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Nuclear Symposium addresses important issues

by Gordon Edwards • Engaged people of all kinds – physicians, researchers, aboriginal leaders, decision-makers and activists – from many parts of the world are converging on Quebec City in mid-April to exchange information and views at the World Uranium Symposium. Attendees will hear presentations on all aspects of the nuclear fuel chain. They will...

GMO Bites: April 2015

GMO Bites: April 2015

Apr 1, 2015

GMO Inquiry reveals where GMOs are in Canada In the ground and on our plates by Lucy Sharratt   • “Where in the world are GM crops and foods?” It should be an easy question to answer, but our government does not provide that information. The first report from CBAN’s GMO Inquiry 2015 is out and answers this question for the first time. We all want to...

NEWSBITES: April 2015

Scientists concerned about sugar   • The sugar industry is at it again. The official recommendations on updating the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were just released and they include a critical step forward in curbing the growing health problems of sugar overconsumption by recommending a limit and label on added sugar – a step the sugar...

It’s time to end the grizzly trophy hunt

It’s time to end the grizzly trophy hunt

Apr 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • The spring grizzly kill starts April 1 and extends for several weeks, followed by a second fall season. By year’s end, several hundred will have died at the hands of humans, close to 90% shot by trophy hunters, many of them foreign licence holders as the BC government plans to enact new regulations to allow hunters from...

Junkyard Planet and the fourth “R”

Junkyard Planet and the fourth “R”

Apr 1, 2015

READ IT by Bruce Mason • According to Adam Minter, author of Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade, repair is the fourth “R” that fits perfectly with reduce, reuse and recycle. “Virtually everyone knows very well that repairable items tend to be better built and longer lasting. And that’s what we really need if we’re going to...

Your liver the inner alchemist

Your liver the inner alchemist

Mar 1, 2015

by Terry Willard • Your liver is one of the most exciting organs in your entire body. It is responsible for more functions than almost any other organ in your body and the fact that the root of the word “liver” is the word “live” in many languages should open our eyes to clues. So why do we take it for granted? Well, for the most part, it simply...

Solar Impulse first plane to fly without fuel

Solar Impulse first plane to fly without fuel

Mar 1, 2015

by Bruce Mason • As you read this, one of the greatest adventures in the 21st century, if not in human history, is unfolding: a flight around the world, powered only by the sun. The objective is to attract the world and focus attention on preserving our planet and sustaining and improving our quality of life. It is intended to motivate global society – you...

Spring into year-round food production

Spring into year-round food production

Mar 1, 2015

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot • Seed selection: To answer the question, “What shall I grow?” ask yourself what you and your family like to eat most. Plants adapt to cultural conditions so organic seeds grow best for organic gardeners and regional seeds have an edge over seeds grown in other climates because these plants have adapted to local...

Lynne Quarmby

Lynne Quarmby

Mar 1, 2015

One scientist Harper can’t muzzle runs for Parliament by Bruce Mason • “Make It Happen,” the theme for International Women’s Day on March 8, is something Lynne Quarmby has long embraced and embodied. To honour her achievements and progress, Common Ground shares some of Lynne’s thoughts following her recent, rapid, high-profile, but highly...

GMO Bites: March 2015

GMO Bites: March 2015

Mar 1, 2015

• In January, groups from around the world joined together to denounce the US government for allowing the first genetically engineered tree, a loblolly pine, to be legalized with no government or public oversight, with no assessment of their risks to the public or the environment and with no regard for the overwhelming public opposition to GE...