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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...

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...

“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...

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...

Plants and your health

Plants and your health

Sep 1, 2014

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • Recent research confirms that shifting our diet to include more plant-based foods will reduce our risk of chronic disease and even reverse existing disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization (WHO), diet and lifestyle diseases are responsible for approximately 70% of deaths in...

“Greenest City” mostly greenwash

“Greenest City” mostly greenwash

Aug 1, 2014

by Elizabeth Murphy • The City of Vancouver’s Greenest City policy update was presented to council in July. Although there are some successes in the plan, the majority of the city’s development policies are greenwash and are actually increasing the city’s environmental footprint rather than reducing it. For example, the weekly food scraps pick-up has...

GMO Bites

Séralini study defies censors by Lucy Sharratt • A French study on the safety of genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) corn has just been republished. This seemingly ordinary event is globally significant. The study and the public fight over it exposes an ugly and dangerous reality in the regulation of GM foods across the world: The GM...

A healthy planet = strong economies

A healthy planet = strong economies

Aug 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Those who don’t outright deny the existence of human-caused global warming often argue we can’t or shouldn’t do anything about it because it would be too costly. Take Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who recently said, “No matter what they say, no country is going to take actions that are going to deliberately destroy...

How healthy is eating fish?

How healthy is eating fish?

Aug 1, 2014

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • Fish has long been widely regarded as a health food, but that perspective is changing, which isn’t entirely surprising given we use the oceans, rivers and waterways that feed into oceans as dumping grounds for every imaginable toxin. Whereas 15 or 20 years ago, fish and fish oil supplements were linked with health...

Vision and NPA more of the same

Vision and NPA more of the same

Jul 1, 2014

• Politics in the City of Vancouver is branded as a battle between Vision Vancouver on the “left” and the Non-Partisan Association (NPA) on the “right.” However, their policies have turned out to be virtually the same regarding development when each had the majority on council over the last three terms. In 2007, then NPA Mayor Sam Sullivan created...