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Hoodwinked by the diabetes industry

Hoodwinked by the diabetes industry

Sep 1, 2016

Drugs to lower blood sugars don’t do much for your health DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels   • In the last five years in British Columbia, taxpayers – that would be you and I – spent over $100 million on drugs and insulins for type-2 diabetes through our Pharmacare program. In addition, people in BC probably spent another $200 million out of their own...

What does the “C” in Site C Dam stand for?

What does the “C” in Site C Dam stand for?

Sep 1, 2016

by Joseph Roberts What does Site C stand for? Choose one or more of the following items: 1) Corruption 2) Cronyism 3) Corporatism 4) Christy Clark 5) Complicity 6) Con game 7) Criminality 8) Cost overruns 9) Collapse of economy 10) Corrosion 11) Committing ecocide 12) Climate change Consequences Damage to the environment, displacing productive farm land,...

Dam lie – Site C is a recipe for financial, cultural and ecological disaster

Dam lie – Site C is a recipe for financial, cultural and ecological disaster

Sep 1, 2016

by Joe Foy • There are lies, damn lies, and in BC, there are also dam lies. British Columbians are amazing. Having spent time in the Peace River Valley this summer, I am in awe of the thoughtful, quiet determination I saw in the people undergoing the greatest of calamities: the looming loss of their homes, land, history and future – all to support a...

GMO Bites – US Senate Bill 764

GMO Bites – US Senate Bill 764

Jul 15, 2016

GMO labelling Bill 764 full of loopholes • On July 6, the U.S. Senate voted to pass a bill mandating labelling for genetically engineered (GE) foods, but the legislation has been denounced by critics as inadequate and riddled with loopholes. Senate Bill 764 now moves to the House of Representatives for a debate and vote. If passed in the House and signed by...

Big fibre Internet win over Bell

Big fibre Internet win over Bell

Jun 2, 2016

But what’s next for Canada’s telecom market? INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher   • As wins go, this one was a doozy. Following months of debate, all eyes were on Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains as he weighed whether or not to give Bell, and a tiny handful of other telecom behemoths, an effective monopoly over fibre Internet services in...

Where is the justice for Stephan family?

Where is the justice for Stephan family?

May 7, 2016

There’s something happening here by Ian Stewart • In 1966 the band Buffalo Springfield wrote a great protest song in response to some repressive laws of their day. “There’s something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear There’s a man with a gun over there Telling me I got to beware” Paranoia strikes deep Into your life it will creep It...

The problem with animal research

The problem with animal research

Apr 1, 2016

by John Pranger • Sponsored by the Animal Defense & Anti-Vivisection Society of BC. vivisectionresearch.ca The arrival in Canada each year of monkeys destined for the laboratory shows the entrenched nature of Canada’s R&D community. While the use of animals in medical research and toxicity testing is being scaled back elsewhere in the world – due...

Has Nuclear Power Brought us Happiness?

Documentary film marks Fukushima 5th Anniversary • Five years after a massive earthquake brought catastrophe to the Tokyo Electric Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant, the difficult and slow clean up of radio active contamination continues – on land and in the ocean – on Japan’s east coast. Nuclear Japan, a documentary film directed by Hiroyuki Kawai, a...

Big Data is spying on our doctors

Big Data is spying on our doctors

Mar 1, 2016

Collected information helps sway doctors to prescribe certain drugs DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • People often ask me if, given my research on pharmaceuticals, I could tell them why every time they go to the doctor, they always end up with another prescription. It’s impossible to answer that in a sound bite because many factors drive prescribing, including...

StingRays breach cell phone privacy

StingRays breach cell phone privacy

Mar 1, 2016

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Laura Tribe • What the heck is a StingRay? And what does it have to do with cell phone privacy? You may not be aware that a device named after an unusual sea creature poses a serious threat to your cell phone – but I assure you, it does. A growing concern in the privacy world, the surveillance device nicknamed “StingRay,”...