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Kindness Concert a heart opener

Kindness Concert a heart opener

Oct 2, 2011

Share   by Toni O’Keeffe Can small acts of kindness change the world? According to the organizers of the 2011 World Kindness Concert they can. When Brock Tully envisioned the World Kindness Concert more than a decade ago, he imagined people coming together, with open hearts and a passion to change the way we live and celebrate the human journey....

Taking back the Internet

Taking back the Internet

Sep 4, 2011

ShareINDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson Canada has an internet “openness and access deficit.” That was the starting point for OpenMedia.ca’s “Casting an Open Net” report published earlier this year. The report noted three disturbing practices employed by several of Canada’s dominant Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 1. Many...

Bike lanes great for cities

Bike lanes great for cities

Sep 1, 2011

ShareSCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki Most arguments against bike lanes are absurd. Consider this: we have wide roads everywhere to accommodate cars, most of which carry only one person. On either side of many of those roads, we have pedestrian sidewalks. In most large urban areas, we also have bus lanes and transit systems. When cyclists ride on roads, drivers...

The cost of spying online

The cost of spying online

Aug 28, 2011

ShareINDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson It’s time to re-imagine the role of both citizens and government. It’s past time for governments to become more permeable and to encourage and empower citizens to govern themselves. In many ways, the process to re-imagine citizenship and governance seems to be well underway. Citizens are newly empowered by...

Let people regulate themselves

Let people regulate themselves

Jul 29, 2011

ShareINDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson In early February, OpenMedia.ca received word the CRTC was planning a set of invitation-only meetings on March 23 and 24 in Ottawa. Entitled “Shaping Regulatory Approaches for the Future,” the forum was meant to bring together the “stakeholders” of Canadian telecommunications for “meaningful...

HST and Smart Meters: good for who?

ShareEditor's note “The World Bank approached me about six years ago to assist them with numerous projects involving the corporate governance of parliaments and the entities that report to them, such as statutory officers and crown agencies…The results speak for themselves: the World Bank continues to rely upon me for assistance.” –...

Graduating to Peace in the nuclear shadow

Graduating to Peace in the nuclear shadow

Jul 29, 2011

Shareby David Krieger Dear Graduates, Having received a college degree, you are among the 6.7 percent of the world’s most educated elite.  If your education has been a good one, you are likely to have more questions than answers.  If your education has been mediocre, you are likely to think you have more answers than questions.   Did...

Elizabeth Scott – June 22, 1939 – June 4, 2011

Elizabeth Scott – June 22, 1939 – June 4, 2011

Jul 12, 2011

Share  by Janice Brown Born in Boston, spending years in California, Elizabeth came to Vancouver around 1980, from Oregon, where she owned a health food store.  There was a lively group of like-minded intellectuals in the city, exploring ideas of living ungoverned lives. Few knew she led a protest to block use of nuclear power, testifying before the...

Are the tables about to turn on Hedy Fry?

Share  Voters planning to cast a strategic vote in Vancouver Centre apparently no longer need worry about voting for Liberal Hedy Fry just to stop the Conservative candidate from winning. It seems a Liberal-insider associated with Hedy Fry’s team told Green candidate Adriane Carr about the results of a recent internal poll conducted in Vancouver...

Contempt destroys character

Shareby Joyce Murray, Liberal candidate Vancouver Quadra After May 2nd, one of two people will be Prime Minister: Stephen Harper or Michael Ignatieff. As a Liberal candidate, it is my task to highlight the stark contrast between the inclusive, family-oriented vision of Canada offered by the Liberal Party versus the dangerous ideological control of the Harper...