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Behind the Smile and You’re an Idiot

Behind the Smile and You’re an Idiot

Jul 15, 2016

A Tale of Two Books READ IT by Bruce Mason • I just finished reading a couple of current, timely, best-selling BC books back to back – make that back and forth – that speak volumes about our worrisome future. They also cry out for comparison. The first book focuses on the life and times of our premier, the second, on the result of a five-year global...

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,...

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,...

Christy Clark: biggest hits, biggest misses

Christy Clark: biggest hits, biggest misses

May 7, 2016

by Bruce Mason • Christy Clark is in perpetual campaign mode, preferring photo-ops to real time in government. Too often, the filter between the endlessly chattering mouth and mind of the former talk-show radio host seems faulty. What comes out in public is, at best, inappropriate for a provincial leader. Like the time when she struggled with a microphone that...

Where is the justice for Stephan family?

Where is the justice for Stephan family?

May 7, 2016

There’s something happening here by Ian Stewart • In 1966 the band Buffalo Springfield wrote a great protest song in response to some repressive laws of their day. “There’s something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear There’s a man with a gun over there Telling me I got to beware” Paranoia strikes deep Into your life it will creep It...

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...

National Climate Strategy

National Climate Strategy

May 7, 2016

State your views by May 31 • At the end of April, the Trudeau Government launched public consultations on its National Climate Strategy, marking a milestone for Canada. Now, we have to make a choice. On one side, fossil fuel lobbyists supported by Premiers Clark, Nutley and Wall are pushing the Trudeau government to expand Canada’s tar sands and fracking...

Affordable, hi-speed Internet access for all

Affordable, hi-speed Internet access for all

May 7, 2016

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher • Rural Canadians should not suffer from slow service, sky-high prices and restrictive data caps. “It’s too expensive.” “It’s too slow.” “I can’t get a reliable connection.” All common responses from Canadians when asked what they think about their Internet service. At OpenMedia, not a day goes by...