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Is health data mining the Next Big Thing?

Is health data mining the Next Big Thing?

Sep 1, 2014

What’s getting buried may surprise you DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs British Columbia is indeed a wondrous, resource-rich place. We’ve got oil. We’ve got minerals, trees, fish, and, of course, liquefied natural gas (LNG). We’ve got all kinds of natural resources here in BC to exploit. And exploit them...

Join us on the Blue Dot Tour

Join us on the Blue Dot Tour

Sep 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • A now famous 1972 photo of Earth taken by Apollo 17 astronauts from 45,000 kilometres away became known as “the blue marble.” And the late scientist Carl Sagan described a 1990 picture taken from six billion kilometres away by the unmanned Voyager 1 as a “pale blue dot.” The vision of Earth from a distance has...

Welcome back VIFF

Welcome back VIFF

Sep 1, 2014

The first Vancouver International Film Festival under its new boss Jacqueline Dupuis opens September 25 and runs until October 10. A former executive director at the Calgary Film Festival, Dupuis will be helming VIFF (www.viff.org) through the uncertain waters of the digital age. Alan Franey, who stepped down from VIFF’s leadership role last year, remains at...

Robin Williams as hero

Robin Williams as hero

Sep 1, 2014

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • Smile though your heart is aching, smile even though it’s breaking… – John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons A hero is defined as a person admired for great acts of courage or someone with fine qualities. Robin Williams was certainly admired for his greatness and fine qualities, but what of brave acts? We often...

Acceptance means peace

Acceptance means peace

Sep 1, 2014

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 SEPTEMBER 2014 print...

Plants and your health

Plants and your health

Sep 1, 2014

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • Recent research confirms that shifting our diet to include more plant-based foods will reduce our risk of chronic disease and even reverse existing disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization (WHO), diet and lifestyle diseases are responsible for approximately 70% of deaths in...

STAR WISE: September 2014

STAR WISE: September 2014

Sep 1, 2014

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces Event-predictive, fatalistic astrology is very much on the way out and a new age of astrology is birthing. It will grow in consciousness as we move ever closer to the Golden Age. According to the true mystics, our grandchildren and...

“Choosing Wisely” is anything but wise

“Choosing Wisely” is anything but wise

Aug 1, 2014

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs If you want some reliable advice about which medical procedures, screening tests or drug therapies are unnecessary, useless or even downright dangerous, one of the best sources is the medical professionals themselves. After all, the people delivering the procedures and prescribing...

A healthy planet = strong economies

A healthy planet = strong economies

Aug 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Those who don’t outright deny the existence of human-caused global warming often argue we can’t or shouldn’t do anything about it because it would be too costly. Take Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who recently said, “No matter what they say, no country is going to take actions that are going to deliberately destroy...

Blisters and bonhomie

Blisters and bonhomie

Aug 1, 2014

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Next month it will be 20 years since I walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the medieval pilgrim trail that traverses the North of Spain. So it was something of a nostalgia trip watching Lydia B. Smith’s Walking the Camino: Six Ways To Santiago (Vancity 1-7, 16th and 23rd), a documentary that captures the...