Things Are Good: A Little Exercise Goes a Long Way

At the start of the year people tend to make resolutions that they don’t hold – like regularly going to the gym. The good news is that you can break your resolutions and be OK, as long as you do something. Instead of trying to go to the gym and workout just go for a ...

Things Are Good: Trees are Great for Cities

Cleaning the air and keeping areas cool are what trees do best. A new study has looked into how best to use trees from a purely utilitarian standpoint. Essentially they drilled down to what trees do best and where they can thrive. The researchers cataloged the best places to plant trees based on factors like ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: It’s Always An Emotional Event To (re)Gain a Sense

One of these videos is a parody, and the other is important news about medical capabilities denied to poor people who could see if their country had medicare.

Things Are Good: Bike Lanes Save Lives of Non-Cyclists

Cities can improve the health and well being of everyone by simply adding bike lanes. That’s right, drivers not only benefit from faster traffic flow they also benefit from increased health when cities install bike lanes. As Bloomberg reports, cities around the world are catching on and adding bike lanes to benefit all citizens. There’s ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Action vs. Action Plans #GivePollutionAChance

The Liberals would like to tell you that they’ve spent a year making Real Change (TM) in Canada, since being elected in October, 2015. Undeniably, Canada has some notable differences and improvements since Harper was booted. Still, there are promised changes, not hard to make, that are forever being dangled like carrots, potentially left to ...

Cowichan Conversations: Contamination Worries Heighten in Shawnigan Lake-Many Candidates Seek Nod As Next Cowichan MLA

This is the BC Liberals legacy of incompetence and indifference. It will be a focal point in the upcoming election with an interesting lineup of candidates offering to be the next MLA, the MLA who Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: B.C. NDP big on ‘bold’ ideas for election platform to challenge Liberals

The march to the BC provincial election May 2017 has begun and BC NDP leader John Horgan has asked for bold ideas that could become part of the BC NDP election platform. We have endured Read more…

Politics, Re-Spun: Prime Minister Announces Official Name Change to “Justin Harper”

PMO announces official name change to "Justin Harper" https://t.co/tX1J18Ffdb #cdnpoli #Stand4Medicare #HealthAccord #JustinHarper — Politics, Re-Spun (@PoliticsReSpun) October 6, 2016 It just used to be that perpetuating Harper’s social, environmental, economic and political policies made me think that Justin Trudeau is merely #TheNewHarper. But we’re way past that, as we approach the one-year anniversary of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

Memo to those commentators perpetually seeking any available excuse to compare Brad Wall to historical leaders: now would be an ideal time to point out his government’s turn toward the Reaganesque.

Things Are Good: Men Shouldn’t Worry About Being Breadwinners

Gender stereotypes and expectations aren’t good for anybody, and there’s more and more evidence that men who worry about having to be the primary income earners hurts their health. The old way of thinking that a man had to earn more than his partner in a heterosexual relationship no longer makes sense. Thanks to the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Buying Coal Time, Burns Ours

2. Because if coal's "demise" is anything like Big Tobacco's, the industry didn't shut down after lawmakers' cracked down some. — Saskboy (@saskboy) August 26, 2016 Man bites dog:#Coal industry executive in secret meeting tells allies to stop denying #climatechange.https://t.co/fpiO0EfDBd — Tim Ream (@ourcarbon) August 26, 2016 Zimmerman seized on Reavey’s “poor/no science” line when ...

Cowichan Conversations: richardhughes.ca 2016-07-21 17:38:43

    To all the concerned citizens who read this page, it’s time to take our fight to the streets. PLEASE JOIN ME IN A PEACEFUL PROTEST (#1) AGAINST STEELEHAD LNG – Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: E&N Spraying Roundup-(Glyphoshate) On Railway Tracks Throughout The Cowichan Valley

It appears that lack of notice and flimsy irregular signing is the manner in which the BC Government allows the use of pesticides in our communities today. BC’s Ministry of Environment used to refer these Read more…

Things Are Good: Craft Beer is Advancing Science

We all know that craft beers are delicious thanks to all their fun flavours and now we also know that by drinking craft beer we are helping the world of science. The search for hop plants, which are integral to craft beer, has pushed science to go further into examining the plant and it’s neighbours ...

Cowichan Conversations: Vancouver Islanders more depressed than other B.C. residents

Life on Vancouver Island beats the alternatives. At least that is how I feel and what I have always thought. But why the higher depression levels compared to the rest of BC? Well, in we Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Natives Developing Sustainable Programs for the Central Coast

Things Are Good: No Need to Shower so Much

Showering is something that a lot of North Americans do everyday: and if you’re one of them then you should stop. Showering daily can actually do more harm to your health than good. So relax about your daily urge to cleanse and just roll with your micro biome! As we learn more about the relationship ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: If Earth Was A Restaurant From The 1990s

One of the big problems with climate change, is even if Europe and Asia manage to create low carbon infrastructure and societies, it’s like a non-smoking section of a restaurant. Remember those? Saskatchewan banned smoking in restaurants by about 2005, so we got out of the habit of asking, “Non-smoking table for two, please.” We ...

Cowichan Conversations: Tsartlip Elder Takes Gordon Wilson To Task At North Saanich-Steelhead LNG Meeting

Independent film maker Gary McNutt captured this exchange at the Sidney LNG meeting a couple of weeks ago. Tsartlip Elder Fraser Smith was not taking any bullshit from Premier Christy Clark’s LNG pimp Gordon Wilson. Read more…

Things Are Good: Eat Whole Grains for a Whole Lifetime

A simple change to your diet can make a whole lot of difference on your heart. Instead of reaching for the white bread go for the bread with the whole grains. It’s a pretty easy modification you can make to your diet. Just by switching to whole grains over bleached grains you can improve your ...

Things Are Good: Marathons Aren’t as Impressive as Running a 5K

Running a marathon is seen as the big goal for committed runners – and it’s quite the triumph since running for so far and long is a big challenge no matter how healthy one is. I’ve never run a marathon and I just found out that there’s no reason to (phew!). It turns out that ...

Cowichan Conversations: The shine on the B.C. Liberals’ liquefied natural gas dream has dulled considerably

It was a comfort to read this Times Colonist editorial driven in part by the appalling behaviour and economy with accuracy of Christy Clark’s LNG pimp Gordon Wilson. The former leader of the BC Liberal’s, Read more…

Things Are Good: Easy HPV Testing From Eve Kit

HPV is a virus that can lead to cancer, but is generally easy to test for and prevent. It can be an awkward experience getting tested though, and that is where a new crowd sourced intuitive, the Eve Kit, comes into play. It’s a simple to use STI and HPV testing kit that women can ...

Cowichan Conversations: No part of the word ‘clean’ should be used in association with LNG

One thing that folks living in and around Howe Sound and those of us on the Islands is that we are both facing LNG developments that fly in the face of need, economic benefits, threaten Read more…

Things Are Good: What’s The Best Sunscreen To Use?

In the northern half of the planet summer has started and people are feeling the burn. There’s no need to feel the burn if you practice good sun safety though. Umbrellas are an option to shade your skin as are other fashion accessories. Although sunscreen is perhaps the most convent form of sun protection when ...