The lazy, hazy – and regenerating – days of summer

Our summers were a collage of friends, exploration, interaction, self-discovery. We were doing everything. Our kids deserve the same

The lazy, hazy – and regenerating – days of summerMillions of Canadian children are no doubt thrilled as summer holidays begin this week, after months of classrooms, tests and teachers. Most of us remember the long and lazy days of summer – an entire two months of winding down after a structured 10 months of schooling. For many of us raising kids today, summer…

‘The bloody ants are back!’

For me, the concept of ant-ridden food, ants in bed and ants all over the bathroom just doesn’t cut it

‘The bloody ants are back!’When you spend a few years living up the coast in a forest, you learn about the seasons. And I don’t just mean the obvious: winter, spring, summer and fall. There are literally hundreds of others seasons: pink salmon season, humpback whale season, rufous hummingbird season, rhododendron season, Steller sea lion rutting season, black bear…

Curating kindness: the acts of humanity that inspire daily life

Amidst the turmoil, simple acts of kindness: feeding a homeless man, art classes for apartment kids, and Wood Camp with Steve

Curating kindness: the acts of humanity that inspire daily lifeMy wife and I had dinner with old friends last month. One continues to work in the final year of distinguished academic service as a professor; the other has recently retired from a career in planning and consulting. In these situations, I find that our conversation tends to focus on the partner who has made…

Creative class millennials revolutionize small-town life

Big cities were going to be nirvana for artists, designers and technology freaks. But high costs are leading them to happy lives in rural settings instead

Creative class millennials revolutionize small-town lifeWay back in 2003, urban planning guru Richard Florida was in Calgary to lecture on creative capital, the emerging millennial wave and the new cool concept of Bohemian index. Big cities like Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal were going to become the new nirvana as a wave of musicians, artists, designers, architects, writers and information technology freaks swarmed…

Earning the right to be considered a local

Fitting in to a small community requires loyalty, persistence, desire and a sense of the character – and characters – around you

Earning the right to be considered a localWhen you move from the city to a small town on the B.C. coast, you become the beneficiary of many gifts. Some take awhile to acknowledge and some are obvious straight away. To start with, everyone you do business with makes more of an effort than they do in the city, where retail anonymity rules.…

Home is where both the coffee and wifi are ever-ready

Unlike in large cities, you don’t really have a favourite coffee shop in small towns; your locale is based on whom you are going to meet

Home is where both the coffee and wifi are ever-readyWhere I live, the metropolis is a small town of about 20,000 folks. Those of us who live out in the country (locally referred to as ‘highway people’), have to go into town at least once a week to do errands and shop. When we do, we often have meetings in coffee shops. Unlike my…

Subsidizing high-speed telecommunications services isn’t necessary

The CRTC hopes to identify what telecommunications services are necessary for all Canadians, along with how to fund them

Subsidizing high-speed telecommunications services isn’t necessaryThe CRTC is in the midst of a review of basic telecommunications services in Canada, which includes public hearings due to begin in April. As part of the review, the regulator hopes to identify what telecommunications services are necessary for all Canadians and the means to fund universal access to those services deemed necessary. Current…

Loss of Ontario cropland exaggerated

Ontario cropland has increased since the 1950s, while farming efficiency also improved

Loss of Ontario cropland exaggeratedBy Glenn Fox and Kenneth P. Green The Fraser Institute In the song Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell beautifully encapsulated angst about the way we use land: “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” This lyric resonates…
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