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

Henry D. Thoreau

 

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Wednesday
Mar062019

Conserve vs Consume 

As I travel about I frequently pick up garbage along the roads near my house tossed out of car windows by inconsiderate louts. Beer cans, pop cans, plastic bottles, coffee cups and bags of (usually) McDonalds trash. I cannot understand why these people are able to carry a cup of coffee when the cup is full but as soon as it is empty it is too hot to handle and out the window it goes.

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Tuesday
Feb262019

Making Room for More Joy: A Tiny House Manifesto

Disparity is a concept I first considered through school bus windows. The route our bus travelled through St. James, Winnipeg- and specifically the neighbourhood of Woodhaven- efficiently highlighted the differences between one home and the others.

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Tuesday
Feb192019

Heather Bishop’s Solar House

I had been told that if we wished to write about significant alternative houses in southeastern Manitoba, we needed to include Heather Bishop’s house near Woodmore, a hamlet east of Dominion City. Heather is an artist, known for her music and painting, but she is also a different kind of artist, where her art is expressed in her building vision and building skills.

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Wednesday
Feb132019

If not Natural Gas, What?

Last week in this column I bemoaned the fact that we have become utterly, dangerously dependent on natural gas to keep us from freezing in our Canadian winter. That’s bad enough, but the key actors in the management of Canada’s natural gas reserves seem intent on selling and exporting our gas as quickly as possible.

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Wednesday
Feb062019

Deep Freeze Smashes Record for Natural Gas Consumption

The headline above, lead an article in the Winnipeg Free Press last Saturday. The article was buried on page C2, and the record was reported almost as if this was an accomplishment. Certainly no concern was expressed. But we should be concerned.

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