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A journey into the heart of darkness that is Site C Dam

A journey into the heart of darkness that is Site C Dam

Nov 4, 2016

by Bruce Mason • It’s absolutely essential to understand as much as you can about Christy Clark’s increasingly controversial Site C Dam. We’re all on the hook for nine billion, at the very least, but most likely for much more. $9,000,000,000+ for the most expensive, unnecessary and destructive project in BC’s history. Our children and grandchildren...

Speaking of the environment and climate change

Speaking of the environment and climate change

Nov 3, 2016

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina   • A decade ago, climate change and global warming seemed somewhat theoretical to some of us, but evidence is now showing up in our everyday lives. In many parts of the world, these changes are being linked with the rising frequency and severity of extreme weather events: floods, storms and droughts. Warmer temperatures...

Choose to be positive

Choose to be positive

Nov 2, 2016

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young   • With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. – Max Ehrmann, Desiderata. Do you know anyone who seems always to be negative? Has anyone said this about you? Negativity is caused by our perception. Perception means what we perceive, what we see. It is the lens through which we see...

Making internet access more costly

Making internet access more costly

Nov 2, 2016

ISP tax would make internet even more expensive for Canadians   INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher   • At OpenMedia, we cover a wide range of digital rights issues so we’ve really seen the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to policy proposals over the years. And this one’s a doozy: Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly is...

Food security – It’s important for humans and other animals

Food security – It’s important for humans and other animals

Nov 2, 2016

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki   • As leaves change colour and drop from trees, and a chill in the air signals the approach of winter, many of us are thinking of the hearty soups and dishes that will warm our bellies. Not everyone is lucky enough to enjoy such thoughts. About four million Canadians – including more than a million children – lack...

The looming epidemic of overdiagnosis

The looming epidemic of overdiagnosis

Nov 2, 2016

Where are the leaders in eliminating waste in health system spending? DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels   • Lately, I’ve got overdiagnosis on my mind. Currently, we’re living through a perceived doctor shortage in BC, a crisis affecting as many as 600,000 British Columbians. In 2010, the governing BC Liberals promised that, within five years, everyone in...

StarWise – November 2016

StarWise – November 2016

Nov 2, 2016

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces Hopefully, this will be the last blurb on Tweedledee and Tweedledum – oops, I mean Trump and Clinton. As of this writing in mid-October, it looks like Clinton will be the next president of the US. When I look upon the stars for any...

Leave our prostates alone

Leave our prostates alone

Oct 6, 2016

Healthcare must engage in a wider discussion about preventive medicine DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels   • “Preventive medicine displays all three elements of arrogance…Aggressively assertive…Presumptuous…Overbearing.” Dr. David Sackett wrote those words over a decade ago in a neat little column in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. He was, in...

The carnitine controversy

The carnitine controversy

Oct 6, 2016

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina   • Carnitine is an amino acid, important for our body’s transportation of fatty acids to the area in the cells where the fatty acids can be burned for energy production. For this reason, carnitine has been marketed as a fat-burning support. A very small number of people – about one in 40,000 – have a genetic condition...

When pain is invisble

When pain is invisble

Oct 6, 2016

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • I have worked with many clients who suffer from chronic physical pain, as well as those who have post traumatic stress. For these people, physical or emotional pain can be constant, and from the outside they may look perfectly normal. A person wearing a cast or recovering from surgery is treated with compassion and...