Corporate Mythologies

It’s hard to imagine a life without the comforts and conveniences of oil – yet we are told every day that there is a brighter future ahead, one where the sheets on the line glow white in the summer breeze, where cars will run on hydrogen, and where the flooring in you’re McMansion won’t give your children autism. We are being lied to folks – the people who are actually telling it how it is are being regarded as wackos, everyone else thinks that corporate America is the model that will save the world.

Food Supply Accountability

Consumers have come to rely heavily on government regulation for a level of accountability inn the food supply system. We have become extremely removed from the source of food. I think that is part of the reason why farmers markets, local food CSAs, (such as the Creston Grain Community Supported Agriculture project that we are part of).

High Unemployment and Farming

The stories of the great depression still seem far away for most of us in North America, sure there are housing foreclosures, but breadlines?Rising alcoholism? Families sharing houses? Is this North America?

Urban Chickens in Toronto

And Castlegar, BC? CBC covered a great story of an illegal chicken owner in Toronto who of course wanted to remain un-named. Check out the video here at CBC Sunday program. You can download the wmv file here. For those who doubt the support for urban hens, check out the comments on the CBC website […]

Canada’s Sub-Prime Situation and Peak Oil

While the following article represents some of the least investigative of all investigative journalism that I’ve had the pleasure of reading in recent months, it does raise a question – how much risk is Canada’s real estate market really at in this global crisis? globeandmail.com: Canada’s dirty subprime secret Since the subprime mortgage meltdown in […]

Economic Realities for Communities

Will this recession force communities to take responsibility for their own survival? Some Background On the economic front we are in the middle of what some dare to call a “rally” amid a recessionary mindset, but this news today should check some of that enthusiasm: Canada’s economic headache is set to explode into an agonizing […]

RDCK Smart Planning Innitiative

The Regional District of Central Kootenay, in which the City of Castlegar resides is starting out on the Integrated Community Sustainability Planning path.If you are path of the communities inside the RDCK, check out the following information about the public consultation process, and at a minimum take the survey, it is about a twenty minute […]

Transition North America Map

People get the impression that the Transition Network is mainly in the UK. Check out this map of North America with all the Cities that are currently engaged in a transition process, or have residents who are considering starting a group. View Larger Map Also, check out this site TransitionUS for information about training sessions […]