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Pharma’s predatory scare tactics

Pharma’s predatory scare tactics

May 7, 2016

They have no place in Canadian universities DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • Wandering the halls of a college or university campus can be enlightening in seeing how the pharmaceutical marketing machine is insinuating itself into the lives of young people. Last month, while giving a public lecture at the University of Victoria, I spotted a glossy poster entitled,...

GMO Bites – Challenges to Monsanto and GMO science

GMO Bites – Challenges to Monsanto and GMO science

May 7, 2016

Dr. Thierry Vrain Challenges Science 2.0 • Dr. Thierry Vrain continues to speak about the dangers of GMOs. He was scheduled to give a lecture at the Museum of Science in Houston in April, but it was cancelled because of a last-minute storm of emails and a prominent blog by professor Kevin Folta of the University of Florida. The developing saga was posted on...

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...

Reverse sexism is divisive too

Reverse sexism is divisive too

May 7, 2016

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • When men and women are able to respect and accept their differences, then love has a chance to blossom. – Nikhil Saluja There is a subtle – and sometimes not so subtle – kind of discrimination we do not hear too much about. It is the way many women talk about men. It is as if women are far superior to men, who...

STAR WISE: May 2016

STAR WISE: May 2016

May 7, 2016

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces The new Moon takes place on May 6, in the middle of Taurus. Spring has sprung and everything is beautiful in its own way. The grass is green and the birds and the bees are doing their thing – and so are we. Just as all of nature is...

Dairy-free and delicious

Dairy-free and delicious

May 7, 2016

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina & Dave Shishkoff • Last month, I had the pleasure of being a presenter at the Dairy-Free Living course – complete with tastings – at Vancouver’s Central Library. One thing is now clear: there is an abundance of delicious, healthful dairy alternatives. Vancouver is home to several independent non-dairy milk and nut-based...

Take the Nature Challenge

Take the Nature Challenge

May 7, 2016

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • For the most part, our brains didn’t evolve in cities. But in a few decades, almost 70 percent of the world’s people will live in urban environments. Despite the prosperity we associate with cities, urbanization presents a major health challenge. Cities, with their accelerated pace of life, can be stressful. The results...

Proton pump inhibitors pose some very serious risks

Proton pump inhibitors pose some very serious risks

Apr 1, 2016

Think twice about taking heartburn drugs DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • Warning: this column is for people who are taking (or have been offered) heartburn drugs or are considering treatment for heartburn. In other words: most of us. If you develop heartburn or ulcers, there is a good chance you’ll be offered a prescription from the most effective – and...

The real poison pill in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The real poison pill in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Apr 1, 2016

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Meghan Sali   • Canadians have many reasons to be concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive international agreement that, if ratified, will result in restrictive new rules governing our daily lives, from how we use the Internet to how much we pay for medicine. We already know the TPP will extend copyright terms...

Change is in the air

Change is in the air

Apr 1, 2016

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki •  When Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in June 1914, no one thought, “Uh-oh, World War I is starting.” We only recognize the significance of events in the context of history. I recently had a day like any other except it made me wonder if we’re on the verge of historical change. On March 2, 2016, I...