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Clean tech: God bless the Pope

Clean tech: God bless the Pope

Jul 2, 2015

by Bruce Mason • A global chorus now has a conductor with impeccable timing and sense of harmony, a man who connects all the dots while just getting warmed up. Of the 300 formal teachings on Catholic doctrine over 275 years, Pope Francis’ Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home is like music; it’s universal. The Pope’s uncompromising indictment of...

War is a racket

War is a racket

Jul 2, 2015

By Major General Smedley Butler (1881 – 1940)   • Smedley Darlington Butler was a United States Marine Corps Major General, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in US history. During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, Central...

How media disappears bad news about HPV vaccines

How media disappears bad news about HPV vaccines

Jul 2, 2015

Where have all the guinea pigs gone? Some healthcare professionals see this as a serious problem • DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels   • Anyone who discusses vaccines needs to put their perspectives right up front. Here are mine: polarized positions and extreme views are not helpful. Burying inconvenient truths is not helpful. Nor is accusing people of being...

A call to modernize food labelling

A call to modernize  food labelling

Jul 2, 2015

Food labelling needs modernization • plant-based products currently face discrimination   The Plant Foods Council, a national trade association promoting and protecting the interests of plant food manufacturers in Canada, is calling for changes to food regulations that discriminate against vegan products similar to traditional animal products such as...

The evolution of an activist

The evolution of an activist

Jul 2, 2015

by Lorisa Schouela • One day last July, my life took a decisive turn. The day began much like any other summer Sunday; I ate breakfast and headed to the Kitsilano farmer’s market hauling a bucket of compost. At the entrance to the market, an organizer for Dogwood Initiative, a local grassroots organization, approached me with a petition against the expansion...

Democracy in Canada

Democracy in Canada

Jul 2, 2015

Some modest proposals by Don Davies • Like few others, the last decade in Canadian politics has exposed serious deficiencies in Canadian democracy. Parliament was prorogued by a Prime Minister afraid of losing a confidence vote in the House of Commons. An unelected Senate has generated scores of scandals, ranging from allegations of bribery, to fraud, to...

Canada’s wrong turn on terrorism

Canada’s wrong turn on terrorism

Jul 2, 2015

by Anthony James Hall • The ascent of the Canadian police state through the passage of Bill C-51 has raised the stakes in the coming federal election. The vote is shaping up as a kind of referendum on whether or not Canadians will grant free reign to Harper’s open-ended crusade against anticipated “terrorism.” Many Canadians are realizing that, if we...

Push needed for wireless reform

Push needed for wireless reform

Jul 2, 2015

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher • Canadians pay some of the highest prices for cell phone service in the industrialized world. Confirmation of this recently arrived in the form of the 2015 Wall Report, an official price comparison analysis jointly commissioned by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and Industry...

Druker’s Challenge to Monsanto on GMO Food

Druker’s Challenge to Monsanto on GMO Food

Jun 1, 2015

Steven Druker has hurled a bold challenge at Monsanto, demanding it try to find any inaccurate statements of fact in the new book he has written – Altered Genes, Twisted Truth – exposing the substantial risks of genetically engineered foods (GE foods, GM foods, GMOs) and the multiple misrepresentations that have enabled them to permeate world markets. He...

Will the Stephen Harper war sway voters?

Will the Stephen Harper war sway voters?

Jun 1, 2015

by Anthony J. Hall Alberta’s dramatic political transformation is energizing the campaign to rid Canada of Stephen Harper’s reign. The imperative to defeat the Harper government in the October federal election requires that we pragmatically identify, illuminate and deconstruct the PM’s core campaign strategy. Harper is presenting himself to the electorate...