Thursday, 1 February 2018

What I've Been Reading, January 2018


These links appear in the order I read them, rather than any more refined sort of organization. You may find some of the best ones are near the bottom—it varies from month to month.

Minimum Wage Increase

Here in Ontario the minimum wage increased from $11.60 to $14.00 on January 1, 2018. Next year it goes up to $15.00. Those are Canadian dollars, of course, so that's not as much money as it may seem, and it still doesn't seem like much. But percentage wise it's a big jump and, predictably, businesses are raising quite a big stink. Here are some links discussing the issue. If they seem one sided, well, OK, but the other side has already been well represented in the mass media.


Not a big month for reading—I spent too much time writing, and shoveling snow.



  • There's no App for That by Richard Heinberg, The Post Carbon Institute.
    Technology and Morality in the Age of Climate Change, Overpopulation, and Biodiversity Loss. Great stuff, which I can highly recommend. Not technically a book, but I printed it out to read at my leisure rather than sitting in front of the computer.

And to fill out this month, here are some gems from my bookshelf, aimed at those of us in the northern hemisphere who can only dream about gardening at this time of year.


Harquebus said...

Thanks again Irv.

Where I am, South Australia, has just endured two bouts of several days well above 40C. It is amazing how months of work and not the first time for me, can be destroyed over a just a few exceptionally hot days. No amount of water which, is also not guaranteed here, makes any difference. I can expect more of and worse than this.

BTW: Mike Stasse and I have never met however, online, we go way back.


Anonymous said...

Thanks yet again, for all these links, Irv. I have Carol Deppe's book and must drag it out of the bookcase and read it again. Thanks also for the info that there is a Peak Oil Facebook group. I didn't know and have just asked to join.

Irv Mills said...

@ Harquebus
And we are having a cold winter here in North America. Colder than the "new" normal, anyway. This doesn't effect gardening much, but I am sure next summer will have some unpleasant surprises for us. Last summer was cool and wet. So cloudy that the garden didn't do well even though it got enough water. I'm sure not hoping for any 40C weather though.
I just recently started to interact with Mike, and I'm glad to find him.

Irv Mills said...

@ foodnstuff
You are welcome. It is amazing what resources are out there that one can miss entirely.