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Washington State GMO initiative (1.2mb PDF)

Washington State GMO initiative (1.2mb PDF)

Apr 1, 2014

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Grim ferry tales and a premier’s flip-flop

Grim ferry tales and a premier’s flip-flop

Apr 1, 2014

UPDATES AND OUTCOMES by Bruce Mason • Despite a rapidly declining customer base, the ongoing strategy of hiking prices is an ongoing business “death spiral,” rippling through and dragging down the economy across the province. Ridership on the Gabriola ferry has plummeted. In February, vehicles were down 17% with 13% fewer passengers compared to 2013....

Video: Edward Snowdon at TED Conference

Video: Edward Snowdon at TED Conference

Mar 18, 2014

Mar 18, 2014 Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he say, “because you never...

BC Hydro grasping at straws

BC Hydro’s latest “electricity sale” announcement has become the last straw. Hydro has come full circle. It has arrived at the place it began, and apparently doesn’t quite recognize it : California. On January 23, 2014, Hydro officials told the Joint Panel Review for Site C here in Fort St John that it needs to sell its electricity to their brothers in...

The answer to 9/11 is in Building 7

Although it received little media attention at the time, the third-worst structural building failure in modern history occurred on September 11, 2001. World Trade Center (WTC) Building 7 was a 47-story, steel-framed, fire-protected, high-rise office building located about a football field’s length from the WTC North Tower. Unlike its two taller cousins, WTC 7...

An open letter

An open letter

Jan 1, 2014

The talks on the possible Port Hardy/Bella Coola ferry closure are disturbing to us, to say the least. We are heavily invested in tourism here in the Chilcotin and we are continuing to invest in BC’s largest industry. You are probably well aware of the migration of people towards the north. What is not so obvious is the total by-pass of the Chilcotin by this...

GMO Bites

from the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network • We are reporting some incredibly important developments from around the world, including the Canadian government’s new Agriculture Omnibus Bill. The news below exposes the intense fight around the future of GM crops. In mid-December, your protests helped stall GM sterile seeds moving ahead (Terminator...

Let’s raise the bar for 2014

Let’s raise the bar for 2014

Jan 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • It was a strange year. From the never-ending carnival of calamity at Toronto City Hall to the scandalous subterfuge on Parliament Hill, from horrific attacks by the Syrian government on its own citizenry to disasters inflicted by extreme weather on the people of the Philippines, 2013 recalls Queen Elizabeth’s description of...

Nelson Mandela and the power of music

Nelson Mandela and the power of music

Jan 1, 2014

MUSIC RISING by Bruce Mason • Of all the towering figures in history, none is celebrated in music as is Nelson Mandela. His spirit, perseverance and dignity fuelled the cause of liberty and equality, but also drove protest music to great global heights. The subject of timeless songs during his 27 years in prison, stirring anthems after his release and his...

Pharma’s feedbag

Pharma’s feedbag

Dec 1, 2013

Who’s really paying for that ‘free lunch’ for doctors? DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs As they say, “There’s no free lunch.” Unless you’re a doctor or work in a doctor’s office, that is. Welcome to the world of pharmaceutical marketing, which smells a lot like curry dishes and baked...