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How to de-clutter 

June 20, 2017 | Leave a comment
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Declutter your life and home with eight simple tips from Queen of Green assistant Breanna Carey.

If you aren't using your things, get them into the hands of people who will! The goal: Only hang on to items that serve you now.

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Cascades: Canada's first recycled paper products company

June 12, 2017 | 1 comment
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Cascades raw materials come from 84% recycled fibers.

Not so long ago, you couldn't buy anything made of recycled paper. Now companies turn waste into products people use every day.

I got the story behind Canada's Cascades from Mario Plourde, president and chief executive officer.

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Ten ways to reduce your transportation footprint

June 5, 2017 | Leave a comment
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A single city bus can take 40 private cars off the road and keep 168 tonnes of pollutants out of the air each year. (Credit: Canadian Pacific via Flickr)

According to Environment Canada, air pollution kills more than 5,000 people throughout the country every year. Public transportation helps fight urban air pollution.

A single city bus can take 40 private cars off the road and keep 168 tonnes of pollutants out of the air each year. A family with one car instead of two can reduce its annual emissions by 10 per cent!

Transportation produces more than 28 per cent of Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions. Unless we reverse some vehicle-use trends, these emissions will continue to rise.

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People just like you are building a better future for us all

May 23, 2017 | Leave a comment
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Tsimka Martin guiding a traditional Tla-o-qui-aht canoe tour for T'ashii Paddle School.

"In a world of more than seven billion people, each of us is a drop in the bucket. But with enough drops, we can fill any bucket." ~ David Suzuki

Across the nation, innovative people from every walk of life are promoting biodiversity, climate solutions and the right to a healthy environment where they live. Each month, Queen of Green will feature someone using their unique gifts to build a greener future for everyone.

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Four edible "weeds"

May 15, 2017 | 11 comments
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Nutritious and delicious Miner's lettuce salad (Photo Credit: Brendan Harris)

As spring blooms, people often rid their yards and gardens of "weeds" in preparation for a fresh start. But a "weed" is a valueless or undesirable plant. And that's a matter of perspective!

Enrich your diet with these four edibles that are as delicious as they are common. (You'll also avoid harmful herbicides and support beneficial insects.)

Chickweed
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This spade-leafed plant has small white flowers. Tastes like spinach. High in beta carotene, calcium, magnesium and zinc. Look for it at the edges of pavement, garden beds and gravel areas. At night, it "sleeps" by folding its leaves over the buds and new shoots. Use it to make delicious chickweed pakoras!

Dandelion
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Find these bright yellow flowers in fields, lawns and garden edges. They're high in Vitamins A, B, C and D, as well as iron, potassium and zinc. Every part of the plant is edible, from the roots to the blossom! Add blossoms to brighten up any salad. Try this recipe for dandy tempura.

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