Chaudière Falls and The Islands

Originally posted on Green Living Ottawa:

Written by Denise Deby.

Photo by Shanta Rohse on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Photo by Shanta Rohse on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

In the Ottawa River, between Ottawa and Gatineau, the Chaudière Falls and three islands—Albert, Victoria and Chaudière—are a hidden but significant area with a lot of potential.

They’re home to a closed Domtar factory and largely cut off from public view, but a debate is raging about future plans for the site.

The area is sacred to Anishinaabeg. Local Algonquin Elder William Commanda had a dream to restore it as an internationally renowned gathering and interpretive centre and park for all people. Celebrated architect Douglas Cardinal worked with him on this, and continues to promote the vision.

You can find out more about the area and the vision at and

At the same time, Windmill Development Group is planning to build a mix of condominium towers and townhomes, commercial space and…

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for sure

Originally posted on living not existing:

historically, the consequences of my drug use included but should not be limited to:

harm to others including family, loved ones, friends, acquaintances and people i’ve only met a couple of times.

conflict with the law.

being institutionalized against my will.

phyical, emotional, spiritual and psychological harm to myself.

i didn’t just use drugs to get by and cope with certain moments. i used drugs to get by and cope with life in its entirety. i used to be able to wake up, to go to sleep, when i was anxious, when i was sad, when i was angry, when life was amazing, when life was alright, when i was hungry, when i hated everything, when i wanted to destroy myself. i used drugs every moment i could.

lots, like lots of other people do not use drugs to cope these ways. and lots, like lots of other people do…

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Unlost and Found: Animal Activist’s Stolen Camera Returned After Meandering Journey


There are good people in the world!

Originally posted on heatherclemenceau:

Twyla Francois - Animal ProtectorWritten by:  Heather Clemenceau

Art by: Twyla Francois Art

An animal advocate’s camera is a priceless tool that often endures many indignities while capturing the inhumanity of a food animal’s arduous trip to the slaughterhouse. Anita Krajnc’s pro-level Canon cameras, used for Toronto Pig Save vigils and other events, have been inadvertently drowned in fair-trade vegan hot chocolate, and brusquely dropped into mud. But the last Canon camera owned by Anita was surely thought to be irretrievably lost when it was stolen along with her purse in broad daylight in December 2014 in Toronto.

At this point, several kind people came forward to purchase a replacement camera for Anita, who moved on from the experience and perhaps did not realize that a trail of breadcrumbs had been left that enabled the camera to find its way back to her more than six months later….

When the camera had previously fallen…

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Idle No More: Dear Cindy

Originally posted on Elyse Bruce:


Republished in West Coast Native News HERE.


Two weeks ago, this message was sent to my blog by Cindy. Her comments were riddled with a number of incorrect comments and negative stereotypes that I felt needed to be addressed in a calm and rational way. Here’s an unedited screenshot of what Cindy wrote:

Idle No More_Cindy's Comments

Rather than put it through on the messages, I thought I’d address the inaccurate claims made by Cindy in a blog article.

Why don’t natives get jobs just like everyone else in Canada?

One of the most widespread myths is that First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples are lazy bums who don’t work for a living. The fact of the matter is that I’ve addressed this issue in previous blog articles. Not only do First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples have jobs like everyone else in Canada, many of them run their own successful businesses.


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USA – Spectacular view of Grand Canyon (5)


Love the photos!

Originally posted on Outlook in Life:

Hi!! Glad to know you are still with in this series. If you just join me, welcome and I hope that you got up to speed on this series.

Where did I left off? Oh yes, we are at Mather Point.


From there, we headed near to a campsite where there an information center (cant really remember much after so many years)

Some information about Grand Canyon….


weather..  (this is specially important if you are planning for a hike)


They even have a cycling trail if you do not intend to hike.


Our next stop was the Grand Canyon Village area. In this area, there a couple of lodges. Guess it is the start of the Village Route and also the Hermit Rest Route trail.


Another nice place to enjoy to beautiful scenic views.


Breathtaking view…..


Join me on my last posting on this series before heading back to Las…

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Destabilizing Disability: Including addiction for cross-movement solidarity

Originally posted on living not existing:

“Destabilizing Disability: Including addiction for cross-movement solidarity” is published in Knots: An Undergraduate Journal of Disability Studies. The journal is available to order off of the from the margins catalog > > > < < <

Destabilizing disability to include addiction opens up possibilities for coalition building across marginalized experiences and creates new ways of knowing. Addiction has rarely been considered through a disability studies perspective, yet the experience of the addicted body can be explained through a disability studies perspective without naming the addict as disabled. Shifting disability from an identity category into the more relatable experiences of normalcy and accessibility is useful for creating alliance across differences. I will first destabilize the fixed imagination of the disabled body. Following, I will suggest that the addicted body does not relate to disabled body. Next, I will suggest that shared experiences relating to ab/normalcy and in/accessibility are more relatable to…

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