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Teach children to eat well in 10 steps

Teach children to eat well in 10 steps

Apr 1, 2014

by Danielle Nierenberg and Sarah Small • A new study has claimed that children with strict parents are more likely to be overweight. This warning comes weeks after British parents were criticized for being too lenient, an indulgence that, according to Sarah Beeny, a UK television presenter and mother of four, was fuelling Britain’s obesity crisis. And...

Vibes: Reflections on light and darkness

Vibes: Reflections on light and darkness

Apr 1, 2014

Part 1: The sword of light by Geoff Olson • Sunset was nearing as my partner and I relaxed against a log on Ambleside Beach on an unseasonably warm afternoon in late winter. The oblique rays from the sun cast the Lions Gate Bridge in sharp relief against the Smurf-blue skies, making the structure look both more substantial and dreamlike at the same time. Our...

Ford Nation

Ford Nation

Apr 1, 2014

Political thriller and psychological study READ IT by Bruce Mason • For many months, I tried in vain to avoid the mere mention of Rob Ford, the world’s most famous/infamous mayor. But as movie magnate Samuel Goldwyn said, “In two words, im possible.” A friend of mine recently returned from New Delhi and recalled having tea with folks from Peru and...

The same, but different

The same, but different

Apr 1, 2014

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • The truth will out. The surprise in romantic drama The Face of Love (due out on the 18th) is that it takes so long to arrive. Annette Bening plays Nikki, a designer still grieving the loss of her husband Garrett (Ed Harris) five years earlier. One day, she spots a dead ringer for Garrett and tracks the stranger down...

Earth, our home

Earth, our home

Apr 1, 2014

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot • At the time of writing it’s Earthweek, a great time to be reminded of the Earth Charter created as a follow-up to the 1992 Earth Summit. The document was developed over a decade of extensive international consultation and in this column I’d like to share an extract from their website. I also encourage you to read...

STAR WISE: April 2014

STAR WISE: April 2014

Apr 1, 2014

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces Intense times are on-board at home and afar. A cardinal Grand Cross is taking shape and will be in effect throughout the last half of April, all of May and the first half of June. Even then, the planets stay red hot and will not cool...

Goosebumps & memories

Goosebumps & memories

Apr 1, 2014

The Soweto Gospel Choir MUSIC RISING Bruce Mason • When the Soweto Gospel Choir received its first Grammy in 2007, it took the coveted award home to South Africa and its biggest fan: Nelson Mandela. The highly acclaimed 52-member group performed at many of his family’s functions, including his granddaughter’s wedding and his memorial service late last...

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

Mar 1, 2014

“live” and living on by Bruce Mason • a hammer of justice a cry for freedom a song about love I had the great pleasure of experiencing many Pete Seeger concerts: lung-fully singing along with little crowds of folks or thousands of joyful, hand-clapping fans; sitting in plush QE and Orpheum theatre seats; sheltered under trees in Stanley Park; standing...

We can feed the world!

We can feed the world!

Mar 1, 2014

by Joel Salatin • Joel Salatin is an American farmer, lecturer and author whose books include Folks, This Ain’t Normal, You Can Farm and Salad Bar Beef. Salatin raises livestock using holistic management methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. Salatin is also featured in the documentary...

A post-Fukushima masterpiece

A post-Fukushima masterpiece

Mar 1, 2014

READ IT by Bruce Mason • “On March 11, 2011, the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown drew a line that divided time,” says writer, filmmaker, Zen Buddhist priest and Common Ground reader Ruth Ozeki, who divides her time between New York City and Cortes Island. “In BC, we look west across a big ocean in a post-Fukushima world,” she adds....