202 results for author: Colin Harris


Take Me Outside Day 2016

6 years ago, I had just begun my journey of running across Canada. I was making my way across Newfoundland in the heart of winter, and visions of reaching the west coast seemed a distant dream as I slowly ran westward on the TransCanada Highway. It would take 9 months of running 40-50 km a day. For the full story, check it out here - http://takemeoutside.ca/the-run/ In the final 3 weeks as I made my way through British Columbia towards the Pacific, Take Me Outside Day was born. We wanted a way for schools to celebrate not only the end of my run across Canada, but more importantly, an opportunity to raise awareness for simply getting outside.As I ...

Answer Found in Solving Climate Change

A recent discovery is making waves across North America and around the world today as scientists, academics and children claim a solution to the climate change crisis. I’m tiring quickly of my newsfeed being bombarded with bold claims and teasers that just beg the reader to click and read on. My favourite to mock are the ones that entail lists, and end with the tagline “I couldn’t believe No. 7” or some nonsense like that. So in the spirit of playing along and joining the masses of trying to “sell” this story, the title and tagline were my best attempt. Climate change does have an answer though. And I think it’s a pretty simple ...

George

CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos agreed to chat and give his two cents about being a city boy, his use of social media and how important it is for him to disconnect sometimes and find a little piece of nature in Toronto.

Jeremy Fisher Interview

I think independence is key and I’m not judging anyone because I’m not a parent myself but I’ve noticed from talking to friends of mine who are parents that they they’ve observed that there is less independence for children.  There’s a lot more danger in the world… I walked the kilometer to school and back each day… now I sound like an old man!  But that unstructured time of walking through alley ways and poking sticks at things – just exploring the world without adult supervision… I can see how that might be terrifying for parents to relinquish that control, but I think it’s essential to pique kid’s curiousity with the world.

Liberal MP Justin Trudeau – Interview

I asked Liberal MP Justin Trudeau whether he would be willing to talk about his experiences outside as he was growing up and how it shaped who he became.  He agreed, and this is the interview that resulted.

Being Blue

One of the books I’ve enjoyed reading over the past few weeks has been the Steve Jobs biography.  When he passed away last fall, there were several of his quotes that circulated through various channels.  I was close to finishing my run and some of these quotes really resonated with me, particularly references to leading a life outside the norm.  Aside from the media frenzy surrounding his death, I didn’t know a lot about him other than I owned a couple of his products that I really, really like.  What surprised me as I began to read his life story was how poorly he treated a lot of people around him.  He could be quite cruel and unforgiving, ...

TMO New Year

It’s the time of year when we’re bombarded with views of the world - what has been and what will be to come.  Top 10 lists loop endlessly with the most amazing goals, game-changing news stories, celebrity meltdowns and must-have albums. ‘Experts’ break out their crystal balls for what is to be in the New Year – fashion trends, the housing market and countless other predictions that seem suspiciously ambiguous.  On a more personal level, it’s a time where resolution falls on the heels of reflection.  Successes are celebrated and mentally renewed while shortcomings lead to new and determined hopes and goals.  All of this among friends, ...

Day… numberless days!

A hike yesterday afternoon on Salt Spring Island reminded me of why I was looking forward to being done running a lot of marathons over for the last 9 months.  Plush forests, the salt of the ocean filling my nostrils and a panting dog brought a smile to my face.  In fact, I’m convinced Koona was smiling as well.  Even though she may have just won a record for marking her territory in the most places across this country, I think she was pretty happy to get a 2 hour walk, something she has been missing over the past year. I’ve chatted with friends and received numerous emails upon finishing, all asking how it feels to be done.  And to be ...

Times Columnist 

Colin Harris ended his nine month, cross-Canada odyssey Tuesday by dipping his foot in the ocean at Royal Roads University, but it was just the beginning of the next episode in his quest to bring youth closer to the great outdoors. The 36-year-old had plenty of company in the final metres of his run, which began in Newfoundland in January. Members of the cross-country team from Sangster Elementary School and Sooke school district superintendent Jim Cambridge ran with Harris through the Royal Roads campus, and still more students were at the shore to cheer the group on. "It feels good," said Harris, after taking his final stride. "It's a ...

CTV News

COLWOOD — Colin Harris arrived at Royal Roads University, following a 7,600 kilometre run across Canada. It was part of the "Take Me Outside" initiative designed to get young people active and outdoors. He was met by his proud parents and grade 6 students from Sangster Elementary School. Harris is a RRU student who, since he was a youngster, had a passion to run across the country. The Ontario native says the average teenager spends 53 hours in front of screens each week. Harris visited 80 schools in Canada, encouraging students to spend more time outside. The final stretch of Harris' journey was also a celebration of the new Nature Kinderg...