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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...

Big Data’s dark history

Big Data’s dark history

Dec 1, 2014

by Geoff Olson • Big data is a buzz-term that has softened into a tabloid cliché in a remarkably short time. It refers to the massive quantities of publicly and privately archived information that can be digitally analyzed to identify subtle patterns and trends. Interested parties range from marketers to policy makers to students to hackers. “Big data is...

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...

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...

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...

Sharing the wild

Sharing the wild

Nov 1, 2014

presenting the Great Bear Rainforest • In November, conservationist and photographer Ian McAllister launches a BC-wide tour of a deeply personal multimedia presentation on the spectacular, remote Great Bear Rainforest. As co-founder of the wildlife conservation organization Pacific Wild and a longtime Great Bear Rainforest resident, Ian McAllister is respected...

Party of One: Stephen Harper’s Canadian Makeover

Party of One: Stephen Harper’s Canadian Makeover

Nov 1, 2014

The beginning of the end? READ IT by Bruce Mason • Canada’s 42nd federal election – arguably the most pivotal in our history – is scheduled for October 2015. In the meantime, a book worthy of everyone’s attention, Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover, has just been published. Between now and then, it’s essential that as many...