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The growing backlash against medical guidelines

The growing backlash against medical guidelines

Jul 15, 2016

Doctors need to “show more spine” DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels   • The disease-creation machine continues to creep forward, threatening to consume even more of us healthy people. Consider these recent news items: – Americans, we are told, are facing an epidemic of heart disease. New cholesterol guidelines suggest that virtually the entire...

GMO Bites – US Senate Bill 764

GMO Bites – US Senate Bill 764

Jul 15, 2016

GMO labelling Bill 764 full of loopholes • On July 6, the U.S. Senate voted to pass a bill mandating labelling for genetically engineered (GE) foods, but the legislation has been denounced by critics as inadequate and riddled with loopholes. Senate Bill 764 now moves to the House of Representatives for a debate and vote. If passed in the House and signed by...

Housing affordability – Rush to Zone

Housing affordability – Rush to Zone

Jul 15, 2016

by Elizabeth Murphy     • The Vancouver housing affordability crisis is being addressed by a rush to zone, on the false premise that unaffordability is being caused by a lack of zoning supply. This is like the former Bush administration’s rush to war with Iraq, based on false information about Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction.”...

We can finally put an end to data caps

We can finally put an end to data caps

Jul 15, 2016

But will the CRTC listen? INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher   • “You have used 100% of your monthly data allocation. Additional charges will apply.” There’s probably not an Internet user out there who hasn’t grimaced upon receiving a message like this from their telecom provider. Sadly, mean-spirited data caps, accompanied by extortionate...

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...

South Australia an example for the world

South Australia an example for the world

Jul 15, 2016

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • I’ve always had a soft spot for Adelaide in South Australia, a city built more on a human scale where downtown can be easily navigated on bike, foot or tram. For me, Adelaide’s greatest attraction is a huge market right in the city’s centre. When I first visited Adelaide in 1993, I met Mike Rann, a young, charismatic...

Habitat 76 – 40 years of inspiration

Habitat 76 – 40 years of inspiration

Jun 2, 2016

The UN Habitat Conference on Human Settlements, Vancouver, June 1976, and how it gave the world 40 years of inspiration. by Lindsay Brown •Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.– Margaret Mead (she was there too) May 31 2016 marks the 40th birthday of the opening...

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,...

Tips on eating less industrialized meat

Tips on eating less industrialized meat

Jun 2, 2016

READ IT by Bruce Mason   • Last month Common Ground interviewed Sonia Faruqi about her phenomenally influential book, Project Animal Farm: An Accidental Journey Into the Secret World of Farming and the Truth About Our Food. The article is posted on our website along with a promise of a follow-up with advice for consumers who want to eliminate or cut down...

Health Canada approves first GM fish for human consumption

Health Canada approves first GM fish for human consumption

Jun 2, 2016

The in-store product will not be labelled The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), Ecology Action Centre, Living Oceans Society and the Quebec network Vigilance OGM are expressing concerns over Health Canada’s approval – announced on May 19 – of the world’s first genetically modified (GM) food animal, a GM Atlantic salmon, for human...