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Joan Baez

Joan Baez

Jul 1, 2014

Artist, activist, catalyst by Bruce Mason • To hear the gentle, but energetic, “Hi, this is Joan Baez” over the phone is to be jarred into the moment. “Sorry I’m late. I’m at home in California working on a painting,” she laughs, pausing, beginning our allotted 15 minutes, which stretches joyfully and generously until the conversation is...

Eco friendly homes

Eco friendly homes

Jul 1, 2014

Healthy and Earth-conscious • With so much focus on creating a more eco-friendly living environment, more and more homeowners building a new home are considering green house design for a healthier lifestyle and to protect Earlth’s precious natural resources. There has been a dramatic increase in new materials and products available for green building:...

Ben West

Ben West

Jul 1, 2014

Every Time the Wind Blows… READ IT by Bruce Mason   • “Now what?” That’s the question people have been asking since the Harper government’s decision on Enbridge. “How can we stop this?’ is another, along with the hopeful thought, “Surely we can do better!” Ben West – Tar Sands Campaign Director for ForestEthics Advocacy – has a...

Rites of passage

Rites of passage

Jul 1, 2014

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Last month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave his approval for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline. After years of government hard-sell and a blitz of pro-pipeline advertising in BC, the PM’s last-minute, tepid approval of the 1,200km pipeline from the tar sands came as some surprise. As crowds roared defiantly...

Love your legumes

Love your legumes

Jul 1, 2014

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD, with Karli Nordman and Kaitlin Berris • Legumes provide protein to vegan and vegetarian diets and are a great addition to many diverse lifestyles. As a rich source of fibre, legumes can help promote healthy cholesterol levels and digestive health and they also help us maintain blood glucose and energy between meals. In...

Udo Erasmus’s inspired journey

Udo Erasmus’s inspired journey

Jun 1, 2014

Udo’s Oil – from pesticide poisoning to a health recovery inspiring a billion dollar organic oil industry interview byJoseph Roberts • Joseph Roberts  When did you become seriously sick? Udo Erasmus   I was 35 years old and married with three kids when my marriage broke up. I was very upset and basically wanted to kill something so I got a job as a...

Design your own festival

Design your own festival

Jun 1, 2014

by Bruce Mason • For some folks, music festivals are all about getting wasted. But for more and more of us – along with a growing number of festival organizers – music fests focus on getting un-wasted: retreating into spectacular sites and participating in safe, environmentally friendly, diverse, full-blown, family-friendly celebrations of community. Since...

Vibes

Vibes

Jun 1, 2014

Part 3: The mystery of consciousness tackled in Tucson by Geoff Olson • It’s an April afternoon in Tucson, Arizona, and the city streets are desert-gulch hot. The air conditioning in the Marriott Hotel is going full blast, along with the sound system. Australian philosopher David Chalmers bounds up the stage accompanied by the pounding intro to the...

Call it Harpocracy

Call it Harpocracy

Jun 1, 2014

READ IT by Bruce Mason • If Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister runs in the “fixed” federal election on October 19, 2015, despite the outcome, only Chretien, Laurier, Trudeau, Macdonald and King will have held power longer. Increasingly successful over a decade, secretive and confounding, Stephen Harper is – in a phrase from another PM, Winston Churchill –...

The best of flicks and docs

The best of flicks and docs

Jun 1, 2014

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Under normal circumstances, a tournament as big as the World Cup must be a big drain on summer audience numbers. When the four-yearly extravaganza of wall-to-wall soccer takes place in Brazil – a nation famed for its flamboyance and flair on the field – it presents even more of a programming challenge. Vancity...