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In defence of the CRTC

In defence of the CRTC

Aug 7, 2010

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson I recently found my way into a media and technology industry conference where I ‘accidentally’ bumped into the chair of the CRTC, Konrad von Finckenstein, who was surprisingly charming. Our conversation couldn’t have been more different from my previous experiences at CRTC hearings where...

Food and compassion

Food and compassion

Aug 7, 2010

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina You have just dined and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Humans are magnificent creatures capable of achieving great heights. Although at times less than obvious, there is much goodness in humankind. Never before in history...

Seed savvy

Seed savvy

Aug 7, 2010

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot Farmers and agriculturists have been growing food and selecting seeds for future harvests for 10,000 years. Fewer than six generations ago, our ancestors lived rural lifestyles, growing food and saving their own seeds or acquiring them locally. Today, the majority of farmers don’t save seeds and most of the rest of us...

Happily ever after

Happily ever after

Aug 7, 2010

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young Every end is a new beginning.  – Proverb Why is it that close to half of all marriages end in divorce? Are we more fickle, less committed, more restless and always searching for more? We fall in love and it feels so wonderful that we want it for the rest of our lives. We get married, promising to love one...

Climate change deniers deluded

Climate change deniers deluded

Aug 7, 2010

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki with Faisal Moola It must be difficult, if not downright embarrassing, to be a climate change denier these days. After all, the scientists they’ve attacked have been exonerated, London’sSunday Times newspaper ran a retraction and an apology for an article deniers were using to discredit climate change science and...

Summer peace

WRITING ON THE WALL by Joseph Roberts One thing I want is a world without nuclear weapons. So does Lucy Walker whose film Countdown to Zero opened in Toronto this month. Countdown to Zero is a major documentary film produced by Participant Media and Lawrence Bender, Academy Award-winning producers of An Inconvenient Truth. The Global...

Counting what “counts” in healthcare

  DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels Albert Einstein might have been talking about the way we currently monitor our health when he said, “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” One thing is for sure; when it comes to our own health, the medical system we have created expects everyone to do a lot of...

Fight for your civil rights – staying silent is not an option

Fight for your civil rights – staying silent is not an option

Aug 7, 2010

by Cameron Ward On August 1, 2002, Vancouver lawyer Cameron Ward was wrongfully searched, handcuffed, arrested and jailed for planning to throw a pie at then Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. Cameron subsequently sued the Vancouver Police Department and his jailers. The final result was the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision on July 23, 2010, that...

And then there was Light

And then there was Light

Aug 7, 2010

Ancient and mysterious, this phenomenon continues to dazzle us by Geoff Olson Light strikes us to the core. A fiery sunset, an intense rainbow or an auroral display can evoke awe and joy. Generations of painters, photographers and cinematographers have created powerful works of art by exploiting the liminal properties of light. How is it that something so...