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 is zoned Residential 1, which allows residential use and Home Based Business only.” With the subsequent public outcry and media storm across Canada, we’ve witnessed how important […]

Green Building

Benefits of Green Building and Compact Community Development Green buildings and compact communities reduce the impacts of our built environment on the natural world. Green buildings use less water and energy, and generate less waste than conventional buildings.  Compact communities minimize the area of land converted to housing, support alternatives to the automobile and have […]

Voluntary Simplicity

Voluntary Simplicity (Part 2) – A Transition from Consumption A life of simplicity means different things to each of us. For me, it means second-hand clothes and only cleaning house when it’s therapeutic. For a friend of mine, it’s choosing unhurried, inexpensive pleasures like reading a good book or listening to the birds sing, rather […]