Believe it or not, growing your own food or visiting your local farmers market is more revolutionary and constructive than burning down your own city and killing security forces…
They need us, we don’t need them. That’s the big secret. We get our freedom back as soon as we take back our responsibilities for food, water, security, the monetary system, power, and manufacturing; that is independence. Independence is freedom, freedom is independence. We’ll never be free as long as we depend on the Fortune 500 for our survival.
Fixing these problems unfolding overseas starts with fixing the problems in our own backyards. Boycott the globalists, cut off their support, undermine their system, and they lose their ability to commit these atrocities. That will be a real revolution and it can start today. Not burning cities and masked rebels waving flags, but communities no longer dependent and fueling a corrupt system we all know must come to an end.
Where are farmer markets in Montreal? Jean-Talon is the city’s largest farmer’s market, but there are others.
Located close to work or public transit, on narrow streets not yet planned for car traffic, in areas with high enough density of population to foster thriving, busy commercial streets nearby, Montreal’s original narrow houses are living examples of sustainable city living.
Friedman has spent much of his career espousing skinny spaces as an antidote to the three-car, suburban dream house. He grew up in a narrow house in Israel and now lives in a narrow house in Notre Dame de Grâce. In the early 1990s, he and his colleague Witold Rybczynski developed the Grow Home, a small, inexpensive and energy-efficient narrow-front house that won international acclaim and myriad awards for its efficient use of space. Builders from Pointe aux Trembles to the Czech Republic and Mexico built houses based on the Grow Homes design.
Despite the accolades, Friedman’s 14-foot-wide, 1,500-square-foot houses were seen as an oddity back then. But fast-forward 20 years and thin is in. Narrow homes aren’t just a product of necessity meant to fit a tight budget or a sliver of land. For a long time, only people who couldn’t afford bigger houses lived in small ones. But that’s changing. Growing numbers of homebuyers seek smaller houses that better fit the changing demographics of smaller families, single-parent households and aging couples. Around the globe, homes are cropping up in the tightest of spaces as a new generation of space-savvy architects finds bold and creative ways to redefine “cozy.”
“Urban planners talk about the importance of density in building vibrant, healthy neighbourhoods. And they are constantly looking for ways of halting sprawl. Well, right here in these old Montreal neighbourhoods are to be found some tried and true century-old solutions,” Friedman explained as he took a visitor on a guided tour through Verdun and the Point. In Pointe aux Trembles, more than 10,000 narrow homes, based on his original Grow Home design and built in 1991, have matured into a leafy, livable community where ivy grows up the sides of houses and kids skateboard through the streets.
The news around the world is making it clear that the current central banking/fractional reserve/crony capitalist system where wealth gets sucked to the top of the pyramid, is slowly breaking down.
Unfortunately, there is no hot replacement system waiting in the wings. Barter anyone? Yawn. Communes anyone? Scary. A return to gold-backed money? Possibly. Holographic power structures. Say what?
In any case, to start creating a NEW, sustainable economic system, we each need to hold a vision for the future that we desire to live in. Just sit down, close your eyes and make a wish; an intention for how you want to live in relation to people and the Earth. Then, with help from the universe, we can start to fill in the growing economic void and throw out the current system.
What we are witnessing is thus not another recession, but the end of the world capitalist system and the protests in the US against “Wall Street” may be an indication as good as any of this. One however gets the impression that as long as the old system survives there is no real opening to create a new world to replace it. To do so would be too much in conflict with the legality of the current dualist power structure and only after some kind of full collapse has occurred would people in general be compelled and inspired to create a new way of living and relating in the realms of politics and economics. To prevent such a new world from being born we can also be certain that when the collapse comes this will be presented by the powers that be as nothing but a temporary downturn.
The message is crystal clear. We—as a society, as a culture, and as individuals—need to transform our consciousness, change our frequency, up our game, be the future that we want, and that the world desperately needs. These can’t just be empty slogans…
Just as we must awaken to the timeless truths of love, God, Spirit, compassion, and peace, we must also go beyond awakening to embody those truths in an embodied, engaged, evolving spirituality that is true to who we are, here and now — and that can empower us to co-create a sustainable human future.
Exactly what that “evolving spirituality” looks like—and how to really live it—is what we’ll be exploring in this groundbreaking series.
There are chickens laying eggs at community centres, volunteer gardeners sharing the work and the harvest in 45 collective gardens across the city, and vegetables growing on top of the Palais des congrès convention centre.
But the blossoming urban agriculture movement is running into municipal roadblocks, say proponents pushing city hall to consult the public about the future of farming in Montreal.
Existing city bylaws make it difficult for people who want to practise urban agriculture to get started. They forbid livestock within Montreal city limits, except for in very limited cases in Rosemont-La Petite Patrie where community groups can get permission to have chickens for educational purposes. People aren’t allowed to dig up their driveways to plant vegetables. Farmers delivering produce for community-supported agriculture projects try to stay on the good side of residents living around their drop-off points to avoid traffic complaints being made to the city. Even people who want to compost in their backyards have gotten into trouble with neighbours complaining to city officials that their compost piles are too smelly…
Montreal has no policy on urban agriculture, although it is included in the city’s sustainable-development plan as a way to help green the city and reduce heat-island effect between now and 2015, said city spokesperson Martine Painchaud.
The eight member organizations of the Centre for Sustainable Development invite the public to a week-long open house at their brand new green building in the heart of Montreal’s revamped entertainment district, the Quartier des spectacles.
If you care about such issues as clean transportation, climate change, micro-credit or fair trade, you won’t want to miss it.