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“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...

Eco friendly homes

Eco friendly homes

Jul 1, 2014

Healthy and Earth-conscious • With so much focus on creating a more eco-friendly living environment, more and more homeowners building a new home are considering green house design for a healthier lifestyle and to protect Earlth’s precious natural resources. There has been a dramatic increase in new materials and products available for green building:...

Some BC stores say “No” to GM apples

GMO Bites   GM apple in the hot seat Health Action Network (HANS), in cooperation with GE Free BC and Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), wish to thank the following stores and distributors for saying “No” to the GM apple. The stores below have committed to not sell the “Arctic Apple” and we acknowledge their support in this public health...

The off-key song of creation

The off-key song of creation

Jul 1, 2014

by Geoff Olson • In a scene from the 1999 film, The Matrix, a mysterious figure in shades confronts the main character, Neo. “You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad,” Morpheus quietly says to Neo. Anyone who’s gone...

Ben West

Ben West

Jul 1, 2014

Every Time the Wind Blows… READ IT by Bruce Mason   • “Now what?” That’s the question people have been asking since the Harper government’s decision on Enbridge. “How can we stop this?’ is another, along with the hopeful thought, “Surely we can do better!” Ben West – Tar Sands Campaign Director for ForestEthics Advocacy – has a...

Pipeline approval defies democracy

Pipeline approval defies democracy

Jul 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • There was little doubt the federal government would approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project, regardless of public opposition or evidence presented against it. The prime minister indicated he wanted the pipeline built before the Joint Review Panel hearings even began. Ad campaigns, opponents demonized as...