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Al-Jazeera in Canada – A win for media diversity and democracy

Al-Jazeera in Canada – A win for media diversity and democracy

Jun 11, 2010

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson A year ago, OpenMedia.ca, along with several other groups, rallied people from across Canada to contact the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in support of Al Jazeera English’s (AJE) application to broadcast in Canada. Of the approximately 2,800 public comments submitted to the CRTC, all...

Water: life’s foundation

Water: life’s foundation

Jun 11, 2010

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina Water is the essence of our body’s circulatory system and that of the planet’s. In our bodies, a loss of 10 percent of our fluids can be fatal. However, with an increase of 83 million people on the planet every year, water demand will continue to escalate unless we change our use of this precious substance. It is...

Foods that heal

Foods that heal

Jun 11, 2010

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot Once our personal connection to what is wrong becomes clear, we have to choose. We can go on as before, recognizing our dishonesty and living with it the best we can, or we can begin the effort to change the way we think and live.  – Wendell Berry Scientists once believed that it was the vitamin, mineral, fibre...

Be true to yourself

Be true to yourself

Jun 11, 2010

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us… the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton Again and again, over the years in my work I have encountered people who, to varying degrees, are over-concerned...

Birth and rebirth

Birth and rebirth

Jun 11, 2010

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead The Maid (La Nana), which just opened, is one of those films you could watch as straight drama or as a film that could have you in stitches. The tone is ambiguous, adding a certain mysterious quality to the film, although it takes some time to see where it is going. Virtually the entire film is spent with Raquel (Catalina...

Gulf oil disaster a costly lesson

Gulf oil disaster a costly lesson

Jun 11, 2010

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki with Faisal Moola It could never happen here. That was Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s assurance in the wake of the massive oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which he referred to as “an environmental catastrophe unlike anything we’ve seen in quite a long time.” The company behind the spill off the US...

Haiti before and after the quake

Haiti before and after the quake

Jun 11, 2010

A tale of aid gone wrong by Geoff Olson photos by Elaine Briere David Putt, a retired agrologist/geologist from Nelson, BC, stands before a display of artwork from Port-au-Prince. The semi-abstract masks, hammered from oil drums, seem to radiate a comic, defiant spirit. “Arts are alive and well everywhere, and they’re a part of people’s daily...

Get ready for the great pharmacy war

Lessons from Greece and Ontario DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’ll have some inkling that Greece is in big trouble. Saddled with an enormous public debt, an economy in the tank and a culture attuned to institutionalized tax evasion, poor little Greece is getting the screws put to it by the world’s...

People power is rising

People power is rising

Jun 11, 2010

WRITING ON THE WALL by Joseph Roberts June, with the most daylight hours of any month, is calling us to action. The time has come to stand up for our community, environment, democracy, our planet and ourselves. June, like the song Rise Up by Parachute Club, quoted in this article, captures the essence that now, people’s time has come. We want power We...

Who will really benefit from a digital strategy?

Who will really benefit  from a digital strategy?

Jun 11, 2010

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson You probably haven’t heard about it, but, as you read this, the government is in the final days of its efforts to gather input from Canadians about the country’s digital future. At a major conference on May 10, with tiered levels of access to leaders in industry and government, Industry Minister Tony Clement...

Summer in the city

Summer in the city

Jun 10, 2010

EARTHFUTURE by Guy Dauncey “Let’s make June our sustainable household month,” I suggested to Katya, as we looked at our diaries. “There’s a lot of great courses available, between Village Vancouver and Langara College’s Summer School on Building Community. We could use them to help make our lives more...