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Data fracking

Data fracking

Oct 1, 2014

A quagmire rife with rhetoric DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs It pollutes our water, warms our planet and destroys the environment. Or…it provides jobs, reduces our dependence on foreign oil and delivers economic growth. It’s either a godsend or evil incarnate. What’s the “it” we’re talking about...

The real reason we are bombing Syria

by Dennis Kucinich • The Administration’s response to the conjunction of the September 21st People’s Climate March and the International Day of Peace? 1. Bomb Syria the following day, to wrest control of the oil from ISIS which gained its foothold directly in the region through the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Jordan, funding and arming ISIS’...

March: Book One

March: Book One

Oct 1, 2014

graphic memoir an inspiration to new generations READ IT by Bruce Mason • He is a a civil rights icon and the sole surviving speaker of the 1963 Freedom March on Washington as well as a 12-term US Representative (Democrat) of the Congressional 5th District of Georgia. Now, add comic book superhero to the list of John Lewis’ legendary achievements. Last...

Civic Election 2014

Civic Election 2014

Oct 1, 2014

deciding our future by Elizabeth Murphy • This upcoming civic election will decide Vancouver’s future even beyond the next four years. After endless controversies over the last two election terms totalling six years, the results of the election will determine whether Vision Vancouver and Gregor Robertson will get a third term in office or if there will be a...

Government in Action

Government in Action

Oct 1, 2014

Developer-funded elections conflict Vancouver City Hall

Developer-funded elections conflict Vancouver City Hall

Sep 1, 2014

by Elizabeth Murphy • The City of Vancouver’s civic election campaigns are predominately financed by corporate developers. Vision Vancouver has become the party with more developer funding than any other. This has been reflected in the policies implemented in Vision’s two-term majority. Vision most recently has approved a record $1.12 billion in...

“Greenest City” mostly greenwash

“Greenest City” mostly greenwash

Aug 1, 2014

by Elizabeth Murphy • The City of Vancouver’s Greenest City policy update was presented to council in July. Although there are some successes in the plan, the majority of the city’s development policies are greenwash and are actually increasing the city’s environmental footprint rather than reducing it. For example, the weekly food scraps pick-up has...

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...

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...

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...