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The “12 Principles of Don’t Pay”

The “12 Principles of Don’t Pay”

Jan 1, 2015

A New Year’s manifesto in the war on prescription drug waste DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • Thirty-six billion dollars is a lot of money. That’s roughly what we Canadians will spend on prescription drugs this year. How big is that number? Let’s see: by the end of the day on January 1st, we’ll have sent $100 million to the drug companies....

Wind power’s come a long way

Wind power’s come a long way

Jan 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • There’s no free ride when it comes to generating energy. Even the cleanest sources have environmental consequences. Materials for all power-generating facilities have to be obtained and transported and infrastructure must be built, maintained and eventually decommissioned. Wind turbines take up space and can harm wildlife....

State of surveillance

State of surveillance

Jan 1, 2015

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • The gulf between what the US government says it is doing and what it is probably doing has never seemed more apparent than in Citizenfour. A first-hand account of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations in June 2013, it demands us to ask why the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities have been allowed...

Mind over matter

Mind over matter

Jan 1, 2015

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • My acupuncturist recently noted she had many patients and friends being diagnosed with cancer. She asked me why I thought there was so much cancer. I said what I have repeated so often: stress, anxiety, anger and negative thinking suppress the immune system. Cancer is like a terrorist group intent on...

The new earth

The new earth

Jan 1, 2015

A NEW EARTH by Eckhart Tolle • To read Eckhart Tolle’s latest column, please see the current print edition of Common Ground. For copyright reasons, we are authorized to publish this column in our print version only. More than 1/4 million people read Common Ground every month! Pick up your copy today. This article appeared in the JANUARY 2015 print...

STAR WISE: January 2015

STAR WISE: January 2015

Jan 1, 2015

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces We start the month with some pretty stormy weather. Last month, we talked about the Uranus/Pluto square that is in play until 2019. Uranus/Pluto combinations represent upheaval, revolution and major transformation. Here in the...

2015 a pivotal year for Internet freedom

2015 a pivotal year for Internet freedom

Jan 1, 2015

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher • One of the most challenging things about working for an Internet freedom organization like OpenMedia is there’s often a lot going on. As in a lot. It certainly makes for an exciting work life, but I’d be the first to admit it can also make it tricky to take a step back, reflect on the journey to date and look at the...

Native North America, Vol. 1

Native North America, Vol. 1

Jan 1, 2015

MUSIC RISING by Bruce Mason • It’s a privilege to recommend music that ticks all the boxes and adds more. Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985 does just that. It’s a transcendent, stunning, eye-opening compilation of unheard, undocumented, unavailable Canadiana. From original inhabitants across the upper reaches of...

Medication civil disobedience

Medication civil disobedience

Dec 1, 2014

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine. – Dr. William Osler You may have heard about Stanley Milgram, the American psychologist who carried out some of the most infamous research on obedience back in the 1960s, but have you heard of...

Environmental rights

Environmental rights

Dec 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • The idea of a right to a healthy environment is getting traction at Canada’s highest political levels. Federal Opposition MP Linda Duncan recently introduced “An Act to Establish a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights” in Parliament. If it’s passed, our federal government will have a legal duty to protect...