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The Mount Polley mine disaster

The Mount Polley mine disaster

Sep 1, 2014

by Rod Marining • On BC Day, a holiday meant to celebrate beautiful BC, we were all having a beautiful time at the family cabin at Quesnel Lake, with hot sun, blue skies and a pristine lake. That night, I slept on my new boat docked in front of the cabin and was awakened at 3:00 AM by a continuous roar – like a 747 jet was flying towards the town of...

3D Vitamin D

3D Vitamin D

Sep 1, 2014

for depression, dementia and diabetes by Dr. Mercola • Vitamin D research has repeatedly shown that vitamin D can improve a number of brain disorders, including depression and dementia – the most devastating form of which is Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin D receptors appear in a wide variety of brain tissue early in the fetal development and activated...

Is health data mining the Next Big Thing?

Is health data mining the Next Big Thing?

Sep 1, 2014

What’s getting buried may surprise you DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs British Columbia is indeed a wondrous, resource-rich place. We’ve got oil. We’ve got minerals, trees, fish, and, of course, liquefied natural gas (LNG). We’ve got all kinds of natural resources here in BC to exploit. And exploit them...

Lit from within

Lit from within

Sep 1, 2014

The extraordinary story of Jacques Lusseyran by Geoff Olson • They told me that to be blind meant not to see. Yet how was I to believe them when I saw? – Jacques Lusseyran Of all the exceptional figures of the 20th century, Jacques Lusseyran is among the least known. Thankfully, there’s an antidote available in the reissued edition of his 1963 memoir, And...

GMO Bites

GMO Bites

Sep 1, 2014

GM sweet corn sneaks into stores and farmers markets Genetically modified – GM, also called genetically engineered – sweet corn is being sold in some grocery stores, roadside stands and farmers markets across Canada. GM foods are not labelled and there are no public statistics to tell us how much GM sweet corn is being grown in Canada. Field corn, sweet corn...

For word lovers

For word lovers

Sep 1, 2014

Word lovers: Two events of note worthy of your attendance and support are the upcoming 20th annual Word Vancouver and the first-ever “Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass.” “Word Vancouver” (wordvancouver.ca), the city’s free yearly celebration of reading (September 24-28), brings the local writing and publishing communities together in a...

“Boom, Bust, Boom” and the Mount Polley paradox

“Boom, Bust, Boom” and the Mount Polley paradox

Sep 1, 2014

READ IT by Bruce Mason • I had cracked open Bill Carter’s book, Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper, the Metal that Runs the World, a few days before last month’s Mount Polley tragedy. Call the monumental tailings pond breach what you will: accident, calamity, catastrophe, cataclysm, disaster and on down the alphabet to wake-up call and ZZZ for...

Developer-funded elections conflict Vancouver City Hall

Developer-funded elections conflict Vancouver City Hall

Sep 1, 2014

by Elizabeth Murphy • The City of Vancouver’s civic election campaigns are predominately financed by corporate developers. Vision Vancouver has become the party with more developer funding than any other. This has been reflected in the policies implemented in Vision’s two-term majority. Vision most recently has approved a record $1.12 billion in...

Join us on the Blue Dot Tour

Join us on the Blue Dot Tour

Sep 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • A now famous 1972 photo of Earth taken by Apollo 17 astronauts from 45,000 kilometres away became known as “the blue marble.” And the late scientist Carl Sagan described a 1990 picture taken from six billion kilometres away by the unmanned Voyager 1 as a “pale blue dot.” The vision of Earth from a distance has...

Welcome back VIFF

Welcome back VIFF

Sep 1, 2014

The first Vancouver International Film Festival under its new boss Jacqueline Dupuis opens September 25 and runs until October 10. A former executive director at the Calgary Film Festival, Dupuis will be helming VIFF (www.viff.org) through the uncertain waters of the digital age. Alan Franey, who stepped down from VIFF’s leadership role last year, remains at...