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Ten things we can do to take action on climate change

Ten things we can do to take action on climate change

Oct 1, 2014

by Lynne Quarmby • The thousands who gathered for the People’s Climate March in Vancouver on September 21 enthusiastically agreed to wait five minutes – before taking to the streets – to listen to Dr. Lynne Quarmby, professor and chair at SFU’s department of molecular biology and biochemistry. They wanted to hear what we all need to hear – and know...

GMO Bites: Why you never read about non-GMO success stories

Does mention of allergen-free peanuts, striga-resistant cowpeas, salt-resistant wheat, beta-carotene rich sweet potatoes and virus-resistant cassavas make you think of GM? If so, you’ve missed the great unpublished story: all the non-GM breakthroughs solving precisely the kind of problems (drought-resistance, salt-resistance, biofortification etc.) that GM...

Treaty makes pipeline expansion illegal in Coast Salish law

Treaty makes pipeline expansion illegal in Coast Salish law

Oct 1, 2014

by Irwin Oostindie • First Nations from the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and Washington State have come together to sign a historic treaty to protect the Salish Sea from tar sands oil and related threats. The treaty prohibits the increased transport of tar sands products through the Salish Sea and specifically makes the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain...

Free the chickens – do the right thing

Free the chickens – do the right thing

Oct 1, 2014

by Ashley Rose • With the approach of Thanksgiving, beautiful Vancouver offers one final flourish of light and colour as summer gives way to fall. Themes of bounty emerge – images of harvest, heartier foods, body-warming spices, baked apples and cinnamon, rich sauces and breads – in a caravan of autumnal opulence moving into the starkness of winter. ...

Blue Dot tour rolls out

Blue Dot tour rolls out

Oct 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • As an elder, I’ve watched Canada and the world change in many ways, for better and worse. Thanks, in part, to cheap energy and technological growth, the human population has more than tripled. As a boy, I could drink from streams and lakes without worrying about getting sick. My father took me fishing for halibut, sturgeon...

Easy veggie nutrition

Easy veggie nutrition

Oct 1, 2014

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD, and Brenda Davis • Vegetarians enjoy impressive health advantages, including greater longevity and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, cataracts and gallstones. Yet being vegetarian does not guarantee a healthful diet. After all, potato chips, cola and many other fat, salt and...

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...