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Canada needs an innovation agenda

Canada needs an innovation agenda

Jun 25, 2009

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson BIG TELECOM’S monopolistic control over the net is threatening to leave Canada with a last generation Internet. We have fallen behind many European and Asian countries, in terms of Internet access, speed and cost, and have toppled from second to tenth place within the 30 OECD* countries. Our broadband connection speeds...

Fast food for health

Fast food for health

Jun 25, 2009

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina SCHOOL’S out (or will be soon) and bathing suit time is here. Who wants to be indoors cooking? Not me. Probably not you. Fast food may have a bad name, but the truth is that healthy eating can be quick and tasty. Here are a few food ideas that will appeal to all ages and which are simple for anyone to prepare. Burgers Stock...

Get priorities straight

Get priorities straight

Jun 25, 2009

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot Well, maybe it is just the time of year, or maybe it’s the time of man, I don’t know who l am,  but you know life is for learning. We are stardust. We are golden. And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden. – from Woodstock by Joni Mitchell IT’S JUNE 2009 and the...

Presence is the key

Presence is the key

Jun 25, 2009

THE POWER OF NOW by Eckhart Tolle NOBODY CHOOSES dysfunction, conflict, pain. Nobody chooses insanity. They happen because there is not enough presence in you to dissolve the past, not enough light to dispel the darkness. You are not fully here. You have not quite woken up yet. In the meantime, the conditioned mind is running your life. Similarly, if you...

Countdown to Copenhagen

Countdown to Copenhagen

Jun 25, 2009

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead BEFORE THE economic levees burst, letting loose a wave of bank failures and bailouts, it seemed like the future of the planet was actually of vital importance to politicians. But, as the recent sidelining of climate change at the G20 meeting indicated, politicians are now bent on firming up the old world order, rather than...

Festival of climate solutions

Festival of climate solutions

Jun 25, 2009

EARTHFUTURE by Guy Dauncey DEAR FELLOW citizens of British Columbia: Now that my government has been in power for almost a month, I feel compelled to report on an urgent reality that received little real debate in the election. I will come straight to the point. I am talking about global warming. Since taking office, I have been handed many reports, many...

US sets high standards

US sets high standards

Jun 25, 2009

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki with Faisal Moola LAST MONTH, Barack Obama completed his first 100 days on the job as US President. During that brief period, his administration acted to reverse many of the failed and destructive policy decisions of his predecessor, George W. Bush. President Obama is giving the American people hope that positive change is...

First Past The Post Mortem

First Past The Post Mortem

Jun 25, 2009

by Peter Sircom Bromley ON MAY 12, British Columbians voted against a new system of proportional representation by a majority of 61 percent to 39 percent. Yet less than half of BC’s eligible voters showed up at the polls, meaning that less than a third of BC’s electorate rejected a proposal that might have made such displays of apathy and imbalance a...

Meditation as healing technology

Meditation as healing technology

Jun 25, 2009

by Andrew Vidich, PhD THREE DECADES ago, when I began my meditation practice, I was often viewed as someone out of the mainstream and/or belonging to an Eastern cult. Today, with more than 200 studies having been done on the practice of meditation and its connection between spirituality and health, the tables have turned almost 180 degrees. Wherever I go,...

The muse and the third man

The muse and the third man

Jun 25, 2009

Survivors of near-death experiences attest to a mysterious helping presence. Is it mysticism or science? by Geoff Olson IN THE LATE seventh century BC, the Greek poet Hesiod was tending his flock of sheep on the slopes of Helicon, a mountain in central Greece when the Muses came upon him. They “breathed into me a divine voice,” he wrote in...

Thank you Arthur Erickson

Thank you Arthur Erickson

Jun 24, 2009

by Bruce Bingham ON MAY 20, 2009, we lost a great friend with the passing of Arthur Erickson. He will be missed not only in Vancouver, but also throughout the rest of Canada and the world village where he sailed on the high seas of life’s creative flow to bring back gifts of time, space, form and humanity. This incredible man saw always that we are never...

Healthcare thrives on conflicts of interest – Corrupt medical research only the tip of the iceberg

DRUG BUST Alan Cassels WE TRUST strongly in our medical system because, metaphorically speaking, we largely don’t mix church and state. For the most part, the medical care we receive from our hospitals and doctors is supported by public funds and delivered on the basis of human goodness, charity and justice. Examples that show how strenuous we are in...

Giving peace a chance

Giving peace a chance

Jun 24, 2009

Recorded June 1st, 1969 – 40th Anniversary by Donald Tarlton, concert promoter, Montreal     PEOPLE GOT into the bed-in for dozens of reasons. I got in because I was a concert promoter and I knew all the rock writers. One of them, Dean Jones of the Montreal Star, called me up and said, “You’re not going to believe what’s going...