Why We Need Bees

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Bee-Friendly and Save the Honey Bee.

When beekeepers suit up to check their apiary and hives there’s a haunting realization of changing times. As each frame is removed from the hive and inspected there is only one sad conclusion, their honey bees are vanishing. Leaving the once flourishing hives sparse and with empty frames. Alberta Einstein said “if the honey bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” Although, Einstein’s hypotheses weren’t always right the question still stands, is this statement that far from the truth?

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Plant an herb garden this spring!

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) is a gardeners Paradise. There is no excuse not to try growing some beautiful and healthful herbs of your own. Herbs are aromatic, they taste great, and on top of it all there are some genuine health benefits to take advantage of. Having a yard is not a requirement for herb gardening. A sunlit window and a few pots will suffice.

Initially it may seem like a lot of work – especially when there are always herbs at the grocery store – but there are some major benefits to growing them yourself. Firstly, the monetary aspect must not be overlooked. A great deal of money will be saved when herbs are no longer purchased at the store.
Secondly, having fresh herbs available whenever desired is quite the luxury. They undoubtedly contribute something special to every meal. Not only is it an easy way to boost the nutrient value of any concoction, it’s also wonderful exercise creating and tending to the garden. There is something incredibly therapeutic about getting extra fresh air or spending quality time with plants. Gardening has the ability to meaningfully assist with the built up stress that accompanies daily life. “The sights and scents that abound in an herb garden delight the senses and revitalize the soul” (Svedi, 2014).

The quote ‘Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food’ by Hippocrates is incredibly relevant here. Herbs have an innate ability to work synergistically with the human body to heal its ailments. Adding more of them to any diet is going to result in positive health changes. Continue reading

The Four Elements

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A fifth century BCE Greek from Sicily name Empedocles is credited with the discovery of the Four Elements. The theory is that everything is made up of the Elements of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. At that time however they were not referred to as Elements but “roots,” or even “root clumps.” Even in our modern day these Elements embody the four basic states of matter: Fire, the igneous or metamorphic state; Air the gaseous state; Water the liquid state, and Earth the solid state. For Empedocles Earth, Water, Air, and Fire were used to describe more than just the physical and material substances, they “represent[ed] a basic kind of energy and consciousness that operates within everyone” (The Four Elements, 2004-2014). These Four Elements ended up making their way into almost every ancient culture and belief system, and still continue to do so today.

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Women and Poverty: A Canadian Context

Canadian Poverty

Poverty in Canada has been a persistent problem for women. Despite the economic wealth of Canada many women still find themselves below the Low Income Cut Off (LICO). Although poverty affects a large portion of the population, women are at higher risk of poverty then men. The goal of this paper is to examine three distinctive factors that contribute to women’s poverty. First, why women are so strongly impacted by poverty in Canada. Second, what specific groups of women are affected by poverty and finally what can be done to relieve the pressure of poverty on Canadian women?

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Residential Schools: Canada’s Darkest Secret

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What Caused Residential Schools?

Canada’s history contains many amazing achievements that have resulted in a successfully developed economic, “peaceful” and “humanitarian” country. Canadian’s are typically viewed as “nice”, “apologetic” and “kind”. However, Canada’s history is not reflective of these modern words of praise. To achieve this level of recognition horrific injustices were committed and sanctioned by the European colonists and the Canadian Federal Government on the first peoples of Canada. Canada’s darkest moment was the creation of the Aboriginal Residential School system.  When examining the impacts of Residential Schools on the Aboriginal community in Canada, several key issues should be examined to fully understand its Canadian relevance. First, who are the Aboriginal people of Canada and what caused the creation of Residential Schools. Secondly, what specific effects did the Residential School system have on the native community? Finally, outline the healing processes of the indigenous community and what the Canadian government is doing to aid in this process? As the author of this paper, a Canadian from European descent and an individual who has close ties to the First Nation community through personal relationships, I feel compelled to share my first-hand knowledge of the impacts that Residential Schools have had on the indigenous community. This paper is written to share the hardships I have witnessed within the native community; and to bring awareness to issues that have yet to be resolved from the impact of Residential Schools.

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