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Growing Partnerships, Prosperity and a Brighter Future for Us All

“The right to land and to self-government. The right to self-determination. Those causes are right in any society.”  Being Métis, that statement by Jim Sinclair to the 1987 First Ministers’ Conference often plays in my mind.  Self-determination—the ability to freely pursue one’s own destiny—is a basic human right. It is enshrined […]

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Forging a Career Path in the Forest Sector

As a high school student, I was told I would graduate, earn a university degree, find a career path and then retire… hopefully young. But coming out of university, I found myself being just another young person with a diploma and few employable skills. Weeks of job hunting led to […]

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#ForestFridays

About the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) SFI advances sustainability through forest-focused collaborations. SFI is an independent, non-profit organization that demonstrates its commitment to forests through its work in standards, conservation, education, and community. SFI works with the forest sector, conservation groups, academics, researchers, brand owners, resource professionals, landowners, educators, local […]

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‘Accidental Gravity: Residents, Travelers, and the Landscape of Memory’

There’s an ethereal quality to much nature writing that can feel oppressively twee, miscalibrated to life in the Anthropocene. Annie Dillard may have had a year to wander the Blue Ridge Mountains playing King of the Meadow with grasshoppers, but that was 1974. Haven’t you heard? A Delaware-sized iceberg is […]

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The GO Train to Farm Country?

Imagine catching a GO train to see, taste, and pick the best the world grows and prepares all in one place. Imagine picking your own berries and then drinking squeezed juice while watching some frisky goats. Then imagine sitting down to enjoy what can be done with the cheese they […]

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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 […]

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The Tree Whisperer

Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a world-renowned scientific and cultural expert on trees. She has spent her career amassing knowledge of the world’s forests and their benefits for humankind, and sharing this knowledge through books and publications. In 2011 she was named an Utne Reader visionary for her mission to heal the […]