green Jobs Basket

I’m working on a couple of green economy papers with one of my professors. I came across an article by Will Dubitsky, called Green jobs see huge growth globally: Why is Canada missing out? The article illuminates the lack of foresight in investing further in a traditional resource economy (mining, forestry, oil). Dubitsky argues that […]