Darren

Darren

Blogger Bio:

Darren Barefoot is a writer and marketing executive based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is a founding partner at Capulet Communications, a public relations firm specializing in work with high technology companies and environmental organizations. He currently resides in Vancouver.

In 2011, Barefoot pledged to purchase products only made and sourced in Canada for the entire year and documented his progress on his blog One Year One Canadian. He was kind enough to allow us to reproduce his adventures here on our own blog.

Thanks Darren!

Blogs From Darren

Canadians Making Waves

Buy Canadian First Join the 1Y1C Research Brigade

As my year of Canadian immersion comes to a close, I’ve realized that there’s a ton of research I’ve left undone. I simply haven’t had the time this year to...
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Canadians Making Waves

Buy Canadian First Month #12 – Internet

And so, my year of Canadianness reaches its crescendo this month with all-Canuck Internet use. I’m writing this while listening to the sounds of the waves on Cox Bay intermix...
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Buy Canadian First I’ve Lost Seven Pounds on My All-Canadian Diet

Back in August, I gave up all food that wasn’t sourced in Canada. On a day-to-day basis, what has that meant? I drink water almost exclusively. With the exception of a few...
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Buy Canadian First Month #11 – Transportation

Another month, another topic. This month I added ‘transportation’ to the Canadian-only landscape that is my life. It’s one of those topics where, in retrospect, I...
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Buy Canadian First Month #10 – Music

I first discovered the Cowboy Junkies when my brother brought home their extraordinary 1988 album, The Trinity Sessions. The band's languid rhythms and Margo Timmons's hesitant,...
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Buy Canadian First Why Aren’t Canadian Movies Better?

Let's just acknowledge something right off the bat about Canadian movies: they're rarely good. I've been watching a bunch of Canadian cinema over the summer-mostly the films...
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Canadians Making Waves

Buy Canadian First Month #9 – Travel

Note: I'm back-dating this post to September 15 because I failed miserably to write it last month. For the rest of 2011, I shall not set foot on foreign soil. I know that, compared...
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Buy Canadian First Contest: Win a basket of Canadian goodness

I think about food all the time, and I hate it. I’m only a few weeks into my all-Canadian diet, and the amount of time I need to spend shopping for and preparing food is a bit...
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Canadians Making Waves

Buy Canadian First Month #8 – Food

I was about 11 years old when my parents got divorced, and I lived with my father until I left for university. When my Mom left, she gave my father a binder with seven recipes in it....
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Canadians Making Waves

Buy Canadian First Month #7 – Books and Magazines

It's only been a few weeks, but I miss The New Yorker already. I've shared a subscription with my brother and father for the past couple of years, and found the magazine incomparable...
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Canadians Making Waves

Buy Canadian First Escapism For Canada’s Brunettes

I recently watched an episode of Being Erica which began with Erica awakening to find her bed empty. Her boyfriend, shirtless under an apron, greets her from the kitchen, where he's...
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Canadians Making Waves

Buy Canadian First Month #6 Contest – Win a Chillbed Laptop Stand

I know, I'm a bit behind. I failed to deploy a contest last month. What can I tell you? The categories are adding up, and I'm having a hard enough time just wrestling my busy...
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Canadians Making Waves

Buy Canadian First Month #6 – Building a Canadian House

A little more than six years ago, my wife and I purchased three and a half acres of high bank (that means that the last step before the water is, as they say, a doozy) waterfront property...
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Buy Canadian First Canadian Television, Two Months In

When I describe this project to people, the category they usually commiserate with me about is movies and television. "I could never do that," they say. "I like way too...
By: Darren Barefoot

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Buy Canadian First Month #5: Culture

Services is out. Culture is in. Thanks to commenter Natalie, I've changed things up for the month of May. This month I'm adding ‘culture' to the mix. What do...
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Buy Canadian First A 100% Canadian Clean

Purity is hard to find. That's been one of the lessons of the first five months of this project. It's really, really difficult to find products that were designed, sourced and...
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Canadians Making Waves

Buy Canadian First Canadian Movie: The High Cost of Living

This weekend I saw my first Canadian movie of the year. And, delightfully, it was in a theatre. The High Cost of Living is a drama set in Montreal, and stars Zach Braff (yep, that American...
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Canadians Making Waves

Buy Canadian First Month #4 – Movies and Television

Now we are getting serious. Finding Canadian-made household goods has been a challenge, but switching toothpaste and deodorant is, by any standard, pretty much a foamy latte problem....
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Canadians Making Waves

Buy Canadian First Contest: Books for a Facebook Like

As regular readers know, I run a monthly contest on the site. I'm once again tardy with this month's contest but give me a break, I've been scouring the city for Canadian-made...
By: Darren Barefoot

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Buy Canadian First Month #3 – Investments

There's a perfectly good reason for why I've been tardy in discussing investments, this month's category. Here it is: I know almost nothing about the topic. My wife...
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Buy Canadian First Cougar, Kruger and the toilet paper solution

Earlier this week I was a guest on The Bill Good Show, a venerable local radio show here in Vancouver. There was the usual chat about the project, and then we took some calls from listeners. Mr....
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Buy Canadian First Pounding the pavement for Canadian footwear

"85% of the shoes sold in Canada are made in China." That's what I learned from the clerk at the third shoe store I visited today. She seemed to know a little more than...
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Buy Canadian First Putting household goods to the test

As we move into month three of the project, I've had time to familiarize myself with an array of Canadian-made household goods that I started using back in January. Here, then,...
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Buy Canadian First Can you make cleaners with strictly Canadian ingredients?

Sapadilla makes "nice little eco-cleaners" from their headquarters in Burnaby, BC. Co-founder Jill Goodbrand (how could you not be an entrepreneur with a name like that?)...
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