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Creative Commons freedom

Creative Commons freedom

Jul 24, 2009

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson WHEN I STARTED this column, I wanted to find a way to both make it free and easy for a number of groups to share it, including bloggers, small non-commercial publications and individuals, whilst also giving syndicating publications something they could stake a claim in. Luckily, I was aware of a new copyright licensing system...

Fast food for health

Fast food for health

Jul 24, 2009

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina TEACHERS IN our schools are supplied with a multitude of resources from the closely aligned meat and dairy industries. These materials are designed to establish in children’s minds the idea that we must eat meat to obtain iron and that cow’s milk is essential for bone building in humans. Neither of these industry-derived...

The Three Muscovies

The Three Muscovies

Jul 24, 2009

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot IT ALL STARTED with a chance conversation about ducks at Seedy Saturday last spring, which was followed by my building lasagne gardens in the back garden that attracted banana slugs from the surrounding forest – slugs that could devour a row of spinach overnight! Quicker than you could say duck bill, I found myself...

Getting it together

Getting it together

Jul 24, 2009

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young It is not the enemy we need to conquer, but rather the polarity. WHEN A PART of the body becomes stiff due to muscle strain or arthritis, for example, there is a loss of movement and flexibility. It occurred to me that the same could be said of our attitudes and perceptions. When we believe there is an absolute right...

Alone in space & Waterlife

Alone in space & Waterlife

Jul 24, 2009

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead SCI-FI MOVIES have become increasingly indistinguishable from standard action movies, with their big bangs, superheroes and battles with hostile aliens or murderous machines. Moon, out July 3, comes from that tradition where space provides a wilderness setting for the exploration of the condition of man. Instead of...

GM – you’ve got a share

GM – you’ve got a share

Jul 24, 2009

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki with Faisal Moola IF YOU’RE A Canadian taxpayer, you’re now the proud part owner of a failing automobile company, thanks to the federal and Ontario governments. They’re generously giving General Motors $10.5 billion of your money for an 11.7 percent share in the company. Former CIBC World Markets chief economist...

Who gave you authority to question authority?

by Joseph Roberts SO WE started CG in 1982 and grew it from 20,000 readers to a quarter million today. But lately what I read, think and feel, urges me to do more because the planet is in a hell of a mess and conventional media is part of the problem rather than part of the solution. Mass Media (MM) for the most part presents a narrative that reinforces the...

Turner’s notes

by Bob Turner MUSIC IS not only an international language; it may be the most powerful form of language because of inherent intense emotional possibilities, which can be manipulated by master composers in every culture. Manipulation may be a charged and loaded term, but that is what artistic composers do. Listen to Handel’s Messiah, wherein Handel portrays...

Good-Bye GM

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Jul 24, 2009

by Michael Moore I WRITE THIS on the morning of the end of the once mighty General Motors. By high noon, the President of the United States will have made it official: General Motors, as we know it, has been totaled. The real reason for GM’s demise After the public’s enthusiastic reception of GM’s electric car the EV1, which the company...

Fish out of water

Fish out of water

Jul 24, 2009

by Eva Lyman Shuswap Lake Coalition, Adams River Alliance WHEN MY husband and I first discovered the North Shuswap in 1972, it was a quiet backwater where you could get an acre of waterfront for $10,000. Commercial facilities consisted of a Lucky Dollar store and a gas station in Scotch Creek, with a few more neighbourhood groceries along the lake. The drawing...

Trust your gut & follow your heart

Trust your gut & follow your heart

Jul 24, 2009

Human organs may have their reasons that reason knows nothing of… by Geoff Olson “That’s where the truth lies, right down here in the gut. Do you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than you have in your head? You can look it up. I know some of you are going to say, ‘I did look it up and that’s not true.’ That’s ‘cause you looked it...

Welcome to Village Vancouver

Welcome to Village Vancouver

Jul 24, 2009

Talk to your neighbour. See what happens… by Kathie Wallace and Ross Moster OUR DEEPEST dream is to engage the creative capacity of individuals to build vibrant, engaged neighbourhoods that help transform our region into one that offers sustainable and equi-table living spaces for all. The question we ask at Village Vancouver is how we can catalyze and...

A salute to Abram Hoffer

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Jul 24, 2009

Alternative medicine’s brave pioneer DRUG BUST Alan Cassels   Born in Hoffer, Saskatchewan, November 11, 1917 Died in Victoria, BC, May 27, 2009 Abram Hoffer was the co-discoverer of the first effective lipid-lowering agent, the B vitamin niacin. He was also the creator of "respect-based" treatments for acute...