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Is health data mining the Next Big Thing?

Is health data mining the Next Big Thing?

Sep 1, 2014

What’s getting buried may surprise you DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs British Columbia is indeed a wondrous, resource-rich place. We’ve got oil. We’ve got minerals, trees, fish, and, of course, liquefied natural gas (LNG). We’ve got all kinds of natural resources here in BC to exploit. And exploit them...

GMO Bites

GMO Bites

Sep 1, 2014

GM sweet corn sneaks into stores and farmers markets Genetically modified – GM, also called genetically engineered – sweet corn is being sold in some grocery stores, roadside stands and farmers markets across Canada. GM foods are not labelled and there are no public statistics to tell us how much GM sweet corn is being grown in Canada. Field corn, sweet corn...

Join us on the Blue Dot Tour

Join us on the Blue Dot Tour

Sep 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • A now famous 1972 photo of Earth taken by Apollo 17 astronauts from 45,000 kilometres away became known as “the blue marble.” And the late scientist Carl Sagan described a 1990 picture taken from six billion kilometres away by the unmanned Voyager 1 as a “pale blue dot.” The vision of Earth from a distance has...

“Greenest City” mostly greenwash

“Greenest City” mostly greenwash

Aug 1, 2014

by Elizabeth Murphy • The City of Vancouver’s Greenest City policy update was presented to council in July. Although there are some successes in the plan, the majority of the city’s development policies are greenwash and are actually increasing the city’s environmental footprint rather than reducing it. For example, the weekly food scraps pick-up has...

GMO Bites

Séralini study defies censors by Lucy Sharratt • A French study on the safety of genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) corn has just been republished. This seemingly ordinary event is globally significant. The study and the public fight over it exposes an ugly and dangerous reality in the regulation of GM foods across the world: The GM...

“Choosing Wisely” is anything but wise

“Choosing Wisely” is anything but wise

Aug 1, 2014

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs If you want some reliable advice about which medical procedures, screening tests or drug therapies are unnecessary, useless or even downright dangerous, one of the best sources is the medical professionals themselves. After all, the people delivering the procedures and prescribing...

A healthy planet = strong economies

A healthy planet = strong economies

Aug 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Those who don’t outright deny the existence of human-caused global warming often argue we can’t or shouldn’t do anything about it because it would be too costly. Take Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who recently said, “No matter what they say, no country is going to take actions that are going to deliberately destroy...

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...

Vision and NPA more of the same

Vision and NPA more of the same

Jul 1, 2014

• Politics in the City of Vancouver is branded as a battle between Vision Vancouver on the “left” and the Non-Partisan Association (NPA) on the “right.” However, their policies have turned out to be virtually the same regarding development when each had the majority on council over the last three terms. In 2007, then NPA Mayor Sam Sullivan created...

The $1,000-pill heist

The $1,000-pill heist

Jul 1, 2014

You’ve got hepatitis C, now you’re my hostage DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs A friend of mine who works in the Canadian insurance industry told me they’ve seen their first claim for the new drug called Sovaldi. New drugs come along all the time, but not drugs like this one, which claims to eradicate a...