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Biomimicry

Biomimicry

Feb 1, 2016

you can’t beat Mother Nature by Bruce Mason • Do, or die. At COP 21*, humanity turned a corner and agreed upon a coordinated, if somewhat symbolic, attempt to save itself. Not only did it signal the end of the fossil fuel era, but more importantly, we began to rethink our assumed and abusive role in nature. We accepted we must begin again or become extinct...

STAR WISE: February 2016

STAR WISE: February 2016

Feb 1, 2016

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces It’s not about what the stars are doing to you, but what you are doing to the stars. Think about it. The planetary positions at your birth hail and herald exactly who you are, along with which forms of karma you bring with you into...

Imagine a Reconciliation Bridge in Vancouver

Imagine a Reconciliation Bridge in Vancouver

Jan 1, 2016

A vision for a repurposed Georgia Viaduct by Common Ground’s publisher, Joseph Roberts • New York City had a brilliant idea. They took a viaduct and repurposed it into what has become a hugely popular aerial greenway park. Two years ago, while visiting NYC, I was one of first five million who had the delightful experience of strolling across this amazing,...

Shaping up in 2016 with renewed diet and fitness practices

Shaping up in 2016 with renewed diet and fitness practices

Jan 1, 2016

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • At this time of year, it can be invigorating to renew our diet and fitness practices. This might involve shedding a few pounds, eating more veggies, gaining muscle strength and posting regular dates for exercise on the calendar. One goal might be to get in shape. Belly fat or visceral fat (meaning fat in and around body...

STAR WISE: January 2016

STAR WISE: January 2016

Jan 1, 2016

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces It might be worth our while to take a deep look at the intrinsic meanings of Capricorn and its ruling planet Saturn. Deeply embedded religious beliefs and laws come under the heading of Saturn/Capricorn. Chronos (Father Time) carried...

Bearskin Diary – Surviving Canada’s shameful ’60s Scoop

Bearskin Diary – Surviving Canada’s shameful ’60s Scoop

Jan 1, 2016

READ IT by Bruce Mason • The wise Cherokee proverb, “Never criticize a person until you’ve walked a mile in their moccasins,” encapsulates the idea that it’s impossible to internalize another person’s point of view without climbing into their skin and walking around in their world. Too often, non-Aboriginals lack even the basic knowledge of the lives...

Those Nashville Blues – Victor Anthony salutes Canada

Those Nashville Blues – Victor Anthony salutes Canada

Jan 1, 2016

MUSIC RISING by Bruce Mason • The world is awash in opinions on immigration – to say nothing of millions of tragically desperate refugees – and heated debate about citizenship, much of it spilling over from the “Excited States.” One contribution most worthy of attention and repeat listening hails from the deep, musically iconic cradle and melting pot...

Join Amnesty International’s letter writing campaign

Join Amnesty International’s letter writing campaign

Dec 1, 2015

• Every year around Human Rights Day on December 10, activists in more than 140 countries around the world come together to write letters calling for the protection and promotion of human rights. Why December 10? It was on December 10th, 1948, that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted at the UN by world leaders. Canadian John Humphrey...

The acid alkaline balance

The acid alkaline balance

Dec 1, 2015

by Lisa Kilgour • Our body is pretty miraculous. It’s a self-regulating, self-healing organism that’s capable of finding balance in a chaotic world. Let’s just think about the number of things we do every day that are a strain on our body. We eat food that may or may not be what our body is looking for, we move into different temperature environments...

Colouring books for grown-ups

Colouring books for grown-ups

Dec 1, 2015

READ IT by Bruce Mason • For millions of folks, 2015 was the “Year of the Adult Colouring Book.” After occupying at least five spots on Amazon’s Top-10 bestsellers for all 12 months, ACBs (a Common Ground acronym) are the current “most-wished-for gifts” in Canada and elsewhere. Stressed-out, screen-weary grown-ups of every...