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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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Reducing Waste in Restaurant, Bars & Cafés

By Larraine Roulston: Restaurants and the food service industry contribute a hefty amount to the waste stream. Food waste, in particular, is high on the list. On average, a single restaurant might send as much as 50,000 pounds of edible food to landfills annually.Wasting foodnot only hurts a restaurant’s bottom …

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Droughts and global warming

By Kelly Smith: (Source: Pexels) The connection between droughts and global warming continues to be hotly debated. But still, the effects of extreme hot weather in many places around the world are uncontestable facts.   (Source: Pexels) Droughts and global warming Drought, as defined by the National Centers for Environmental Information, …

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Climate Change Is Affecting Health Issues

By Kim Robson: As global climate change takes hold of our planet, warmer temperatures are bringing about an unexpected consequence: increased risk of certain illnesses. From asthma and Lyme disease to mold and parasites, warmer temperatures are great for these pathogens, but not so great for us. Let’s discuss a …

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The Need to Save Our Oceans Is Now

By Fredrica Syren: Every other breath we take comes from the Ocean’s breath — from the oxygen produced by its phytoplankton and its rich marine plant life. Oceans cover 71% of our planet and today humans are harming the oceans far more than we realized.  There are multiple factors harming our …

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Plant a Tree for Trump

ByKim Robson: Of all the ignorant, thoughtless, dangerous and self-serving tweets Donald Trump has posted on Twitter about climate change, this recent one about California’s devastating wildfires just about made my head explode: Apparently that’s what he actually thinks, that we “divert” all our water to the ocean, and if …

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What We Should Learn from France’s Plastic Ban

By Fredrica Syren: When we were in France in July, I noticed how restaurants, ice cream bars and coffee shops offered only paper straws. When I went grocery shopping, I noticed that all produce bags as well as the shopping bags are made from compostable cornstarch. Since 2015, when the …

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