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Boreal Citizen: Boreal greenwashing: Mill-town politics in Northern Ontario

Every extractive capitalist economy needs a mechanism that allows corporate heavyweights to snuggle up with elected officials. In the US, there’s American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and if you haven’t yet been horrified by Bill Moyers’ piece on how ALEC essentially enables corporations to write state laws, you’re in for a treat.

Where I live, we have the seemingly innocuous Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA). Made up of municipal leaders and business partners, NOMA has been an outspoken advocate for the forestry industry, butting heads with the province over issues like the Endangered Species Act. Quite open about its allegiances,

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Boreal Citizen: Occupy the MP Party / A Harper Year in Review

Parliament is winding down, and it’s getting close to Christmas…do you know where your politicians are? Most likely they’re boarding a plane and heading back home to sip egg nog with their constituents. Which has me thinking, why should Conservative MPs enjoy such a festive holiday when we citizens are still reeling from another year with the Harper government? Policy was rammed through without debate. We watched our democracy erode as our leaders bent to the will of industry, removing crucial environmental protections. Scientists were muzzled and dissenters were labeled “radicals”.

My MP’s annual party is scheduled for December 20

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The Liberal Scarf: Check out the Charles Sousa plan for Northern Ontario!

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A great week for the Charles Sousa campaign! After solid performances in the all candidates debates, and fantastic youth turnout at our pub night and the UTM Winterfest, Charles Sousa has rolled out his plan for Northern Ontario in the run up to the Northern region leadership debate tomorrow. Take a look! Ontario Liberal leadership candidate, Charles Sousa, has the right plan to create jobs for northern families. His vision for the North will mean accelerated job creation, better transit and more local decision making. His plan has three points: (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Check out the Charles Sousa plan for Northern Ontario!

350 or bust: Woodland Caribou Park 2012

My family and I, along with some good friends, are spending the week in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather! Here are some pictures from our 2011 Woodland Caribou adventure:

350 or bust: Growing Food, And Other Radical Acts

* It’s time for a tour of my garden, as promised. I should preface this by saying there’s a reason that I’m attracted to the randomness/wildness of the “hugel kultur” raised bed garden. (“Hugel” means hill in German – thanks Mom Polle – so saying hugel kultur – pronounced “hoogel kultoor“- raised bed is redundant; [...]