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Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Mar 1, 2015

HeForShe UN campaign to end gender inequality an invitation from UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson • Last fall, British actor Emma Watson launched the United Nations campaign, HeForShe, a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity for the benefit of all. The HeForShe initiative...

Rules be damned!

Harper Conservatives bent on deregulation by Frants Attorp • Since they came to power in 2006, the Harper Conservatives have been on a single-minded mission to rid Canada of rules – rules that protect the environment, ensure public safety, protect workers’ rights, support social programs and promote Canadian culture. The name of the game is deregulation...

BC’s phoney “balanced budget”

by Reimar Kroecher • Our mainstream media is dutifully extolling BC’s achievement of a balanced budget. Our liberal government, so we are told, has earned bragging rights for tightly controlling spending and preventing tax increases. However, even a cursory look at this budget reveals a different picture. To begin with, on the income side, there are...

Lynne Quarmby

Lynne Quarmby

Mar 1, 2015

One scientist Harper can’t muzzle runs for Parliament by Bruce Mason • “Make It Happen,” the theme for International Women’s Day on March 8, is something Lynne Quarmby has long embraced and embodied. To honour her achievements and progress, Common Ground shares some of Lynne’s thoughts following her recent, rapid, high-profile, but highly...

Edward Snowden film wins Oscar

Edward Snowden film wins Oscar

Mar 1, 2015

by Joseph Roberts • The Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour won Best Documentary at this year’s Oscars. Director Laura Poitras accepted the award alongside Glenn Greenwald and Lindsay Mills, Snowden’s girlfriend. In her acceptance speech Poitras said, “The disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don’t only expose a threat to our privacy, but to our...

GMO Bites: March 2015

GMO Bites: March 2015

Mar 1, 2015

• In January, groups from around the world joined together to denounce the US government for allowing the first genetically engineered tree, a loblolly pine, to be legalized with no government or public oversight, with no assessment of their risks to the public or the environment and with no regard for the overwhelming public opposition to GE...

Eating & driving planet aids

Eating & driving planet aids

Mar 1, 2015

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD, and Sahar Lakhani • As spring buds appear, we might be looking at our lifestyle choices and considering new steps. Taking action gives a sense of empowerment and two effective and powerful actions we can take immediately to limit our impact on climate change are: 1. Adopt a plant-based diet or shift in that direction. 2....

How small towns are driving Canada’s digital future

How small towns are driving Canada’s digital future

Mar 1, 2015

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Cynthia Khoo and Steve Anderson “If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself” and when it comes to Internet access, communities across Canada are doing just that. Through municipal broadband networks operated by local governments, public utilities, cooperatives, non-profits and public-private partnerships, Canadian cities and...

Seedy Saturday at VanDusen

Seedy Saturday at VanDusen

Feb 1, 2015

by Suzette Meyers Curtain photo by Stan Shebs • “It all started here, in the Floral Hall, over 20 years ago. That was 1990 and the very first Seedy Saturday in Canada took place in this very room.” That’s one of the many interesting things Master Gardeners learned about the history of seed saving in Canada from uber-seed-saver Dan Jason during his talk...

GMO Bites: February 2015

GMO Inquiry 2015 • The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) has launched a major public investigation to dig behind 20 years of uncertainty around genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food and farming in Canada. The project will be called GMO Inquiry 2015. “We’re stepping up with our own inquiry because our government doesn’t track the...