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Read It: Project Animal Farm

Read It: Project Animal Farm

May 7, 2016

ReadIt! by Bruce Mason • Unlike many issues related to modern life, in terms of our food, the future is fundamentally in our hands. Deciding to put our money where our mouths are constitutes an important factor in personal and planetary survival. And more and more people are aware of an incessant, essential wake-up call. One of most important voices emerging...

News Bites – cruelty free cosmetics and glyphosate for breakfast

News Bites – cruelty free cosmetics and glyphosate for breakfast

May 7, 2016

NEWS BITES Help outlaw cosmetic animal testing and trade • At the beginning of the year, the #BeCrueltyFree Canada team introduced the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act. Help this bill become law and sign the petition at www.hsi.org Select Canada as your country and then type Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act Petition in the search bar. This bill would make it illegal to...

GMO Bites – Challenges to Monsanto and GMO science

GMO Bites – Challenges to Monsanto and GMO science

May 7, 2016

Dr. Thierry Vrain Challenges Science 2.0 • Dr. Thierry Vrain continues to speak about the dangers of GMOs. He was scheduled to give a lecture at the Museum of Science in Houston in April, but it was cancelled because of a last-minute storm of emails and a prominent blog by professor Kevin Folta of the University of Florida. The developing saga was posted on...

The Trans Pacific Partnership

The Trans Pacific Partnership

Apr 1, 2016

A bad deal for Canada, our food and our health by Bobbie Blair   • More than a decade after he was fired from his position as senior scientific advisor at Health Canada for telling the truth, Canadian ‘whistleblower’ Dr. Shiv Chopra is now warning us about a new threat to our health and our food safety: the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). In 2004,...

Proton pump inhibitors pose some very serious risks

Proton pump inhibitors pose some very serious risks

Apr 1, 2016

Think twice about taking heartburn drugs DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • Warning: this column is for people who are taking (or have been offered) heartburn drugs or are considering treatment for heartburn. In other words: most of us. If you develop heartburn or ulcers, there is a good chance you’ll be offered a prescription from the most effective – and...

The impacts of Expo 86 – 30 years later

The impacts of Expo 86 – 30 years later

Apr 1, 2016

by Bruce Mason • It’s three decades since Vancouver sold its soul. Threw future generations out with dirty False Creek water. If you’re 30-something, you missed the mega-party, so it’s ironic, or pathetic, that you’re now paying more than your fair (pun intended) share of the tab. The more you know about ‘then,’ the better you to understand...

The problem with animal research

The problem with animal research

Apr 1, 2016

by John Pranger • Sponsored by the Animal Defense & Anti-Vivisection Society of BC. vivisectionresearch.ca The arrival in Canada each year of monkeys destined for the laboratory shows the entrenched nature of Canada’s R&D community. While the use of animals in medical research and toxicity testing is being scaled back elsewhere in the world – due...

The real poison pill in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The real poison pill in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Apr 1, 2016

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Meghan Sali   • Canadians have many reasons to be concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive international agreement that, if ratified, will result in restrictive new rules governing our daily lives, from how we use the Internet to how much we pay for medicine. We already know the TPP will extend copyright terms...

Big Data is spying on our doctors

Big Data is spying on our doctors

Mar 1, 2016

Collected information helps sway doctors to prescribe certain drugs DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • People often ask me if, given my research on pharmaceuticals, I could tell them why every time they go to the doctor, they always end up with another prescription. It’s impossible to answer that in a sound bite because many factors drive prescribing, including...

StingRays breach cell phone privacy

StingRays breach cell phone privacy

Mar 1, 2016

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Laura Tribe • What the heck is a StingRay? And what does it have to do with cell phone privacy? You may not be aware that a device named after an unusual sea creature poses a serious threat to your cell phone – but I assure you, it does. A growing concern in the privacy world, the surveillance device nicknamed “StingRay,”...