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What’s this about PETA? 2

(“Puppy Love” is courtesy of pietroizzo’s photostream on Flickr) I haven’t made up my mind on PETA yet (People for the ethical treatment of animals). I’ve heard a lot of things about them; I’ve heard a lot of badgering that they do to prove their point (which reminds me of the Greenpeace folks as well), ...

PIPP, PIPP, POORAY? Not so fast. 1

The (PIPP) Public, Private Investment Plan – Will it work? If successful, PIPP will be remembered and studied by future generations as one of the defining moments of American perseverance and ingenuity. Though still in its infancy, in all likelihood the Obama presidency will be singularly defined by its handling of the current crisis. Unveiled ...

At the Precipice of Credibility 5

On the inquiry investigating the death of Robert Dziekanski, an unsettling trend is apparent: as testimony grows, the RCMP’s credibility contracts. In a pattern that has become unsettlingly routine, each officer involved in Dziekanski’s death has seen his credibility diminish as his statements, provided to investigators shortly after the event, are read against the video ...

Trash Talk: Dry Cleaner Plastic Waste 2

Trash Talk is a special section where we expose the unnecessary waste that is generated by companies so that the urban country staff and readers can speak out to make a difference. I typically pay a visit to the Dry Cleaners about once a month to launder certain shirts (Let’s save the discussion about the ...

Trash Talk: Toronto City Hall loses to Lobbyists 4

(Photo by markolson on Flikr) Trash Talk is a special section where we expose the unnecessary waste that is generated by companies so that the urban country staff and readers can speak out to make a difference. March 17th marks a crucial blow to the credibility of Toronto City Hall in its battle against Food ...

Earth Hour: Waste of time? 8

Earth Hour 2009 takes place this Saturday from 8:30PM to 9:30PM. Is Earth Hour a great way to save energy and promote sustainable living? Or is it perhaps just a waste of time and causing an unnecessary spike on our electricity circuits? Earth Hour originated in Australia in 2007 but quickly expanded to 35 countries ...

Trash Talk: Toronto Rock Waste 2

Trash Talk is a special section where we expose the unnecessary waste that is generated by companies so that the urban country staff and readers can speak out to make a difference. At the end of the Toronto Rock lacrosse game I attended yesterday evening, I was appalled when I came to realize that the ...

Pushing the limits of Human Power 3

Spring has arrived; and with it comes the anticipation of summer activities such as biking and kayaking (for myself anyway). I wanted to share the amazing story of Calgary adventurer and super-athlete, the 48-year-old Greg Kolodziejzyk from AdventuresOfGreg.com. On July 17th 2006, Greg set 2 world records: The first for the most distance travelled in ...

Live, Work and Play

While news headlines broadcast dire warnings about the economy, Toronto continues to build, build and build. There are new buildings popping up everywhere, and it doesn’t seem to be letting up (yet). With credit markets drying up, I had previously assumed that some “under construction” buildings wouldn’t finish. I also falsely thought that some new ...

Light Switch that Resists 1

Imagine this: A light switch that is more difficult to turn on when your home is consuming a lot of energy. You walk around your house and turn off all 5 of your TVs, go back to the light switch, and the switch is now easy to turn on. Novel idea? Or just a silly ...