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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...

Concocted war on drug industry another Wag the Dog

Concocted war on drug industry another Wag the Dog

Jun 2, 2016

BC Liberals can’t afford a real war against Pharma so they’ll fake one   DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • In the 1997 political satire film Wag the Dog, Anne Heche, playing an advisor to the US president, turns to Robert De Niro, another presidential aide and whispers, “We can’t afford a war.” De Niro waves his hand and replies confidently,...

BC’s Code Red housing crisis

BC’s Code Red housing crisis

Jun 2, 2016

out of reach & out of control by Dr. Paul Kershaw and Anita Minh   • Generation Squeeze is a project co-hosted by the University of British Columbia and the Association for Generational Equity (AGE), a national non-profit. Generation Squeeze began as a University of British Columbia project researching generational inequality in Canada. On...

Big fibre Internet win over Bell

Big fibre Internet win over Bell

Jun 2, 2016

But what’s next for Canada’s telecom market? INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher   • As wins go, this one was a doozy. Following months of debate, all eyes were on Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains as he weighed whether or not to give Bell, and a tiny handful of other telecom behemoths, an effective monopoly over fibre Internet services in...

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...