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Five challenges we face on digital rights for the Internet in 2016

Five challenges we face on digital rights for the Internet in 2016

Jan 1, 2016

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher • What a year 2015 has been! In the space of just 12 months, with the support of our amazing community and partners around the globe, OpenMedia fought to ensure people everywhere have affordable access to an Internet that is surveillance and censorship-free. Highlights include winning a historic fight at the U.S. FCC for...

John Lennon – “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)”

John Lennon – “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)”

Dec 11, 2015

This song, written over forty years ago, still resonates today. It’s been performed and set to video in many ways. Here are two approaches, one in an operatic setting, the other highlighting those suffering from war and...

Join Amnesty International’s letter writing campaign

Join Amnesty International’s letter writing campaign

Dec 1, 2015

• Every year around Human Rights Day on December 10, activists in more than 140 countries around the world come together to write letters calling for the protection and promotion of human rights. Why December 10? It was on December 10th, 1948, that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted at the UN by world leaders. Canadian John Humphrey...

Are three pills better than two?

Are three pills better than two?

Dec 1, 2015

The obsessive drive for lower blood pressure targetsis mostly a scam DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • What if being made to worry causes you to take more drugs, make more doctor visits and become more obsessive about your health, but doesn’t help you live a longer or better life? Would that be good medicine? I wouldn’t think so. One of the many...

Federal funding should support an accountable transit plan

Federal funding should support an accountable transit plan

Nov 1, 2015

by Elizabeth Murphy   • As the new federal government considers going into debt to invest in transit, here are a few critical issues to consider. Transit needs to be more affordable with more extensive coverage throughout the Vancouver region. Focusing on only a few transit corridors with very expensive mega-projects drains funding from...

Drug expiry dates – are they ever too old?

Drug expiry dates – are they ever too old?

Nov 1, 2015

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs   A little while ago I was talking to a physiotherapist who asked me if I was taking anything for some joint pain I was having. I pulled out a bottle of acetaminophen – also known as Tylenol – and she took the bottle from me. “Alan,” she asked, with a...

Democracy for all Canadians

Democracy for all Canadians

Nov 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • I’ve lived through many elections, but I don’t recall many in which emotions ran so high. In the heat of such a campaign, things get said, disagreements arise and tensions increase. Now that we’ve elected a new government, I want to commend Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau on his positive campaign and...

The TPP and Internet censorship

The TPP and Internet censorship

Nov 1, 2015

Trudeau’s first big test as Prime Minister INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Meghan Sali   • Do you squeeze oranges expecting apple juice? Of course not. So Canadians shouldn’t be surprised when an undemocratic process like the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations yields an undemocratic result. On October 5, just two weeks before the recent...

War is a racket

War is a racket

Oct 1, 2015

Part Two by Major General Smedley Butler The World War – rather our brief participation in it – has cost the United States some $52,000,000,000. Figure it out. That means $400 to every American man, woman and child. And we haven’t paid the debt yet. We are paying it, our children will pay it and our children’s children probably still will be paying the...

Barricading democracy: Election fraud through debate rigging

Barricading democracy: Election fraud through debate rigging

Sep 7, 2015

by Anthony James Hall • The Canadian federal election of 2015 is rigged. Stephen Harper has leaned on his corporate cronies and assets in order to fix the outcome of two federal election debates in English-speaking Canada. The Leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth May, is excluded from both events. The economic debate takes place on Sept. 17 on the PM’s home...