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Celebrate the wisdom of elders, artists and visionaries

Celebrate the wisdom of elders, artists and visionaries

Apr 1, 2016

You are invited to a historic reconciliation gathering at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, April 22, 2016   • Reconciliation demands that we relearn history and consider how the status quo works against a just future for all. South Africa is overcoming decades of divisions, and in Australia there is tremendous learning about correcting the colonial past. Here...

Towards the Reconciliation Bridge & Vancouver’s High Line

by Joseph Roberts • The January, 2016, edition of Common Ground contained an article about transforming the Georgia Viaduct into a Reconciliation Bridge, a symbolic link between First Nations and our invading, immigrating European culture. Our Walk for Reconciliation in 2013 drew estimates of 70,000 in the rain across our old Georgia Viaduct, inspiring this...

The Trans Pacific Partnership

The Trans Pacific Partnership

Apr 1, 2016

A bad deal for Canada, our food and our health by Bobbie Blair   • More than a decade after he was fired from his position as senior scientific advisor at Health Canada for telling the truth, Canadian ‘whistleblower’ Dr. Shiv Chopra is now warning us about a new threat to our health and our food safety: the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). In 2004,...

The problem with animal research

The problem with animal research

Apr 1, 2016

by John Pranger • Sponsored by the Animal Defense & Anti-Vivisection Society of BC. vivisectionresearch.ca The arrival in Canada each year of monkeys destined for the laboratory shows the entrenched nature of Canada’s R&D community. While the use of animals in medical research and toxicity testing is being scaled back elsewhere in the world – due...

Change is in the air

Change is in the air

Apr 1, 2016

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki •  When Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in June 1914, no one thought, “Uh-oh, World War I is starting.” We only recognize the significance of events in the context of history. I recently had a day like any other except it made me wonder if we’re on the verge of historical change. On March 2, 2016, I...

World Water Day

World Water Day

Mar 1, 2016

Think global, drink local on March 22 You can make a difference   • To mark World Water Day, the Council of Canadians is encouraging everyone to take action for water in their community. There are few things more important than clean, safe water, but the lack of federal government legislation, damaging and polluting industries and water privatization...

Green buildings save more than money

Green goes indoors by Bruce Mason • As you read this, take a look around you. The floor beneath your feet may be off-gassing formaldehyde. The carpet may be emitting other volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) that irritate the throat and cause headaches. You might have limited access to fresh air. Your chair (or couch) was probably treated with...

Time to protect the Great Bear grizzlies

Time to protect the Great Bear grizzlies

Mar 1, 2016

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • The agreement between government, industry, First Nations and environmental groups to protect much of the Great Bear Rainforest should be celebrated. The deal makes almost 85 percent of the forested land base in this massive region on BC’s coast off limits to logging. Forestry in the remaining 15 percent will follow...

The food fairy: explaining healthy food choices for children

The food fairy: explaining healthy food choices for children

Mar 1, 2016

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD, and Claudia Lemay • I know a little girl who is obsessed with candy; it is ironic, given her mother is a dietitian. “What have I done to deserve such a fussy daughter?” she would lament, confiding that Amelie would ask for candy for snacks and for breakfast, lunch and supper. At 3-½, Amelie wrote a grocery list for...

Biomimicry

Biomimicry

Feb 1, 2016

you can’t beat Mother Nature by Bruce Mason • Do, or die. At COP 21*, humanity turned a corner and agreed upon a coordinated, if somewhat symbolic, attempt to save itself. Not only did it signal the end of the fossil fuel era, but more importantly, we began to rethink our assumed and abusive role in nature. We accepted we must begin again or become extinct...