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Leo “Bud” Welch

Leo “Bud” Welch

Nov 20, 2014

One rockin’ octogenarian MUSIC RISING by Bruce Mason • For 82-year-old guitarist/singer Leo “Bud” Welch, it’s been the biggest year of his life. The first real-deal, old-school Mississippi bluesman to be discovered and recorded in a long time made his first album in January, got his first passport and took his first flight from as far back in the...

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...

Lest we forget

by Bruce Mason • Remembrance Day, 2014, as wars rage, Canadians may want to consider reading the chapter, “Delay, Deny, and Die,” in the newly published book, Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover, by Michael Harris. It concludes, “Returning veterans with mental and physical wounds inhabit a harsh and ongoing reality: how to push...

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 –...

The myth of the solitary genius

The myth of the solitary genius

Nov 1, 2014

by Geoff Olson • One night recently, I slapped a disc into the DVD player, fell back onto the man-cave couch and pressed play. A half-hour into the 2009 Nova episode, What Darwin Never Knew, my patience was wearing thin. I wasn’t expecting or particularly wanting a long or complicated explanation of evolutionary theory, but I did expect more than just a...

The fest goes on

The fest goes on

Nov 1, 2014

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • These may be uncertain times for cinema, but the Vancouver International Film Festival ended last month on a high note, announcing it set a new box office record: a 10% increase from 2013, the festival’s previous benchmark year. For all the worries about media saturation, people still come in droves for the social...

Making sense of suicide

Making sense of suicide

Nov 1, 2014

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. – Seneca One of the most painful events in life is the suicide of a friend or family member. So many mixed feelings can ensue. Survivors often feel deeply saddened, hurt, guilty or even angry that the person chose to take his or her life. Then there are the questions....

Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm

Nov 1, 2014

A NEW EARTH by Eckhart Tolle • To read Eckhart Tolle’s latest column, please see the current print edition of Common Ground. For copyright reasons, we are authorized to publish this column in our print version only. More than 1/4 million people read Common Ground every month! Pick up your copy today. This article appeared in the NOVEMBER 2014 print...

STAR WISE: November 2014

STAR WISE: November 2014

Nov 1, 2014

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces Every child is precious and special – and, of course, my child is the most precious, cute, smart and beautiful of all. That’s how we all feel – and should feel – about our offspring. You might ask, “What makes a child...

Neil Young – An invitation to Stand Up!

Neil Young – An invitation to Stand Up!

Oct 1, 2014

by Bruce Mason • The worldwide People’s Climate March on September 21 marked a global tipping point in climate change awareness and action. One reason for that is Neil Young’s release of his anthemic Who’s Gonna Stand Up? “I’m giving you permission to please use this music in videos, clips and communications, or in any way you see fit during this...