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Our Beautiful Extravagant Pollutant

By Larraine Roulston: For decades, fireworks have been an integral part of celebrations and gala events. Although they bring the community together for an evening of excitement, I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan. Once you’ve seen one extravagant display, in my option, you’ve seen them all. The smoke …

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Humans Affected by Species Facing Extinction

By Larraine Roulston: Beginning with the Industrial Revolution, we have witnessed a slow but steady decline of our life-giving planet. Until recently the descent as been gradual; however, at no other time in history has the destruction of biodiversity been as rapid as it has been during the past 30 …

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Marketing Junk Food to Kids

By Larraine Roulston: In order to sell sugary breakfast cereals, candy and other consumable products that we consider junk food, marketers have realized that creative imagery aimed at children works extremely well. With advertisements, as well as displays positioned at children’s eye level, it becomes difficult for parents to steer …

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Going Zero Waste on a Budget

By Larraine Roulston: When shopping, there are several opportunities to achieve zero waste, save money and help the planet at the same time. With a tight food budget, however, it can be a bit daunting to accomplish all three. Buy less food; more food; don’t buy food; save money — …

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Weekly Menu 5/20

This week is a short week because I’m going out of town for work and my mother in-law is watching the kids at the end of the week.  Monday Spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce Tuesday Black Bean Burgers Wednesday  No-Noodle Zoodle Lasagna Thursday Creamy Dijon Quorn Stew served with Rice

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Air Canada to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

By Larraine Roulston: This summer Air Canada will do more than recycling paper and aluminum cans by replacing its personalized red plastic single-use stir stick with a stirrer made from recycled bamboo. This action will eliminate approximately 35 million plastic sticks per year. In addition, Air Canada has partnered with the …

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Turning Excess Dough into Beer

By Larraine Roulston: As food waste is rapidly becoming a moral issue, creative solutions are emerging. Sending surplus bread to a brewery to make beer is how Leftovers Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Calgary, Alberta, is dealing with its excess sourdough bread donations. This charitable organization rescues perishable foods from …

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Rising Demand for Animal Welfare Certified Meat, Eggs and Dairy

By Larraine Roulston: In my small northern Ontario town, one of our two large supermarkets recently began stocking the Certified Humane chicken brand Blue Goose, and occasionally offering Certified Humane steaks. Certified Humane, Global Animal Partnership and Animal Welfare Approved are certifications recommended by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to …

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Merry Christmas and Our Dinner Menu

As a multi-cultural family, we celebrate Christmas on both the 24thper my tradition and on the 25thper James upbringing. Christmas eve we’re home and start our day with rice porridge and saffron buns and later we’ll have dinner while Christmas day we’ll be at my in-law’s house. Here is what …

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Embrace the New Circular Economy

By Larraine Roulston: It’s time to Re-Think our economic progress by exploring the many opportunities of the emerging circular economy. This movement is concerned with encouraging societies to become low-carbon emitters and to strive to develop a sustainable industrial system. Our present system has evolved towards a linear economy — one …

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