Keeping cool, eating local and a very long rowboat ride; a mixed bag of media to while away those long spring evenings.

Rowboat in a Hurricane

Julie Angus
(Book: Greystone Books, 2008. $22)
When Julie Angus, Courtenay resident, scientist and National Geographic’s 2007 Adventurer of the Year, takes to the sea, she dives in deep, as evidenced by her 145-day journey by rowboat across the Atlantic Ocean. Angus’s slow-boat venture enabled her to explore the ocean ecosystem up close and chronicle the once-abundant species that are now faced with the threat of devastation.

Keeping Our Cool

Andrew Weaver
(Book: Penguin Canada, 2008. $34)
The devastation of trees
in Stanley Park is among the numerous accounts of global warming that climate scientist and University of Victoria professor Andrew Weaver cites in Keeping Our Cool. As a lead author in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, Weaver shares his insider perspectives and scientific insights with Canadians by outlining the expected impacts and solutions to global warming.

The Truth about Canada: Some Important, Some Astonishing, and Some Truly Appalling Things All Canadians Should Know About Our Country

Mel Hurtig
(Book: Douglas Gibson Books, 2008. $34.99)
When it comes to environmental performance, Canada places near the bottom of developed countries. This surprising statistic is just one of the many eye-openers in Hurtig’s comparison of our country to other member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Hurtig crunches the numbers and invites readers to see how Canada has changed in the last two decades.


Directed by Craig Noble
(DVD: Pixel One Productions, 2007. $20)
The plights of the food industry have been highly publicized through the release of films such as Fast Food Nation and Super Size Me, but few have contrasted the situation with positive working models. Tableland does just that. Focusing on small-scale, sustainable food production, filmmaker Craig Noble travels from the orchards of B.C. to rural Quebec in search of culinary experts with answers.

The Production of Meaning

Compiled by Adbusters
(DVD: Adbusters, 2008. $15)
Our news and information is often funnelled through media corporations, giving a narrow grasp to our world view. Vancouver-based media network Adbusters aims to unplug the corporate filters with Production of Meaning, a collection of TV spots and clips created by “culture jammers.”