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Avaaz.org – The world in action

Avaaz.org – The world in action

Dec 1, 2014

Dear Avaazers: Lately, we’re not just winning; we’re winning big. These are not small time victories, but the biggest stuff, the save the world stuff – on climate change, Monsanto, our oceans, the Internet, democracy and more. There’s a lot that’s depressing in the world today, but scroll down and see what our future could look like if we just stick...

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...

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...

A photographer’s love letter

A photographer’s love letter

Dec 1, 2014

READ IT by Bruce Mason • Thanks mostly to its enviably spectacular, natural setting, Vancouver proudly and perennially tops myriad lists of the most beautiful, livable, expensive, under-and-over-rated – etc., etc. – cities. A new book strives to capture it through a heartfelt collection of gallery quality panoramas, created with a veteran photographer’s...

Antarctica’s golden years

Antarctica’s golden years

Dec 1, 2014

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Director Mike Leigh is a British institution, producing subtle, sensitive films that run deep, such as the 1996 Palme d’Or winner Secrets & Lies and his earlier Life Is Sweet. His latest work to hit these shores – opening on Christmas Day – is a biopic about the last 25 years of the great English...

Relationship barriers

Relationship barriers

Dec 1, 2014

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • Find the love you seek by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home. – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar I often work with individuals who have a history of not being respected or who were even treated badly in relationships. And not just in couples’...

Inspiring others

Inspiring others

Dec 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 DECEMBER 2014 print...

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...

STAR WISE: December 2014

STAR WISE: December 2014

Dec 1, 2014

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces Astrology is a symbolic language in which the symbols for the planets and signs, and the aspects that the planets form, relate reams of information. The greatest stories ever told lie within the pages of the ephemeris. The ephemeris...

A seasonal sampler

A seasonal sampler

Dec 1, 2014

MUSIC RISING by Bruce Mason • Shakespeare advised, “If music be the food of love, play on” and you’re in the right place and time to feast on local, seasonal sonic celebrations and larger concerts at community venues – featuring trad faves and new variations for fans of all ages. Listing all the options would fill this issue of Common Ground, but...