Author: editorial

Think Before You Leap

“Build an education guide,” they told me. “Easy,” I replied. Turns out, it’s not. While on the surface it may seem like a simple task, building an education guide is quite complex. For example, in this edition of the guide you’ll see we’ve included an indicator for whether or not […]


It’s Time to Unite!

Day 5 of the 2018 Turtle Island Solidarity Journey was spent back at the Pointe-Aux-Chien Tribal Building. We had connected with the community and shared a meal with its members a few days earlier, but this time we returned to nurture the relationship we all share – our relationship with […]

Solar installation

Powering ethical agriculture with the sun

Twelve kilometres east of Parliament Hill, the Just Food Farm grows a dazzling mix of organic fruits and vegetables including carrots, brussel sprouts and watermelon. Executive director Moe Garahan tells me the 150-acre agricultural operation forms part of the National Capital Commission’s Greenbelt yet it’s squarely within Ottawa city limits. […]

Proposed Greenbelt Expansion Study Area - Streams and Water Map

The Greenbelt is Growing

Alternatives Journal and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation are hosting a celebration of the possible expansion of the Greenbelt into Waterloo Region and Wellington County. There’s just one problem: earlier this month, Waterloo Regional council voted for revisions to the greenbelt expansion before agreeing to join. In fact, if […]


Alternatives Journal Call for Board of Director Candidates

UPDATE: EXTENDED DEADLINE: August 11, 2017 Interested in joining our board of directors? The board of directors of Alternatives Inc., the charity that operates Alternatives Journal (A\J), has empowered me to make this call for candidates interested in joining our board of directors. A\J is Canada’s oldest and most respected environmental […]


The Muralist

Pamela Rojas is an artist, a community organizer and civic mobilizer who uses murals as a way to build connections between people and places in her home community of Waterloo Region. Believing that ‘a mural is a piece of art for everyone,’ Rojas has been helping to physically transform urban spaces […]


When I first started campaigning there was no Twitter, no Facebook, no Instagram … no Internet. Good organizing happened around your kitchen table, in cafes and by phone. I still remember when we figured out how to broadcast fax to multiple numbers from the Friends of Clayoquot Sound office in […]