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Ancestral Relations with the Land

Ancestral Relations with the Land

If we are to heal the earth, we must also heal ourselves, individually and as communities. Moreover, the two are inter-connected. It’s all about relations -- relations of mutual recognition and respect and mutual support and sustainability. It’s also about the daily...

Reclaiming Cities as Commons

Reclaiming Cities as Commons

People working to reclaim cities as habitats, especially habitats that can sustain them with healthy food, water and transportation options, are in a sense reclaiming the commons. Certainly the commons offers a useful heritage to draw on, starting with the shift of...

People’s Climate: Di-vestment and Re-vestment

People’s Climate: Di-vestment and Re-vestment

“The People’s Climate” Blog Series, Part 4 When the great Crash, ecologic or economic, comes, Heather Menzies' brilliant critique will provide an understanding of why it came about, and a path towards a truly sustainable way for humanity to live on the planet. - David...

Healing our Relationship with Bees

Healing our Relationship with Bees

Walking the land of my ancestors helped me remember that we live in nature, even as we turn on the tap for a drink of water in a high-rise apartment, or hang a planter full of marigolds and salvia in the backyard of our suburban home. Walking the land that they...

Our common connection to the land

Our common connection to the land

In Halifax, the last leg of my book-launch tour, I met a beautiful person: a Mi’kmaw elder, Billy Lewis, who welcomed me to his ancestral land. I offered him a pouch of tobacco as my gesture of thanks. I also told him that I now understood why it was so important to...

The Road to Tullicro

The Road to Tullicro

I had only one small clue to guide me: the word Tullicro. It’s where my great, great, great grandfather James Menzies was born, in 1792. Turns out it’s a fermtoun or township, a commons community, half way up into the hills rising on either side of the tumultuous Tay...

Breaking from the Status Quo

Breaking from the Status Quo

When you’re stuck, you’re stuck because you know you’re at a dead end. You know you’re just flapping your lips, moving words around on the page or in your mouth but without cutting through to something that truly is an alternative to the status quo. I knew that the...