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Ending Violence: Creating Peace

For me, discussing ‘creating peace’ without naming ‘ending violence’ would be to jump to solution while neglecting to acknowledge there is a problem. It would at least be misleading,... 



Compassion Farm Update – March 2012

In January, we received the call we had been hoping to receive for a year and a half: the District of Lantzville finally requested to meet with us. On January 23rd, we met with our... 



Public Hearing Presentation

This was my presentation to the Lantzville Council majority at the Urban Food Gardens Bylaw Public Hearing, October 24th, 2011 (of which approx. 200 people attended and about 60 presented). This... 



Ways & Means of Bullying

Mandala Artwork by Nicole Shaw Bullying is a form of abuse. It involves repeated acts over time attempting to create or enforce one person’s (or group’s) power over another person... 



A Lantzville Couple’s Fight for the Right to Grow Food

“You have 90 days to cease all agricultural activity…” read the letter from the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN), on behalf of the District of Lantzville. “Your property... 



ShawTV Interview: Lantzville Couple Ordered to Stop Farming

Here is a 5 minute interview with ShawTV with regard to the District of Lantzville shutting down our vegetable growing…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMvorJvbo4U  



Why Feminism?

Feminism (Part 2) – Why? [Part One in this series, which focuses on defining feminism and hears from mothers on the topic, is available online: www.synergymag.ca/what-is-feminism]. Our... 



What Is Feminism?

Feminism (Part 1) – What Is It? Talk to women about feminism and you are likely to hear differing opinions and oftentimes, you will get polarizing emotional stances. When I was... 



Spirituality as a Crutch

It’s all good… we are all one… everything is as it should be…. My partner and I were invited for dinner by an old acquaintance of his. Upon arrival we found that... 



Going Green for Beginners

  Recently I read an article in the local newspaper claiming not everyone can “afford to go green”.  The story was about a brand new “green” home that was over 3,000 square... 



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