This January, the world’s first borrowing centre (a.k.a. item library, library of things, tool library) will open at York University in Toronto, Canada. The initiative is a project by York University’s chapter of Regenesis, a Canadian student-involved environmental organization. The borrowing centre will allow students and community members to borrow items such as tools, games, camping equipment, sports equipment, and much more.
Wake up. Eat. Go to School. Eat. Study. Eat. TV. Sleep. Rinse and Repeat.
Get involved with salmon stewardship and learn about the importance of protecting local watersheds with Alouette River Management Society.
Have you ever wondered why British Columbia, home to countless avid nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts and a province with masses of commuters and tourists, doesn’t have a passenger rail system? It’s a good question and one that warrants consideration of both history and politics.
During a recent visit to see my partner’s family in Germany, I found myself sitting on the train to Munich after hiking in the Alps, wondering what on earth had happened to the idea of passenger rail between Whistler and Vancouver.
The year is 2048. Goods and services are exchanged without paper notes, coins, or even cards. Cash is a thing of the past. All purchases are electronic. This transition was more than just a switch from bills in a wallet to digits on a smartphone. Most importantly, this change coincided with a global shift to using the earth’s resources sustainably.
When walking by the shore, picking up seashells is only natural. In Hawaii, I collected ocean treasures by the beach. Yet, it was my “Kuleana“, a Hawaiian word to describe one’s shared responsibility, to place them back. What I brought home as souvenirs from Hawaii were stories from some of the best storytellers I’ve ever met. These stories about our collective kuleana are ones I’ll always treasure.
Things just got a lot more complicated at the Vancouver School Board. More than a decade of under-funding, ever-shifting priorities, and conflict came to a resounding halt with a single order from the B.C. government and Education Minister Mike Bernier that removed the democratically elected school board from office.