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Clean technology the next wave

Clean technology the next wave

Jan 1, 2015

by Bruce Mason • Cleantech – the most significant under-reported story of 2014 – might be the best news you receive this year. Unless you are ‘Big Oil’ or ‘Bad Government.’ Then it is very bad news, indeed, something you would prefer mainstream media to continue to gloss over, belittle or bury beneath distractions. Hopefully, you read in...

The “12 Principles of Don’t Pay”

The “12 Principles of Don’t Pay”

Jan 1, 2015

A New Year’s manifesto in the war on prescription drug waste DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • Thirty-six billion dollars is a lot of money. That’s roughly what we Canadians will spend on prescription drugs this year. How big is that number? Let’s see: by the end of the day on January 1st, we’ll have sent $100 million to the drug companies....

Tea for the joy and health of it

Tea for the joy and health of it

Jan 1, 2015

by Nancy Prokosh • Obesity is increasing and the need to shift towards disease prevention is an imperative. Mass merchandisers and pharmaceutical companies promote their commodities as the “antidote,” however, most of those antidotes do not have a history and the real winners are the companies’ bank accounts. On the other hand, tea has been around since...

Mushrooms – good medicine

Mushrooms – good medicine

Jan 1, 2015

by Lari Laurikkala • We have all seen some funny looking mushrooms growing in the forest, but the parts we see account for only a tiny fraction of how big the fungi really are. Underground, the fungi spread their mycelium web to recycle dead animal and plant matter. About 90% of the world’s plants rely on fungi and the mycelium is what keeps the soil...

Reach for better health and well being

Reach for better health and well being

Jan 1, 2015

ON PURPOSE Peter Ormesher • The idea to create an initiative to support women started years ago on the dance floor of a Nairobi nightclub. Friends of mine were telling me stories about how their female friends were dying of AIDS after their boyfriends or husbands brought home the HIV virus. Years later, that observation led to a project in the Philippines we...

GMO Bites: January 2015

Looking forward, looking back by Lucy Sharratt   • As we look back on last year, we thank everyone for all your action and support. In 2014, we continued to hold back genetically modified alfalfa and even started removing GM sweet corn from stores in Canada. In fact, the grocery chain Metro says, “We are writing a letter to all our suppliers asking for...

Wind power’s come a long way

Wind power’s come a long way

Jan 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • There’s no free ride when it comes to generating energy. Even the cleanest sources have environmental consequences. Materials for all power-generating facilities have to be obtained and transported and infrastructure must be built, maintained and eventually decommissioned. Wind turbines take up space and can harm wildlife....

Mind over matter

Mind over matter

Jan 1, 2015

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • My acupuncturist recently noted she had many patients and friends being diagnosed with cancer. She asked me why I thought there was so much cancer. I said what I have repeated so often: stress, anxiety, anger and negative thinking suppress the immune system. Cancer is like a terrorist group intent on...

Staying healthy on a polluted planet

Staying healthy on a polluted planet

Dec 1, 2014

by Yarrow Willard • We live in an age where environmental pollutants and synthetic chemicals surround us and innumerable websites and documentaries document the severity of the trajectory and ramifications of our current actions. Toxicity of the planet is by far the major issue of our time, eclipsing that of economic downturns and other such issues, all of...

The Fukushima shock

The Fukushima shock

Dec 1, 2014

by Stéphane Dion • The Honourable Stéphane Dion has been a Member of Canada’s Parliament, representing the Montreal riding of Saint-Laurent – Cartierville since 1996. During that period, he held various Cabinet portfolios. From 2004 to 2005, he was Minister of the Environment and as such, was instrumental in securing one of the greenest budgets in the...