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Herbicide pollution and GMO labelling

a open letter to the Minister of Health by Thierry Vrain • In October, Dr. Thierry Vrain requested a meeting in Ottawa with the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Canada’s Minister of Health, to discuss GMO labelling. The meeting was cancelled, then granted, then cancelled again. At press time, Dr. Vrain had still not met with the Minister, but he did provide her with...

The Champix/Chantix saga

The Champix/Chantix saga

Nov 1, 2014

Please don’t operate a missile battery while reading this article DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs In mid October, the US Food and Drug Administration convened a special meeting to look at whether or not varenicline, the controversial drug to stop smoking – called Champix in Canada and Chantix in the US –...

Greens in power

Greens in power

Nov 1, 2014

by Elizabeth May • Elizabeth May is the leader of the Green Party of Canada and Canada’s first elected Green MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands. She is the author of eight books on environmental and political topics, including her latest work Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada, which was published last month. November 12: Elizabeth May launches her...

First they came for the terrorists

First they came for the terrorists

Nov 1, 2014

by Adam S. Sealey • On Wednesday, October 22nd, a deranged and disillusioned young man, with a record of criminal acts and a drug addiction, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau,  shot and killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a reservist standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier War Memorial in Ottawa. A very heart-breaking and senseless crime was committed. Bibeau then...

GMO Bites

Bayer and Syngenta sued over bee deaths • Two of the world’s largest chemical and biotech companies – Bayer and Syngenta – are being sued in Canada over bee deaths. Two of Ontario’s largest honey producers have launched a class-action lawsuit seeking more than $400 million in damages from Bayer and Syngenta over the commercialization of...

Canada’s fantastic failure

Canada’s fantastic failure

Nov 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Canadians expect to have our environment protected and to know how it’s being protected. A report from Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development shows we’re being short-changed. “In many key areas that we looked at, it is not clear how the government intends to address the significant...

Ten things we can do to take action on climate change

Ten things we can do to take action on climate change

Oct 1, 2014

by Lynne Quarmby • The thousands who gathered for the People’s Climate March in Vancouver on September 21 enthusiastically agreed to wait five minutes – before taking to the streets – to listen to Dr. Lynne Quarmby, professor and chair at SFU’s department of molecular biology and biochemistry. They wanted to hear what we all need to hear – and know...

Data fracking

Data fracking

Oct 1, 2014

A quagmire rife with rhetoric DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs It pollutes our water, warms our planet and destroys the environment. Or…it provides jobs, reduces our dependence on foreign oil and delivers economic growth. It’s either a godsend or evil incarnate. What’s the “it” we’re talking about...

GMO Bites: Why you never read about non-GMO success stories

Does mention of allergen-free peanuts, striga-resistant cowpeas, salt-resistant wheat, beta-carotene rich sweet potatoes and virus-resistant cassavas make you think of GM? If so, you’ve missed the great unpublished story: all the non-GM breakthroughs solving precisely the kind of problems (drought-resistance, salt-resistance, biofortification etc.) that GM...

The real reason we are bombing Syria

by Dennis Kucinich • The Administration’s response to the conjunction of the September 21st People’s Climate March and the International Day of Peace? 1. Bomb Syria the following day, to wrest control of the oil from ISIS which gained its foothold directly in the region through the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Jordan, funding and arming ISIS’...