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#1174 Sister Megan Rice is in prison for us all

By Cathryn Wellner / December 8, 2014

She may very well die in jail, and she is grateful for the chance to do so. Sister Megan Rice is the anti-nuclear activist who broke into a Tennessee plant and exposed security issues that made government more than a little uneasy. She was 84 when she was sentenced to a three-year term. If she […]

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#1171 We can build cities on a human scale

By Cathryn Wellner / December 1, 2014

Whenever a high rise is proposed for my small city of Kelowna, British Columbia, residents who fear densification’s worst impacts come to public meetings to oppose it. And although I live in a condo building myself, I understand where they are coming from. Take a look at the high rise neighbourhoods that clog cities around […]

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#1167 Laura Bates wants Everyday Sexism to stop

By Cathryn Wellner / November 21, 2014

Karen was cornered by three drunken men in a train station. Sarah’s work colleagues told her she should be a stripper because she has big boobs. Aoife’s best friend told her family she had news. They assumed she was pregnant, but she had been offered a job in a law firm. A man on paternity […]

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#1165 Awkward…7 black kids on racism

By Cathryn Wellner / November 17, 2014

The clever young people behind FCKH8.com have come up with anti-racism video that made me nod my head all the way through. The 7 black kids, aged 6 to 13, who deliver their lines with such flair are all from the Ferguson, Missouri, the same town where an unarmed black teen was gunned down by […]

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#1162 Planting miracles in India; one man heals the environment

By Cathryn Wellner / November 10, 2014

I have shared other tree planters with you on this blog. Now add Jadev Payeng to the growing list of people who take on seemingly thankless, impossible tasks. Jadav Payeng has turned a barren wasteland into a forest larger than New York’s Central Park. He has done this in a beautiful but geographically challenged environment, […]

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#1158 They brought sockeye salmon back to the river

By Cathryn Wellner / October 31, 2014

A few years ago the Okanagan Indian Band was hosting a food security event at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, British Columbia. Dr. Jeannette Armstrong welcomed us to her traditional territory, and then she did something we colonizers would never do to kick off a conference. She introduced her grandson, a 9-year-old boy who had […]

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#1148 Giving Columbus a rest in favour of first peoples

By Cathryn Wellner / October 12, 2014

In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue… That little ditty helped me remember the date of one of Columbus’s voyages when I was a child. It was the date attributed to the Italian sailor’s discovery of the Americas. That made it significant enough for October 12th, the date he landed in what he […]

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#1137 This food bank will not accept crap food

By Cathryn Wellner / October 1, 2014

When I first moved to Kelowna, British Columbia, I joined the nearby Curves gym. I enjoyed the circuits and the camaraderie. What I did not enjoy was the gym’s food-bank drive. I was horrified to see boxes and cans of “food” heaped high, headed for the food bank. The “food” gathering in mounds was so […]

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