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Hoodwinked by the diabetes industry

Hoodwinked by the diabetes industry

Sep 1, 2016

Drugs to lower blood sugars don’t do much for your health DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels   • In the last five years in British Columbia, taxpayers – that would be you and I – spent over $100 million on drugs and insulins for type-2 diabetes through our Pharmacare program. In addition, people in BC probably spent another $200 million out of their own...

Quebec’s Bill 74 on a slippery slope to censorship

Quebec’s Bill 74 on a slippery slope to censorship

Sep 1, 2016

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher Province to block gambling sites not approved by government • Internet censorship. Website block lists. Stiff financial penalties for Internet providers who allow their customers to view sites forbidden by the government. This may the stuff of day-to-day life in authoritarian regimes, but it’s certainly not what you’d...

Playing for Change

Playing for Change

Sep 1, 2016

One world, one voice, one day MUSIC RISING by Bruce Mason     • Without fail, the Playing For Change website makes me feel good. Most often it gives me goose bumps, but it’s always (in all ways) a joyful, uplifting experience. There’s no better time to feel this yourself than on September 24 when a global community gathers and unites – through...

Food production in the city is good for people and the climate

Food production in the city is good for people and the climate

Sep 1, 2016

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki   •  Humans are fast becoming city dwellers. According to the United Nations, “The urban population of the world has grown rapidly from 746 million in 1950 to 3.9 billion in 2014.” Sixty-six percent of us will likely live in urban environments by 2050. The number of mega-cities (more than 10 million inhabitants) is...

Core beliefs about a plant-based diet

Core beliefs about a plant-based diet

Sep 1, 2016

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina   •  I recently took out – from our wonderful public library system – a set of CDs entitled This I Believe. They are based on a popular NPR (National Public Radio) series that invited people to write a 500-word essay on a core belief that guided their daily life and to then read their essay on the air. (See website at the...

Living with equanimity

Living with equanimity

Sep 1, 2016

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young •  Equanimity (Latin: æquanimitas having an even mind; aequus even animus mind/soul) is a state of psychological stability and composure which is undisturbed by experience of or exposure to emotions, pain, or other phenomena that may cause others to lose the balance of their mind. – Wikipedia When I read this...

STAR WISE: September 2016

STAR WISE: September 2016

Sep 1, 2016

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces We’ll be riding out a couple of eclipses this month. In olden times, an eclipse would strike fear into the hearts of those for whom the eclipse was visible. I don’t think we have much to fear, though. The September eclipses are...

The growing backlash against medical guidelines

The growing backlash against medical guidelines

Jul 15, 2016

Doctors need to “show more spine” DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels   • The disease-creation machine continues to creep forward, threatening to consume even more of us healthy people. Consider these recent news items: – Americans, we are told, are facing an epidemic of heart disease. New cholesterol guidelines suggest that virtually the entire...

GMO Bites – US Senate Bill 764

GMO Bites – US Senate Bill 764

Jul 15, 2016

GMO labelling Bill 764 full of loopholes • On July 6, the U.S. Senate voted to pass a bill mandating labelling for genetically engineered (GE) foods, but the legislation has been denounced by critics as inadequate and riddled with loopholes. Senate Bill 764 now moves to the House of Representatives for a debate and vote. If passed in the House and signed by...

We can finally put an end to data caps

We can finally put an end to data caps

Jul 15, 2016

But will the CRTC listen? INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher   • “You have used 100% of your monthly data allocation. Additional charges will apply.” There’s probably not an Internet user out there who hasn’t grimaced upon receiving a message like this from their telecom provider. Sadly, mean-spirited data caps, accompanied by extortionate...