Very Hungry Caterpillar still being devoured 50 years on

Original Post by BBC News "In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf." It's probably one of the most memorable opening lines in children's literature, and this month The Very Hungry Caterpillar is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The best-selling book which tells the story of a ravenous caterpillar eating its … Continue reading Very Hungry Caterpillar still being devoured 50 years on

Incendio! Polish Priests Burn Harry Potter Books.

Original Post by: BBC World News Europe Catholic priests in northern Poland have burned books they consider to be sacrilegious, including ones from the Harry Potter boy wizard series. An evangelical group, the SMS from Heaven Foundation, published pictures of the burning - which took place in the city of Gdansk - on Facebook. They … Continue reading Incendio! Polish Priests Burn Harry Potter Books.

Methane, cow toots and industrial agriculture–your input?

Many are saying that if we stop eating meat, we can do our part for climate change.  That is a great idea except that it doesn't quite get to the relevant information about methane output.  While methane does come from cattle, what we need to understand is that it comes from industrially raised cattle on … Continue reading Methane, cow toots and industrial agriculture–your input?

News for December 1, 2015

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a study yesterday which shows that corporate tax cuts, rather than fueling economic growth, have actually had the opposite effect.   "...there is evidence to suggest that CIT rate reductions contributed to slower growth.."  from CCPA News Release, November 30, 2015.   Canadian Dimension magazine reports in an article … Continue reading News for December 1, 2015

Joseph Stiglitz interview in the Tyee

Joseph Stiglitz, renowned economist and "winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, is the third-most cited economist in the world" according to Research Papers in Economics. In a Friday interview with David Ball of the BC online news source, the Tyee, Stiglitz addressed Canada's housing inequality situation.  Here's a brief preview of the … Continue reading Joseph Stiglitz interview in the Tyee

Pope Francis’ Sept speech on climate change

From an article in the Guardian in September, "...the pontiff emphasized his belief that politicians owe a debt not just to the planet and their children, but particularly to the underprivileged in the world seen as most at risk from the effects of global warming. “Such change demands on our part a serious and responsible … Continue reading Pope Francis’ Sept speech on climate change

Tell it Slant: the Fiddlehead’s annual writing contest

This is your final reminder that the deadline for the Fiddlehead's 25th annual writing contest is December 1, 2015.  Poetry and short fiction.  See their website for details!

Fracking on trial– Andrew Nikiforuk’s new book, ‘Slick Water’

In the words of New Yorker environmental journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, Slick Water is "a true-life noir filled with corruption, incompetence, and, ultimately, courage." More specifically, Nikiforuk says, it is a story about "the courage of women."  From the Tyee Online article by Robyn Smith.  The story of how one woman, an oil patch scientist, struggled … Continue reading Fracking on trial– Andrew Nikiforuk’s new book, ‘Slick Water’

Refocusing Remembrance Day on mental health and healing

Remembrance Day November 11, 2015 An article on Rabble.ca about Remembrance Day in which the author says " I think by re-focusing Remembrance Day toward dealing with the humanitarian healing of soldiers, PTSD, mental health care, our country can begin addressing the broad 'mental health epidemic' -- one step at a time. "