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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...

Renowned Cor Meibion Colwyn visits Canada

Renowned Cor Meibion Colwyn visits Canada

Jul 15, 2016

by Alan Sanderson   • Over the Labour Day weekend (September 1-4) the multi-award-winning male choir, Côr Meibion Colwyn from North Wales, will be the featured choir at the North American Festival of Wales, held in Calgary this year. Music director Tudur Eames conducts Colwyn in the Saturday Concert and also the Cymanfa Ganu (congregational hymn...

Behind the Smile and You’re an Idiot

Behind the Smile and You’re an Idiot

Jul 15, 2016

A Tale of Two Books READ IT by Bruce Mason • I just finished reading a couple of current, timely, best-selling BC books back to back – make that back and forth – that speak volumes about our worrisome future. They also cry out for comparison. The first book focuses on the life and times of our premier, the second, on the result of a five-year global...

It’s the Year of Pulses

It’s the Year of Pulses

Jul 15, 2016

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has named 2016 the International Year of Pulses. Pulses are edible seeds that grow in pods – peas, beans, lentils. They are also known as legumes. Pulses are packed with nutrients, especially B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B6, and folate) and minerals (iron,...

The unaffordable subway

The unaffordable subway

Jun 2, 2016

Metro Vancouver scheme has the hallmarks of a pro-development and deeply flawed transit strategy by Elizabeth Murphy   For the price of this We can have this Equivalent electric streetcar network deliverable for same cost of proposed Broadway Corridor subway (Prof. Patrick Condon, et al, 2008, “The case for the tram; learning from Portland,...

Gardening – Plant ’n’ rake without the ache

Gardening – Plant ’n’ rake without the ache

Jun 2, 2016

Gardening is a great way to stay active, grow food, and have fun in the sun. But many Canadians sustain injuries that can be easily prevented with a little know-how. Warm up Before you begin any physical activity, warming up is a key factor in preventing injury. Take a walk, even on the spot. Ten to 15 minutes should do it. Don’t forget to lift your knees and...

Virtual reality and the real thing

Virtual reality and the real thing

Jun 2, 2016

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • The digital revolution is breaking new ground every day. Technology has a way of doing that. I remember when Hewlett-Packard introduced its first “laptop” computer, which stored a page and a half of writing. It revolutionized my life as a newspaper columnist. I never imagined the steady advances that would lead to...

Personal growth – out of the maze into amazing

Personal growth – out of the maze into amazing

Jun 2, 2016

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young   •  So many of my clients are keen on personal growth. They want to change old patterns and evolve to a new level. They have read the books and understand the principles. They try to recognize and avoid ego reactions, think positively and visualize what they want. The problem is that some of them have been doing...

Scars – a mother’s fierce love

Scars – a mother’s fierce love

May 7, 2016

by Sallie Tisdale • Daily, we leave jobs, friends, lovers… but the child always comes along The first section of this essay is one of the first essays I wrote, at the age of 22. I added to it – and subtracted – over many years, and finally found a way to put the pieces of my son’s life into an order that made sense to me. Into an image that made sense...