The house that ‘Mama Jane’ built

The house that ‘Mama Jane’ builtIF you take the road from Bergville that seems to wind slowly towards the Drakensberg mountains, as though it knows it’s in the presence of majesty, you cross over the Woodstock Dam. Pass a trading store that looks like the set of a Western movie, carry on up the hill and you will see a thatched cottage to the right.

Who Cooked the Planet?

Who Cooked the Planet?Never say that the gods lack a sense of humor. I bet they’re still chuckling on Olympus over the decision to make the first half of 2010 — the year in which all hope of action to limit climate change died — the hottest such stretch on record.
Of course, you can’t infer trends in global temperatures from one year’s experience. But ignoring that fact has long been one of the favorite tricks of climate-change deniers: they point to an unusually warm year in the past, and say “See, the planet has been cooling, not warming, since 1998!” Actually, 2005, not 1998, was the warmest year to date — but the point is that the record-breaking temperatures we’re currently experiencing have made a nonsense argument even more nonsensical; at this point it doesn’t work even on its own terms.

Aboriginal skull reveals the past's changing shape

Aboriginal skull reveals the pastELEVEN thousand years ago a tall and solidly built Aboriginal man lived a hard life. His bones reveal he had arthritis in his jaw, multiple breaks in both forearms and a fractured ankle so severe his shin bones fused together.

''Death might have been something to look forward to for him,'' the palaeoanthropologist Peter Brown said.

Aboriginal families to benefit from sale of Toronto housing properties

Aboriginal families to benefit from sale of Toronto housing propertiesIf all goes as planned, 20 low-income, Aboriginal families will call Riverdale home by next summer.

Wigwamen (Incorporated), which has provided affordable housing for members of Toronto's native community since 1972, recently purchased 20 single-family homes from Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC).

Treaty-making in B.C.: Noble sentiments, difficult realities

Treaty-making in B.C.: Noble sentiments, difficult realitiesIn June of 1991, a new dawn was supposed to begin breaking over relations between aboriginals and other British Columbians.

In that month, at a colourful ceremony, Brian Mulroney, B.C. premier Mike Harcourt and aboriginal leaders heralded an era of treaty-making across the province, and created the B.C. Treaty Commission to help make that happen. Nineteen years later, only two treaties have been signed, with the Tsawwassen First Nation (400 people) and the Maa-nulth First Nations on Vancouver Island (2,125 people).