ENVIROBITES

Alexandra Morton echoes distress call

Following revelations at the Cohen Inquiry that government suppressed information on critical viral infections in Fraser sockeye, the Get Out Migration marched on with ‘Mayday for Wild Salmon.’ In April, Alexandra Morton and the Wild Salmon People travelled to communities asking people to lead government by flying the flag for wild salmon with events in various communities and a May Day 24-hour vigil in Victoria on May 1 leading into Election Day on May 2.

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My two-week water diet

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina

I recently underwent a fascinating, life-altering three weeks. For two of those weeks, my diet consisted of bread and water – without the bread. And I am not someone who has experienced anorexia. Quite the contrary – I was drawn to the field of nutrition because of my love for food (nutritious or not) and snacking has been a recurrent downfall.

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Planting the garden

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot

When establishing a new garden, rototilling (or deep digging) is needed to initially incorporate organic amendments, but once the garden is established, there should be no need to cultivate deeply, which would destroy the soil food web. If soil becomes compacted, it may be necessary to turn soil amendments under with a light forking, but mulches of compost, leaves, seaweed or manure will generally break down readily in established beds, without having to be turned under.

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Star scientists

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki

Hedy Lamarr was once regarded as the most beautiful woman in Hollywood. In 1933, she scandalously appeared nude in a Czech film called Ecstasy, which brought her to the attention of US movie moguls. Through the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s, she starred in some of Hollywood’s biggest hits alongside leading male celluloid idols like Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable. She was also a part-time rocket scientist. In fact, we have her to thank for some of the technology used in cell phones and the Internet.

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Fair Trade on the move in Vancouver

by Sasha Caldera

Global trade in the 21st century is a continuous negotiation between people, governments, corporations and international law and its success rests upon being able to satisfy the interests of all players. The food we eat and the everyday products we use posses a global footprint. Cocoa is harvested in West Africa. Tea and cotton are predominately grown in South Asia. Coffee plantations are located in Latin America, while sugar is imported from the Caribbean. It might also be surprising to note the majority of minerals – diamonds, gold, silver, copper and tin – are located in these very same regions. Moreover, tropical fruit, spices and rubber are sourced from much warmer climates.

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Are the tables about to turn on Hedy Fry?

Voters planning to cast a strategic vote in Vancouver Centre apparently no longer need worry about voting for Liberal Hedy Fry just to stop the Conservative candidate from winning. It seems a Liberal-insider associated with Hedy Fry’s team told Green candidate Adriane Carr about the results of a recent internal poll conducted in Vancouver Centre by the Liberal Party. Normally, information of this kind is kept a closely guarded secret.

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