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Rescuing democracy from politics

Rescuing democracy from politics

Dec 1, 2014

by Elizabeth May • Since 2006, we have had a prime minister who has shut down Parliament to avoid political embarrassment (something virtually unheard of throughout the Commonwealth nations) and twice done so illegitimately; a prime minister who has placed his executive powers above the law by refusing to accept the supremacy of Parliament. He has ignored...

Avaaz.org – The world in action

Avaaz.org – The world in action

Dec 1, 2014

Dear Avaazers: Lately, we’re not just winning; we’re winning big. These are not small time victories, but the biggest stuff, the save the world stuff – on climate change, Monsanto, our oceans, the Internet, democracy and more. There’s a lot that’s depressing in the world today, but scroll down and see what our future could look like if we just stick...

Staying healthy on a polluted planet

Staying healthy on a polluted planet

Dec 1, 2014

by Yarrow Willard • We live in an age where environmental pollutants and synthetic chemicals surround us and innumerable websites and documentaries document the severity of the trajectory and ramifications of our current actions. Toxicity of the planet is by far the major issue of our time, eclipsing that of economic downturns and other such issues, all of...

The Fukushima shock

The Fukushima shock

Dec 1, 2014

by Stéphane Dion • The Honourable Stéphane Dion has been a Member of Canada’s Parliament, representing the Montreal riding of Saint-Laurent – Cartierville since 1996. During that period, he held various Cabinet portfolios. From 2004 to 2005, he was Minister of the Environment and as such, was instrumental in securing one of the greenest budgets in the...

Medication civil disobedience

Medication civil disobedience

Dec 1, 2014

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine. – Dr. William Osler You may have heard about Stanley Milgram, the American psychologist who carried out some of the most infamous research on obedience back in the 1960s, but have you heard of...

Vote together. Defeat Harper.

Vote together. Defeat Harper.

Dec 1, 2014

Move Canada forward by Jolan Bailey, Leadnow Vancouver organizer • Leadnow (www.leadnow.ca) is an independent advocacy organization that runs campaigns on the major issues of our time, engages people in participatory decision-making and organizes in communities across Canada. The organization envisions a country where people work together to build an open...

Big Data’s dark history

Big Data’s dark history

Dec 1, 2014

by Geoff Olson • Big data is a buzz-term that has softened into a tabloid cliché in a remarkably short time. It refers to the massive quantities of publicly and privately archived information that can be digitally analyzed to identify subtle patterns and trends. Interested parties range from marketers to policy makers to students to hackers. “Big data is...

Citizens must demand independent ‘Made in BC’ pipeline review

Citizens must demand independent ‘Made in BC’ pipeline review

Dec 1, 2014

photo by Zack Embree www.zackembree.com view larger size photo» • Consider this question: why did citizens hike up Burnaby Mountain each day to be arrested if Kinder Morgan is simply conducting technical feasibility studies for a pipeline? Why are First Nations and municipalities spending precious resources fighting the National Energy Board in the...

A photographer’s love letter

A photographer’s love letter

Dec 1, 2014

READ IT by Bruce Mason • Thanks mostly to its enviably spectacular, natural setting, Vancouver proudly and perennially tops myriad lists of the most beautiful, livable, expensive, under-and-over-rated – etc., etc. – cities. A new book strives to capture it through a heartfelt collection of gallery quality panoramas, created with a veteran photographer’s...

GMO Bites: December 2014

Panama fines GM fish company • The Government of Panama has fined the company AquaBounty for breaching numerous national environmental laws during its ongoing research and development of a genetically modified (GM) Atlantic salmon. The GM fish eggs were shipped from Canada, provoking fears of environmental contamination in both countries. “This is an...