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Vancouver Farmers’ Markets

Vancouver Farmers’ Markets

Jul 2, 2015

20 years of farm to table goodness • For the last 20 years, Vancouver Farmers Markets have fed people and created community. We are a registered non-profit society that supports small farm production, nourishes community and connects neighbours. Founded in 1995, Vancouver Farmers Markets (VFM) has grown to become one of Canada’s leading organizers of farmers...

Nelson’s co-op model thrives

Nelson’s co-op model thrives

Jul 2, 2015

In recent years, the concept of social enterprise has garnered growing attention among the progressive community, as if it were some newly discovered approach to business that could help redirect the delivery of goods and services while serving the common good. Turns out this old wine in new bottles has not only been around for some time, but it has been active...

Super unequal British Columbia

Super unequal British Columbia

Jul 2, 2015

BC tops the inequality list on many fronts READ IT by Bruce Mason • Have you heard that BC has earned yet another top spot on a list? No, not most “liveable,” “boring,” “expensive” or “unhappy.” Turns out the province is the most “unequal” in Canada. Here are a few numbers to crunch: more than half (56.2 percent) of the wealth in BC is...

STAR WISE: July 2015

STAR WISE: July 2015

Jul 2, 2015

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces We can expect a very hot July and I’m not talking about the weather. Actually, it’s the astrological weather that will cause the heat to rise all the way around. Fiery Mars throws his hat into the ring and he always creates a...

Sounds of hope and active community

Sounds of hope and active community

Jul 2, 2015

MUSIC RISING by Bruce Mason • One of the most interesting, promising quotes I’ve been unable to shake this year is from Leah and Chloe Smith, two 20-something sisters who front Rising Appalachia. “We are building community and tackling social injustice through melody – making the stage reach out with octopus arms to gather a great family.” Blending and...

EatGoGrow! inspires kids

EatGoGrow! inspires kids

Jun 1, 2015

Nutrispeak by Vesanto Melina In Chantilly, northeast of Paris, I had the opportunity to attend a Montessori pre-school housed on the top floor of a seniors’ complex. Whenever they entered the building or visited the outdoor playground, the children mingled with the elders and, naturally, they all came to know each other by name and became friends. The...

The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow

Jun 1, 2015

Video produced by Chipotle Mexican Grill, created by Moonbot Studios and includes Pure Imagination sung by Fiona Apple. More info at chipotle.com Common Ground respects Chipotle’s move to be GMO-free, and their short brilliant video animation tells well the tale of real vs junk food. A must...

Instruments Beyond Borders

Instruments Beyond Borders

May 1, 2015

MUSIC RISING by Bruce Mason Warning! This story may be addictive and you’ll be hooked into wanting much more. Symptoms include clapping, shouting, dancing and jumping for joy. Frantically searching for unused musical instruments in dark corners. Craving and purchasing a ticket to one of the most satisfying evenings of your life. Feeling as turned on as when...

Universal Soldier

Universal Soldier

Apr 1, 2015

The evolution of a song by Bruce Mason • It’s been 10 years since Buffy Sainte-Marie graced the cover of Common Ground and more than five decades since she wrote Universal Soldier, her international anthem to peace, which is just as vital and timely today. In a 2005 Common Ground interview, publisher Joseph Roberts stated, “Universal Soldier is just as...

Power in the Blood

Power in the Blood

Apr 1, 2015

A conversation with Buffy Sainte-Marie by Bruce Mason • I’m upside down with a mean, 27-hour Australia-Hong Kong-London jet-lag, hoping my band can survive the pace,” reports Buffy Sainte-Marie, who turned 74 in February. She is referring to her whirlwind, globe-trotting tour in advance of the release of her album, Power in the Blood, on May 12. “It’s...