Waste reduction motivated two major initiatives in my early social justice work. Both became national success stories; over time, however, both enabled more waste and had other unintended consequences. Reflecting on that, I wonder if more than stewardship is needed to ground our approach to care for God’s creation. Edmonton’s Blue Box program was cutting-edge…
Canadians waste thousands of dollars of food each year. Roughly 60 percent of the food grown in Canada is never eaten, and 30 percent never even makes it to grocery stores. This latter group, known as “lost food,” is often thrown out because it is deformed, too ripe or costs more to harvest than it’s…
What does Sabbath mean when we can’t worship together physically because of the dangers to physical health? Do we take a break, essentially “fasting” from celebrating the Sabbath? Are we in “a time of eucharistic fasting, in which we join with the whole communion of saints in longing for the bread of new life and the wine of the age to come,” as the Anglican Church of Canada’s website suggests?
Canadian farmers are used to risk, but those who export their goods are facing additional strain this year. Market risks have increased with trade embargoes while the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ability to settle disputes appears to be compromised. Countries including the U.S. and China are in disputes with each other, and each is also challenging the WTO’s authority in managing the rules that support international trade stability.
IN JANUARY LAST YEAR, an Ontario farmer was convicted of four counts of animal cruelty, after the deaths of more than 1,500 pigs near the small town of Tavistock, Ont. Police officers arrived on the farm to find 1,265 pigs already dead, and another 250 pigs in such distress that they had to be euthanized.
What happened to our domestic automobiles? Where did our manufacturing jobs go?
Now despite all the positives I’ve written about, there is a nagging question as to why we are seeing an increase in autism among children, anxiety disorders, fibromyalgia, celiac disease, colitis, Crohn’s disease and other illnesses not heard of 50 years ago. Is it related to the foods we eat . . . pesticides and herbicides, the environment?
With a federal cabinet decision on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline due by June 19, and a decision by President Obama on Keystone XL still hanging in the balance, pipeline issues loom large on the horizon. . . . Pipelines are no longer just pipelines. They are the focal point for a key challenge facing humanity: