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Candice Vetter

Features Writer

Candice Vetter is a frequent contributor to Ottawa Life. She was raised on a farm in the prairies and lived in urban Ottawa for several years before moving to a small 45-acre farm near the city’s boundary. For the last 10 years she has worked as a freelance writer from her 160-year-old farmhouse. Issues she specializes in (a growing list) are agriculture, water, waste disposal, environment, science, small business, health, women’s rights, human rights, art, writing, and things that make her go, What!?! She is published in over 30 publications including Ottawa Life Magazine and is co-author of Island of Biodiversity—A Natural History of the North Russell Red Shale Hill.
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Treaties and Land Claims

Treaties and Land Claims

Late last fall the Algonquins of Ontario and the governments of Ontario and Canada signed an Agreement-in-Principle (AIP) to settle a centuries-old land claim between Algonquin people in Ontario and the Crown. This agreement was in negotiations since the mid-1980s, which is when the land claim was [...]

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Union Membership Has Its Advantages

Union Membership Has Its Advantages

Photos by Valerie Keeler and courtesy LiUNA LiUNA International Vice President, Joseph Mancinelli Has Become a Powerful Advocate for Aboriginal Youth and the Trades and Prime Minister Trudeau is Listening. On the telephone he has a pleasant, moderated voice, but the passion for the work that [...]

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Green Is Gold: SMARTNet Alliance

Green Is Gold: SMARTNet Alliance

SMARTNet Alliance (SNA) describes itself as a business incubator specifically for the sustainability sector, with a mission to accelerate Canada’s transition to a sustainable economy. The alliance was created as an arm of the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers (CUSW), which at first focused on [...]

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Nina Larsson: A Gordon Foundation Jane Glassco Northern Fellow

Nina Larsson: A Gordon Foundation Jane Glassco Northern Fellow

Larsson is a member of the Gwich’in First Nation on her mother’s side. She was born and raised in France but identifies with Canada’s far North. Her maternal grandfather was a man of the Loucheaux-Métis who married a Gwich’in woman and lived in Aklavik until that community [...]

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Calling All Apprentices: CUSW Membership Is Invaluable

Calling All Apprentices: CUSW Membership Is Invaluable

Ben Routledge is an electrical apprentice and a member of the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers, which represents tradespeople and journeymen, including apprentices. In a rare dovetailing of provincial school board and national union cooperation Routledge joined the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program [...]

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Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Reaps Information Rewards – the Mackenzie DataStream Project

Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Reaps Information Rewards  – the Mackenzie DataStream Project

Canada’s far North is seeing increased attention and activity, with a variety of initiatives to improve life in the North meeting varied levels of success. One of the organizations which has truly built capacity is The Gordon Foundation, and one of the keys to its success in the North is direct involvement [...]

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Red Seal Reeds — Her Cusw Membership Means Opportunity

Red Seal Reeds —  Her Cusw Membership Means Opportunity

The Canadian Union of Skilled Workers represents tradespeople and journeymen, including advocacy on behalf of its members and provides additional training. It’s also one of the rare unions that accepts that its members at times take a non-union job. Tracy Reeds is a member who has benefited from [...]

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Labourers’ International Union of North AmericaSeries Part 1 – LiUNA’s pushback and Bill C-377

Labourers’ International Union of North AmericaSeries Part 1 – LiUNA’s pushback and Bill C-377

Many unions operating in Canada were disturbed by the previous federal government’s Bill C-377, a contentious bill demanding unions disclose all financial transactions over $5,000, including the names of the individual persons or companies paid by a union. The Labourers' International Union of North [...]

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Kyla Kakfwi Scott: A Jane Glassco Northern Fellow Who is Helping to Build a Sustainable North

Kyla Kakfwi Scott: A Jane Glassco Northern Fellow Who is Helping to Build a Sustainable North

The Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship describes itself as a policy and leadership development program which targets young northerners, aged 25 to 35. Their experiences with self-directed and collective sharing of knowledge and skills, with inclusion of traditional knowledge into the research process, [...]

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Why We Need Infrastructure Spending Now 

Why We Need Infrastructure Spending Now 

In April of this year the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced new investments in infrastructure totalling over $120-billion over the next ten years, including $60-billion in new money slated for public transit, green and social infrastructure. This is following [...]

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