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Community media money – where is it going?

Community media money –  where is it going?

Feb 11, 2010

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson Prior to the deregulation of community TV in 1997, all Canadian communities with 2,000 cable subscribers or more enjoyed access to a cable-operated community TV channel. Some communities even had a vibrant network of volunteer media makers, such as the 1,200 or so volunteers across 12 regional offices throughout...

Building core strength

Building core strength

Feb 11, 2010

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina This month, the proximity of Olympic athletes draws our attention to the pleasure and satisfaction connected with keeping ourselves fit. Vancouver has a wealth of fitness opportunities, with a superb natural environment topping the list. Provided we have a good rain hat and warm jacket, we can stroll along the ocean, river or any...

The Zero Mile Diet

The Zero Mile Diet

Feb 11, 2010

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859 One hundred and fifty one years later, Dickens’ words still sum up the...

Mastering the basics

Mastering the basics

Feb 11, 2010

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young I have always felt there is a glaring omission in the way we have been educated and the way children are educated, inasmuch as there is no consistent teaching about how to communicate. Yes, we learn to read and write, but not how to talk with one another, particularly when there is conflict. Built into our culture and...

Performances redeem Tolstoy’s story

Performances redeem Tolstoy’s story

Feb 11, 2010

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead As costume dramas go, The Last Station is perfunctory and sags in the middle. Set in the last year of Leo Tolstoy’s life, it dramatizes the battle between the author’s wife Sofya and the leaders of the Tolstoyan Movement – which the writer founded – over the rights to his works. The tussle...

Pesticide use should end

Pesticide use should end

Feb 11, 2010

EARTHFUTURE by Guy Dauncey Over the millions of years of Nature’s evolution, every kind of insect and bacterium has evolved, seeking its niche in the world. There are more than a million insect species and, sometimes, a gardener may believe that they are all trying to eat her roses. No problem, however. We are clever. We can reach for the...

Earth needs an Avatar

Earth needs an Avatar

Feb 11, 2010

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki with Faisal Moola For more than 40 years, I’ve been involved in making television programs to educate people about science and the natural world. But people watch television in a desultory way, often interrupted by the need to help children with homework, let the dog out or go to the fridge for a beer or to the bathroom for...

This month’s cover: A contextual reframing and some meandering thoughts on Avatar and the Internet

This month’s cover: A contextual reframing and some meandering thoughts on Avatar and the Internet

Feb 11, 2010

by Geoff Olson   The defunct humour magazine National Lampoon once ran a regular feature called “Professor Kennelworth Explains the Joke.” The professor dissected groaners about farmers’ daughters and animals walking into bars. He parsed their structure and determined why they were funny. Of course, if you have to...

Water Beneath Our Feet

Mapping the Spirit of the False Creek Watershed presented by the False Creek Watershed Society Are you interested in the history of False Creek? Would you like to creatively map your “home place”? This community mapping project offers the opportunity to participate in historical walks, community storytelling and a creative mapping workshop. If this mix whets...

Grey whales & friends – a Pacific Rim celebration

Grey whales & friends – a Pacific Rim celebration

Feb 11, 2010

  by Jim Shinkewski and Marla Barker Who doesn’t love whales? Who doesn’t at least like marine mammals in some way? Given the popularity of events, research and the industry that often spotlight their peculiar lives and the high profile of BC’s marine wildlife, it is safe to assume that many British Columbians have a soft spot for these...

Corporate colonization of our minds

WRITING ON THE WALL by Joseph Roberts The topic of Chris Hedges’s latest book Empire of Illusion the End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle is living out loud here in Vancouver-Whistler. “In this world, all that matters is the consistency of our belief system. The ability to amplify lies, to repeat them and have surrogates repeat them...

Four myths about marriage

Four myths about marriage

Feb 11, 2010

by Claire Maisonneuve Myth #1: Resolving your conflicts is the key to a happy marriage. Unfortunately not, since most marital arguments can never be resolved! After 30 years of research on what makes marriage work, psychologist John Gottman reveals that, in all marriages, happy or unhappy, 67 percent of all problems are never resolved. All marital conflicts...