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June is Bike Month … and there’s safety in numbers

June is Bike Month  … and there’s safety in numbers

Jul 11, 2010

by Steven Beck A recent spate of widely publicized cycling injuries and accidents – from six cyclists on a rural highway in Quebec being hit by a pickup truck, leaving three dead, to Vancouver City Councillor Geoff Meggs being hit by a car while riding on a neighbourhood bikeway – makes the safety theme of this year’s Bike Month timely and...

Canning 101

Canning 101

Jul 11, 2010

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot For people of a self-reliant nature who raise a good portion of their own food, home canning is a great way to store the harvest,  resulting in healthy, homegrown food, sometimes years down the road. In the freezer, food only stays good for one year before it loses flavour. Canning allows you to enjoy tasty, homegrown...

Choosing our feelings

Choosing our feelings

Jul 11, 2010

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young The last great freedom of man is the freedom to choose his attitude under any given set of circumstances. – Viktor Frankl, noted psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor What is it that determines how happy or content we are with life? Does it have to do with money, success, career or love? Perhaps it depends on...

Ordinary yet compelling

Ordinary yet compelling

Jul 11, 2010

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead America Ferrera is a long way from the territory of hit comedy television series Ugly Betty in her latest cinematic venture The Dry Land, which Ferrara stars in and also produced. The film dramatizes the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as James, a working class soldier, returns to his family after...

Species loss a silent epidemic

Species loss a silent epidemic

Jul 11, 2010

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki with Faisal Moola Scientists warn that the twin threats of climate change and wildlife extinction threaten our planet’s life-support systems, including clean air, clean water and productive soil. Awareness about the causes and consequences of climate change is growing, leading some governments to look for solutions in areas...

Honouring democracy – fighting the HST

Honouring democracy – fighting the HST

Jul 11, 2010

One volunteer’s experience collecting signatures for the FightHST petition by Brenda Stephenson I was just going along with my friend to keep her company at a rally at Kitsilano High School. Admittedly when she mentioned that the HST would result in less money in my pocket, I paid attention. Historically I do not get involved with protests, being inclined...

Food scraps collection – don’t trash your food

Food scraps collection – don’t trash your food

Jul 11, 2010

Vancouver City Council has approved the implementation of the first phase of a food scraps collection program for single-family residences. Why is the City of Vancouver starting this collection program? About 35 percent of garbage from single-family residences is comprised of compostable food scraps and remains, a large source of landfill-generated greenhouse...

Biofuels Backfire – hasty approach will impact environment, food production

Biofuels Backfire – hasty approach will impact environment, food production

Jul 11, 2010

by Lucy Sharratt If the new “Renewable Fuels Regulations” are implemented this year as planned, all of our fuel will soon contain a mandatory amount of biofuels. The period for the public to comment on the regulations ended in early June and despite serious questions about the real costs and impacts, which have gone unanswered, the regulations could...

Decadence – A meandering walk on the wild side

Decadence – A meandering walk on the wild side

Jul 11, 2010

by Geoff Olson Just after receiving her Academy Award for best actress this past March, Sandra Bullock discovered her husband, Jesse James, had been cheating on her with multiple partners. The scandal was like a weird mix of Harlequin romance and an Outer Limits episode, with a dash of monster truck show. A Hollywood starlet weds a guy named after a...

Saying “know” - A 5-point primer on cholesterol-lowering drugs

  DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels I’ve got an idea. I think we should make t-shirts that say: He who dies with the lowest LDL doesn’t win.  – John Abramson, author of Overdo$ed America In my field, I see a lot of things that don’t connect. There’s the often uncomfortable, big disconnect between the data from a clinical study...

How to talk to be heard

How to talk to be heard

Jul 11, 2010

by Claire Maisonneuve “He makes me so mad. She drives me crazy. I feel like I have to walk on eggshells. I’m so afraid around him. I feel so insecure around her.” Sound familiar? When Suzie suggests to Roger ways to load the dishwasher, he smiles at her and feels amused, but when Lisa makes the same suggestion to Frank, he gets angry and makes...

A win for the whales

A win for the whales

Jul 11, 2010

  despite huge corruption at whaling commission by Rod Marining A psychic message had gone out to all eco-warriors who had ever fought for whales: “Get your body over to Agadir, Morocco, now!” As we say on the Sea Shepherd and Greenpeace ships, “All hands on deck!” So there I was at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the International...

Shakespeare at war

Shakespeare at war

Jul 10, 2010

Dr. Paul Budra interview by Diana King and Joseph Roberts Shakespeare included numerous elements of war – battle scenes, fear of invasion, civil insurrection, even reminiscences of military feats – in an astonishing number of his plays. Simon Fraser University’s Dr. Paul Budra leads a forum on Shakespeare at War at the Bard on the Beach...