Turn Off Your Taps if you Want, But There’s a Bigger Leak

By mwilson | Aug 2, 2010

photo credit: jasleen_kaur I was interested – although not surprised – to learn that municipailities leak large amounts of their treated water – sometimes as much as 40%. According to the CBC, that amounted to more than 26 billion (said in a Dr. Evil voice) litres of drinking water. Industry-wide, losing 10% of the total [...]

Can You Save the World by Eating Less Meat?

By mwilson | Mar 30, 2010

We’ve gone over three weeks with no fast food in our household, and have noticed some dramatic changes. For one, we’re spending less time fighting wicked cravings for Big Macs – whatever they put in that sauce makes you want to indulge. Second, we’re far less interested in sugary drinks and snacks like coke and [...]

How To Stop Your Home’s Electrical Leakage

By mwilson | Feb 20, 2010

Standby power, also known as vampire power, phantom load or leaking electricity, is the electricity used by appliances in your home when they are “off”. Even if you turn off all of your lights, unplug your fridge, and turn off your furnace, your electricity meter will continue to spin. photo credit: lisa cee Some key [...]

Good Riddance 2009

By mwilson | Jan 4, 2010

Last year saw a lot of ups and downs. We started off watching the car industry with some disgust, questioning the culture of mediocrity that allowed the situation to spiral out of control. We say: Too big to fall? Too big to exist. Get on top of your credit and take control of your life. [...]

The East Wants In

By mwilson | Nov 11, 2009

photo credit: ccwen7 Trying to identify the exact point where you’ve peaked and begun to decline is easy in hindsight but impossible while you’re living it. There is a lot of talk about the end of the recession, but the actual recovery seems to differ from region to region. Kind of like peak oil, it [...]

Hospitals Save More Lives When They Admit Their Mistakes

By mwilson | Nov 7, 2009

photo credit: a.drian Suppose you’ve screwed up, badly. Perhaps the blunder was so grave that someone got hurt, or worse. Do you own up to your actions and take responsibility for the consequences, or do you downplay the significance of what happened or worse, deny it entirely? If your doctor made a mistake, would you [...]

Reverting to a Cash Society

By mwilson | May 19, 2009

photo credit: TheTruthAbout… A lot of interesting things have happened in the past several months as people from all walks of life learn how to stretch their money. A lot of changes have been accelerated by the fuel shocks during the summer of 2008; in a lot of ways we seem to be reverting to [...]

Atlantis Still Lost

By mwilson | Mar 11, 2009

photo credit: Webb Zahn In case anyone was wondering, Google didn’t actually find the lost city of Atlantis. The lines found off the coast of Africa were not submerged city blocks (which would have been 8 miles long!), but in fact “ship tracks” caused by sonar surveys. The oceans are the last “real” frontier – [...]

Culture of Mediocrity

By mwilson | Jan 2, 2009

Let’s talk about mediocrity. We are a society of followers (ever hear the phrase ‘Monkey see, monkey do’?) We are trained to do what the leader does and to act like the cool kids. We want flash, style, appeal, and success. There are phases we go through – when we follow, when we adapt, and [...]

World Aids Day

By mwilson | Dec 1, 2008

Today is World Aids Day. Several newspapers declare that the world is “celebrating Aids Day” but I sincerely doubt anyone is doing any celebrating – let’s just say the event is being observed. Today’s goal is to raise funds and awareness for the fight against HIV – with awareness being the key goal. Although knowledge [...]

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