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Archive for January, 2009

The Budget Misses Key Environmental Components

I’ve had more of a chance to go through the budget details now and I stand by my comment that the 2009 budget does not do enough for the environment. And I’m not alone. I started some new classes this term. One of my professors has a breadth of knowledge (including both an engineering and […]

Budget Day 2009

It’s one of those days Canadians seem to dread every year, budget day. What will it say? How will it affect me? As we enter a recession Canadians were even more concerned with the budget. Prior to the holiday break an alliance was formed between the Liberals, the Bloc, and the NDP that threatened to […]

What Influences Your Choices at a Grocery Store?

Last week I wrote about a book I had recently read, FOOD. When I was at the grocery store last week I couldn’t stop thinking about the book and thinking about the decisions I was making when purchasing food. Here were some of the things that got me thinking Where did my fruits and vegetables […]

A Historic Day

Today marks the inauguration of President Elect Barack Obama. Today also marks a day of change. With the recession trudging on, the world will be searching for change. Here are some of my predictions with respect to sustainable development, the environment and healthy living Tax Cuts: for people who are using active transportation, public transportation, […]

What's for Lunch?

Ever thought about where the food you are eating comes from?   I just read a great book edited by John Knechtel of Alphabet City. From a seed vault in the far north, to space food, to the world foods we’ve come to call everyday comforts FOOD really made me think about what I was […]

Before you Google

I was going through my tweets this morning and noticed an excellent article posted by my bf … did you know that ‘Two search requests on the internet website Google produce “as much carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle”‘ or the equivalent of 14g of CO2. Google of course refutes this and claims that each […]

New Years Resolutions

It may be January 14th but it is definitely not too late to make some New Years Resolutions. Along with some of the traditional ones, I came across a great list of ‘green’ ones a blog called The Green Life. Their goal is to promote ideas for living well and doing good. Their list includes […]

Sidewalk Etiquette

I spend a lot of time on the sidewalk; going to and from work, going to my neighbourhood shops, going shopping downtown, and running. Overall I don’t think there is much sidewalk etiquette out there, it seems to be very ‘every man for himself.’ I got to thinking about this last night as I walked […]

Active Transportation vs Obesity

While scanning my news reader this morning I happened upon this article on The City Fix. Get Fit For the New Year?   Consider Riding Your Bike To Work discussed the inverse relationship between those countries that utilize active transportation and obesity rates. Not surprising that European cities tended to have lower obesity rates and […]

Ontario Snowplows: Do They Help?

Over the holidays I was fortunate to do one of the things I love most, to downhill ski. I worked up at a little resort in Southern Ontario, called Alpine Ski Club. And everyday I had to make the trek from my parents place to the hill. We had a variety of weather, from rain, […]