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Personal Imperative

Conversations from the Edge

Welcome to the CRC blog, where we discuss bleeding edge issues around sustainable community development. The term ‘bleeding edge’ connotes the idea of our failure to somehow or other convince the publics about the urgency of responding to climate change now, and that we need to better communicate the principles and practises of sustainable development to the wider publics. So, yes it takes courage to be 'at the edge', and sometimes one 'bleeds' a lot, but let's start the conversation now.

Changing the Frame

Continuing the conversation, this is a very enlightening short video about a National Geographic photographer and a ‘deadly predator’.  The language we use and how we frame the issue, as foe or friend, determines whether or not we have a relationship or not.

Sustainable Development for Some?

Several years ago, the CRC Research team created a series of HEAD Talks videos featuring interview clips with Ken Lyotier. As the founder of United We Can, a charitable organization creating “economic opportunities for people with multiple barriers living in the Downtown Eastside” in Vancouver, he led the creation of the United We Can Bottle Depot.

The American Election

Where are the Giants of Your Past
    Oh America!  America!
    You who listen and applaud
    The Man Who Would Be King.
    Mais où sont les neiges d'antan?
    Where is the one who sang
    "My Captain, My Captain"?
    Where is the man who freed the slaves?
    Where is the man who told
    that fear itself was all there was?
    And what of he who asked

Surely we can move forward

In this blog post, Alex Himelfarb, former clerk of the Privy Council Office, supports the Ontario Government in testing the idea of a basic income.

Learning is the Thing

"The best thing for being sad, replied Merlyn, "is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may see the world around devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then--to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.

Don't Wear Trash

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Connecting the Dots

What is the relationship between animal welfare, human welfare, local economic development and buying locally? It is deep and binding, if you read the attached article entitled, What you Get When you Mix Chickens, China and Climate Change.

Why should you care about the Paris talks?

This is a simple guide to the Paris climate change talks being held, November 29th to December 12th, why they matter and why you should care.

The Missing Dialogue

As we vote today for the incoming federal government, there has been a lot of missing dialogue in one of the longest campaigns in Canadian history. Why? Why has there been so little discussion about our health infrastructure, so much debate about the economy and no talk about poverty?

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