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Ramblings of an Old Flower Child – After Pain

I realize that everyone has a story to tell. It’s just a matter of how, when and where you tell it. And I believe that it must be told. It’s in the sharing that we receive at least... 



Social Justice: Poverty in Nanaimo

“If the poor weren’t so conveniently invisible, maybe we’d come to our moral senses and devise a national strategy for eliminating poverty.” Toronto Star, 2007. Imagine yourself... 



Unbelievable, but Undeniable: Genocide in Canada

I am moved to write this blog because of Minister [of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development] Duncan’s outrageous remarks that residential schools were NOT cultural genocide.... 



Climate Change and Our Gardens

As passionate gardeners, we keep wondering how the changing climate is affecting our gardens. We therefore noticed when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated its plant hardiness... 



Spring Projects

Every spring, I take on a significant landscaping or outdoor project. After months of seemingly endless darkness, I crave working outside. Finally, the days have become long enough... 



Community Psychology Takes to the Air

Dr. Paola Lake, registered psychologist, established her practice in 2004 after moving from Ottawa, Ontario. Shortly after settling into west coast living, she received a call from... 



At What Point Do We Stop?

The debate about the Northern Gateway Pipeline reminds me of a time when my white aluminum boat got hopelessly stuck in black floating gobs of bitumen doing research in on huge waste... 



Beyond the Utopian World of Consensus

Synergy is a word that means a great deal to me. But there are times when it just can’t be achieved by goodwill alone. Three years ago my husband and I moved into a co-housing community.... 



“What is Your Permanent Address?”

“What is Your Permanent Address?” (for the original print version complete with photographs, click here) Toronto apartment for six months Agincourt farm house for four years Ottawa... 



Trauma Out Of Time

It is only fairly recently that the idea of transgenerational recovery has made its way into therapeutic fields. The critical need to look back, in order to move forward intelligently,... 



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