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Why care about the Internet?

Why care about the Internet?

Mar 4, 2011

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson with Alicia Girard  I was recently invited to speak at an event put on by Gen-Why (www.genwhymediaproject.com) called the “Why We Do It Party.” What made the event interesting, besides the eclectic mix of speakers, creative performers and participants, was that the speakers were asked to talk about why...

Vegan junk food

Vegan junk food

Mar 4, 2011

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina Bill Clinton has gone vegan. Oprah had her 378 staffers go vegan for a week and they lost 444 pounds collectively. To celebrate nutrition month (March), plenty of people are shifting their diets toward plant foods and becoming vegan or near-vegan. However, does this automatically mean they will be eating healthier? Not necessarily....

Trusting your neighbourhood

Trusting your neighbourhood

Mar 4, 2011

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot In February, while returning from a serene vacation in Costa Rica – self-described as the “happiest country in the world” – during the bus ride to the airport, a thief stole the backpack containing all my valuables, including my passport, money and credit cards. In an instant, the ‘pura...

Your emotional thermostat

Your emotional thermostat

Mar 4, 2011

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young Sometimes, the simplest, most self-evident truths are the hardest to live by. We read again and again about the fact that “life is what you make it” or “it’s how we look at life that determines how happy we will be.” So we practice our affirmations, breathe, keep trying to see the glass...

Drop your cable

Drop your cable

Mar 4, 2011

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead I just caught Ron Mann’s Grass, his manifesto for legalizing pot. Okay, so I’m a little late to the party. It originally came out in 1999. Drug laws in North America might have eased a little since then and the hysteria surrounding “reefer madness” that informed early US drug policy looks even...

If a tree falls in the Year of Forests, does anybody hear?

If a tree falls in the Year of Forests, does anybody hear?

Mar 4, 2011

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki with Faisal Moola The UN General Assembly recently met in New York to declare 2011 the International Year of Forests. The idea is to raise awareness of the priceless role that forests play in keeping the planet healthy and of the need for sustainable management and conservation of all types of forests. The International Year of...

Healthy nutrition must lead healthcare reform

Healthy nutrition must lead healthcare reform

Mar 4, 2011

by Lionel Wilson Healthcare reform has fallen short of addressing the true importance of healthy eating because traditionally it has been more focused on treating illness rather than preventing it. While new medical interventions may reduce cancer mortality rates, they are ineffective in reducing the occurrence of major diseases such as cancer because they do...

NUTRIBITES

NUTRIBITES

Mar 4, 2011

Team sprouts and supplements to boost  broccoli’s cancer-fighting power A new University of Illinois study provides convincing evidence that the way you prepare and consume your broccoli matters and also suggests that teaming broccoli with broccoli sprouts may make the vegetable’s anti-cancer effect almost twice as powerful. “Broccoli,...

What’s in a Label? Reading between the Lines

What’s in a Label? Reading between the Lines

Mar 4, 2011

The nutrition information found on food packages can help grocery shoppers make more- informed choices. Learning how to read a food label – and more importantly, how to understand a food label – can help you shop smarter, eat healthier and make more-nutritious choices. Examples of nutrient content claims: Source of fibre Low in fat Salt-free No...

BC’s water – sold to the highest bidder?

BC’s water – sold to the highest bidder?

Mar 4, 2011

by Randy Christensen For the past several years, there has been a multitude of discussion papers, extensive public consultations and big speeches from the BC government on the effort to “modernize” BC’s Water Act. It’s the law that governs who gets to use water, for what, when, where and who gets priority when there’s not enough to...

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Mar 4, 2011

100th Anniversary March 8 On March 19, 1911, more than one million women and men attended International Women’s Day rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote and hold public office, and to protest the discrimination that cemented women’s unequal status under law and custom. And on March 25, 1911, a tragic fire occurred at the...

The origins of the human race

and its implications for our spiritual empowerment by Miceal Ledwith Most people know that, for several centuries, Jewish and Christian believers in the West were firmly convinced the universe was created six-thousand-years-ago. But what is not often realized is the extent to which this conviction and its companion set of beliefs still act as a major stumbling...

From McLuhan to Mubarak

From McLuhan to Mubarak

Mar 4, 2011

A sixties media guru’s predictions prove prescient by Geoff Olson For the people of the Mideast, it seemed like something out of a political fairy tale. At great personal risk, millions of peaceful protestors took to the streets and faced down security forces, sending two tyrants packing in Tunisia and Egypt. On that celebratory day in February when...