As leaves change colour and drop from trees, and a chill in the air signals the approach of winter, many of us are thinking of the fall harvest and hearty soups and dishes that will soon warm our bellies.Continue reading »
This DIY "green" cleaning recipe is one of my one of my top nine. It works to clean tubs, tiles and sinks. And it's so safe, kids can clean, too. (My three-year-old begs to scrub the tub!)
All-purpose scour recipe
Time needed: five minutes
Shelf life: approximately six months
420 ml (1 2/3 cups) baking soda
60 ml (¼ cup) liquid castile soap (scented or unscented)
60 ml (¼ cup) water
Combine all ingredients in a stainless steel bowl. Stir until the mixture is the consistency of whipped cream. Use immediately, or store in a labelled, air-tight container. Rinse well.
You tote reusable shopping bags to the store. Now bring a few eco-friendly, fabric produce bags along, too.
These lightweight drawstring bags are often sold in sets of three. They make it easy for the cashier to weigh your items AND for you to carry and organize produce at home. They're washable, reusable, come in a variety of sizes and styles and the stretchy kind can carry a lot of stuff. They're also an excellent way to stop using plastic — even paper — produce bags.Continue reading »
I've often thought politicians inhabit a parallel universe. Maybe it's just widespread cognitive dissonance, coupled with a lack of imagination, that compels them to engage in so much contradictory behaviour. Trying to appease so many varying interests isn't easy.Continue reading »
In late September, Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook died tragically in Ottawa. Pootoogook was an award-winning illustrator from Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Her ink-and-crayon depictions of everyday life in the north — families sitting to eat a meal of seal meat or shopping at the Arctic co-op — received international acclaim. In contrast to the idealized vision many Canadians have of the north, of majestic rock and ice landscapes or charismatic wildlife like polar bears, Pootoogook's drawings often reflected the crushing poverty northern families face and its devastating impacts on their health and well-being.Continue reading »
What kind of insanity must it be to confront that which we have not a hope of besting? And on the other hand what kind of sanity can we possibly claim if we don't? Sister Joan Chittester
Don't look for heroes to fix this mess we're in. Look in the mirror. Then ask:
- What are my gifts?
- What are my talents?
- How can I take a giant leap to encourage friends, family and neighbours to take action?
The Heart of Sustainability: Restoring ecological balance from the inside out, by Andrés R. Edwards, asks these questions and many more, like:
- What have you been called to do in your lifetime?
- What motivates you?
- What are the values that will guide us to the compelling future we long for?
Last Sunday, thousands of Torontonians joined us for a sunny day in Christie Pits Park for the Christie Crawlfest, a daylong community festival hosted by the David Suzuki Foundation, The Laneway Project, Friends of Christie Pits Park and Bells on Bloor.Continue reading »