Lost opportunity for openness

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson

Last month, the government had a perfect opportunity to address Canada’s deficit in Internet openness or “Net Neutrality.” In both the Speech From the Throne and the budget, it should have seized the opportunity to present an openness agenda. If the Conservatives are committed to lifting foreign ownership rules for the telecommunication industry, as mentioned in their speech, why aren’t they first ensuring that Canadians enjoy open access to all the Internet has to offer from our current providers? Seems like they’re putting the cart before the horse or, rather, the carriers before the users.

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Self-seeding veggies

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot

Imagine harvesting bunches of nutritious greens you didn’t even plant. You can do this simply by growing kales, chards, spinach, salad greens, mustard greens, parsley and coriander because they are all self-seeding vegetables. Let some of the best plants go to seed and you will have a steady supply of food all year long. Talk about the Garden of Eden! 

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Irish animation illuminates ancient secret

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead

The Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth, running April 9 to 16 in Vancouver, was established in 1998 to provide “culturally diverse, authentic programming for youth.” While the festival has a younger audience in mind, with audiences engaging in the event through question and answer sessions, and linked classroom discussions, many of the films will have a broader appeal.

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Earth Day Vancouver 2020

EARTHFUTURE by Guy Dauncey

Michelle woke her children early and got them dressed for Earth Day, the Fête de la Terre that would be held that day in the streets and parks of downtown Vancouver, attended by tens of thousands. It was the 50th anniversary of the world’s first Earth Day in 1970 and the whole day was a holiday, beginning with the morning’s huge Earth Parade, followed by a concert in the park.

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Brain over brawn

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki with Faisal Moola

Many people say George Wald was the greatest lecturer in Harvard’s history. He was certainly the best I’ve heard. Dr. Wald won a Nobel Prize in 1967 for his work on the biochemical basis of colour vision. He and I became friends in the 1970s because we shared a common concern about the misapplication of science, especially during the war in Vietnam. Dr. Wald once captivated me with a story he told:

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The next 500 years

by Leon Secatero, Navajo

The journey we are beginning now is for the next 500 years. What will be the sacred path that people will walk over the next 500 years? Even in the midst of all the changes taking place and all the things falling apart, we are building that foundation now. That’s something important for us to remember and to focus on. If we don’t do it, no one else will.

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The brain under siege

by Lee Gerdes

Young people everywhere are being diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. In the United States, eight percent of children ages four through 17 are diagnosed with ADHD. Among adults, the percentage is between 2.9 and 4.4. However, it is believed that only a third to as much as a fifth of cases of ADHD are diagnosed. This wasn’t the case just a couple of generations ago. Why is attention deficit so prevalent today?

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