Sharing mealtimes

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina

Advice about healthy eating may be fine, but often our challenge is a matter of lifestyle and social support rather than a lack of knowledge about vitamins or protein. It’s not much fun creating nourishing meals when one sits alone at the table day after day. While ads might feature couples enjoying candlelit dinners together, when our partner is gone and family members live far away, many of us are left with no mealtime companion other than the television. Since numerous people face this identical situation, it’s worthwhile doing some exploring. The result: isolation problems can become a distant memory.

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Food network a vital initiative

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot

On December 4, 80 people representing all kinds of links along our local food chain gathered mid-Island at Vancouver Island University to discuss the possibility of creating a Vancouver Island food systems network. By the end of the day, there was so much enthusiasm for this concept that the VIFSN was launched then and there. To my mind, this is an initiative vital to bringing people together to work for greater food security, an issue uppermost in many people’s minds these days. We now have a valuable tool for putting the “culture” back into “agriculture” where it belongs!

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What lies beneath

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead

Austrian auteur Michael Haneke’s brand of filmmaking has been aptly described as “Hitchcock without the melodrama.” He also avoids neat conclusions, preferring ambiguity and the provocation of uncertainty so that his films clatter endlessly around your brain afterward. You may remember the eerie Hidden (Caché) where he depicted the increasingly taut relationship between a Parisian couple secretly being videoed at home by someone unknown, who then sends them copies of the tapes.

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Canada must face climate crisis

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki with Faisal Moola

People who deny the reality of human-caused global warming are wetting their pants over the illegal theft and release of emails from scientists at the East Anglia Climate Research Unit. In their desperation, the deniers claim the emails point to a global conspiracy by the world’s scientists and government leaders to… well, it’s hard to say what they believe the conspiracy is about. A letter to a Vancouver newspaper some time ago indicates the way many of them think. The writer claimed that people working to address global warming are “ideological zealots pursuing a quasi-religious socialist agenda to command and control western economies.”

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Healing through shamanism

by Sonya Weir

In The Way of the Explorer, former Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell writes about his epiphany in space when he realized the nature of universal connectedness: “The presence of divinity became almost palpable and I knew that life in the universe was not just an accident based on random processes… The knowledge came to me directly.”

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Native artist makes it real

by Jadeon Rathgeber

At age 16, I started dealing drugs and running with gangs. My very first night I made $1,800 profit and thought, “I’m making more than a doctor and a lawyer.” So much money went through my hands over these years, all squandered and wasted. My mom continuously told me that nothing would come of these ways, and she was right. After being stabbed five times, shot and spending nearly five years in the prison system – with the rest of my adult life on parole – December 11, 2009 marked an end to my life of being under the thumb of the Canadian justice system. Seventeen years!

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