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Clean tech: God bless the Pope

Clean tech: God bless the Pope

Jul 2, 2015

by Bruce Mason • A global chorus now has a conductor with impeccable timing and sense of harmony, a man who connects all the dots while just getting warmed up. Of the 300 formal teachings on Catholic doctrine over 275 years, Pope Francis’ Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home is like music; it’s universal. The Pope’s uncompromising indictment of...

Vancouver Farmers’ Markets

Vancouver Farmers’ Markets

Jul 2, 2015

20 years of farm to table goodness • For the last 20 years, Vancouver Farmers Markets have fed people and created community. We are a registered non-profit society that supports small farm production, nourishes community and connects neighbours. Founded in 1995, Vancouver Farmers Markets (VFM) has grown to become one of Canada’s leading organizers of farmers...

War is a racket

War is a racket

Jul 2, 2015

By Major General Smedley Butler (1881 – 1940)   • Smedley Darlington Butler was a United States Marine Corps Major General, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in US history. During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, Central...

Four keys to healthy aging

Four keys to healthy aging

Jul 2, 2015

by Dr. Mercola   • If you had a choice and could either age well – enjoying your “golden years” with energy and vigour, free from disability and illness – or age poorly and be straddled with health issues that keep you from fully living the later years of your life, which would you choose? You do actually have a choice or, at least, can choose to...

How media disappears bad news about HPV vaccines

How media disappears bad news about HPV vaccines

Jul 2, 2015

Where have all the guinea pigs gone? Some healthcare professionals see this as a serious problem • DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels   • Anyone who discusses vaccines needs to put their perspectives right up front. Here are mine: polarized positions and extreme views are not helpful. Burying inconvenient truths is not helpful. Nor is accusing people of being...

A call to modernize food labelling

A call to modernize  food labelling

Jul 2, 2015

Food labelling needs modernization • plant-based products currently face discrimination   The Plant Foods Council, a national trade association promoting and protecting the interests of plant food manufacturers in Canada, is calling for changes to food regulations that discriminate against vegan products similar to traditional animal products such as...

Nelson’s co-op model thrives

Nelson’s co-op model thrives

Jul 2, 2015

In recent years, the concept of social enterprise has garnered growing attention among the progressive community, as if it were some newly discovered approach to business that could help redirect the delivery of goods and services while serving the common good. Turns out this old wine in new bottles has not only been around for some time, but it has been active...

The evolution of an activist

The evolution of an activist

Jul 2, 2015

by Lorisa Schouela • One day last July, my life took a decisive turn. The day began much like any other summer Sunday; I ate breakfast and headed to the Kitsilano farmer’s market hauling a bucket of compost. At the entrance to the market, an organizer for Dogwood Initiative, a local grassroots organization, approached me with a petition against the expansion...

Democracy in Canada

Democracy in Canada

Jul 2, 2015

Some modest proposals by Don Davies • Like few others, the last decade in Canadian politics has exposed serious deficiencies in Canadian democracy. Parliament was prorogued by a Prime Minister afraid of losing a confidence vote in the House of Commons. An unelected Senate has generated scores of scandals, ranging from allegations of bribery, to fraud, to...

Canada’s wrong turn on terrorism

Canada’s wrong turn on terrorism

Jul 2, 2015

by Anthony James Hall • The ascent of the Canadian police state through the passage of Bill C-51 has raised the stakes in the coming federal election. The vote is shaping up as a kind of referendum on whether or not Canadians will grant free reign to Harper’s open-ended crusade against anticipated “terrorism.” Many Canadians are realizing that, if we...

Understanding Harper’s actions takes some mental acrobatics

Understanding the Harper government’s foreign policies requires great mental flexibility. While Mr. Harper misses no opportunity to denounce Russia’s land grab of the Crimean peninsula, he fully supports Israel’s land grab in the Occupied Territories. Harper also proclaims it is absolutely illegal for Ukraine’s eastern provinces to strive for separation...

NEWSBITES: July 2015

WHO classifies glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” The world’s most widely used pesticide, glyphosate (commonly sold as Roundup), has been under the microscope lately. The International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization released a report in March classifying it as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Not...

Hope and happiness

Hope and happiness

Jul 2, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki •  Reading the news, it’s hard not to feel a growing sense of unease. The threat of terrorism, growing instability and conflict overseas, a shooting on Parliament Hill last October and uncertainty about the economy diminish our collective feelings of safety and security. To this, we add the looming environmental threats of...