Food

Nude food: the rise of zero waste grocers

October 16, 2017

By all historical accounts, I should really be a grocer. Both my dad’s dad and my mom’s maternal grandparents owned grocery stores in Montreal back in the day. One in the French Canadian neighbourhood of Rosemont, one a Greek import “emporium”, as my aunt Babs proudly calls it, on lower St Laurent. That was before… ReadPreviousNext Post

Big Issues

Ecoholic update! New adventures ahead

September 21, 2017

You may have noticed my Ecoholic feed has been a little sleepy over the summer. Well, after 15 amazing years of writing for NOW Magazine every week, including 13 years of doing the Ecoholic column, I took the summer mostly off to reboot, play, meditate in the mountains of Guatemala, free my dad’s ashes in the… ReadPreviousNext Post

Big Issues

Wear the change: how to be a mindful consumer

June 8, 2017

Want to learn how to be a greener, more mindful consumer and human being? Join me at Wear the Change! It’s a 9-day online conference featuring over 20 change makers chatting about how to slow down and deepen our awareness to boost the impact we have on the world around us. It features one-on-one interviews with all kinds of peeps,  from filmmakers… ReadPreviousNext Post

Mind

Mindful May: savouring the moment 101

May 10, 2017

Bursting buds, sweetly singing birds. After a long, dark winter, this is when we’re all supposed to stop, take a deep breath and smell the roses…or the magnolias, since the roses aren’t technically in bloom yet. Thing is, it’s really difficult to smell the subtle scent of magnolia trees while sprinting full speed to catch a… ReadPreviousNext Post

Big Issues

Uncut: My interview with the director of Freightened on the true cost of shipping us everything

October 20, 2016

  Look around the room you’re in right now. Ninety percent of absolutely everything that surrounds you came by ship. What’s the big deal? Isn’t that better than coming by carbon-spewing planes? You’ll rethink that after seeing the documentary Freightened, screening this weekend at the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. I wrote a short piece on it with… ReadPreviousNext Post

Miscellaneous

The rise of young female farmers

October 15, 2016

Down a gravel driveway, beside an old glass greenhouse and three plastic-sheathed hoop houses bursting with tomatoes and cucumbers, sits a large faded wooden barn. Inside, a handful of farm workers amble in one night a week to debrief, or, more accurately, de-stress. “We do a yoga night Tuesday nights,” says Bethany Klapwyk from under… ReadPreviousNext Post

Food

5 fresh food waste hacks ‘n apps

August 30, 2016

We’ve all had plenty of foods die a slow death in our fridge. But it’s not just us. Up to half the food we produce in the West is trashed on fields, in store dumpsters and household bins. Time for some fresh tricks, tips and apps to help us get a grip. FOODFUL.LY How many times have… ReadPreviousNext Post

Big Issues

Earth Month Gratitude Project

April 18, 2016

Now that a growing chorus of birds are belting out interpretive covers of “Let the sunshine in” and spring is officially making its budding presence known, I figured it’s about time I should do the same. I’ve been laying low here in blogland since my dad passed away on Valentine’s Day. It was an emotional winter for my family. Letting go, saying… ReadPreviousNext Post

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Eight enviro trends to watch in 2016

January 6, 2016

Mark your calendars – 2016 isn’t just bound to be the hottest year on record, it’s also cooking up all sorts of (mostly) planet-friendly ideas Goodbye, paleo diet; hello, climatarians and reducetarians The New York Times recently talked up “climatarian” as a top new food term to describe anyone whose prime dietary goal is reversing… ReadPreviousNext Post

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Greenspiration: the top 10 most encouraging eco stories of 2015

December 23, 2015

Planet lovers aren’t always an optimistic bunch, but there’s reason to pause and appreciate this year’s many highs on the environmental front. 1. Pope’s planetary revolution The most consciousness-shifting moment of the year: pope Francis’s 40,000-word treatise Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home. He urged the planet’s 1.25 billion Catholics as well as world leaders… ReadPreviousNext Post