Sunday, December 30, 2007

2008: The Year of Food Sense

(Photo: root cellar Ladle Cove, NL, Alison Dyer 2007)
"The average food item on a U.S. grocery shelf has travelled farther than most families on their annual vacation..." Barbara Kingsolver in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, 2007
"If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country's oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week." Steven L. Hopp in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, 2007.
What's your new year's resolution?
Keep it simple. Local. Make it count.

Monday, December 24, 2007

J*O*Y... Paddle Forth

For 2008: Paddle forth.
Have Joy (possibly one of the best words in the English language)
A few shots of paddling partners in Newfoundland's bays (Bay d'espoir, Notre Dame, St. Mary's, Placentia, Hermitage).

Saturday, December 22, 2007

men's club rules. again

after hoping there might just be a gender flick (for a f****ing change... sorry, but it does get tiring) for the lieutenant governor's position in Newfoundland & Labrador (after all, even CBC Radio got call-ins on this) the word is final. Mr. John ('pass the tequila-Sheila' and 'quieten down baby') Crosbie has been appointed. Well that should tell us something.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

An Intergenerational Crime

He says that our failure to act is an "intergenerational crime."

David Suzuki, among many, many others, is rightly upset by Canada's pathetic behaviour and position (let's just call it environmental bashing of unforgivable proportion) at the Bali UN Summit on Climate Change.

"we are leaving a mess for our children and grandchildren who had nothing to do with making it, and we are creating a precarious world for the poorest and most vulnerable peoples who were not the cause of the current crisis."

For Suzuki's full commentary, go to:

David Suzuki (the Nature of Things) calls the government's spin on climate change "humiliating" and "ludicrous"
Oh yes, and has given Canada its Fossil of the Day Award for its ludicrous position at the talks.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Trinity Bay

(photos by Michael Bradley, 2007)

As temperatures fall far below zero, and clunky Sorels replace booties, I'm remembering some paddles from this past summer. One was with fellow kayak blogger Michael Bradley who took these photos of our day trip in Trinity Bay. This is an exciting bay to paddle. At the head are places like Chance Cove, Chapel Arm and Spread Eagle - sheltered, for the most part, but their stacks and caves testify to an often active sea.

A little further out are resettled communities - only accessible by boat - such Deer Harbour and Ireland's Eye (site of biggest drug bust in eastern Canada of the 70s, or something like that) and Pope's Harbour where this year a church was built - four decades after the community was abandoned.

Further out still, past a great poker hand (as in Hearts Delight, Hearts Desire, and Hearts Content) is the exposed coast chez moi with its sheer cliffs, shoals and great vistas. Many miles on the other side of the bay are places like Trinity, a historic community with many restored homes and the filming location for the 2001 film The Shipping News and the 2002 television miniseries Random Passage.