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Habitat 76 – 40 years of inspiration

Habitat 76 – 40 years of inspiration

June 2016

The UN Habitat Conference on Human Settlements, Vancouver, June 1976, and how it gave the world 40 years of inspiration. by Lindsay Brown •Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.– Margaret Mead (she was there too) May 31 2016 marks the 40th birthday of the opening...

The unaffordable subway

The unaffordable subway

June 2016

Metro Vancouver scheme has the hallmarks of a pro-development and deeply flawed transit strategy by Elizabeth Murphy   For the price of this We can have this Equivalent electric streetcar network deliverable for same cost of proposed Broadway Corridor subway (Prof. Patrick Condon, et al, 2008, “The case for the tram; learning from Portland,...

Tips on eating less industrialized meat

Tips on eating less industrialized meat

June 2016

READ IT by Bruce Mason   • Last month Common Ground interviewed Sonia Faruqi about her phenomenally influential book, Project Animal Farm: An Accidental Journey Into the Secret World of Farming and the Truth About Our Food. The article is posted on our website along with a promise of a follow-up with advice for consumers who want to eliminate or cut down...

Health Canada approves first GM fish for human consumption

Health Canada approves first GM fish for human consumption

June 2016

The in-store product will not be labelled The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), Ecology Action Centre, Living Oceans Society and the Quebec network Vigilance OGM are expressing concerns over Health Canada’s approval – announced on May 19 – of the world’s first genetically modified (GM) food animal, a GM Atlantic salmon, for human...

Concocted war on drug industry another Wag the Dog

Concocted war on drug industry another Wag the Dog

June 2016

BC Liberals can’t afford a real war against Pharma so they’ll fake one   DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • In the 1997 political satire film Wag the Dog, Anne Heche, playing an advisor to the US president, turns to Robert De Niro, another presidential aide and whispers, “We can’t afford a war.” De Niro waves his hand and replies confidently,...

Naturally healthy getaways

Naturally healthy getaways

June 2016

by Common Ground’s publisher, Joseph Roberts   • The weather is warming and this means one thing: Cottage season is upon us. Getting away for the weekend is a great way to unwind from a full workweek, but many Canadians may find it challenging to balance a healthy lifestyle with an indulging cottage getaway. What you choose to pack for the weekend can...

Gardening – Plant ’n’ rake without the ache

Gardening – Plant ’n’ rake without the ache

June 2016

Gardening is a great way to stay active, grow food, and have fun in the sun. But many Canadians sustain injuries that can be easily prevented with a little know-how. Warm up Before you begin any physical activity, warming up is a key factor in preventing injury. Take a walk, even on the spot. Ten to 15 minutes should do it. Don’t forget to lift your knees and...

BC’s Code Red housing crisis

BC’s Code Red housing crisis

June 2016

out of reach & out of control by Dr. Paul Kershaw and Anita Minh   • Generation Squeeze is a project co-hosted by the University of British Columbia and the Association for Generational Equity (AGE), a national non-profit. Generation Squeeze began as a University of British Columbia project researching generational inequality in Canada. On...

Big fibre Internet win over Bell

Big fibre Internet win over Bell

June 2016

But what’s next for Canada’s telecom market? INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher   • As wins go, this one was a doozy. Following months of debate, all eyes were on Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains as he weighed whether or not to give Bell, and a tiny handful of other telecom behemoths, an effective monopoly over fibre Internet services in...

Virtual reality and the real thing

Virtual reality and the real thing

June 2016

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • The digital revolution is breaking new ground every day. Technology has a way of doing that. I remember when Hewlett-Packard introduced its first “laptop” computer, which stored a page and a half of writing. It revolutionized my life as a newspaper columnist. I never imagined the steady advances that would lead to...

Plentiful plant protein

Plentiful plant protein

June 2016

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina, Grace Yeh and Sharon Voong   •  Why does protein matter? As a component of muscle, bone and all body tissues, proteins are essential for structure and movement. They protect, coordinate body functions, help replace and maintain cells, and as enzymes facilitate biological reactions. People following plant-based diets need to...

Personal growth – out of the maze into amazing

Personal growth – out of the maze into amazing

June 2016

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young   •  So many of my clients are keen on personal growth. They want to change old patterns and evolve to a new level. They have read the books and understand the principles. They try to recognize and avoid ego reactions, think positively and visualize what they want. The problem is that some of them have been doing...

STAR WISE: June 2016

STAR WISE: June 2016

June 2016

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces The month starts off with a mutable Grand Cross. Hmm, sounds important and impressive. Let’s dig into it and see what it’s all about. A Grand Cross takes place when four or more planets form 90-degree angles along the ecliptic. On...