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Washington State GMO initiative (1.2mb PDF)

Washington State GMO initiative (1.2mb PDF)

Apr 1, 2014

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Edward Snowden tops TED Talks

Edward Snowden tops TED Talks

Apr 1, 2014

Take back our Internet from NSA & Prism • TED conference attendees in Vancouver were surprised by a live video interview with Edward Snowden, March 18, 2014. Linked in from Russia to Canada with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, Snowden talked in Canada, in his own voice, unfiltered by American corporate media. He tells what he did and why it...

Ford Nation

Ford Nation

Apr 1, 2014

Political thriller and psychological study READ IT by Bruce Mason • For many months, I tried in vain to avoid the mere mention of Rob Ford, the world’s most famous/infamous mayor. But as movie magnate Samuel Goldwyn said, “In two words, im possible.” A friend of mine recently returned from New Delhi and recalled having tea with folks from Peru and...

Video: Edward Snowdon at TED Conference

Video: Edward Snowdon at TED Conference

Mar 18, 2014

Mar 18, 2014 Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he say, “because you never...

Substantial equivalence

Substantial equivalence

Mar 1, 2014

GMO Bites by Emily Atkinson • Applying the concept of “substantial equivalence” to GMOs is problematic. Not only does it fail to capture the complexities that genetic modification introduces into a living organism, but it also deflects criticisms of GMOs and promotes the interests of biotech companies. The idea of equivalence comes from...

Ed Asner

Ed Asner

Mar 1, 2014

I’m already against the next war an interview by Joseph Roberts • Born in Kansas City, Missouri, on November 15, 1929, Ed Asner became hugely successful as an actor playing lead roles in the immensely popular series The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant. He won Emmy Awards for both shows. In the later years of the Lou Grant series, Asner became known...

BC Hydro grasping at straws

BC Hydro’s latest “electricity sale” announcement has become the last straw. Hydro has come full circle. It has arrived at the place it began, and apparently doesn’t quite recognize it : California. On January 23, 2014, Hydro officials told the Joint Panel Review for Site C here in Fort St John that it needs to sell its electricity to their brothers in...

NEB Northern Gateway Pipeline Report

What you need to know 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. The long-awaited National Energy Board Joint Panel Report has shocked many...

Time for a wellness smackdown

Time for a wellness smackdown

Feb 1, 2014

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs Alan Cassels: Good evening, my name is Alan and I’ll be your Wellness Concierge for the evening. Employer (Startled): “Say what?” AC: Your Wellness Concierge. I’m here to help guide you and your employees to the services of our Wellness Program™....

GM salmon go to court

GMO Bites by Lucy Sharratt • Two Canadian environmental groups are challenging the government’s recent decision to allow the production of genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) salmon. Ecology Action Centre (NS) and Living Oceans Society (BC) are asking the court to decide if the federal government violated its own law when it...