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Claire Martin up close and off-air

Claire Martin up close and off-air

May 2015

Filling the need for fact-based government by Bruce Mason • “And now, here’s Claire Martin with your complete, up-to-date, revised forecast.” Canadians from coast to coast have learned to listen up and look closely when this former CBC senior meteorologist shows and tells. Martin is one of the most popular and trusted people in this country....

Instruments Beyond Borders

Instruments Beyond Borders

May 2015

MUSIC RISING by Bruce Mason Warning! This story may be addictive and you’ll be hooked into wanting much more. Symptoms include clapping, shouting, dancing and jumping for joy. Frantically searching for unused musical instruments in dark corners. Craving and purchasing a ticket to one of the most satisfying evenings of your life. Feeling as turned on as when...

Optimizing fertility

Optimizing fertility

May 2015

Two alternative perspectives The benefits of yoga by Christina Niven • When dealing with infertility, yoga can be an effective approach in regaining balance and cultivating a positive and replenished state of being while undergoing the trials and tribulations of various fertility treatments. Yoga can be especially helpful because it provides a way to mitigate...

Inflammation and serrapeptase

Inflammation and serrapeptase

May 2015

by Dr. Zoltan P. Rona Inflammation is the number one reason an individual consults any healthcare practitioner. Arthritis, gastritis, colitis, dermatitis, nephritis, neuritis and cystitis are just some of the common inflammatory conditions that bring people to their doctors every day. If the doctor’s diagnosis ends in the four letters, “itis,”...

Alleviating pain with reflexology

Alleviating pain with reflexology

May 2015

by Christopher Shirley • Pain is the most common reason for physician consultation in North America and a major symptom in many medical conditions. As uncomfortable and inconvenient as pain is, it does serve as the body’s warning that something is wrong. No doubt, you have experienced how natural it is to protect the part of your body that is...

Neoconning the public

Neoconning the public

May 2015

by Anthony J. Hall • Nigel Wright has been much in the news for the $90,172 cheque he signed over to Mike Duffy. Much less attention has been devoted to the scandalous implications of the $9 million payment from former Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to Peter Munk’s School at the University of Toronto. The anatomy of both deals sheds light on the...

Overprescribing common among elderly

Overprescribing common among elderly

May 2015

Some healthcare professionals see this as a serious problem DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • If you plan on getting old, or are looking after someone who is old, you need to be ready for one stark reality of medical care in the elderly: it involves a lot of drugs. Anyone who looks after senior citizens says the same thing: any new ache, pain or concern often...

Safe food advocates organize

Safe food advocates organize

May 2015

• Renowned Health Canada whistleblower and food safety crusader Dr. Shiv Chopra will headline the launch of The Canadian Council on Food Sovereignty and Health on May 24 in Windsor, Ontario. Chopra’s fiery speeches last winter called citizens to action to take back a corrupted food supply, inspiring a group of Windsor food activists to...

Beyond hope

Beyond hope

May 2015

A conversation with Chris Hedges by Bruce Mason Chris Hedges is a controversial Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of best-selling books. He has covered Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans for two decades and writes and speaks extensively on war, terrorism, climate, culture and conflict. On February 19, as part of the SFU...

Remembering Mike Carr (1942-2015)

Remembering Mike Carr (1942-2015)

May 2015

A father of bio-regionalism by Kriszta Hernadi Mike Carr’s social and environmental activism spans four decades. As an organizer, founder or member, he worked with a number of grassroots groups: TCLSAC, People’s Food Commission, Vancouver Walk for Peace, Aurora Institute, Eco-City Network, Barefoot Cartographers, Tin Wis Coalition, Native Education...

Feds ready to ram through Bill C-51

Feds ready to ram through Bill C-51

May 2015

Independent Media by David Christopher Over 200,000 Canadians have united to Reject Fear and Stop Bill C-51, but will the government listen? It’s rare in Canadian politics to see intense public interest in government legislative proposals, let alone to see Canadians take to the streets in the tens of thousands to protest a piece of legislation by...

Wally’s farewell

Wally’s farewell

May 2015

by Eliza Olson, President, Burns Bog Conservation Society Wally Davyduke was a founding member of the Burns Bog Conservation Society and the Burns Bog Conservation Foundation. He took over the supervision of the Delta Nature Reserve’s boardwalk construction in 2002. Proud of his work on the boardwalk, he would stop and ask users, “What...

China’s pollution a toxic lesson to all

China’s pollution a toxic lesson to all

May 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki Beijing’s 21-million residents live in a toxic fog of particulate matter, ozone, sulphur dioxide, mercury, cadmium, lead and other contaminants, mainly caused by factories and coal burning. Schools and workplaces regularly shut down when pollution exceeds hazardous levels. People have exchanged paper and cotton masks for...