Posts by M. Boilard

Cudjo and Me

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July 29, 2010

I walk for exercise. Every morning just as the sun comes up, I get up to walk my 5k block. I like to push my strides to the point of running, but instinct tells me to keep one foot on the ground at all times. My husband on the other hand is not a power […]


The Wisdom in a Tooth

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July 9, 2010

Evolution has apparently sidestepped me, as I have all four of my wisdom teeth. Pains that they were; they now rest benignly in the back of my mouth, serving no real purpose other than to remind me once in awhile, when brushing, that I have good gag reflex. I am regularly shocked to hear that […]


Totally Lost

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June 7, 2010

Getting lost in your own backyard is merely a sarcastic jab at someone who has a poor sense of direction. It really isn’t a joking matter for the individual whose trip seemed so simple when studied on a map in the comfort of his home, but once out of the driveway finds it quickly becomes […]


Messing in the North…

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June 4, 2010

Over the past couple of weeks, the little town of Hornepayne (pop. 1200 strong) has been desperate to reach southern ears, and to that end, have been using The Cambridge Advocate as a sounding board. I’d like to suggest that they chose well in the Advocate, as it has turned the Waterloo Region upside down […]


The Quality of Water and Life

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May 2, 2010

Every form of life has an effect on the environment; however we as humans have the ability to ‘reason’ and as a result, we are well aware that many of the choices we make negatively affect the natural order of our surroundings. All life relies on the environment for survival, but it is through our […]


A response by M.Boilard to..TCE regulations changed

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February 21, 2010

A response to the Times article.. TCE regulations Changed http://www.cambridgetimes.ca:80/news/local/article/620635–tce-regulations-changed Now this is a better article, as it reveals the doubt in the whole affair… The article quotes a Regional report that states: “The new levels are based on the latest science and, while the risks associated with TCE are not imminent, there is evidence […]


Sunshine and Superman

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February 7, 2010

I have always disliked school. For me, not too many memories stem from class time; just a self-pitying ‘I hate this’ type of feeling. I don’t think it was really the learning involved that fuelled my angst, but just the rote mentality of it all, coupled with the fact that I was shy. It’s difficult […]


The Trouble with Ants … and Fancy Pants

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October 20, 2009

My older sister and I are separated by 15 months. In our younger years we were the same height, the same weight and all around the same size, so therefore many would mistake us for twins. We were two tow-headed peas wrapped in fine polyester/cotton pods, handcrafted by our ever-so-talented mother. Mom sewed everything … […]


A past that haunts

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October 1, 2009

There is an old Chinese Proverb that states: When we have nothing to worry about we are not doing much, and not doing much may supply us with plenty of future worries. I hear congratulations are in order for the remediation efforts of the Bishop Street TCE plume. Indeed, we mustn’t hold back the credit […]


Talking Garbage

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July 19, 2009

With the Toronto garbage strike and the ongoing headlines that scream “Stop Dump Site 41”, the issues of our wasteful ways are yet again being shoved into our faces. Today, modern society manages its waste through complex, integrated waste management systems that handle an ever-growing waste stream, generated by a public that has been obsessed […]


Muddy Boots

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April 27, 2009

Only a child can appreciate the unique quality of the muck and mire produced by the combination of April rains and receding frosts. April showers bring May flowers, but for me, they also bring fond memories of mud and rubber boots. As children, we did not have sidewalks or neighbourhood parks. Our playground was farm […]


Taken by a grain of salt

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February 25, 2009

We’ve almost put February behind us. This is the time of year when we look around after that winter thaw and still see white everywhere. Roads and their shoulders, parking lots and sidewalks, all wear their blotchy coats of crystalline whitewash made of sodium chloride. Except for our grime-induced shudders, as we look over our […]


The Green Energy Act – A Preliminary Analysis

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February 24, 2009

Posted for Ontario Clean Air Alliance Ontario’s Energy and Infrastructure Minister, George Smitherman, publicly released his proposed Green Energy Act today. The proposed Green Energy Act is a very positive step forward on Ontario’s road to a renewable electricity future. But the Government needs to do much more to promote energy conservation and efficiency. In […]


Organic solvents in the Workplace

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February 15, 2009

Organic solvents are dangerous to human health, which makes the workplace a potentially hazardous environment, if not handled appropriately. Be aware…and care. I was asked to post this…. _______________________________________________ Study links organic solvents to lymphoma risk Last Updated: 2009-02-13 13:00:37 -0400 (Reuters Health) NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women exposed to organic solvents on the […]


The Chocolate Tree

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January 23, 2009

The tree is the epitome of balance; a symbol of growth and stability. It reaches high into the sky throughout its lifetime, yet it roots itself firmly into the ground. Trees give us oxygen; they filter pollution from air and water, they provide us with medicines, spices, teas and other foods…all for our taking. Man […]


Shades of green…

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January 9, 2009

In technically advanced countries, the general public has been conditioned to believe that expert opinion and truth are one and the same. We the public, must realize that there is a vast array of contradicting truths available to us; most of these are influenced by the circumstances of employment. Such are the truths of Canada’s […]


Playing with Poison

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December 18, 2008

Toxins have been around for a long time; some are natural to our environment, but more are the by-products of our industrialized society. Today scientists are discovering just how persistent and pervasive these toxins are. Scientists are also discovering that we are overdosing…cumulatively speaking…our own children before their bodies are mature enough to deal with […]


Snips and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails…

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November 19, 2008

This popular nursery rhyme has proven the test of time, as every parent knows. Nevertheless, we need to ask our ‘truth seekers’ if its relevance to the future is fading. The topic of the environment has always been special to me; I’ve always felt my feet firmly planted on this earth. However, I have found […]


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