It is no secret that by and large, the majority of Canadians are addicted to the convenience of disposable items, so it is heartening to see ordinary citizens like Latelin Leblond and Tara Smith-Arnsdorf doing something about it.
Most of us grew up aware of the three “R”s; reduce, reuse and recycle, but darn it, it seems that for every good idea that comes along there is another more insidious convenience that makes any of the three “R’s unsavoury; disposable diapers, throw away excessive packaging, disposable single-serving coffee makers are among the most ubiquitous examples of our disposable values. There are countless ways to reduce and reuse and recycle, and to these we should add another few “R”s: rethink, retrain and replace. Rethink the way we consume and the way we waste, retrain ourselves to get used to a new (often “old”) way of doing things, and replace certain environmental practices and products with (let’s call them “unvironmental”) sustainable choices and actions. It’s really simple, but as we know, simple and easy are two different words. Continue »
Chicken and chorizo paella
“The ongoing conflict in Syria has triggered the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. According to the United Nations, 12.2 million people inside Syria need urgent help, including 7.6 million who are internally displaced. It is estimated that well over 250,000 people have died in the conflict, with hundreds of thousands more wounded. More than 4 million Syrians have sought refuge in the neighbouring countries of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.”- Foreign Affairs, Tradeand Development Canada
This post is illustrated with photos from a certain Toronto restaurant’s Instagram feed, read on to find out why…
A new kind of urban tree?
This is one way to add more greenery to the urban landscape. When ivy wants to climb, let it climb, even if it wants to climb onto traffic poles and light standards. This one has been carefully trimmed to clearly display the rather lengthy traffic rules it proclaims. This natural vegetative exuberance gives us a little taste of what might happen if people disappeared and nature took over our cities. From Discover Magazine:
We might sometimes wonder what our planet would be like if humans suddenly disappeared. Would the seas again fill with fish? Would our concrete cities crumble to dust from the force of tree roots, water, and weeds? How long would it take for our traces to vanish? And if we could answer such questions, would we be more in awe of the changes we have wrought, or of nature’s resilience?
Thanksgiving is less than three weeks away and many of us have already put dibs on a turkey that right now is blissfully strutting and scratching around on a farm. Soon we’ll be happily finalizing invitations and planning menus while poring over cookbooks and recipe files.
And finally at the annual Thanksgiving feast, sitting around the table, someone, the hostess or host or patriarch or matriarch will say a few words acknowledging how lucky or blessed we all are; we will nod, and we will raise our glasses in a toast, and we will give thanks. Thank you, we will say to each other, or to some intangible force or entity who has smiled on lucky us, and that will be the extent of our thanks, and that will be the extent of our giving. Continue »