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 ...

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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. ...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Royal Roads University

7,600 kilometers. Nine months. Three pairs of runners. One passion. That's what has been driving Royal Roads University MA in Environmental Education and Communication student Colin Harris across Canada on a run that spans from St. John's, N.L. to Victoria, B.C. Harris combined a life-long dream to run across the country with his Take Me Outside campaign to help youth understand the value of being outdoors. "You ask anyone over the age of 25 to 30 what their childhood was like and they will tell you most of their time was spent playing outside," Harris says. ...

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Kamloops : The Daily News

When Colin Harris learned that children today are likely to face a shorter lifespan than their parents, he knew he had a good reason to run across Canada. Wearing a T-shirt that read, "Tell your teacher to take you outside," Harris brought that purpose to an assembly at Beattie School of the Arts Friday morning. "I'm just trying to encourage that message of balancing time in front of the screen with time outside," he said. "I've worked in outdoor education for the last decade or so, so I think I've seen the benefits to children of spending time outside and ...

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Explore Online Magainze: Trail Mixings

Running nearly a marathon a day. Every day. From St. John's Newfoundland to Vancouver, BC. Just typing those words leaves me... amazed? in awe? inspired? ... exhausted? Yes, even thought of running each day, let alone running a marathon each day, exhausts me, yet that's what Colin Harris of Take Me Outside (TMO) has been doing each day since January 2011. And he's taken on this extraordinary challenge with the purest of intentions: To encourage the youth of today to get outside. As he runs his way across the country, Colin is making appearances in schools and ...

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