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Courtney Richardson holds bachelors degrees in both Environmental Studies and Education. She is an avid traveler, and therefore interested in both global and local environmental issues. An equine enthusiast, Courtney can usually be found at the riding stables! To contact please e-mail: courtney.s.richardson@gmail.com

Two Canadian Fashion Designers with a Green Vision

April 16, 2012 4:03 pm
Two Canadian Fashion Designers with a Green Vision

The fashion industry is a lot of things – glamorous, ever-changing, and certainly big business. But in terms of being environmentally conscious, many argue the industry needs to clean up its act. From the fast trend cycle, which promotes disposable clothing, to the wasteful and harmful practices during production, we evidently have a long way to go.

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The Environment Loses in 2012 Federal Budget

April 2, 2012 9:02 am
Canada needs to be looking for long term energy solutions, not short-sighted ones.

While there are always winners and losers come federal budget time, there’s an issue when our own government is putting the interests of big oil corporations ahead of the interest of Canadians. Our right to a clean and healthy environment, as well as our right to democratic debate, is under attack.

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March: In Like a Lamb, Out Like a Lamb

March 27, 2012 8:43 am
March: In Like a Lamb, Out Like a Lamb

The normally wildly unpredictable March has come in like a lamb, and is, well, going out like one too. Ottawa Life asked some of our faithful readers what they thought about the recent mind-boggling weather. Is the early onset of spring cause for celebration, or worrisome? Read more to find out…

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Go Natural With Rocky Mountain Soap Company!

February 20, 2012 11:56 am
Go Natural With Rocky Mountain Soap Company!

Beauty is no longer just skin deep. The average Canadian uses up to 10 different personal care products on his or her body every day. One Canadian company is dedicated to creating products that are safe for their customers. Rocky Mountain Soap Company is passionate about finding the most nurturing and therapeutic ingredients nature has to offer.

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Celebrate National Sweater Day!

February 9, 2012 8:45 am
Celebrate National Sweater Day!

Winter can be the toughest season for those of us trying to maintain a green lifestyle. Daylight is limited, the vegetation is buried under snow, and it’s uncomfortably cold. February 9th is National Sweater Day, a day for you to put on your favourite threads and turn down the heat to take action against climate change.

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Let There Be (non-toxic) Light!

February 3, 2012 3:55 pm
Let There Be (non-toxic) Light!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of us will be buying candles. Luxurious, calming, and exotic, it might appear to be the perfect gift. But the burning question is – do candles harm the environment and our health? The short answer: yes! The seemingly innocuous candle can be a source of lead poisoning, synthetic chemicals, and indoor air pollution.

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This Valentine’s Day, Green is the New Red!

January 26, 2012 8:33 am
This Valentine’s Day, Green is the New Red!

On Valentine’s Day, we buy vast amounts of chocolates, greeting cards and other goodies that are manufactured, packaged, shipped, or discarded in ways that don’t exactly say “I love you” to the planet. This Valentine’s Day, emphasize romance rather than consumption, and show your loved one how much you care in a way that’s sensitive to the planet.

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A Vision for a Global Green Economy

January 23, 2012 8:45 am
A Vision for a Global Green Economy

We are living in a time of multiple environmental issues. 2011 saw news headlines of nuclear contamination, oil spills, and natural disasters, to name a few. Policy makers are facing serious questions: How do we provide clean water, adequate sanitation, and proper nutrition to the world’s surmounting population? And perhaps most importantly, how do we face these challenges amidst a global financial crisis?

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Proposed development threatens Jasper National Park

January 12, 2012 10:59 am
Proposed development threatens Jasper National Park

A recent decision by Parks Canada regarding the national treasure that is Jasper National Park is cause for alarm. Given that Parks Canada is mandated to protect our landscapes and ensure ecological integrity for present and future generations, many Canadians are outraged by the possibility of a new ‘visitor experience’ development proposed for Jasper National Park.

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New Year’s Resolution – Eat Local

January 4, 2012 10:02 am
"Eat Local!"

Out with the old, and in with the new! A new year is a great opportunity to consciously start over and do things differently. It should come as no surprise that resolutions are usually centered around health and fitness, but this year, why not try a new kind of diet? With every meal you eat, you have the power to reduce climate change. By embarking on a “local diet”, you can take global warming into your own hands.

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Green Cleaning

December 19, 2011 9:13 am
Green Cleaning

With the holiday season in full swing, many homeowners are busy cleaning their homes in preparation for company. Unfortunately, many household cleaning products are laden with harmful chemicals, including harsh cleansing agents and artificial dyes and fragrances. ead on for some effective, natural, and safe green cleaning ideas.

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I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas…

December 8, 2011 9:05 am
I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas…

Many people dream of a white Christmas – but what about a “green” Christmas? While the holidays are notorious for being an environmentalist’s worst nightmare (think tonnes of extra waste, overconsumption, and chopped down trees, just to name a few)! This holiday season Ottawa Life magazine offers ten suggestions to reduce your eco-impact.

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FrogBox: An Alternative to the Traditional Cardboard Moving Box

November 16, 2011 2:59 pm
FrogBox: An Alternative to the Traditional Cardboard Moving Box

A new company has “moved” into Ottawa this fall, providing savvy consumers with a new convenience-oriented and eco-conscious way to move house. FrogBox, which originated in Vancouver in 2008, began with a simple yet effective idea – provide environmentally friendly, affordable, and convenient reusable plastic boxes for home owners and businesses to rent.

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Canada loses show jumping superstar

November 9, 2011 3:05 pm
Canada loses show jumping superstar

Canadian and world equestrian enthusiasts were left shocked and saddened this Sunday after the death of show jumper Eric Lamaze’s legendary stallion Hickstead. The champion horse died shortly after he and Lamaze completed a course at the Rolex FEI World Cup in Verona, Italy, in front of an arena packed with horrified onlookers.

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Have an Eek-o-friendly Halloween

October 28, 2011 1:31 pm
Have an Eek-o-friendly Halloween

From costumes to candy to decorations, Halloween is a billion dollar industry. While Halloween can be a wasteful holiday, it doesn’t have to be! There are lots of places where you can make more sustainable and eek-o-friendly choices this Halloween without giving up the spooky good times to keep it green.

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Nature – the Antidote to Stress

October 26, 2011 2:33 pm
Nature – the Antidote to Stress

The fast pace of modern life can easily get us all wound up. Not so very long ago, humans, like all animals on our planet, moved through time at nature’s pace. Today, it feels like human’s relationship with time has been both disconnected entirely from the earth’s natural cycles, and dizzyingly fast-forwarded.

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Have an Eco-Fabulous Thanksgiving

October 7, 2011 2:30 pm
Have an Eco-Fabulous Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving weekend just around the corner, families across Canada are shopping, cooking, cleaning, and getting ready to stuff themselves silly with turkey and mashed potatoes. As part of your family’s Thanksgiving celebration this fall, why not say thank-you to the Earth by having a green holiday that is as good for the environment as it is for your family.

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