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Posts tagged with ‘sustainability’ (118)

Ancient forests in B.C.

Posted by Claudia Goodine on Tuesday, September 27, 2011

--By Claudia Goodine and Shannon Dooling

On the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, just 15 minutes north of the historic logging town of Port Renfrew, an ancient old-growth forest named Avatar Grove gives visitors a glimpse of how the island’s trees may have looked 1,000 years ago.

Discovered in 2009 by photographer TJ Watt, cofounder of the Victoria-based environmental group the Ancient Forest Alliance, this 40-hectare old-growth forest is home to western red cedars and Douglas fir trees ...

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Northern Roots, Urban Playground

Posted by Graham Lanktree on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ottawa is home to the largest urban Inuit population in Canada. Giving community members a place to come together, The Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre shares and celebrates their heritage while fostering cultural values in a new generation.

Watch as children learn how to clean an arctic char, throat sing and carve soapstone sculptures.

Video by Stephanie Foden

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Plastic Cash is No Funny Money

Posted by Kelly Greig on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Photo: flickr/_Josh_Lowe_

Paying with plastic will take on new meaning this year. The Bank of Canada has plans to change the material bills are made of from the traditional paper and cotton blend to a new polymer-based plastic.

The plastic bills have more security features and are resistant to water, oil, sweat and dust (so yes, you can launder your money - washing machines won’t destroy your bills like they used to). They also give new meaning to that old chestnut about "throwing your money away". The new notes are ...

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Artificial Leaf Touts Promise of Energy Independence

Posted by Hannah Doucet-Roche in Energy on Thursday, April 28, 2011

Photo: flickr/halfrain and quapan

Our present energy habits have become increasingly destructive to our planet and ourselves. However, a recent technological advance provides a ray of hope for renewable energy solutions.

On March 27, 2011, scientists announced the development of the first practical artificial leaf, an advanced solar cell the size of a poker card that converts sunlight and water into energy via a process imitating photosynthesis.

"The key to our energy future may be found in the cells of plants," Daniel G. ...

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Organic Maple Syrup Could Bring on Buyers Remorse

Posted by Kelly Greig on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

photo: Danielle Scott/flickr

An iconic product, maple syrup is touted as "all natural" and "purely Canadian." The technology used to produce it has advanced, but the product still tastes the way it did hundreds of years ago. Nevertheless, there's a new trend on the rise - organic maple syrup.

"It's my opinion that there’s not much of a difference between organic and regular maple syrup," says Simon Trepanier, director of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers.

"Most of the maple syrup producers are organic, but ...

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