Be Thankful

Over Christmas my family and I traveled back to Australia for the first time in five years. There had been several reasons for our not returning sooner, high on our list was the cost, and a close second was the actual ability to take a month off to make the trip worthwhile. In a new job, with …

Post 950

Image by urbanworkbench via Flickr So I’ve been online on UrbanWorkbench.com for about four years now. It all started back in Newcastle Australia, before we’d really decided for sure that we were moving back to Canada. There have been 950 posts in that time, and admittedly things have slowed down over the past couple of …

Coordinated Traffic Signals

View Timmy’s Run in a larger map Driving down Columbia Avenue in Castlegar, one cannot help but wonder if the Traffic Light Gods are conspiring against them. This morning driving from South to North while taking the girls for a treat at Tim Hortons I hit every red light from 24th Street to 15th Street. …

My Shrinking World

But something is happening to this world. Your world is getting a lot smaller a lot quicker than you imagine. Yes you still have the internet, Amazon, CostCo and can spend hours browsing through the mall – store after store of goods made in faraway lands. However, the recent economic crisis has rubbed some of the shine and glitter off the consumer model of spending.

Earth Hour

The City of Castlegar has shown its support for Earth Hour this week in their Regular Council Meeting- Earth Hour 2009 is dubbed the election between the Earth and Global Warming. It all began in Sydney Australia in 2007 and has spread to become a global initiative to raise awareness of climate change and issues …

Powering Down

Part of the Transitions Network program is a series of courses called “Skilling Up for Powering Down”. One of the challenges is convincing people that there is value in preparing for a power-down scenario. If you read the news or watch TV – youd’ be forgiven for assuming that the world is already well on track to replacing petroleum products with wind power and hybrid vehicles. As my dad, who was in advertising, always said, don’t believe everything you read – or see on TV.

Believing Peak Oil

It is human nature to avoid thinking about things that we assume someone else is taking care of – or things that we believe don’t really impact us. Two stories, one warning of impending change, the other oblivious to any threat of Australia losing it’s precious way of life… Hard times here to stay | …