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Let’s mark Canada’s 150th birthday by establishing a Department of Peace

Let’s mark Canada’s 150th birthday by establishing a Department of Peace

Nov 3, 2016

by Canadian Peace Initiative • Canada has a proud history of peacekeeping. Now, more than ever, we need Canada to take leadership and open the road to peace for the rest of the world. The call is out to establish a Department of Peace on our 150th birthday. We have the opportunity to bring a beacon of light to the fragile state of our planet, racked by war,...

Toad People World Premiere

Toad People World Premiere

Nov 3, 2016

Presented by the Wilderness Committee www.wildernesscommittee.org • Wednesday, November 30, 6:30-9PM At SFU Woodward’s, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver Tickets $10 – order at toadpeople.brownpapertickets.com   What does it take to save a species? A film about hope, community and the struggle to save species at risk in BC. We are thrilled to...

StarWise – November 2016

StarWise – November 2016

Nov 2, 2016

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces Hopefully, this will be the last blurb on Tweedledee and Tweedledum – oops, I mean Trump and Clinton. As of this writing in mid-October, it looks like Clinton will be the next president of the US. When I look upon the stars for any...

More at VIFF

More at VIFF

Oct 6, 2016

mesmerizing and unconventional by Robert Alstead • Koneline: Our Land Beautiful, by local filmmaker Nettie Wild, takes a fresh, even-handed approach to a heated subject: resource development in BC’s Northwest wilderness. The hereditary land of the Tahltan First Nation has been dubbed the “Serengeti of the North.” Now, the land is being opened up to...

Docs at the Vancouver International Film Festival

Docs at the Vancouver International Film Festival

Sep 1, 2016

by Robert Alstead • If the events of Cold War documentary Command and Control hadn’t actually happened, you might think it was made up. On September 18, 1980, a PTS (Propellant Transfer System) team working on a nuclear missile in Damascus, Arkansas, accidentally dropped a metal socket in the silo. It punctured the fuel tank and set off a potentially...

Green technology pioneers pave but seldom save

Green technology pioneers pave but seldom save

Sep 1, 2016

by Gary Magwood • Environmentalist, inventor, thinker, visionary, and part-time hustler, Roger Walsh has dabbled in various forms of green technology for over 40 years. Small-scale solar and wind power electrical generation, high efficient lighting ballasts, multi-fuel wood stoves and furnaces, and his own water pumping systems, are only a few of his designs...

Playing for Change

Playing for Change

Sep 1, 2016

One world, one voice, one day MUSIC RISING by Bruce Mason     • Without fail, the Playing For Change website makes me feel good. Most often it gives me goose bumps, but it’s always (in all ways) a joyful, uplifting experience. There’s no better time to feel this yourself than on September 24 when a global community gathers and unites – through...

NEWS BITES

MP Don Davies goes to bat for the animals In the fall session of Parliament, Vancouver Kingsway MP Don Davies will file a petition on behalf of the ADAV (Animal Defense & Anti-Vivisection Society of BC), calling for an end to the two most invasive categories of experimentation, which can include severe pain to unanaesthetized, conscious animals. Please sign...

Finding Common Ground

Finding Common Ground

Jul 15, 2016

A journey of 300 editions by Bruce Mason Words and pictures of a shared past, present and future, from founders, friends and fellow travellers To page through the first few issues of Common Ground magazine (beginning in winter, 1982) is to pry open a time capsule and be astonished and awakened by the contents. And to hold – first in your hands, then in your...

Common Ground writers join the conversation

Common Ground writers join the conversation

Jul 15, 2016

  Common Ground magazine and I have been friends for 34 years! I was present at its 1982 birth and launch party in a Vancouver back yard. I like long-term friendships and this has been a good one. The articles throughout the magazine are lively and thought provoking. Common Ground has long been a leader regarding environmental concerns and health and human...