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Joan Baez

Joan Baez

Jul 1, 2014

Artist, activist, catalyst by Bruce Mason • To hear the gentle, but energetic, “Hi, this is Joan Baez” over the phone is to be jarred into the moment. “Sorry I’m late. I’m at home in California working on a painting,” she laughs, pausing, beginning our allotted 15 minutes, which stretches joyfully and generously until the conversation is...

Vision and NPA more of the same

Vision and NPA more of the same

Jul 1, 2014

• Politics in the City of Vancouver is branded as a battle between Vision Vancouver on the “left” and the Non-Partisan Association (NPA) on the “right.” However, their policies have turned out to be virtually the same regarding development when each had the majority on council over the last three terms. In 2007, then NPA Mayor Sam Sullivan created...

The $1,000-pill heist

The $1,000-pill heist

Jul 1, 2014

You’ve got hepatitis C, now you’re my hostage DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs A friend of mine who works in the Canadian insurance industry told me they’ve seen their first claim for the new drug called Sovaldi. New drugs come along all the time, but not drugs like this one, which claims to eradicate a...

Some BC stores say “No” to GM apples

GMO Bites   GM apple in the hot seat Health Action Network (HANS), in cooperation with GE Free BC and Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), wish to thank the following stores and distributors for saying “No” to the GM apple. The stores below have committed to not sell the “Arctic Apple” and we acknowledge their support in this public health...

Pipeline approval defies democracy

Pipeline approval defies democracy

Jul 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • There was little doubt the federal government would approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project, regardless of public opposition or evidence presented against it. The prime minister indicated he wanted the pipeline built before the Joint Review Panel hearings even began. Ad campaigns, opponents demonized as...

GMO Bites

Tell Starbucks to support organics and stop fighting GMO labelling • Starbucks is serving milk to millions of customers every day from factory farms along with baked good products chock full of GMOs. As if that weren’t bad enough, as a dues paying member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Starbucks has helped lead the charge in fighting against...

Censorship in Lipid Land

Censorship in Lipid Land

Jun 1, 2014

Stories from Australia and Britain reveal the dangers of telling the truth about statins DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs When policy dooms you, start telling stories – stories so fabulous, so gripping, so spellbinding that the king forgets all about a lethal policy. – Karl Rove (one of George W. Bush’s...

Left Coast Naturals aims to be GMO free

Left Coast Naturals aims to be GMO free

Jun 1, 2014

BC-based company the first distributor in North America to take this step • Left Coast Naturals, a BC-based natural foods manufacturer and distributor representing nearly 30 brands, 200 bulk foods and three house brands (Hippie Foods, Skeet & Ike’s and Left Coast Bulk Foods), is taking the industry lead in ensuring its entire catalogue will be free from...

NEB public consult a public insult

by Reimar Kroecher • Common Ground asked Reimar Kroecher to study the highly controversial documents and share his analysis with our readers. Kroecher holds Economics degrees from UBC and UCLA and he was an Economics instructor at Langara for over 30 years. In December 2013, just before Christmas, the National Energy Board (NEB) declared the Northern Gateway...

Art Sterritt champions democracy vs. pipelines

• Art Sterritt, the Executive Director of the Coastal First Nations, has been instrumental in ensuring that both First Nations and other communities are building coalitions so their voices can be heard by government, media and communities. Art’s talk at the NoEnbridge Rally at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on May 10 follows. Wow, what an amazing gathering....