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Strength of Conviction

Strength of Conviction

August 2015

by Tom Mulcair • Editor’s note: With a crucial federal election looming, it is important that Canadians find a way to redeem the federal government after Stephen Harper’s nine-year train wreck. Harper’s neo-cons cheated and lied to take over the Progressive Conservatives and devolve it into the Conservative Party of Canada (see Anthony Hall’s...

Going raw

Going raw

August 2015

• One question we often get asked is why cooked foods sometimes have a higher level of nutritional content. One of the main reasons for this is that the water content decreases, creating a food that is more concentrated and calorically dense. Consider a large bunch of dark, leafy greens; when raw, they take up a lot of space, but when cooked, that large bunch...

New cholesterol-lowering drugs coming

New cholesterol-lowering drugs coming

August 2015

Watch for the sleight-of-hand • DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • If your aim in life is pursuing truth, one of the things you might want to study is why deception is so common in life. – American magician Eugene Burger Magicians are experts at directing our attention – basically manipulating and managing our perceptions. Maybe people like magic so much...

Holistic aromatherapy

Holistic aromatherapy

August 2015

by Lynne Edel • Aromatherapy is more popular than ever, yet there is much confusion and misinformation about essential oil use today, with some companies advocating unsafe practices and synthetic and adulterated essential oils flooding the market. The British Columbia Alliance Of Aromatherapy (www.bcaoa.org) defines aromatherapy/essential oil therapy as...

Breastfeeding and herbs

Breastfeeding and herbs

August 2015

It is quite possible that herbal remedies help increase milk supply. There are several drugs that obviously do increase milk supply, and, of course, it is reasonable to assume that some plants and herbs might contain similar pharmacological agents. Almost every culture has some sort of herb or plant or potion to increase milk supply. Some may work as placebos,...

Take a hike

Take a hike

August 2015

and some food to keep you going • For short hikes, food is more of a nice to have rather than a necessity. But on long hikes, an adequate food supply is critical to success and safety. Whether going on a five-mile walk or a 500-mile-long distance trek, you should have some food along. If for no other reason than just-in-case. Having a good idea about how much...

Sparks of the divine

Sparks of the divine

August 2015

Quotations by Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj • Quotes from Spark of the Divine “Within each of us is a spark of the Divine. Breathtaking regions of beauty, unimaginable vistas of sights and sounds, infinite wisdom, and all-embracing love invite us within. The Light of the Divine glows continually.” by Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, from his book Spark...

Clean tech’s top 10 trends

Clean tech’s top 10 trends

August 2015

by Bruce Mason • It’s virtually impossible to stay on top of the clean tech tidal wave exploding in many places on our endangered planet. It’s particularly difficult in Canada where this worldwide transition is being ignored, temporarily diverted and even foolishly subverted. Despite the counter-productive efforts of suspect politicians, greedy businesses...

Conservative Party crashers

Conservative Party crashers

August 2015

How Canada got taken by Anthony Hall • The fast approach of the most important federal election in Canadian history highlights the question: “How did Stephen Harper seize control of the Canadian government in the first place?” Were rules broken, laws violated and Canadian institutions subverted? The guilt of Harper and his minions has already been...

Canada’s climate change crossroads

Hope in the summer of fire by Bruce Mason   • What are we to make of the sickening smoke that still lingers over much of Canada? And the toxic soup of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, nitrogen oxides, suspended ash, water vapour and other particulate matter visible as far south as Tennessee? And the sheer size, intensity and enormity of its...

The Mount Polley disaster

The Mount Polley disaster

August 2015

One year later by Rod Marining • Mining in BC could cost BC taxpayers more than a mine produces in its entire lifetime; that’s the bottom line. The Mount Polley Mine, owned by Imperial Metals, is a prime example. Most BC mines are like nuclear power plants in that mine wastes and toxic heavy metals must be managed for over a thousand years. As long as it...

NEWSBITES: August 2015

The truth about Harper’s child care “Benefit”   • At the end of July, the Harper Conservatives hit a new low. Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre raced around the country in an election-style campaign to promote Harper’s child care cheques, but there’s one thing he hasn’t told families: the new child “benefit” is taxable. That’s...

A global consciousness shift

A global consciousness shift

August 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • When an assassin killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914, no one called it the start of the First World War. That happened years later, after the implications, consequences and scale of the response could be assessed. It’s often the way. That’s why historians are important; they put events in...