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Rescuing democracy from politics

Rescuing democracy from politics

Dec 1, 2014

by Elizabeth May • Since 2006, we have had a prime minister who has shut down Parliament to avoid political embarrassment (something virtually unheard of throughout the Commonwealth nations) and twice done so illegitimately; a prime minister who has placed his executive powers above the law by refusing to accept the supremacy of Parliament. He has ignored...

Avaaz.org – The world in action

Avaaz.org – The world in action

Dec 1, 2014

Dear Avaazers: Lately, we’re not just winning; we’re winning big. These are not small time victories, but the biggest stuff, the save the world stuff – on climate change, Monsanto, our oceans, the Internet, democracy and more. There’s a lot that’s depressing in the world today, but scroll down and see what our future could look like if we just stick...

The Fukushima shock

The Fukushima shock

Dec 1, 2014

by Stéphane Dion • The Honourable Stéphane Dion has been a Member of Canada’s Parliament, representing the Montreal riding of Saint-Laurent – Cartierville since 1996. During that period, he held various Cabinet portfolios. From 2004 to 2005, he was Minister of the Environment and as such, was instrumental in securing one of the greenest budgets in the...

Medication civil disobedience

Medication civil disobedience

Dec 1, 2014

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine. – Dr. William Osler You may have heard about Stanley Milgram, the American psychologist who carried out some of the most infamous research on obedience back in the 1960s, but have you heard of...

Vote together. Defeat Harper.

Vote together. Defeat Harper.

Dec 1, 2014

Move Canada forward by Jolan Bailey, Leadnow Vancouver organizer • Leadnow (www.leadnow.ca) is an independent advocacy organization that runs campaigns on the major issues of our time, engages people in participatory decision-making and organizes in communities across Canada. The organization envisions a country where people work together to build an open...

Citizens must demand independent ‘Made in BC’ pipeline review

Citizens must demand independent ‘Made in BC’ pipeline review

Dec 1, 2014

photo by Zack Embree www.zackembree.com view larger size photo» • Consider this question: why did citizens hike up Burnaby Mountain each day to be arrested if Kinder Morgan is simply conducting technical feasibility studies for a pipeline? Why are First Nations and municipalities spending precious resources fighting the National Energy Board in the...

GMO Bites: December 2014

Panama fines GM fish company • The Government of Panama has fined the company AquaBounty for breaching numerous national environmental laws during its ongoing research and development of a genetically modified (GM) Atlantic salmon. The GM fish eggs were shipped from Canada, provoking fears of environmental contamination in both countries. “This is an...

Environmental rights

Environmental rights

Dec 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • The idea of a right to a healthy environment is getting traction at Canada’s highest political levels. Federal Opposition MP Linda Duncan recently introduced “An Act to Establish a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights” in Parliament. If it’s passed, our federal government will have a legal duty to protect...

Herbicide pollution and GMO labelling

a open letter to the Minister of Health by Thierry Vrain • In October, Dr. Thierry Vrain requested a meeting in Ottawa with the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Canada’s Minister of Health, to discuss GMO labelling. The meeting was cancelled, then granted, then cancelled again. At press time, Dr. Vrain had still not met with the Minister, but he did provide her with...

The Champix/Chantix saga

The Champix/Chantix saga

Nov 1, 2014

Please don’t operate a missile battery while reading this article DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs In mid October, the US Food and Drug Administration convened a special meeting to look at whether or not varenicline, the controversial drug to stop smoking – called Champix in Canada and Chantix in the US –...