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The Gardening Begins Anew Campus 

The Gardening Begins Anew

Craving a relaxing outdoor activity to de-stress during the final weeks of the semester? The Vanier Collective Gardens are the perfect place to go! Located between the N building and D building and in front of the sports complex, you’ve probably passed by and wondered what these spaces are for. It is in fact the Vanier gardens, and all are invited to help out, pick a carrot or some lettuce, or to go and just to smell the flowers! Gardening sessions are starting now, and all are welcome to get…

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Nothing’s Sweeter Than Picket Signs: the March of March 15th News 

Nothing’s Sweeter Than Picket Signs: the March of March 15th

My brother and I didn’t prepare any poster or costume or poetry for Montreal’s last big climate strike. We just got off at Place-Des-Arts and listened to speeches in a December cold and shouted our voices dry with 50,000 other voices. We strode to Mount Royal. Protestors were beating the drum, dancing and shouting their way up to the mountain. Women yelled praises out their house windows, clapping their pots and pans with wooden spoons to us down in the street. It was a real gay delight and the peoples…

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Food Waste Features 

Food Waste

It is not at all uncommon to see a perfectly wrapped and uneaten sandwich, or a half eaten container of takeout in the garbage bin. Sadly, discarded food is a sight seen far too often. According to a recent study, Canada is one of the worst offenders. Research conducted over the past year by public and industry leaders in food waste Second Harvest and Value Chain International found that Canadians have wasted or lost nearly 60 percent of the food they produced, which equates to 35.5 million metric tonnes of…

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Radical Biographies: Murray Bookchin and the Anarchist’s Nature Features 

Radical Biographies: Murray Bookchin and the Anarchist’s Nature

Murray Bookchin would have been a gadfly had he not trilled the notes of beauty and imagination. The philosopher was raised in a different society. Political discussion was public discussion, frequently done at the feet of the local candy store. If the weather was nice, one could go hear the daily preachings of radicals at street corners. There was hope for revolution in this 1930s Working Class New York City village. These conditions inspired a philosophy that places a great value on the experience of freedom and equality. Bookchin’s own…

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A Call To Action Features 

A Call To Action

We still continue to treat our home without a care. We seem to forget that without it, we do not exist. We live in a time where technological advancement and artificial intelligence[1] headline the news. We’ve become so far removed from our roots, so obsessed with ourselves, that the mass extinction[2], oil spillages [3]and rising sea levels[4] are just things that we can brush aside and hide under the carpet. We can not stand for this. Too many times do people say, “my actions won’t change anything.” This puts into…

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The Vanier Collective Gardens Campus 

The Vanier Collective Gardens

It is sometimes astonishing how many things we walk past without noticing. I find that this often happens with the Vanier Collective Gardens and the various planters around campus; we are so used to walking past them, and so focused on the class we are walking to, or from, that we don’t even see the wonders that are growing there. Have you ever stopped to look at the peppers, cucumbers, cabbages, tomatoes or zucchinis (those are often gigantic) that are growing in front of the Sports Complex? Or the beans,…

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2nd Annual Sustainability Conference Features 

2nd Annual Sustainability Conference

Sustainability is a field of study that involves looking into how natural systems function, and finding a balance between societal, environmental and economic factors in order to preserve the environment for future generations.   On November 11th, students from Cegeps in the Montreal area came together to talk about sustainability, its importance, and the challenges involved in achieving and maintaining it. Held in Concordia University’s John Molson building, attendees took part in a full day of activities, guest speakers, and conversations with peers. The day started at 10:00 am, when…

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Herbal Tea Workshop at Vanier Campus 

Herbal Tea Workshop at Vanier

On October 10th, the Vanier Collective Gardens held an Herbal Tea Workshop hosted by Naughty Nettle Medicinals. Naughty Nettles Medicinals is an organic grocery store that holds herbal workshops in and around the Montreal area. For more information about the company feel free to visit their Facebook page. The workshop held at Vanier focused on Herbal Tea and its benefits, but also the benefits of many local plants to our health. It was very hands-on and interactive, and everyone who attended certainly learned something new about the medicinal properties of…

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The Vanier Collective Gardens Campus 

The Vanier Collective Gardens

What a season at the Vanier Collective Gardens this year! A detailed update is available on the website below. In sum, we can easily state that this project is thriving with success following improved infrastructures and increased visibility within the Vanier community. Our goal to make it a tool accessible to all teachers, staff, programs and sectors of the college is being achieved at an unprecedented rate. A Guide for Teachers and Staff is now available on the website. As usual, I invite you to contact me to discuss how…

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First Day of School Designated International Doom’s Day News 

First Day of School Designated International Doom’s Day

In a landmark decision in The Hague last week, the oldest tribunal on the planet, The Thing of Gröenland, was forced to acknowledge the peoples’ will and designate the first day of the academic year as DOOM’s DAY! When pressed for details, President-Elect Ferris Bueller said, “Við erum að alast upp togetehr, the human race og við höfum uppgötvað mikið af því sem við vissum ekki. Við erum að finna leið okkar. Í stað þess að hugsa um Doom’s Day allan tímann, hugsa um hversu fallegt heimurinn er. Við erum…

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