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Strength of Conviction

Strength of Conviction

Aug 1, 2015

by Tom Mulcair • Editor’s note: With a crucial federal election looming, it is important that Canadians find a way to redeem the federal government after Stephen Harper’s nine-year train wreck. Harper’s neo-cons cheated and lied to take over the Progressive Conservatives and devolve it into the Conservative Party of Canada (see Anthony Hall’s...

Going raw

Going raw

Aug 1, 2015

• One question we often get asked is why cooked foods sometimes have a higher level of nutritional content. One of the main reasons for this is that the water content decreases, creating a food that is more concentrated and calorically dense. Consider a large bunch of dark, leafy greens; when raw, they take up a lot of space, but when cooked, that large bunch...

Holistic aromatherapy

Holistic aromatherapy

Aug 1, 2015

by Lynne Edel • Aromatherapy is more popular than ever, yet there is much confusion and misinformation about essential oil use today, with some companies advocating unsafe practices and synthetic and adulterated essential oils flooding the market. The British Columbia Alliance Of Aromatherapy (www.bcaoa.org) defines aromatherapy/essential oil therapy as...

Breastfeeding and herbs

Breastfeeding and herbs

Aug 1, 2015

It is quite possible that herbal remedies help increase milk supply. There are several drugs that obviously do increase milk supply, and, of course, it is reasonable to assume that some plants and herbs might contain similar pharmacological agents. Almost every culture has some sort of herb or plant or potion to increase milk supply. Some may work as placebos,...

Take a hike

Take a hike

Aug 1, 2015

and some food to keep you going • For short hikes, food is more of a nice to have rather than a necessity. But on long hikes, an adequate food supply is critical to success and safety. Whether going on a five-mile walk or a 500-mile-long distance trek, you should have some food along. If for no other reason than just-in-case. Having a good idea about how much...

Sparks of the divine

Sparks of the divine

Aug 1, 2015

Quotations by Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj • Quotes from Spark of the Divine “Within each of us is a spark of the Divine. Breathtaking regions of beauty, unimaginable vistas of sights and sounds, infinite wisdom, and all-embracing love invite us within. The Light of the Divine glows continually.” by Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, from his book Spark...

Clean tech’s top 10 trends

Clean tech’s top 10 trends

Aug 1, 2015

by Bruce Mason • It’s virtually impossible to stay on top of the clean tech tidal wave exploding in many places on our endangered planet. It’s particularly difficult in Canada where this worldwide transition is being ignored, temporarily diverted and even foolishly subverted. Despite the counter-productive efforts of suspect politicians, greedy businesses...

STAR WISE: August 2015

STAR WISE: August 2015

Aug 1, 2015

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces The dog days are upon us. It’s hot and dry with not much relief in sight. Saturn, known as a dry planet, rules the deserts and desert-like conditions and he has been moving through Scorpio for the last two years. Over the next...

Slow Music & the Summer of Transformation

Slow Music & the Summer of Transformation

Aug 1, 2015

MUSIC RISING by Bruce Mason • Hope you’ve had one or two transformative musical moments during this far-from-finished summer. One such moment occurred under the canopy of trees at stage 3 at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival when hundreds of highly appreciative fans soaked up the sight and sounds of Rising Appalachia (as in throw an apple at ‘cha) and...

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...