Posts by Elle E.

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    Planet in Focus

    October 25th, 2007     by Elle E.     Comments

    Film Friday isn’t until tomorrow, but a girl has to plan! If you find yourself in Toronto this weekend, head down to the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film and Video festival. The films are a fantastic mix of genre and style that explore a wide range of issues. Festival Director Candida Paltiel suggests that “The festival transcends class, gender and other boundaries because of its broad definition of environment.” It’s so good. Documentary filmmaker, writer and … READ MORE

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    Here Dove Coooomes… Make Them Stooooop…

    October 3rd, 2007     by Elle E.     Comments

    Wow, that tune is catchy. Today, The Toronto Star’s Jennifer Wells drew my attention to Onslaught, the latest ad from Dove’s “Campaign For Real Beauty.” [Video stream might be faster here.] What do you think of this one? Should Dove stop, or do you like these ads, or are those two totally different questions? Is our self-esteem ultimately determined by corporations? Does Dove give this message credibility? (I can’t count the number of times I’ve tried to make … READ MORE

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    No Cameras Allowed - the Bananas are Shy.

    October 1st, 2007     by Elle E.     Comments

    The food system is a juicy topic lately. We’re starting to understand just how ecologically complex our food system has become, but there are political and social issues at play as well. If you’ve ever tried to untangle the mystery behind how our food is sourced, you’ve probably asked yourself questions like, Why is local food sometimes more expensive than imported food? How hard is it for Ontario farmers to get their goods to local … READ MORE

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    Early Bloomers

    September 24th, 2007     by Elle E.     Comments

    Last year I taught acting to children ages 5 - 9, and was amazed at what some of the little divas were wearing: tight tank tops, mesh shawls tied under non-existent breasts, low-rise jeans slipping off their hipless hips. (“Melissa - pull up your pants!”) On the bright side, Ella Gunderson made headlines a couple of years ago when she fought against the limited selection of non-sexy clothes for girls her age. (Naturally, Shameless was … READ MORE

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    Radiant City

    September 21st, 2007     by Elle E.     Comments

    This Monday I went to my Grandmother’s funeral.* During the visitation I was amazed at the number of people who introduced themselves as Gran’s neighbours during the Leave it to Beaver Days of the 1950’s. To any suburbanites reading, how well have you bonded with your neighbours? Will you show up to their funerals in 60 years and tell their grandchildren heart warming stories of your joint antics? I’m close to the age where house-buying will … READ MORE

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    Bike Further, Eat Closer

    August 21st, 2007     by Elle E.     Comments

    If you’re looking for some fun on Vancouver Island this Labour Day weekend, you might want to check out the latest camping-biking-fundraiser from Chelsea Trousdell, a student at Emily Carr, and Marla Temoin, a recent graduate of the University of Victoria are gearing up for an intercontinental quest to raise awareness for climate change. They will ride their bikes 30,000 km - from Victoria, BC to Argentina, around South America, up the East Coast of … READ MORE

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    Happy Valentine’s Day, Atmosphere!

    February 14th, 2007     by Elle E.     Comments

    This week has been ecorgasmic and its only Wednesday. First, Elizabeth May came to town, determined to have the Green Party invited into the federal leaders debate. Singing this petition can help bring her refreshing voice into what is normally a very boring event. Then, I saw David Suzuki on his If You Were Prime Minister Tour (and if hearing his passionate speech weren’t enough, they were also giving away really cool buttons that match my favourite … READ MORE

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    What Would Bono Do?

    February 6th, 2007     by Elle E.     Comments

    When I saw the alluring green cover of the latest Bitch magazine, my heart skipped a beat. I was excited to read their take on the recent surge of eco-tainment, but spoiler alert I’m sad to say they really dropped the ball. In the editorial they confess we were a little sick of this issues theme before we even got started. After all, a parade of green issues preceded us in 2006, from Elle to Dwell … READ MORE

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