"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”

Henry D. Thoreau




Presentation: To Ottawa on a Tandem Bicycle - Thurs May 24th 


La Broquerie to Ottawa on a Tandem BicycleWade and Jacinthe Wiebe

In 2016, we started riding our bikes again. By August 2017, we were on our way to Ottawa on a tandem bike! We will be giving a 90-minute presentation about the experience at the Seine-Rat River Conservation District office in Steinbach. Hope to see you there!

Location: Seine-Rat River Conservation District office, 154 Friesen Ave, Steinbach

Date: Thursday, May 24th at 7:00pm


The Climate Paradox – Part 2

 In a previous article, we discovered five psychological barriers that make it difficult to accept and act on messages about climate change: Distancing, Doom, Dissonance, Denial and iDentity. But in an interview on the podcast “You Are Not So Smart”, psychologist Per Espen Stoknes also described five elements of messaging which can effectively overcome these barriers: Social, Supportive, Simple, Stories, and Signals. Let’s look at how these can work:

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Are we Leaving the Earth a Better Place?

World Population 2010I'm a child of the 40s; a baby boomer. So pretty massive changes have occurred during my lifetime. Today I want to look at just two of them, and think, together with you about whether they have been for the good or not for the good. I am still healthy, nevertheless my age is advancing, and because of that I wonder whether those of my generation are leaving the earth a better place or a poorer place than the earth we inherited. David Dawson said in this column last week “humans are said to be the most intelligent animals on the planet.” Have we exhibited that intelligence?

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Bees and Other Pollinating Insects

 It is said that humans are the most intelligent animals on the planet; after all no other animal has even invented the wheel, let alone gone to the moon. However we humans are also the most stupid animals on the planet.

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Pickup-and-Walk: Is it the Answer?

On Saturday, May 5, Steinbach will again have it's 'Pick-up-and-Walk' event, the spring cleanup day for the city. The effect of this cleanup activity on the city's appearance is remarkable every year, and I'm sure this year will be no different.. The churches of Steinbach are to be commended for annually organizing this campaign.

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