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Shallow Waters: song by 10-yr-old Ta’Kaiya Blaney

Shallow Waters: song by 10-yr-old Ta’Kaiya Blaney

Apr 30, 2012

10 year old Ta’Kaiya Blaney is Sliammon First Nation from B.C., Canada. Along with singing, songwriting, and acting, she is concerned about the environment, especially the preservation of marine and coastal wildlife. Shallow Waters was a semi-finalist in the 2010 David Suzuki Songwriting Contest, Playlist for the Planet....

12-yr-old Victoria Grant on corrupt banking

12-yr-old Victoria Grant on corrupt banking

Apr 30, 2012

12-year old Victoria Grant explains why her homeland, Canada, and most of the world, is in debt. April 27, 2012 at the Public Banking in America Conference, Philadelphia, PA. For more information see publicbankinginstitute.org or...

Take it up for Earth Day

Earth Day Canada (www.earthday.ca) is issuing action-based challenges urging all Canadians –kids, classrooms, groups, businesses, individuals and families – to make positive changes to their daily habits. The challenges run from April 1 to April 30 and encourage participants to take up a new action for 21 days, a period long enough for the action to...

What’s in our food?

What’s in our food?

Apr 1, 2012

It's our right to know by Joseph Roberts   • There are two historical initiatives going on right now in America. In California, a campaign called “It’s our Right to Know” (www.label gmos.org) is pressing to get a million signatures so that labelling of genetically modified foods is on the ballot for 2012. (The next US presidential...

Seva Canada turns 30

Seva Canada turns 30

Apr 1, 2012

Seva® Canada, an international eye care charity based in Vancouver, turns 30 this month. Since 1982, Seva Canada has restored sight and prevented blindness in the developing world. To date, Seva and its partners have given the power of sight to three million people in Tibet, Nepal, India, Guatemala, Egypt, Cambodia, Malawi, Madagascar and Tanzania. But what...

Osteoporosis: healing mechanism or disease?

Osteoporosis: healing mechanism or disease?

Apr 1, 2012

by Allan Lawry   • To understand how osteoporisis is a healing mechanism and not a disease, a brief history of the term “osteoporosis” is necessary. In 1830, French pathologist Jean Lobstein observed there were holes in the bones of some of the cadavers he was studying. And around that time, various researchers began to combine two Latin...

Focus research on safety

Focus research on safety

Apr 1, 2012

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels The people's briefing note on prescription drugs • Why is more money going towards drug discovery research than drug safety research? Because that’s what the government of Canada is paying for. Today's fortune-tellers, horoscope writers and other modern soothsayers are very compelling figures. They are magnets for...

Who’s eating who in organic food?

Who’s eating who in organic food?

Apr 1, 2012

by Phil Howard, Michigan State University   • I started studying consolidation in food industries when I was a graduate student at the University of Missouri. When I moved to California where this trend was rapidly occurring – despite the fact that many of the pioneering companies set out to be alternatives to the mainstream food system –...

Mantra music

Mantra music

Apr 1, 2012

by Alan di Perna   When yoga arrived in the West, it brought its own jubilant soundtrack along for the ride. The practice of chanting sacred mantras from India’s ancient yogic traditions has taken on new life, thanks to the work of adventurous, modern musicians like Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Wah, Snatam Kaur, MC Yogi, Deva Premal, Donna DeLory and...

Ten nutrients consumers can buy over-the-counter again

Ten nutrients consumers can buy over-the-counter again

Apr 1, 2012

  by Dr. Eldon Dahl, ND • Ever wondered if you could bottle that sleepy feeling you get after eating a big turkey dinner, for future use on one of those long, restless nights? Well, last December, the Canadian health food industry was overjoyed when L-tryptophan, along with nine other products, was released from *Schedule F restriction. Until then,...

Cycling makes cities cool

Cycling makes cities cool

Apr 1, 2012

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki Cities cover just two percent of the world’s land area, yet they account for about 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. According to the United Nations, 59 percent of us now live in cities; in developing countries, 81 percent of people are urbanites. And those figures are rising every day. Even though cities are a major...

In the beginning

In the beginning

Apr 1, 2012

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Given that recent polls suggest that around 40 percent of Americans believe that God created human beings in their present form 10,000 years ago, some people might consider Journey of the Universe quite a radical documentary. This story of the universe, which has screened on PBS, starts around 14 billion years ago...

Endings and beginnings

Endings and beginnings

Apr 1, 2012

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young Sometimes, when relationships end, both parties are in agreement that it is time to move on. Difficult though it may be, it is even harder when it is over for one, but not for the other. When we first fall in love, it is all so romantic. We romanticize the love as well as the other person. We begin to build a new world with...