admin's blog

Cradle to Cradle Design

William McDonough is a world renowned architect and author. He believes in Cradle to Cradle Design for communities. Further he believes “we can accomplish great and profitable things within a new conceptual framework—one that values our legacy, honours diversity, and feeds ecosystems and societies . . . It is time for designs that are creative, abundant, prosperous, and intelligent from the start.” This link will take you to a brief 20min TED presentation by William McDonough outlining some of his ideas – Very interesting take a look!

Canada's International Shine is Tarnishing

Canada's international face is changing. Once looked upon as the international good-guy, there are several countries where it is no longer a good idea to put a Canadian flag on your backpack if you go traveling (principally South and Central America) because the environmental and human rights-related practices of Canadian mining companies has been far less than ideal. We have a trophy case full of “Fossil of the Day” awards related to Canada's envoys not only taking contrarian stances on carbon emission targets at various international meetings regarding the Kyoto Protocol, but being downright obstructive during those meetings. Let's not forget the childish behavior of the current government; pouting and pointing the finger at the opposition after losing the vote to receive a seat on the UN Security Council, when it's quite obvious that the current minority government's poor diplomatic performance is to blame.

BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

This summer saw the worst oil-spill disaster on record. Congratulations British Petroleum you have single handily destroyed marine wildlife, livelihoods of fishermen, and winter-escape destinations for Canadian Snowbirds! This disaster was not intentional or premeditated. It was avoidable. Rather than point fingers, what have we learned?

Potash and the BHP Takeover

A triumph for Saskatchewan and Canada! Protectionism? Doubtful – Stephen Harper’s government is pro-free trade and an advocate that government should not interfere with business. So what was the motivation to rule against the take-over? The media is now speculating Harper is a push-over. Though as accurately depicted by Rick Mercer’s Election Report Harper is anything but a push-over.

With declining support at the poles and Saskatchewan being a stronghold (13 of 14 MP seats are blue) is the Harper’s government motivation actually being questioned?

The Story of Stuff

Ever wonder where all our stuff comes from? Or how we can buy imported furniture that is fabricated with Canadian wood – yet manufactured shipped to and from the other side of the ocean for less than the Mennonite stuff they make in our own backyard at the St Jacob’s farmers market. Check out this video – it explains it all!

Syndicate content