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THIRTY SOMETHING by Ishi Dinim There are three things on my mind these days: babies, politics and basketball. I’m feeling pretty upbeat about all of them too. I’ve got a little one set to arrive in around one moon’s time. There are multiple elections with serious ramifications that I imagine are going to end up the way I would like them to...

Go for green

Go for green

Oct 27, 2008

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina Green is a big plus when it comes to nutrition. Whether it is a salad or vibrant florets of steamed broccoli, a green juice or a smoothie, the green derives from the chlorophyll molecule, with magnesium right in its centre. Greens are packed with a multitude of minerals and abundant vitamins. (See recipe below.) Green is also an...

Growing a food movement

Growing a food movement

Oct 27, 2008

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot Food security seems to be on everyone’s mind this year. It’s fascinating to see so many local initiatives in response to the concern for more local food, so I thought I’d share what it’s looking like in my part of the world on southern Vancouver Island. The year began with a public forum on food...

True surrender

True surrender

Oct 27, 2008

THE POWER OF NOW by Eckhart Tolle If we always accept the way things are, we are not going to make any effort to improve them. It seems to me that what progress is all about, both in our personal lives and collectively, is not to accept the limitations of the present, but to strive to go beyond them and create something better. If we hadn’t done...

Release attachment

Release attachment

Oct 27, 2008

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young Forever is composed of nows. – Emily Dickinson According to Buddhist philosophy, there are two major causes of all human suffering. The first is attachment and the second is the inability to accept change. Attachment is when our wellbeing is dependent on things being a certain way. We can become attached to...

Blue Gold and other VIFF gems

Blue Gold and other VIFF gems

Oct 27, 2008

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead In recent years, there has been a spate of documentaries on the subject of water – its increasing commodification and the greed, corruption and mismanagement surrounding it. At the heart of Sam Bozzo’sBlue Gold: World Water Wars(at VIFF October 9 and 10) is a strongly held belief that access to fresh water...

It’s time to vote

It’s time to vote

Oct 27, 2008

EARTHFUTURE by Guy Dauncey It’s the election season with a vengeance, with the Canadian (October 14), US (November 4) and BC municipal elections (November 15) all happening within a month. This is great – democracy in action, and all that. This US election is the liveliest and most important in years, with a clear difference between Obama and...

Election fever

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki with Faisal Moola With all the elections coming this fall and winter, global warming is bound to spike up with the increased hot air! South of the border, they’re electing a president; here in Canada, we’re heading into a federal election and in Vancouver where I live, we’ll vote for a new civic government in...

The plastic prison

The plastic prison

Oct 27, 2008

by Geoff Olson In a 2007 Saturday Night Live skit, a book-selling huckster appears before a couple sitting at a kitchen table, picking through their credit card bills. “You’re not the only ones,” he tells them. “Did you know millions of Americans live with debt they cannot control? That’s why I’ve developed this...

Do the candidates have us covered?

Do the candidates have us covered?

Oct 27, 2008

DRUG BUST Alan Cassels Wanna talk pharmaceutical politics? Then ask yourself these two questions: If a new drug is marketed in Canada, does that mean the government should pay for it? And further, if your doctor prescribes a drug that is deemed essential, should you have to pay for it yourself? If you’re like me, the answer to the first question is...

Give me some truth

Give me some truth

Oct 27, 2008

by Joseph Roberts I’m sick and tired of hearing things From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites All I want is the truth Just gimme some truth I’ve had enough of reading things By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians All I want is the truth Just gimme some truth. – from Gimme Some Truth by John Lennon I am not happy...