About

Common Ground is an independent publication, 100% Canadian owned. It is Western Canada’s biggest and best-loved monthly magazine dedicated to health, wellness, ecology and personal growth.

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Common Ground writers join the conversation

Common Ground magazine and I have been friends for 34 years! I was present at its 1982 birth and launch party in a Vancouver back yard. I like long-term friendships and this has been a good one. The articles throughout the magazine are lively and thought provoking. Common Ground has long been a leader regarding environmental concerns and health and human rights issues. I have appreciated the opportunity to write on a vast range of topics related to plant-based nutrition and have welcomed the tremendous interest in this topic on the part of readers.

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Naturally healthy getaways

by Common Ground’s publisher, Joseph Roberts

• The weather is warming and this means one thing: Cottage season is upon us. Getting away for the weekend is a great way to unwind from a full workweek, but many Canadians may find it challenging to balance a healthy lifestyle with an indulging cottage getaway. What you choose to pack for the weekend can make or break your healthy routine. Here are a few simple tips to help turn your summer weekends into naturally healthy getaways!

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Jane Goodall: Mind and heart working together

a conversation with Jane Goodall

by Joseph Roberts

Jane Goodall is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. As part of the R&S program, a grant was awarded to a group of grade 11 and 12 at the Aldergrove Community Secondary School in BC to design and construct an outdoor learning space. Twenty-five students, of whom seven were Indigenous, led the project. The learning space will be used by hundreds of students as well as people in the community.

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Towards the Reconciliation Bridge & Vancouver’s High Line

by Joseph Roberts

• The January, 2016, edition of Common Ground contained an article about transforming the Georgia Viaduct into a Reconciliation Bridge, a symbolic link between First Nations and our invading, immigrating European culture. Our Walk for Reconciliation in 2013 drew estimates of 70,000 in the rain across our old Georgia Viaduct, inspiring this new vision: the Reconciliation Bridge. Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice spoke that day of her father’s dream for healing inequalities in his famous I Have a Dream speech. Now we have our dream for a concrete way of honouring our commitment to First Nations.

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Imagine a Reconciliation Bridge in Vancouver

A vision for a repurposed Georgia Viaduct

by Common Ground’s publisher, Joseph Roberts

• New York City had a brilliant idea. They took a viaduct and repurposed it into what has become a hugely popular aerial greenway park. Two years ago, while visiting NYC, I was one of first five million who had the delightful experience of strolling across this amazing, recently opened public park in the sky.

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When people lead, politicians follow…or fall!

by Joseph Roberts

• The true honour in the recent election goes to Canadians who saw through the deception and destruction of Harper’s regime. The leadership debates were for the most part: guarded, vacuous and stiff, with very little inspiration. The staging made a pretence of neutrality, was male biased, gave Harper centre stage and the best camera angles – straight on rather than side views – were unflattering to Mulcair and quirky for Trudeau. Plus on the Munk Debate (think Barrick Gold and John Baird funding or sponsorship) the back-drop was Conservative blue. But all of the fixing and manipulation didn’t work because the people of Canada had organized themselves in amazing ways.

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