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JULY 8TH 2011

Come on people, we’re better than this

I must’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed today because when I took the dog for her morning walk everything I saw bugged me. We didn’t even go far, just around the block, which is about one square kilometer. What? I ....

JUNE 23RD 2011

Endings make the best beginnings

June seems a weird time to talk about beginnings. That yearly honour usually goes to January, with September as the runner-up, reflecting the primacy of the calendar and the solemnity with which we approach the subject of sta ....

JUNE 13TH 2011

Do you travel with your values?

As we reach mid-June here in the frozen northland (maybe “soggy northland” is more apt), many of us are counting the days until our vacation. Whether you’re headed to a favourite campsite, or hopping on a plane to somew ....

JUNE 3RD 2011

Get fresh this weekend!

What gives? In virtually everything we do, we’re simplifying, reducing, eliminating or shortening our routines. But when the season of farmers’ markets springs to life, we find ourselves going out of our way to get to the ....

MAY 19TH 2011

Act out! The world benefits

Most of the people we chat with are aware that their personal choices have an impact on the economy, the environment, and society in general. That said, there is still a temptation to think small about that impact, and to dis ....

MAY 6TH 2011

Memo to Harper, et al: You work for us

The Canadian electorate just gave a majority mandate to the Conservative Party, so if you’re like most citizens you’re sitting back and thinking three things: • Whew, no more federal elections for at least four years. ....

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In 20 countries around the world, voting is the law. Australia, Belgium, Greece and Chile have all decreed that cit ....

There was a bit of a flap this week in Toronto when it was revealed that up to 20% of the debris put in the recycli ....

Work. It’s what we do. Recent estimates suggest we spend 100,000 hours of our adult lives working. At its best, i ....

The Big Easy

Be kind to your ice. Instead of using salt to cover winter’s icy patches, try kitty litter or fine sand. Both are cheap and easy solutions that are gentle on pet’s paws and spring’s plants.

How annoying is it when a typo renders your printed page worthless? Wait! It’s not a total loss. Draw an X over the used side and save it for something else – interoffice printing or scratch paper.

Studies show we’re lousy at recycling our bathroom stuff, even though most is green-friendly. Why? No blue box within reach. The fix: Downsize your regular trashcan and use the extra room for a blue bin.