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Inhabit

Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints were beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and well-being of our planet? This is the premise behind permaculture: a design process based on the replication of patterns found in nature. INHABIT explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design lens of permaculture. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

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Save the Farm

SAVE THE FARM tells the story of the largest urban farm in the United States, a 14-acre organic farm sitting right in the middle of South Central Los Angeles. Over 350 farmers cultivated this farm, which fed their families and community and created an urban oasis for more than 14 years. But when the city sells this public tract of land to a developer in a closed door session, activists and celebrities stage an 11th hour tree sit to try and save the farmers from eviction.

Although this film depicts one local story, filmmaker Michael Kuehnert demonstrates that protecting green spaces and urban farming is a successful solution for local, affordable organic food in cities everywhere and an important building block for a sustainable future.

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Stephen Maher: It could get ugly at polling stations this fall thanks to Fair Elections Act

Pierre Poilievre.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang/FilesPierre Poilievre.

When Elections Canada mails out Voter Information Cards this fall, a new sentence in bold letters will appear at the bottom: Please note that this card is not a piece of ID.

Read more: Stephen Maher: It could get ugly at polling stations this fall thanks to Fair Elections Act

Antarctic ice shelf just a few years from complete disintegration: NASA

Reuters
15 MAY 2015 AT 06:41 ET      

The last intact section of one of Antarctica’s mammoth ice shelves is weakening fast and will likely disintegrate completely in the next few years, contributing further to rising sea levels, according to a NASA study released on Thursday.

Read more: Antarctic ice shelf just a few years from complete disintegration: NASA

Pope Francis Said Today Many Powerful People Don't Want Peace

(ANSA) - Vatican City, May 11 - Pope Francis said Monday that "many powerful people don't want peace because they live off war". 

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Canada's right-wing agenda is coming undone

This may be the beginning of the end for Canada's decade of conservative rule.

11 May 2015 12:30 GMT | PoliticsCanadaStephen Harper

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper [REUTERS]

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper [REUTERS]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Antonia Zerbisias

Antonia Zerbisias is an award-winning Canadian journalist. She has been a reporter and TV host for the Toronto Star, the CBC, as well as the Montreal correspondent for Variety trade paper.

@AntoniaZ

It's a good thing for Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper that he's been out of the country. 

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PRESENTING The Wave eBike, The World's Most Affordable Electric Bike:

The Wave e-bike is the world's most affordable electric bike that can 52 miles on a single charge with pedal assist mode!* This eBike can also go over 28mph!* They are one of Indiegogo's fastest and biggest campaigns and they have made national headlines all over the world!

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Microalgae used for green asphalt

Process for the production of bioasphalt from microalgae. Image: Les films du cercle rougeProcess for the production of bioasphalt from microalgae. Image: Les films du cercle rougeMicroalgae offer a highly promising alternative to petroleum products without competing for resources used in the food industry. They have now been used, for the first time, to make asphalt. Researchers have recently proved the viability of bioasphalt, demonstrating its close similarity to the "real" asphalt used to pave roads. Their findings have been published in Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

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Food Feud: More Cities Block Meal-Sharing for Homeless

 BY BILL BRIGGS

More American cities are blocking individuals and ministries from feeding homeless people in parks and public squares, and several Americans have been ticketed for offering such charity, according to a forthcoming report by the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Read more: Food Feud: More Cities Block Meal-Sharing for Homeless

Christy Clark Hands a $43 Million Gift to Liberal Donor Developer in Land Deal

BY MICHAEL SMYTH, THE PROVINCE APRIL 16, 2015
In the Lower Mainland’s red-hot real-estate market, it’s not uncommon for a seller to get the asking price on a property — and sometimes more.
That’s why the NDP Opposition wants to know why the Liberal government sold several parcels of Crown land in Coquitlam for 33 per cent under their appraised value.

Read more: Christy Clark Hands a $43 Million Gift to Liberal Donor Developer in Land Deal

Germany On Verge Of Virtually Banning Fracking

(Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet signed off on a draft law on Wednesday that imposes an effective ban on the controversial technique of fracking for shale gas.

Read more: Germany On Verge Of Virtually Banning Fracking

ISIS mission: Canada conducts 1st airstrike in Syria Airstrike

Hit ISIL garrison, according to Defence Minister Jason Kenney on Twitter.

The Canadian military conducted its first airstrike on an ISIS target in Syria today, according to the Department of National Defence.

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Hackers leak messages between the Kremlin and France

NEWSWEEK
03 APR 2015 AT 13:40 ET   Lucy Draper 
Posted without permission from NewsweekFrench media site Mediapart has reported that hackers have leaked thousands of texts and emails sent between the Kremlin and the French far-right party, the National Front.

Read more: Hackers leak messages between the Kremlin and France

Montreal police disperse hundreds of protesters with tear gas, stun grenades

http://rt.com/news/244789-montreal-police-tear-gas/

Riot police in Montreal used tear gas and flash-bangs to disperse hundreds of students rallying in the city’s downtown in protest against the Quebec government’s austerity measures.

Following dispersal, barricades have been put up at Montreal’s Carré Phillips and protesters are regrouping, according to various reports on the ground.

Read more: Montreal police disperse hundreds of protesters with tear gas, stun grenades

Vancouver's annual homeless count and the failure to end homelessness

Posted on: March 27, 2015 - 9:05am

Earlier this week Vancouver conducted its annual homelessness count. Last year the count found that despite the mayor's pledge to end homelessness by 2015 the number of people living on the streets had doubled. This year the mayor called on the province and the federal government to take more responsibility for affordable housing.

More Information: Vancouver homeless count confirms challenge of Vision’s 2015 goal | Globe and MailCity of Vancouver's annual homelessness count begins Monday night | CBCVancouver goal to end homelessness needs federal and provincial support, says expert | CBC

U.N. warns world could have 40% water shortfall by 2030

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 8:15amKaty Daigle, AP Environment Writer, Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — The world could suffer a 40% shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a U.N. report warned Friday.

Many underground water reserves are already running low, while rainfall patterns are predicted to become more erratic with climate change. As the world's population grows to an expected 9 billion by 2050, more groundwater will be needed for farming, industry and personal consumption.

Read more: U.N. warns world could have 40% water shortfall by 2030

Man with alleged links to Canadian Security Intelligence Service(CSIS) helped a dozen cross into Syria: reports

KIM MACKRAEL

Ottawa — The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Mar. 16 2015, 5:09 PM EDT

Last updated Monday, Mar. 16 2015, 9:35 PM EDT


A Syrian man arrested in Turkey last month for allegedly helping three British schoolgirls join Islamic State militants told police he was in touch with Canadian officials as far back as 2013 and had helped a dozen other people cross into Syria, according to Turkish media reports.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister revealed last week that police had arrested the man, who he said had been working for another country’s foreign intelligence service. Mevluet Cavuolu would not name the country in question but said it’s part of the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State extremists and is not the United States nor a member in the European Union.

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Turkish media reports last week said the man was working for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and identified him as Mohammed al-Rashed.

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87-Year-Old Woman Finishes Knitting 1000th Sweater For Kids in Need

by  , 03/03/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News 

http://www.ecouterre.com/87-year-old-woman-finishes-knitting-1000th-sweater-for-kids-in-need/

+ Knit for Kids

Anna Taylor, a knitter with a heart of gold, has spent the better part of the last nine years knitting sweaters for the needy. Since February of 2006, The Cullen, Virginia native has worked tirelessly, knitting warm sweaters in her spare time for needy children across the world. The toil of Taylor’s work has reached a new milestone, as she boxes up her 1000thsweater for those in need!





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International Womens Day: Indigenous women still not equal in Canada

OPINION


By Pamela Palmater, for CBC News Posted: Mar 07, 2015 6:00 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 07, 2015 6:00 AM ET

On Friday another damning report was released that concluded Canada committed “grave violations” of the human rights of indigenous women and girls across the country. The report also recommended a national inquiry.

Photos of missing and murdered indigenous women at the national round table in Ottawa February 27.

Photos of missing and murdered indigenous women at the national round table in Ottawa February 27. (Karina Roman/CBC)

CBC News will continue to investigate missing and murdered indigenous women and girls by exploring the stories of these women, their families and their communities.


“Aboriginal women and girls are more likely to be victims of violence than men or non-aboriginal women, and they are more likely to die as a result,” said Niklas Bruun and Barbara Bailey, members of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

“Yet, despite the seriousness of the situation, the Canadian State has not sufficiently implemented measures to ensure that cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women are effectively investigated and prosecuted.”

At least 1,200 indigenous women and girls have gone murdered and missing in the past three decades. How did we come to this state of affairs in Canada?

Read more: International Womens Day: Indigenous women still not equal in Canada

Matt DeHart, the alleged Anonymous hacker, deported to U.S. after Canada refused to grant him asylum from alleged torture

Matt DeHart, a former American soldier who sought asylum in Canada claiming torture by U.S. agents probing Anonymous hackers and WikiLeaks, was taken from his Ontario prison cell Sunday morning and delivered to U.S. agents at the border.

Screen-Shot-2014-08-16-at-5.53.21-PM Read our full, multi-part series on DeHart’s case

Mr. DeHart, 30, was allowed to make a quick phone call en route to his parents, who are living in Toronto facing their own removal order, said his father, Paul.

“He was peaceful and in good health,” Paul DeHart said in an interview but the family remains deeply worried.

“We are concerned about Matt’s safety as he transits,” he said. “We said a prayer together on the phone and gave him into God’s hands for protection.”

Matthew DeHart in April 2014. The former U.S. airman and alleged Anonymous hacker, who has been diagnosed with PTSD, was refused refugee status in Canada.

Peter J. Thompson/National PostMatthew DeHart in April 2014. The former U.S. airman and alleged Anonymous hacker, who has been diagnosed with PTSD, was refused refugee status in Canada.

His claim for refugee protection in Canada, on the basis of his torture claim, was rejected last month by the Immigration and Refugee Board.

Read more: Matt DeHart, the alleged Anonymous hacker, deported to U.S. after Canada refused to grant him...

Mutiny! What our love of pirates tells us about renewing the commons: Kester Brewin at TEDxExeter


Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Obtained from Wastewater

Univ. Autonoma de Barcelona

Currently, there are treatments in which wastewater can flow out to the river or sea without causing any environmental problems. These technologies however entail high energy costs, mainly in aeration and pumping, and an elevated economic cost in treating the sludge left over from the treatment process.

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