It has been two years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released 94 calls to action on how to achieve reconciliation. Indigenous-led movements like Idle No More ignited important conversations throughout the country around rights and title. While reconciliation rhetoric has become popular, resources continue to be stolen from Indigenous communities and treaty rights are ignored.
If you’ve found yourself in Paris, Rome or New York City, you’ve probably gravitated to The Eiffel Tower, The Coliseum, Times Square. And then there’s good old Canada. The great white north. The vast expanse. Even with our world class museums and incredible urban multiculturalism, to an outsider, our signature features still include moose, mountains and Mounties. Our iconic symbol is less of a landmark, and more just ... land.
When discussing solutions to our current climate predicament, many people point to systems like capitalism or religion as the root of our problem. After some reflection on the teachings of an incredible group of mentors, I would like to draw a different conclusion.
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.