The Happy Pals are happening!

Late afternoon last Saturday I found myself walking past Grossman's Tavern on Spadina in Toronto when a thought suddenly struck me: "Hey, don't the Happy Pals play here every Saturday afternoon?" I went in and sure enough, the best traditional jazz band north of N'awlins was just setting up, as they have done every Saturday at... Continue Reading →

Rethinking 7 Generations

You may have heard of the 7 generations idea or concept or phrase. It is typically understood as being derived from First Nations culture and to mean that when making decisions today we should consider the implications of those decisions on people living 7 generations in the future. As such, it is a useful and... Continue Reading →

Public Gifting in Wellington West

Two weeks ago I played a role in a terrific local festival called Taste of Wellington West whose centrepiece is a massive public gifting event. This year 36 different independent local restaurants, bakeries and food shops gave out tens of thousands of free food samples to thousands of visitors throughout the afternoon. It is partly... Continue Reading →

Killer Cows and You

Not many people know that cows are killers. Or rather, cow milk. But yes, according to the Canadian Government, the milk that comes out of a healthy cow is toxic and we must at all costs be protected from it. Welcome to the OS2 world. Farmer Michael Schmidt of Durham Ontario is just one of... Continue Reading →

Earth Heroes on Parliament Hill

Just got back from cheering on 100 or so people getting arrested for protesting the Harper government's pro-oil anti-earth policies, preceded by powerful speeches by elders and youngsters demanding justice and respect for the earth. I salute their courage and wisdom. They are trying to save all our asses. Among the many memorable speakers was... Continue Reading →

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