The Peterborough Community Medicine Garden: Rediscovering The Commonweal

September 13, 2022 admin 0

Musings From A Conversation With Kelly McDowell KELLY MCDOWELL AND PATRICIA REMY – On the crest of a low hill on the northeast side of the East Bank of the Otonabee, at Trent University, I meet Kelly McDowell. She and another woman are at work in a garden, which looks to me at first glance like an assemblage of different plots. I don’t see the usual rows of vegetables. The other gardener, Kelly tells me, […]

Aquamation

September 12, 2022 admin 0

A lower Carbon Footprint for Funerals? PATRICIA REMY – No one lesser than Desmond Tutu (d. 26/Dec/2021), known as “the conscience of the Republic of South Africa”, brought it into the mainline discussion. Before his death he specified that the method of disposition for his deceased body be Aquamation. Tutu made his decision because of ecological considerations. Aquamation has one-tenth of the carbon footprint of a conventional flame cremation. The procedure which Tutu encouraged by […]

Bacterial Deliberations At the South Pole Of Mars

July 5, 2022 admin 0

PATRICIA REMY MONITOR: Toxicus, we have a problem. TOXICUS: Worrying your head again, Monitor? What is it this time? Our food is making us sick? We’re outgrowing our living space? Anxiety and mistrust are rife among the population? MONITOR: Well, actually, Sir, all three. Our population is doubling every 10 hours now. They’re jostling one another. They claim they do not have room to respirate. That makes them anxious. TOXICUS: But look around you, Monitor. […]

RobinX, RobinY

June 30, 2022 admin 0

A conversation overheard PATRICIA REMY “The human was cleaning up the fallen branches from the Big Storm. I saw her stop and look down. She seemed sad,” chirped RobinX. “Do humans get sad?,” cheeped RobinY. “Well, she looked it,” chirped RobinX. “How does a human look sad?” cheeped RobinY. “You know, it’s debatable whether they even have emotions. Drives and instincts, yes, but feelings in our sense of the word? Homo destructans, I call them. […]

For Budding Citizen Scientists and Their Parents:
Testing the Water in the Otonabee With Water Ranger Luke

June 4, 2022 admin 0

PATRICIA REMY – Have you been there? I visited McBride Island, just north of the zoo in Riverview Park, Peterborough. Water Ranger Luke had invited me to do a real, live outdoor experiment. Luke Williamson, who grew up in Peterborough, has now, with others, developed an easy-to use-kit to keep tabs on the health of our local lakes, streams and rivers. It’s the Water Rangers’ Education Test Kit Field Guide. The Greenzine reported on the […]

The Environmental and Climate Change Debate 

May 19, 2022 admin 0

PATRICIA REMY reporting on an event. Trent University, Stohn Hall, Thursday 12/May, 2022 Organized by the Kawartha World Issues Centre, GreenUP, 4RG (For Our Grandchildren), The Federation of Ontario Cottagers, and the Trent Student Environmental Debate Organizing Team Around two dozen in-person listeners and over 220 zoom-viewers attended the event.  Three of the four MPP-candidates for the Peterborough-Kawartha riding in the provincial election on June 2 presented their policies on climate change and environmental issues. […]