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Erich the Green · 8M ago

Improving politics: less money, more representation

Less than four months ago, I wrote about ways our election systems were improving. Back then, progress at both provincial and federal fronts was good, but I noted some key drawbacks. Amazing...
Erich the Green · 9M ago

Still time to add The Sassafras Crossing to your summer reading list

Recently a friend handed me a copy of his recently-published first novel, and I promised to review it here. But as I started reading it, I realized my promise might be harder to keep than I ...
Erich the Green · 9M ago

Still time to add The Sassafras Crossing to your summer reading list

Recently a friend handed me a copy of his recently-published first novel, and I promised to review it here. But as I started reading it, I realized my promise might be harder to keep than I ...
Erich the Green · 9M ago

The real reason the Tigers roared

Michael Den Tandt recently opined that Canada’s government should heed the example of Taiwan and the other Asian Tigers’ rapid economic growth, by freeing up trade and pushing through new pi...
Erich the Green · 10M ago

FruitShare program only scratching the surface

“The most natural food is fruit” – Anonymous.You may not realize it, but our city is full of farmers, and you may be one of them! The number one urban crop is fruit, particularly apples, and...
Erich the Green · 10M ago

Northern Protocol makes a big bang on the local scene

These days news about the economy often seems pretty dreary. With companies offshoring many jobs to places with lower wages or standards, and those that remain being “rightsized” away, it fe...
Erich the Green · 10M ago

Electoral reforms look promising

This is an exciting time for those who want to improve how we fund or vote for political parties. Both the federal and provincial governments are initiating processes for much-needed reforms...
Erich the Green · 10M ago

Barrie's Food Forest continues to grow

Regular readers of this column will know that one of Barrie’s greatest good-news stories is FruitShare, the organization I helped found 3 years ago to rescue surplus fruit from the many appl...
Erich the Green · 10M ago

The (non) Future of Pipelines

Pipelines will soon reach their vanishing pointDespite last year’s Paris climate conference clearly demonstrating most nations are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from burning...
Erich the Green · 11M ago

Family link with ink

My family has a multi-generational relationship with newsprint. If you are reading this, you may have realized I write a (mostly) weekly columnin our local daily paper-of-record, which I als...