Category: 130 Degrees

Michael is an ecologist and lives in Wageningen in the Netherlands. For more than 30 years, he has been researching and writing on health, food security and justice in situations of social and environmental change. He has lived and worked in Benin, Rwanda, India, Philippines and Britain. A native of Montreal, he keeps a canoe in his garden.

Resisting the Heat

 I was on the Island this August. The haze that dimmed noon to dusk and that drove Air Quality off scale – the worst on the planet for a time – was a shock, as it must have been for many. I have been working on and around...

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Emerging into Lyme

Emerging into Lyme Lyme disease is now the most common vector-borne disease in Canada and the USA. Caused by the bacterium Borellia burgdorferi and transmitted by the bite of an Ixodes tick, Lyme disease is increasing rapidly in...

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Inclusive liberation

Inclusive Liberation May 5 is Bevrijdingsdag – Liberation Day – in the Netherlands. The festivities are concentrated here in Wageningen because this is where the Canadian General Charles Foulkes took the German army’s surrender...

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Colonialism: over there or underfoot

It’s not a word the Dutch have much trouble with. “Yes, of course we had colonies and got rich from them.” Most would likely be able to say this without a shudder. Many live in fine houses, some more than a century old, built...

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Political Cultures

by Michael Loevinsohn That’s 130 degrees east of Cumberland, and many meters lower. That’s where I’m writing from: a town called Wageningen in the middle of the Netherlands on one of the branches of the Rhine. A university town,...

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Upcoming Events

9:00 am Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Each Saturday features a delicious recipe from the North Island Chefs Association – and of course all of the wonderful local producers of vegetables, meats, baking, preserves, fish and more! See you at the Native[...]
10:00 am Tin Town Open House & Winter Market @ Tin Town Community
Tin Town Open House & Winter Market @ Tin Town Community
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Motif Music Studios will have an open house from 11am – 3pm. Music, art by Isla Life Designs and some interactive creative stations for the young and young at heart! Tin Town Cafe will have[...]
11:00 am Winter Market & Faire @ Tin Town Community
Winter Market & Faire @ Tin Town Community
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Details will be added as available.


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