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Clean technology the next wave

Clean technology the next wave

Jan 1, 2015

by Bruce Mason • Cleantech – the most significant under-reported story of 2014 – might be the best news you receive this year. Unless you are ‘Big Oil’ or ‘Bad Government.’ Then it is very bad news, indeed, something you would prefer mainstream media to continue to gloss over, belittle or bury beneath distractions. Hopefully, you read in...

The “12 Principles of Don’t Pay”

The “12 Principles of Don’t Pay”

Jan 1, 2015

A New Year’s manifesto in the war on prescription drug waste DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • Thirty-six billion dollars is a lot of money. That’s roughly what we Canadians will spend on prescription drugs this year. How big is that number? Let’s see: by the end of the day on January 1st, we’ll have sent $100 million to the drug companies....

GMO Bites: January 2015

Looking forward, looking back by Lucy Sharratt   • As we look back on last year, we thank everyone for all your action and support. In 2014, we continued to hold back genetically modified alfalfa and even started removing GM sweet corn from stores in Canada. In fact, the grocery chain Metro says, “We are writing a letter to all our suppliers asking for...

State of surveillance

State of surveillance

Jan 1, 2015

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • The gulf between what the US government says it is doing and what it is probably doing has never seemed more apparent than in Citizenfour. A first-hand account of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations in June 2013, it demands us to ask why the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities have been allowed...

2015 a pivotal year for Internet freedom

2015 a pivotal year for Internet freedom

Jan 1, 2015

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher • One of the most challenging things about working for an Internet freedom organization like OpenMedia is there’s often a lot going on. As in a lot. It certainly makes for an exciting work life, but I’d be the first to admit it can also make it tricky to take a step back, reflect on the journey to date and look at the...

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...