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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...

Medication civil disobedience

Medication civil disobedience

Dec 1, 2014

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine. – Dr. William Osler You may have heard about Stanley Milgram, the American psychologist who carried out some of the most infamous research on obedience back in the 1960s, but have you heard of...

Citizens must demand independent ‘Made in BC’ pipeline review

Citizens must demand independent ‘Made in BC’ pipeline review

Dec 1, 2014

photo by Zack Embree www.zackembree.com view larger size photo» • Consider this question: why did citizens hike up Burnaby Mountain each day to be arrested if Kinder Morgan is simply conducting technical feasibility studies for a pipeline? Why are First Nations and municipalities spending precious resources fighting the National Energy Board in the...

GMO Bites: December 2014

Panama fines GM fish company • The Government of Panama has fined the company AquaBounty for breaching numerous national environmental laws during its ongoing research and development of a genetically modified (GM) Atlantic salmon. The GM fish eggs were shipped from Canada, provoking fears of environmental contamination in both countries. “This is an...

A superfood holiday meal

A superfood holiday meal

Dec 1, 2014

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD, and Sahar Lakhani • Picture this! Instead of a dinner that leaves you and your guests overweight and over-stuffed, you can enjoy a superbly satisfying and healthful celebration meal. A holiday can be an opportunity to introduce delicious options to family and friends as part of the feast or as the main event. If you are a...

Through the eyes of a child

Through the eyes of a child

Nov 1, 2014

by Penny Lyons • Seva Canada, an international development organization based in Vancouver, restores sight and prevents blindness in the developing world. Since 1982, Seva donors have given the power of sight to over 3.5 million people. Seva works with local partners to create sustainable eye care programs that achieve long-term change, are culturally...

Herbicide pollution and GMO labelling

a open letter to the Minister of Health by Thierry Vrain • In October, Dr. Thierry Vrain requested a meeting in Ottawa with the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Canada’s Minister of Health, to discuss GMO labelling. The meeting was cancelled, then granted, then cancelled again. At press time, Dr. Vrain had still not met with the Minister, but he did provide her with...

Anti-radiation pills useless after the fact

by Dr. Gordon Edwards • An article posted on CBC news on October 11 (cbc.ca) stated that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has published a new regulation requiring nuclear operators to pre-distribute potassium iodide pills to people and businesses in close proximity to nuclear power plants, such as the one in Chalk River, Ontario. In the article below,...

The Champix/Chantix saga

The Champix/Chantix saga

Nov 1, 2014

Please don’t operate a missile battery while reading this article DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs In mid October, the US Food and Drug Administration convened a special meeting to look at whether or not varenicline, the controversial drug to stop smoking – called Champix in Canada and Chantix in the US –...