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The fight to save Ottawa's Beaver Pond forest from developers

Photo: www.ottawasgreatforest.com

A candlelight vigil in Ottawa's Beaver Pond forest on Jan. 1 marked the start of the United Nations International Year of the Forest -- and the last time people may be able to gather in its lush greenery before it's clear-cut.

Cutting down trees to make way for residential subdivisions is nothing new in Canadian cities. Private developers clear land to build homes, sometimes over residents' objections. Most cities have processes by which citizens can voice their concerns, but these often find in favour of landowners despite local, provincial, national and international statements made about protecting the natural environment.

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Listening to nature: Protecting natural soundscapes

Photo: VLackey513/flickr

The coming of spring brings sounds of water in motion -- dripping of melting snow from rooftops, rivulets running down the street and pouring into a storm drain, or the roar of a river in full flood. Spring is a time of winds and storms, each with its own acoustic signature.

Noticing the sounds in your environment, and accepting them, is an ancient meditation practice. Hearing allows us to track what is happening in our environment. Sound provides information about objects at a range of distances and in all directions: a three-dimensional sense of the world unhindered by darkness or by the presence of other objects that block our line of sight.

The importance of education and conscientization: Part II on labour self-management

Ajamu Nangwaya participated in the recent Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy 2013, speaking about the potential for worker self-management in the City of Jackson, Mississippi, following the historic election Chokwe Lumumba as mayor. This article, Part 2 of 2, is based on Ajamu Nangwaya's presentation to the conference, and is part of our ongoing focus on labour and workers' issues this week on rabble.ca. (Read Part I here.) 

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'We have to make sure that economically we're free': Worker self-management in Jackson, Miss.

Ajamu Nangwaya participated in the recent Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy 2013, speaking about the potential for worker self-management in the City of Jackson, Mississippi, following the historic election Chokwe Lumumba as mayor. This article, Part 1 of 2, is based on Ajamu Nangwaya's presentation to the conference, and is part of our ongoing focus on labour and workers' issues this week on rabble.ca.

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Book Launch: Inner City Renovation

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 7:00pm

Location

West End Cultural Centre
586 Ellice Ave
Winnipeg, MB
Canada
49° 53' 34.17" N, 97° 9' 30.636" W

Please join us in celebrating the launch of Inner City Renovation: How a Social Enterprise Changes Lives and Communities by Marty Donkervoort
Marty Donkervoort will give a short talk about his book on Thursday, September 19, 2013, 7:00pm
Musical entertainment by Midnight Crash Deluxe to follow
West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Ave., Winnipeg, MB
Free and open to all

Please feel free to pass this on to your friends and colleagues!
If you have any questions, please contact us at marketing@fernpub.ca.

Live music and development: A double standard of noise pollution in Vancouver

| August 2, 2013

Vancouver's Grandview-Woodland urban development plan: Whose options are really on the table?

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In conjunction with what seems to be the year of the developer, the recently drafted Grandview-Woodland Community plan brings a new take on density to Vancouver's Broadway and Commercial neighbourhood.

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Vancouver condo development threatens Musqueam burial site

June 13, 2012
| cəsnaʔəm is a 4000-year-old Musqueam village site and burial ground at what is now the 1300 block of SW Marine Drive is at the centre of a fight between Vancouver, the province and a developer.
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Pantages thin edge of the wedge for Vancouver neighbourhood

June 13, 2012
| The new condo development at the Pantages Theatre site is the first to be approved in the Oppenheimer area of Vancouver's downtown eastside.
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David P. Ball

City Hall protest against DTES condos: 'Rich get rich, the poor get pushed around'

| April 23, 2012
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