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Ecological engineering a new way to say use our natural systems to clean up waterways

Back in the good old days we went to work in a plant to make things. Today, we are learning to let plants do the work for us. This was the essential message of a panel of experts about using natural assets to work with and even replace some of our engineered infrastructure to deal with waste and run off from urban environments.

What does all that mean? Simply that natural wetlands, sloughs and urban forests can do much more of the cleanup in our communities than we have allowed them to do over the past century. Continue reading Ecological engineering a new way to say use our natural systems to clean up waterways

‘Twas the night before Christmas…

Domestic abuse is not a “women’s issue.”

Myrna Driedger, MLA Winnipeg Manitoba Progressive Conservative (PC) caucus
Myrna Driedger
Broadway Journal

Deck the Halls… Joy to the World… Silent Night… As we rush around doing our shopping and getting ready for Christmas, we hear Christmas carols and dream of family get-togethers, chestnuts roasting in an open fire, shortbread cookies and all the wonderful sights and smells of Christmas. But do we set ourselves up for failure? Do we have unreasonable expectations of providing an idyllic experience over the holidays? Continue reading ‘Twas the night before Christmas…

Remembering Selkirk-born Laufey Olson

A Manitoba deaconess for four decades, a passionate leader in the province’s Lutheran Church

By Fred Morris

Sister Laufey Olson, Deaconess from 1959-1969

As the Lutheran Church celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, it is appropriate to remember one of Manitoba’s legendary Lutherans. In 1917, Laufey Olson was born in Selkirk. She married Pastor Carl Olson. They served in Flin Flon and a couple of Nebraska parishes. After his 1951 death, she continued her church work. Between 1952 and 1955, she was the parish secretary of Grace Lutheran in Lincoln, Neb. She earned two university degrees. On June 8, 1959 she was consecrated as a deaconess. Continue reading Remembering Selkirk-born Laufey Olson

Spousal abuse – the path from passionate love to control to violence

Dorothy Dobbie

A man, a bit rough looking and perhaps on the younger side of middle age, was the only person in the local produce store, except for the clerk and the owner. As I browsed the fruit, I could hear him loudly proclaiming, “I’ve gone 185 in the city plenty of times.” He repeated himself a couple of times, going on to outline the reasons for his declaration. Continue reading Spousal abuse – the path from passionate love to control to violence

Coffee with a purpose

Grant Nordman

Everyone is looking, these days, for natural products to replace the old chemical supplements that were often found to be, if not harmful, at least ineffectual. Now a three-year-old company called VALENTUS, which describes itself as a lifestyle company, has created and is marketing a coffee that may help weight-conscious coffee drinkers to achieve their weight loss goals. Continue reading Coffee with a purpose