Thank you Stephen Lewis

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At the age of 77, Stephen Lewis describes himself as being “happily in his dotage,” a man free to bare his soul and dispense with diplomatic niceties.

He did just that in Charlottetown last Friday. The one-time lion of the left unleashed a withering roar over eight years of Stephen Harper government that deserves to be moved from the relatively tiny confines of the Confederation Centre of the Arts and into a larger forum.

Lewis focused on five fronts of perhaps irreversible decline in this country, five only, because time did not allow him to get into all the factors that “scar my soul.”

The former Ontario NDP leader, United Nations ambassador and lifelong human rights advocate took aim at the “pre-paleolithic Neanderthals” in office and their role in the decline of Parliament, the suppression of dissent, the plight of First Nations, their blinkered climate-change policy and our plummeting world status.

There is no secret of the left-wing perspective from which Lewis comes. He borrowed the title of his speech, A Socialist Takes Stock, from his father David who delivered a similar cri de coeur some 60 years ago.

When he surveys the political scene today, he says he runs the emotional gamut from “rage to rage.”

But he is not alone. He joins a line of political elders who are taking increasingly harsh stock of this government’s performance.

Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark has spoken out about foreign policy, former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin has been an outspoken critic of aboriginal policy and former ministers in the Brian Mulroney government emerged to condemn the watering down of environmental regulations.

Lewis told the Symons Lecture on the future of confederation:

  • Canada’s world standing is in free fall.
  • The Harper government’s contempt for Parliament and its traditions has degraded political life and fostered voter cynicism.
  • Its attitude to aboriginals is not paternalistic, it is racist.
  • Harper’s refusal to join the rest of the world and move toward renewable energy sources is endangering future generations and contributing to a looming planetary meltdown.
  • Civil society and the ideas it fosters have been slapped down and censored, subverting democratic norms.

“There is a radical ideological agenda gripping this country,” Lewis said, “but it’s not the environmentalists or the other targeted groups committed to the quest for social justice; it’s the political leadership.”

We are channelling the years of Richard Nixon’s enemies list, Lewis says, adding the former U.S. president was driven by paranoia, Harper is driven by malevolence.

Lewis compared the atmosphere in Ottawa to that of the Ontario legislature where he served for 15 years, the William Davis years.

There was a respect in that chamber, he said, and that was respect was fostered by the premier.

“Vitriolic nastiness in debate does not breed respect,” he said,

“nor does adolescent partisanship, nor do pieces of legislation of encyclopedic length that hide contentious issues, nor does the sudden emergence of frenzied TV attack ads, nor does the spectre of a Prime Minister’s Office exercising authoritarian control.”

The government’s refusal to hold an inquiry on missing and murdered aboriginal women, its refusal to compromise with aboriginal leadership on the funding gap on First Nations education and its environmental standing that has sunk so low that we are seen as an impediment to a climate change accord in Paris next year, are all being watched around the world, said Lewis.

“It is as though Canada had decided, like some mindless national curmudgeon, to be a permanent outlier on issues of minority rights and women’s rights,” Lewis said.

“It does us damage. It does us shame.”

Of the “redundant” tarsands, Lewis says he is “hyperventilating for the day, when some Canadian politician has the courage to say: Leave it in the ground.”

Is this merely an overheated attack on a government that shares none of Lewis’s principles? An angry journey into nostalgia?

“Somewhere in my soul,” Lewis says, “I cherish the possibility of a return to a vibrant democracy, where equality is the watchword, where people of different ideological conviction have respect for each other, where policy is debated rather than demeaned, where the great issues of the day are given thoughtful consideration, where Canada’s place on the world stage is seen as principled and laudatory, where human rights for all is the emblem of a decent civilized society.”

He will be ignored by those in office. But his words should be studied by any who seek to govern going forward.

Tim Harper is a national affairs writer. His column appears Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Twitter:@nutgraf1

Appealing to New Brunswick Agriculture to Grow Industrial Hemp



Dear Claude and Nicole,

Nathan XXXXXX suggested that I contact you, both, in order to inquire about potential industrial hemp being grown in New Brunswick or the Maritimes in general.  I’m looking for the shiv or hurd which as you may know is a by-product of the more valuable ropey core.  The shiv falls away during processing and is used mainly for animal bedding and construction.
As you probably know, the less than .3% THC plant grows like a “weed,” without herbicides and pesticides, and will yield 5 foot, or more, plants in 4 months, however, the rope is tougher than steal (which is why it’s being used in the door manufacturing of BMW’s) and is challenging to harvest without specialized equipment.
Many traditional combines have been known to catch fire after getting the rope caught and bound around the blades.  However, the rope for clothing, paper, plus the seed and oil for food when harvested is a high yielding crop with $250 per acre in profit for the grower.
The seed, alone in one acre can feed 12 men for a year. 3 acres of shiv can build a 1,200 square foot carbon negative home with natural soundproofing, fire retardant, healthy, affordable breathable walls with no off-gassing glues, insulations or moulds given our wet climate.
Most New Brunswick homes last about 40 years before the materials start breaking down.  Vapour barriers and off-gassing materials are trapping spores in homes producing more incidences of asthma and allergies.
A house built of hempcrete will last about 2,000 years with much less maintenance.  The Egyptian pyramids have been found recently to be built out of hempcrete which naturally petrifies over time. The UK is building sub-divisions out of this long lasting, light weight, material with R-32 value in a climate very similar as ours without concerns for harmful moulds, mice, bats, rats or termites.  It is just that effective in a wet climate.
Western Canada, principally, has created a most lucrative industry in hemp given that 50% of their seeds and oils are sold to the States.  They are more than 6 weeks behind in processing capacity given that the demand far exceeds the supply.  I’m curious, as a natural builder, if the infrastructure is even being thought of in this province.
I know that there used to be a hemp farmer in PEI, however, Maurice retired about a decade ago as he was only getting demand in NFLD by a brewery and grinding seed for a local hemp flour baker.  At present, I’m having to import bales from Manitoba which means delays and higher costs.  Have you heard of any local farmers thinking of getting into this billion dollar industry?  Fingers crossed!
She-Bear Construction: We teach you how to build natural, affordable, healthy eco-friendly homes. We’re a group of Maritime Canada birth-workers, healers, naturo-therapists and physicians who’ve formed a collective in order to help teach individuals how to build living, breathable off-grid homes out of hempcrete. We feel that everybody should have a healthy, affordable, sustainable home of their own, in beautiful surroundings, to live in and also raise their families. You can literally eat off our floors, walls and ceilings too!

The Gig Is Up Mr. Agent Orange

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The Gig Is Up Mr. Agent Orange

The foghorn blares into my foggy noggin.  Clawing at the fingers of sleep, I roll to my belly as the first thoughts surface in droplets of resistance.  I don’t need to inch back the curtain as I already know intimately the wall of pea soup on the other side.  My Maritime heart girds her resentment closer into her belly cave.  

The utter polarity of ocean-side beauty and brilliance is the miasma of gloom in Saint John on mornings when the heavens descend.  The vaporous sulphur steam chugging brume from over the bridge while the refinery films a nebula of doom along Bayside.  All in the name of what?  Tradition?  A tearing, a ripping at the vulnerability of our natural resources? I taste it in the water congealed air, hanging heads of hatred in cancerous resignation.  My head aches.

The rape by big oil men leaves me feeling like I live in a perpetually hostile domestic situ.  However, there are no police to call for help as the gild is steeped high in pockets of synthetic suits just beyond the shields, flack jackets and guns.  These are the men of murky smiles, soft hands, cold hearts and pink, white bodies with course hair like the fresh young piglets on the farm where I grew up.  This is the realm where runts survive with monied coddling by the Bank of Canada.

The league of Monsanto hangmen in ties is fading in favour of durable hemp clothing and pitchforks. The sickening concert of destruction is kneeling into it’s final tear stained crescendo.  It’s just not sustainable.  The whole system has sprung leaks from its exfoliated ethics on the tide of a river drenched in glyphosate.  The gig is up Mr. Agent Orange!  The white sage is lit and you’re being smoked out!

You can take your cancers dripping the dirge of your intent and steal away like Nazi wolves in your private jets.  All is converging into your suppressive vaccine steeped agenda dripping with mercurial oil from leaking pipelines and fracking shale lines trickling poison chemical water to the ocean of my restored heart; all in the name of a worn out fiat currency.  The time has come “Little Man.”*

I see you run for yet another Starbucks coffee full of GMO pasteurized milk from the lymphatic pus of animals kept inside a milking saloon, ankle deep in their own excrement, their infected utters doused once again in antibiotics.  You’re just so full of pitiable stop-gap measures!  Is this the glory of humanity that you wring every dollar from?  How do you possibly sleep at night on your synthetic mattresses with your cold trophies beside you?  Your maniacal manacles pinioned to the marble halls of your loveless marriage because you sold her to China.

I pick up the feather of the Raven and hold it, turn it in the wind, the fringe tightly woven organically, fanning the sage in the abalone shell.  Where are my people?  I stand alone, as always, deliciously tarnished, but healthy in body, mind, and soul. The protective She-Bear in me ready to construct the walls of her off-grid sun and wind-breathing mini-fortress.  It is August and I’m standing in 5 foot tall stalks of industrial hemp.  Every single acre will feed 12 of you piglets for a year, the runts for two, without an ounce sprayed from your noxious hose of pesticides.

The sun burns off the fog.  It’s mid-day, now, on the east coast of Canada.  I will spend the afternoon constructing the final phase of my solar-run outdoor shower to cleanse away the last of the city’s grime from my soul.  The raven caws raw into the murderously blue sky as I pour another glass of raw goat’s milk while snacking on fresh shucked peas from my permie garden.  The buzz of rejuvenating bees sweet on the scent of white clover mixed with something else … ah … what is it?  Ah, yes, the culmination of one Canadian woman’s salvation.

Allyson McQuinn

August 12th, 2015


*”Listen Little Man” by Wilhelm Reich (


Clean Energy Beginning To Tip The Scales in Canada

Clean Energy Jobs Now Exceed Oilsands Jobs In Canada: Report

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Which industry employs more Canadians? The oilsands or clean energy?

Guess again.

Employment in Canada’s clean energy sector has jumped 37 per cent in the past five years, says a new report from the think tank Clean Energy Canada, and now exceeds employment in the oilsands.

There were 23,700 people directly employed by the clean energy industry in 2013, compared to 22,340 jobs in the oilsands, the report found. Those green jobs include people employed in clean power production, energy efficiency, biofuels and manufacturing of green energy technologies.

Those job gains were the result of about $25 billion in new investment over the past five years, the report said. It singled out Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia as the three provinces leading the way in clean energy investment.

The report said that the federal government has helped lay the groundwork for green energy, “but has done very little to build on it.”

The Canadian Press reports:

OTTAWA – Canadian investments in clean energy totalled $6.5 billion last year, a 45 per cent increase from 2012, according to a new study released Tuesday.

More than half the Canadian investment — $3.6 billion — went into wind power, with another $2.5 billion invested in the solar sector, says Clean Energy Canada, an advocacy and research organization.

The investment spike moved Canada up to seventh place among the Group of 20 industrialized nations, from 12th spot a year earlier.

“We hear a lot of talk about pipelines and the oil and gas sector,” Merran Smith, the director of Clean Energy Canada, said in an interview.

“What we don’t hear is that Canada’s actually gone from a boutique clean energy industry to really big business.”

Over the past five years, $24 billion has been invested in clean energy, and the sector now accounts for almost 24,000 direct jobs, a total that includes manufacturing but not construction employment.

The report comes as Canadian officials begin two weeks of meetings in Lima, Peru, on the United Nations framework convention on climate change.

Greenhouse gas emissions are rising again in Canada, according to Environment Canada projections, and the country will not come close to meeting its 2020 international target for curbing emissions under the 2009 Copenhagen accord. The talks in Lima are part of negotiations for a post-2020 international agreement that is supposed to be completed next December.

The UN talks were given a jolt of adrenalin last month when the United States and China, the world’s two biggest emitters, announced a bilateral deal to curb emissions through 2030.

Both the Chinese and U.S. governments are investing heavily in renewables.

“There’s a clean energy transition underway globally already, and they’re backing their clean energy industries,” said Smith.

What makes the Canadian investment story more compelling is that it’s happening without much federal government interest.

Private sector financiers — many from abroad — and provincial governments are driving the investment boom.

Of the top five financiers of clean energy in Canada over the past five years, investing $3.44 billion among them, two are Japanese, two are German and just one is Canadian, says the study.

Clean Energy Canada would like to see a federal industrial policy, based on tax and research incentives, like the one that helped Canada’s aerospace and oil sands industries in their infancy.

“If the federal government got engaged we could be a real world leader in clean energy,” said Smith. “But the federal government is really missing in action.”

— Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press

My Speaking Notes From August 8th Fundraiser/Potluck




Hemp in Canada

The history of hemp cultivation in North America begins in Port-Royal, Acadia (present-day Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia), in 1606, when French botanist Louis Herbert planted the first crop on the Eastern shore. Hemp cultivation soon spread westward across the country, as burgeoning settlements experimented with harvesting and production. Hemp was one of Canada’s first agricultural exports when the fibre was sold to Britain and France for use in their navies. It was common practice for tracts of land to be issued to settlers in Canada on the provision that they grow hemp.
Three years after Halifax was established the Governor of Nova Scotia announced in April of 1752 that a bounty would be offered to settlers who grew hemp. A notice printed in Toronto in 1849 announced the proprietors McGee and Dew were prepared to pay cash for 1,000 acres of hemp straw, 10,000 bushels of flax seed, and 1,000 acres of flax straw. These materials were intended for export to Britain as supplies from Russia had been cut off due to war.

As the 20th Century approached, hemp cultivation was an established Canadian industry, with mills in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. In the 1930’s, Mr. Howard Fraleigh of Forest, Ontario had developed a successful and profitable hemp processing business. Having designed and built specialized harvesting equipment, Mr. Fraleigh had a state-of-the-art fibre separation mill in full operation.

In April of 1938 the Federal Minster of Health, C.G. Power amended the Opium and Narcotics Control Act to classify all varieties of Cannabis as a regulated substance. It was the intention of the government to control the production of marijuana, a variety of Cannabis known to produce THC, the psychoactive ingredient. However, because hemp is also a variety of Cannabis, grown for the fibre and seeds it was also prohibited, even though it contained virtually no THC. The similar leaf shape for all varieties of Cannabis resulted in hemp suffering from a case of mistaken identity, as the government did not differentiate between hemp and marijuana. Thus the cultivation and processing of hemp ended in Canada. However a small acreage was grown during the Second World War near Ottawa and Manitoba for cordage and cloth. Some research was carried out in the 1950’s and 60’s to observe fibre content in the stalks and oil profile in the seeds. Mean while hemp cultivation continued throughout China, Europe and Russia.

Then in 1971 Dr. Ernie Small of Agriculture Canada Grew 350 different strains of Cannabis on the experimental farm in downtown Ottawa. Dr. Small found there were very different varieties of Cannabis, classifying them as fibre and narcotic types. The point of distinction was set by the level of THC in the leaves and flowers, and Dr, Small concluded that varieties containing less than 0.3% THC were suitable only for industrial applications such as fibre and seed.
In June of 1994 Hempline Inc. planted five varieties of hemp on 10 acres of land near Tillsonburg, Ontario. This was made possible after extensive lobbying to secure a special permit from Health Canada, marking the first private sector hemp research project since the 1940’s. The renewed interest in hemp caused Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to write a comprehensive report titled “Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) Bi-weekly Bulletin Vol.7 No.23 – December 16, 1994.
In the following years, numerous research projects were initiated across the country focusing on variety and fertility trials for hemp fibre and seed production. At the same time legislation was being drafted to allow for the commercial production of hemp again in Canada.

In the spring of 1996 Geofrey G. Kime, President of Hempline Inc. appeared before a Senate committee to request that hemp fibre and stalks be removed from the definition of Cannabis as defined under Bill C-8: The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Senator Lorna Milne, a member of this committee was impressed by the presentation and worked to ensure the amendment was adopted. On June 21, 1996 Bill C-8 received Royal Assent by the Federal Government, and on May 14, 1997 Bill C-8 officially became law; with the result that hemp fibre and stalks were no longer regulated and the Minister of Health Canada now had the power to implement a commercial licensing system for hemp cultivation. On March 13, 1998 Health Canada implemented commercial licensing regulations, allowing Canadian farmers to grow hemp once again, a little over sixty years after they prohibited it.
In the summer of 1998 close to 5,000 acres of hemp was planted across Canada in almost every province of the country.

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With thanks to Hempline Inc.

If all fossil fuels and their derivatives, as well as trees for paper and construction, were banned in order to save the planet, reverse the greenhouse effect and stop deforestation; then there is only one known annually rendered solution! HEMP

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Hemp homes are cutting edge of green building

published: September 12th, 2010

author: John C. Fletcher

source: USA TODAY


Hemp is turning a new leaf. The plant fiber, used to make the sails that took Christopher Columbus’ ships to the New World, is now a building material.

In Asheville, N.C., a home built with thick hemp walls was completed this summer and two more are in the works.

Dozens of hemp homes have been built in Europe in the past two decades, but they’re new to the United States, says David Madera, co-founder of Hemp Technologies, a company that supplied the mixture of ground-up hemp stalks, lime and water.

The industrial hemp is imported because it cannot be grown legally in this country — it comes from the same plant as marijuana.

Its new use reflects an increasing effort to make U.S. homes not only energy-efficient but also healthier. Madera and other proponents say hemp-filled walls are non-toxic, mildew-resistant, pest-free and flame-resistant.

“There is a growing interest in less toxic building materials, says Peter Ashley, director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control.

“The potential health benefits are significant,” he says, citing a recent study of a Seattle public housing complex that saw residents’ health improve after their homes got a green makeover.

The U.S. government has not taken a “systemic approach” to studying chemicals in homes and instead addresses problems such as asbestos, lead, arsenic and formaldehyde only after people get sick, says Rebecca Morley, executive director of the National Center for Healthy Housing, a private research group.

She says green building so far has focused mostly on the environment, not the health of the people inside. Ashley agrees that federal attention has been “sporadic,” but says an interagency group began meeting last year to tackle the issue more broadly. He says HUD is funding more research on the health and environmental benefits of eco-friendly homes.

Some green-rating programs, such as the one run by the private U.S. Green Building Council, give points for indoor air quality.

“We are taking the next step in green building,” says Anthony Brenner, a home designer with Push Design who created Asheville’s first hemp home. “We’re trying to develop a system that’s more health-based.”

Brenner says he’s been searching for non-toxic materials because he wants to build a home for his 9-year-old daughter, Bailey, who has a rare genetic disorder that makes her extremely sensitive to chemicals. “We have to keep her away from anything synthetic,” he says, or she’ll have seizures.

He says a hemp home can be affordable, even though importing hemp makes it more expensive than other building materials, because skilled labor is unnecessary and hemp is so strong that less lumber is needed.

The hemp mixture — typically four parts ground-up hemp to one part lime and one part water — is placed inside 2-foot-by-4-foot wall forms. Once it sets, the forms are removed. Although it hardens to a concrete-like form, wood framing is used for structural support.

“This is like a living, breathing wall,” Madera says. Hemp absorbs carbon dioxide and puts nitrogen into the soil, so it’s good for the environment, he says.

Alex Wilson, executive editor of Environmental Building News, says hemp can be grown with minimal use of chemicals and water. He says it has a midlevel insulating value (R-2 per inch) but is usually installed in a thick enough wall system to make it appropriate for all but the most severe climates.

The mixture, “Tradical Hemcrete,” has not previously been used in U.S. homes, but in 2008 it went into a community center on the Pine Ridge Reservation in Badlands, S.D., as well as a small chapel and pottery studio near Houston, says Mario Machnicki, managing director of American Lime Technology, a Chicago company that imports hemp from the United Kingdom.

Asheville’s second hemp home will be finished in about six weeks, says builder Clarke Snell of the Nauhaus Institute, a non-profit group of designers, engineers, developers and others interested in sustainable urban living.

Snell says the home, which has 16-inch-thick walls, is airtight and energy-efficient. He expects it to meet rigorous Passive House Institute standards, which call for homes to use up to 90% less energy than regular ones.

“On the coldest day in winter, the body heat of 10 people should heat the home,” he says. “We’re basically building a European home.”

Snell says his group will own the 1,750-square-foot house, and its engineer will live there for a couple of years to monitor energy use.

He doesn’t know how much it will cost because, as a prototype, it was built with donations and volunteer labor.

The owners of the first hemp home say it cost $133 a square foot to build, not including land and excavation.

“That’s pretty remarkable” for a custom home in Asheville, which is a pricey area, says Karon Korp, a writer who moved into the house in July.

Korp says she and her husband, Russ Martin wanted primarily an energy-efficient home. They’re not particularly sensitive to chemicals, but they were drawn to Brenner because of his modern aesthetic and green building enthusiasm. She says they’re thrilled their house is made of a renewable, toxic-free material and hope it sets an example for the nation.

“Hemp could replace tobacco if it were legalized,” says Martin, Asheville’s GOP mayor from 1993 to 1997. He says some area tobacco farms have gone bust.

Martin says they have spent less than $100 a month so far to cool the home, which has 3,000 square feet plus a garage. It has 12″ thick walls, Energy Star appliances, dual-flush toilets, high-performance windows and LED lights. Korp says they might add a windmill, because the house sits atop a mountain.

They say they have fantastic views. “We seen the sun rise,” he says. She adds, “and the sun set.”

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Hemp: New Brunswick’s Crop of the 21st Century

New Brunswick can become a model for the 21st century, create a vast array of jobs in many sectors, and retain westward fleeing job-seekers by fully embracing hemp farming. Not only could hemp production keep workers in the province, it could also attract new industry and immigrants into the province.

Hemp is truly one of nature’s gifts to mankind, but no member of the plant kingdom has ever been so willfully and stubbornly misunderstood. It is generally assumed that hemp became collateral damage in the United States’ so-called “war on drugs.”

There is compelling evidence, however, that hemp was actually the primary target of the whole “Reefer Madness” hysteria. A number of major U.S. corporations, lumber and pulp barons, and chemical companies stood to lose lucrative market shares because the hemp plant is so useful and versatile. Hemp provides the raw material for bio-fuel, paper, and plastic alternatives, among its many uses. It is time to understand what we have lost, and will continue to lose, if we don’t realize the infinite benefits of hemp production.

Since the mid-1930s, about half the world’s forests have been cut to make paper. If hemp had not been outlawed, most forests would likely still be standing, providing oxygen for the planet.

Hemp plants provide four times the paper fibre per acre per year than trees do, and can be re-planted yearly. Hemp is naturally resistant to insects and weeds and thrives in New Brunswick. Nearly half of the agricultural chemicals used by the U.S. are applied to cotton crops.

As people continue to become more ecologically aware and responsible, the demand for all types of organic products will increase. Hemp fibre is a naturally organic alternative to cotton. It is much more durable, wears longer, and is resistant to salt – which is why it has been traditionally used to make ropes and sails for ships for thousands of years. In fact, the word “canvas” comes from an Arabic word for hemp.

Henry Ford experimented with utilizing hemp as a bio-fuel source and as an ingredient in a composite material for automobile bodies. In 1941, the Ford Motor Company rolled out an experimental car that was made from hemp. Ford demonstrated this vehicle’s durability by beating on the fender with an axe. It bounced off and did not leave even a scratch. Imagine the benefits of a rust-proof, bio-degradable car that runs on hemp bio-fuel…. and where the planet would be today if this had become a reality 70 years ago! Also imagine that petro-chemical companies and many other major U.S. corporations still have a stake in preserving the status quo while they fill their coffers with money spent on over-priced gas, oil, chemicals, fertilizer and consumer goods that are petroleum based. The United States is the only industrialized nation that prohibits the growing of hemp.

In 1937, Popular Science magazine listed more than 25,000 potential uses for the hemp plant, and modern technology has increased this number. The market for organic food and personal care products has exploded. In addition to its many industrial uses, hemp also provides one of nature’s most perfect foods in its seed. It contains the essential fatty acids omega 3 and 6 in the proper 3:1 ratio for human health, and provides superior anti-oxidant qualities. Hemp nuts are also one of the world’s richest sources of protein, second only to the soybean, and they taste great. Chefs all over the world are using hemp butter, nuts and oil in their kitchens.

Right now, in many N.B. stores, you can buy hemp foods and goods that were produced in other Canadian provinces. The Manitoba Harvest Company is a co-operative that is co-owned by more than 20 farming families. In Ontario, the Cool Hemp Company is producing ice cream and cookies made from hemp seed – desserts that are both good and good for you!

When you add up all of the environmental benefits, jobs, products and industry that would be created by hemp production, you have only a win/win situation for the province of New Brunswick.

There is a lingering reluctance to embrace hemp farming because of the current U.S. laws and attitude. But people should control their institutions rather than continue to be dominated by these human creations. At the Kyoto Summit, Al Gore used an apt hockey analogy when he appealed to Canada for environmental support. He suggested that we not look to where the United States has the puck now – but where the puck will ultimately be in the future.

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Hemp Can Save NB and the World

Marijuana is dangerous. But not to the human body or mind in any way, shape or form.

It is, however, a deadly threat to the corporate criminals and oil cartels who currently rule our world.

When corporate profit became the touchstone of civilization, the future could only be sold out.

And one of the biggest sell outs to ever be forced upon an unwitting public was the criminalization of hemp in 1937.

The hemp plant is a masterpiece of nature, truly a plant bestowed upon humanity by a wise and just universe. The hemp plant was revered by people for thousands of years.

But in a twisted perversion where public health and welfare, the future of humanity and the very planet itself mean nothing compared to immediate corporate profits hemp has been banned for 75 years and counting.

Food, fuel, fibre, paper, clothing, plastics, medicines, building materials….. The sheer scope of the thousands of natural products that can be made from hemp are hemp’s fatal flaw. So much value that the powers that be cannot allow this plant to be grown.

Everything petroleum can do, hemp can do better: Biodegradable plastics and bio-fuel are easily made from hemp.

Hemp was deliberately demonized and made illegal by a conspiracy between William Randolph Hearst and the DuPont Chemical Company in the mid 1930’s. Up until then most people had no clue what “marijuana” was, although hemp was a valuable cash crop for fibre.

Hearst was one of the richest men in America who owned vast tracts of forest he wanted to cut for pulp. He was also the owner of the largest newspaper chain in America. He used his papers to demonize hemp and scare the hell out of a naïve and gullible American public.

The DuPont Company had invented nylon and petroleum based plastics. No way did they want any competition to this industry.

Hemp clearly had to go, and through a campaign of lies and propaganda these corporate criminals succeeded in making the most useful plant on our planet illegal. And people still don’t get it even today!

Hemp has been used throughout the world since the beginning of time for just about everything mankind needed.

You can produce 4 times as much paper from an acre of hemp as you can from an acre of trees at one quarter of the cost, and you can grow another crop the next year.

An acre of pulp wood takes 25 or 30 years to re-grow.

Think of it! The pulp industry requires continual clear cutting of forests. The industry pours millions of gallons of pollutants into our New Brunswick waterways as the wood is processed.

Add to that the silt run off created by all the bare ground left from clear cut areas…. Causing the rivers to choke with silt and becoming a major factor in the disastrous flood in Perth-Andover last year.

Compare this industry, which also always needs government subsidies and bailouts to stay alive, to utilizing hemp for the pulp and paper industry.

A new crop each year, providing four times the cellulose of an acre of trees! As an added bonus that same crop is providing nutritious and tasty food as well as pulp!

It sounds like a no-brainer to me, but entrenched corporations and oil and energy companies are determined to continue to suck the life out of our planet by continuing their mad quest for yet more fossil fuel.

It will be a sad day for New Brunswick if these unimaginative and greedy men begin hydro-fracking for shale gas in earnest in our beautiful province.

Hemp requires no chemicals to grow, has very few natural enemies and grows in the widest variety of climates of any plant on our planet.

It is also the fastest growing plant on earth, growing 4 times faster than corn.

The seeds from the hemp plant provide the highest source of complete vegetable protein of any food
source on the planet.
One acre of hemp can provide enough seed to feed 12 people for a year!

Most of our larger grocery stores are now stocking hemp foods from farms in western provinces. Hemp Hearts, oil, butter, milk…. Why are we not producing these products in our own province?

It would provide far more jobs in all sectors than all the gas extraction plots and schemes on the planet, and be good for the environment!

Hemp has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and concentrated extracts of cannabis were one of the most widely used medicines in America for 150 years.

It is estimated that hemp would have at least 50,000 commercial uses if it were made legal today.

Sure, it’s legal to grow in Canada, but because of the influence and prejudice of those American bullies next door we have not fully embraced this crop.

Hearst with his yellow journalism tactics and the hysterical rhetoric of the anti-hemp corporations are still poisoning the public discourse on this subject.

Many people are still convinced that hemp was made illegal for the good of humanity!
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There is still the persistent myth that cannabis is a so-called “gateway drug.”

The true gateway to drug abuse is poverty and despair. And even people with money can despair of our future and turn to drugs to escape.

A few years back when California first held a referendum vote to legalize cannabis the two biggest lobbyists against legalization were the liquor industry and illegal cannabis grow operations!!!

Ironic, don’t you think?

We are all also still saddled with the belief systems of our Puritan forefathers. This is that sad and destructive conviction that God loves us better when we suffer.

Two of my favourite quotes of all time poke fun at Puritans:
H.L. Mencken famously said: Puritanism…The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

Thomas Babington MacMacauly perceptively wrote: The Puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.

We all need to step up to the plate, together, and demand that our government begin to work for us, the people, and our communities….not Big Oil, Big Pharma and Corporate Agriculture.

Hemp agriculture can and will remake our world.
Stephanie Kelley

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Hello! My name is Stephanie Kelley. I’m originally from sunny Florida, but these days I live in a little village in rural New Brunswick, Canada where we have just two seasons…Winter & Blackfly! I write the Blackfly Gazette to amuse and entertain, but also to explore some of the issues and challenges facing us all these days, no matter where we live…from how to rebuild community and live sustainably and abundantly to turning my gimlet eye on the criminal insanity of our psychopathic governments and corporations. Thanks for dropping by!

Poem/Prose by Wil Liam

I am not ritch…

and I am not poor…

I am able, and reasonably young.

And I am debt free…

(except student loans….)

……..and …..( my membership as an American citizen, where I share the burden of 18 trillion dollars of hypothetical debt…)

but I don’t have any car payments, the van I’ve’ve had for 3 years cost me $350 with a little bit of continual work.

I don’t have to pay rent because I work for the landlord on the land that I live and and the work that I’m doing is improving the land upon which I live, trying to create a permaculture farm/ community/ land project….. …


and I don’t go to town very much.

I live in the redwoods and I’m pretty happy.

but every now and again…

I have to buy shoes or something… and so I have to go to a store…

well one thing I have to say, is that it like a lot of the stuff inside of most stores, is made by slave labor…

Modern day slaves.

or at least serfs. .

by the millions…they are virtually enslaved by the Chinese and other 2nd and 3rd world economic systems so that their government can purchase American debt…

so right now…

China and others enslaving their people to buy US debt, in the form of Bonds.

and the American Government is selling the future of it’s own people, so that future adult Americans will be enslaved to pay back “China” etc……

this is what happens,

when the governments of the world are run by lawyers and crooks…

they legalize the theft of the treasury.

And in our economic strata of first world nation status…

the good and obedient fat horses upon which the rich ride, are given a set level of disposable income as a reward for their servitude.

They are to use these tokens of entitlement, to fulfill all of their consumeristic needs… to achieve their supposed status…. all the while drunk on their continual wants, as they are lured by the lust for status…

And the “power’s that be” do not want any body to subvert the system of servitude.

success is taxed…

excessive richness is rewarded.

That is modern capitalism.


a desperate human steals a couple hundred dollars worth of something, can go to prison for a good bit… but a rich, greedy human can steal millions and billions of dollars from hundreds and thousands of people… and they can receive a fine that is paid for with the plunder of their previous conquest.

We do not live in a Democracy.

It is a mockery to assume that we do.

There is no justice, when injustice thrives.

but the people, all people, are all equal.

and if we stand up for ourselves and each other, together; then we can do a lot of good.

And that “goodness” will come very fast.

If we can all work together, a little bit… and stand together with your neighbor every so often…. reach across the aisle… and slowly soften all the borders…. and we take a few more vacations…closer to home… and go on long walks…and cook delicious food…and …

and live good lives with each other.

We can all be happy ..

I think even the rich people will be happier…

everyone deserves to be happy…everyone deserves to have enough food to eat and have a safe warm place to sleep…

and nobody deserves to have bombs dropped on them…

nobody deserves to live under harsh sanctions…

nobody deserves to be a refugee ping pong’ed around…

nobody deserves to be enslaved to pay the debt of a government…

Or to pay for past World Bank loans, that were stolen by corrupt dictators, that were put in by foriegn powers.

No one deserves to have their country subjugated where, to have their culture decimated.

Peace and happiness exist, they are in between the monetized moments.

Peace, Love and Freedom exist outside of the almighty dollar.

Money is meant to be a beautiful thing; to properly share and store and exchange the fruits of our labor.

But the government’s, and the ruling classes have conquered most all of the natural resources…they own the rivers, and they own the mountains…and they own the banks that own all of us.

Our money is not even our own money, it’s owned by the Federal Reserve, a private bank…

America is debt ridden…the only hope we have a paying it back is exploiting people and exploiting the ecosystems for natural resources…


The madness must stop.

The numbers are not real.

The real power is in the individual.

Together we can free ourselves.

or we can submit to the system.

but you can’t effectively stand up against the system, alone… you can only stand up against the system as a community, as a functioning economic unit, that supports each other and itself.


my answer to world peace is:

improve your own community…

but do it with real gusto and start today…

take down your backyard fences and start amazing gardens and mini parks…

work less, use less, spend less, waste less.

eat healthier!—–that would save so much money in healthcare… wow….

and it would greatly improve people’s quality of life and overall happiness.

End “planned obsolescence” – almost every consumer good is designed to break …. cars and electronics are especially designed to have a specific lifespan… I have a pair a Walkman ear phones from the e

80’s and the chords are still fine…but I went through a half a dozen $25 earbuds…where the cord start to fail in about 6 months….

stop hating other people so much…there are a few people in the world that we can hate…and they deserve our hate so much that we need to keep hate sacred and potent.

do not hate your neighbor,

do not hate your hater.

do not hate your rival labor

do not hate the clumsy waiter.


don’t worry about forgiving, just forget move on, deal with it enough to get it out of the way but do not dwell on it don’t give it that much energy


Dance…. that’s it … just dance.

Not a real dance, not like a specific dance not a good dance, not a pretty dance but dance….

dance to the beat of your own soul….dance alone in the moonlight..

dance in the silence…

dance to the beat of the crushing leaves beneath your feet…




Love often and love broadly, love deeply, and love truly…

Love does not have to be used sparingly to be potent.

fill your world with love…

imagine it as spray paint and tag everything, graffiti everything with invisible, spiritual love…

Bevauae if you do, everyone else can still see it…

make the world beautiful and others can feel it.

Help each other enjoy life…

do not detract from the joy of others…Help them because they will help you…and that’s all you can possibly ever get out of life…

that’s what money is supposed to be for…

to buy other people’s help…



Live how you wanna….

if you ain’t happy swimming against the current…maybe it’s time you switched streams…or switch horses…but don’t try and switch horses midstream…


Be Thankful…

because most everything in life is epically beautiful and wonderful….

If you let it…

do not dwell on the unfortunate.

Transcend the past…

We are perennial beings.

We flower every so often…

just keep watering the roots of your soul…

and life will once again surge through you….

when the season is right.

so plant the seeds…

and tend to the garden of your happiness…

and share your bounty.

Peace and Love

Jennifer Russell and Building Wings With She-Bear

She-Bear Painting Completed

“I think she is all done smile emoticon When close up you can still see our words through the houses, also I adorned the edges of the canvas with our words.”  Jennifer Russell, Building Wings Studio

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She-Bear Receives Her Blessing From Sister Morningstar





Sister MorningStar is a native elder and very wise birth worker from Missouri who led the recent Womyn’s Summit that I attended in Grand Digue, New Brunswick, Canada.  I describe the magical moment of having met her her and how simply being in her presence (sleeping in the bunk below her in the same cave) had a huge impact on my personal process illuminated here in this previous blog post.

I’m not the type of woman who seeks another’s blessing, typically, in that I live and work so much in isolation in an autonomous manner.  However, She-Bear was born amongst a tribe of birth workers, as a collective in the presence of many wise women and I wanted the project to have a proper initiation and birth with a mid-wife more senior than me.  I am following a deep inspiration and intuition in this regard.

I wanted to invoke to feeling of leaning into a wise elder and Sister MorningStar was the perfect candidate.  I knew that she’d understand.  Something about her presence at the moment of my orgastic birth is instrumental in this process.  Although I don’t wholly understand it in my intellect, the feeling is that she’s anchoring me to some ancestral responsibility I’ve taken on to care for the land in my possession in a way where I rejuvenate and promote it’s health growth and strength.

What better way to honour this endowment than with a beloved native elder who witnesses many births without interference, but with wisdom, grace and reverence.  I feel safe in her care.  I feel blessed to feel her arms around me.  I feel strengthened by her experience and sweetness in the raw.  Her matriarchal love and pure spiritual nourishment.  I just felt that I needed her to witness my birth.

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Ruminations of a She-Bear Elder





The culmination of this project comes from a variety of occurrences and tensions within me. I’ve not been able to hire a “traditional” contractor for several years for my property. They never call me back! I kept wondering why. Every time I would go to buy a trailer, some force would sabotage my efforts. Every time I thought to approach the bank for a “traditional” mortgage, I’d feel sick.

It is so clear to me now. Like being hit over the head with a chunk of hardened hempcrete. The truth is that every time I approached a “traditional” builder and asked to participate in the build, I felt a profound reticence. I could feel the divide between what I wanted in the way of an “artistic,” natural home filled with river stone accents and coloured bottle mosaics open like a gaping maw. The truth is that I was not-so-subconsciously sabotaging the whole fucking thing.

It wasn’t until I attended the Womyn’s Summit in Grande Digue, NB for natural birth workers that the big answer smacked me harder than hardened block of hempcrete. I had just finished delivering my two workshops (one entirely unexpected and the other mostly unprepared for) that I was all soft and juicy to receive the wisdom that side wangled my whole life’s trajectory.

I was headed to the kybo as I had to go like a woman in her 4th trimester, when I heard the words of a beautiful, young husky voice, full of enthusiasm rake my ears, “There is nothing like building your own home to give you the fullest feeling of satisfaction imaginable!” My head ripped around on her axis to view the originator, Kate Versava, talking to a group of fellow birth workers over a picnic bench peppered with books on natural home building.

I ran like a crazed woman on a mission to the loo and hurried back for the rest of her talk. I was so enthralled with Kate’s description of how she built her own hempcrete home with her partner, Noel, that I was both swooning with delight and crying with relief at the same time. My enthusiasm hitting many peaks during her talk.

Prior, I’d been stymied with regards to the right foundation and wall materials in order to have the maximum insulation value without using toxic materials. I had been looking at sono tubes and decking, however, the raised platform would need to be insulated. Sheep’s wool or denim in a floor could more easily take on the damp of the earth and vapour barriers defeat the whole purpose of having a breathable floor and shell. Also, wood rots in about 40 years in our ocean climate.

Hempcrete made from a combination of hemp hurd or shiv combined with lime, a little natural clay and water is the answer! This is how Kate has built her home in Nova Scotia. It forms a hard, breathable, heat loving (in the Summer), cold resisting (in the Winter with an R factor above 30). It won’t rot with damp ocean foggy soaked weather, mice and rats will never make it a home and it a sustainable by-product of the growing (legal) hemp food industry.

Like in Heilkunst Medicine, where I’ve been mentored by knowledge workers who’ve taught me the answers to treat every chronic disease, I’m not used to the feeling of being thwarted by nature. The frustrating part, for me, was knowing that the answers were out there, but I’d not turned over the right straw bale to unearth what those were until “the Kate phenomenon” occurred at The Summit.

During Kate’s talk, she encouraged me to perhaps organize a work-shop build on my own home on our recently procured 2 acres. I lit up like a Yoni Tree (whatever that might be) and I was suddenly hearing the voices of about 10 fellow birth workers shout, “Can I participate?” and “Yes, I’d love to come!” and “I so want to learn natural building too!” Something was birthed like a kernel at my core.

After Kate’s talk, and pictures of her build had been subsumed in my belly, I attended the Keynote speaker (Sister Morningstar’s) keynote presentation. I’d had the pleasure of having her attend both my ad hoc presentations earlier that day. When I entered the ginormous handcrafted yurt to sit down with the sunlight streaming through the dome, she asked me in front of 35 Moms (aka Birthworkers), if I’d wholly support her through her talk as a “native elder” and “wisdom bearer” with her by ensuring her medical statements were accurate.

I was surprised by this. This woman, in her 60’s is a Missouri native elder who has been attending “untouched births” with women for decades felt much my senior. I felt myself quietly bow my head in acquiescence after letting her know that I couldn’t possibly be of use to her. She called on me again and I realized in that moment that there was nothing else for me to do but sit down, hush and listen up.

However, when the “Great Mother” is at work, you don’t interrupt the flow with a stupid tirade from the false ego. The next moment hit me square in the pit of my loins. It was the moment in Sister’s presentation when she rose up her wee body to assume the example of a “She-Bear,” rocking violently back and forth, yelling as an example of her client, “I will birth this baby naturally, I will birth this baby naturally, I will birth this baby naturally!” She was imitating a Momma who’d previously has a C-section.

On the drive home, all of the impressions from the conference started to infuse into my etheric body, circumnavigating my whole history. I felt a re-visioning process occurring deep in my loins. After about an hour of this processing, out popped a concept, “She-Bear Construction.” My very own naturally built hempcrete home would be an artistic rendering, built by women for a woman; me. I felt the sensual act of mixing the compound and pouring the hempcrete into the mould in the wall and the satisfaction of tamping it down as the walls rose hour by hour from the ground to the roof line.

In my imagination, it was already done! Holy fuck, this was going to happen, the portal was open, the plumb-line a clear trajectory forward. I excitedly raced home to research myself silly. Buzzing in my mind was the project management categories, Kickstarter campaigns, movies to shoot, website to build, key players determined, fundraising ideas, where to source the hemp shiv locally, marketing, etc., etc., etc.

Home-births can be the most rewarding, life altering event imaginable, and as a newly inscribed native elder written in sun-streamings, I will take on my new role great aplomb, enthusiasm and the sweetest feminine humility while receiving monumental support and grace from a whole variety of unnamed sources to be sussed out. As Sister Morningstar says, “to allow a mother to birth in grace, learn how to knit!” Even in a footling birth, let the mother hold the toes of her baby as she allows the babe to come forth into the world naturally.

My own home building adventure has felt like a breach footling of great pain and suffering destined for a C-section up until now. All I had to do was let go and allow her to come through me without all the machinations while holding onto her foot. Now, I can finally let go my limited fears around succumbing to patriarchal tools I though I needed, limitations, victimization, self-hatred, pushing, striving and what felt like the inevitable scalpel in home building. I needed the ceremony of healthy, powerful women to hold me through the process of letting letting go, “I will birth this baby naturally!”

We will do it for ourselves and we will show other women how to do it too! We will form a collective:

She-Bear Construction:
Natural, Affordable Homes Built For Women By Women. We’re a group of Maritime Canada birth-workers, healers, naturo-therapists and physicians who’ve formed a collective in order to help teach building practices for natural, breathable homes out of hempcrete and straw bail. We feel that every woman, and her partner, should have a healthy, beautiful, sustainable home of her own in beautiful surroundings to live in and also raise her family in if she so chooses.

A Little She-Bear Idea!


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Dearest Kate,

Please let me thank you again for taking my leaking ship with little navigation and wholly pointing it in the right direction. I’m on fire with ideas after your talk. Pieces fell into place for me in ways that I’d never imagined.

I’ve spent the rest of this weekend healing from having felt lost in a building forest without the right resources for many years. This is SO the piece, in conjunction with the feeling of full actualization in this domain, of my life that I’d craved and I’m so excited that it came in the form of you and your spirited knowledge!

It is really all that I can think about; a collective of women, spreading clay, mixing hempcrete, making artful mosaics with glass, river rock floors, cob ovens, wood cook stoves, lofts with a view, etc. I’m on fire with ideas!

I started putting together some way we might solidify our presence with regards to how we might form a collective, beginning with a series of workshops. What do you think about:

She-Bear Construction:
Natural, Affordable Homes Built For Women By Women. We’re a group of Maritime Canada birth-workers, healers, naturo-therapists and physicians who’ve formed a collective in order to help teach building practices for natural, breathable homes out of hempcrete and straw bail. We feel that every woman, and her partner, should have a healthy, beautiful, sustainable home of her own in beautiful surroundings to live in and also raise her family in if she so chooses.

I was thinking of putting together a Kickstarter campaign today to raise money for business planning and materials for the 1st prototype. As mentioned, we also have access to 17 acres of natural materials on the property where our 2 acres is also located.

I spoke to my friends (Marla and Diane) of 30 years last night, who own the balance of the acreage and they’re also excited to participate. They’re also keen to purchase an additional 49 acres above our own land with a kickstarter campaign of their own. They’re also eager to further build an eco-off-grid community, including barns for livestock, so the opportunities are endless.

I’d also like to have you and Marie Cuomo come and do a fundraiser, house party/info-session, by performing to raise money for the coming projects as well. Perhaps we can combine it with viewing the property and looking at what we have in the way of natural building resources with your partner if he’s also interested.

The other piece is that I’d like to eventually put together a grant to be able to fund the $220,000 to buy the hempcrete separator for the grower in PEI. Elizabeth came up with this idea on Saturday.

It is my very deep love and goal to help create a community of natural, sustainability for the long-term and help our maritime women (and men too) live in breathable, resonant home to raise they’re beloved families in. My hope is that we can merge into a matriarchal cooperative, with our men in loving support, and change the face of how we view traditional house crafting in Maritime Canada.

My very warmest,


P.S. It would be cool, too, to ask Kirsten Dirksen at “Fair Companies” ( to come shoot a documentary of our collective and our build(s). Also, I would like to shoot stills as we go through this process and also write a book about our collective enterprise as we build. What do you think?

My heart is so humbly broken open and beaming with love and joy for finding you and connecting our dreams and hearing this inspiration pouring out of you! Everything you laid out resonates with me deeply, and I’m so moved and inspired by it. I would be honoured to work with you on this vision, to raise funds, to run workshops, to form a collective of women builders from the dynamic community around us. I would love to come see your property and explore your vision for it with you. And the thought of a hemp processor in the Maritimes makes me want to do a backflip! I’m so inspired by your initiative and want to help in any way possible. I’m still at Nat’s cottage until Wednesday, taking another course with a midwife from the U.S. I get back to Halifax Thursday and would love to connect with you and talk about what to do first! Oh my goodness! I’m so excited and so thrilled to have crossed paths with you.
I was so moved by your workshop as well and really would like to explore Heilkunst more deeply. Another talk, another time. We’re connected now!!!! When would be a good time for you to chat more?

Thank you so much for this. My heart is on fire.


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Woot! Woot!

I have a list of women forming in my head that I think would be interested in being part of the collective. Can I start to share the info, or do I need to hang tight until things are more solidified?

– Diane

Chamber Pot Hunt!


I’ve been thinking a lot about toilets!  You know the point when you’re researching something and you suddenly hit some sort of critical mass and your gut lurches and you realize that you have way too much information?  Well that is where I am at. How can a simple woman like me cope with so much overwhelming options for disposing of our #$%^?


It is critical that I lower my footprint on the earth which means I basically have two options for my poop.  I can compost it indoors right in the selected privy, or I can pull a humanure bucket from our commode twice a week and then plop it onto our designated compost pile strictly kept for this purpose.  Problem!


The thing about this latter option is that in Canada where we live, it is sub-zero for like 10 months of the year, ok well 9 and half months.  This last year, it’s been 12 horrific months of near igloo preserving weather which will mean that our dormant matter of the fecal variety will literally freeze in clumps of ice-cube blocks of defecating wonder.  What happens when it thaws after months of minus 20 centigrade? Can you see what I’m dealing with? Egads!


So if it takes a full year for people who live in normal climates to be able to use their black earth humanure compost around their fruit trees (never in a vegetable garden for obvious reasons) with great verve and joy, am I going to be sticking a pitch fork into an poopy icebergs?  If so, this is not ideal.  Also, they never mention where the pee ends up?  Are they peeing off the side of their decks?  Yes, I know uric acid is not harmful to the environment, but it is harmful for my too-kus to be exposed in minus 30 degree weather in the middle of the night.  Perhaps they’re using the chamber pots as illustrated above.  I also love how the humanure folks on the Youtube vids always stick their foot-long thermometer down into the steaming mass and sigh with great jubilation during the summertime filming.  I fear never realizing this perfect moment of bliss.


So that leaves the pot de chambre right on board with pee tube exiting the million dollar toilet and the hiney waste being broken down right on board in the unit.  Now, everyone who sells these $2,000 privies will tell you that there never ever is the slightest odor de peu in the toilette. However, I’m pretty darn skeptical and terrified to be trapped with my own waste in my beautiful tiny home with few options available to me other than 500 sticks of pine forest incense lit at once and a sheepish look when company comes to call.

One option from a tiny house dweller that I’ve grown to trust went through 2 other composting toilets until she found this pricey model made in Sweden, however, you still have to dispose of the waste once every 3 weeks?!!! I’m not sure how that tiny bag does not adequately fill to the brim more often than that!  Sadly, she does not describe where this wee bag end up.  Perhaps she buries it in the back yard for the dog to dig up later?!!! Help