Let people regulate themselves

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson

In early February, OpenMedia.ca received word the CRTC was planning a set of invitation-only meetings on March 23 and 24 in Ottawa. Entitled “Shaping Regulatory Approaches for the Future,” the forum was meant to bring together the “stakeholders” of Canadian telecommunications for “meaningful discussions” on modern regulatory approaches to the telecom industry in Canada and abroad. In other words, the meeting was set to be a consultation on the future of the Internet in Canada.

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Feed the soil, feed your soul

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot

All animals get their food from plants, either directly or indirectly and all plants get their food from the soil. When we consider that the same chemical elements in the soil make up our bodies, we can understand how mineral-deficient soil is one of the greatest sources of human disease in the world. The root of many of the health problems facing society today – obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. – is the state of the world’s degraded agricultural soils. This has led to compromised immune systems, which open the door to disease.

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Rioters yearn for “clear and deep purpose”?

The riots in downtown Vancouver on June 15, 2011 reveal how many people are still without a strong sense of meaningful purpose in their lives (and also honour). When you have a clear and deep purpose, you feel truly alive so spectacles of violence are not needed to bring that feeling of aliveness. It is even more important that we continue to spread inspiration and purpose to those who feel aimless, restless and thirsty for higher truth. It’s easy to feel sad and angry about violent behaviour, but it’s important to realize that everyone has the capacity for greatness when their energy is inspired by a higher purpose. That’s why we must shift our own responses away from shame and disgust into compassion and understanding of the root causes. And there are many causes!

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Vancouver riots can teach us about compassion

In the days following the June 15th Vancouver riot, I feel I have been witnessing a second riot. A verbal and written riot against the rioters in the form of name-calling, insults, degrading comments, labelling, stereotyping, demonizing and out-casting. This second riot reminds me of George W. Bush’s “War on Terror” in the sense that it is supposedly “against” something and meant to put a stop to it, but is, in fact, creating more of the same energy. What I have found disheartening is that some members of my communities are engaging in this or supporting this to varying degrees, some subtly and indirectly and others obviously and directly. If a willingness to engage in hate and violence exists, even on subtle levels, among teachers and “conscious” communities, how can we expect or even hope for positive change?

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