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Leo “Bud” Welch

Leo “Bud” Welch

Nov 20, 2014

One rockin’ octogenarian MUSIC RISING by Bruce Mason • For 82-year-old guitarist/singer Leo “Bud” Welch, it’s been the biggest year of his life. The first real-deal, old-school Mississippi bluesman to be discovered and recorded in a long time made his first album in January, got his first passport and took his first flight from as far back in the...

The Champix/Chantix saga

The Champix/Chantix saga

Nov 1, 2014

Please don’t operate a missile battery while reading this article DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs In mid October, the US Food and Drug Administration convened a special meeting to look at whether or not varenicline, the controversial drug to stop smoking – called Champix in Canada and Chantix in the US –...

Canada’s fantastic failure

Canada’s fantastic failure

Nov 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Canadians expect to have our environment protected and to know how it’s being protected. A report from Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development shows we’re being short-changed. “In many key areas that we looked at, it is not clear how the government intends to address the significant...

The fest goes on

The fest goes on

Nov 1, 2014

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • These may be uncertain times for cinema, but the Vancouver International Film Festival ended last month on a high note, announcing it set a new box office record: a 10% increase from 2013, the festival’s previous benchmark year. For all the worries about media saturation, people still come in droves for the social...

Making sense of suicide

Making sense of suicide

Nov 1, 2014

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. – Seneca One of the most painful events in life is the suicide of a friend or family member. So many mixed feelings can ensue. Survivors often feel deeply saddened, hurt, guilty or even angry that the person chose to take his or her life. Then there are the questions....

Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm

Nov 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 NOVEMBER 2014 print...

Beyond tradition

Beyond tradition

Nov 1, 2014

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD, and Sahar Lakhani • From the succulent main course we look forward to at holiday meals, to simple routines such as making the bed each morning or regularly expressing gratitude, our own traditions are deeply rooted. Some customs celebrate milestones and enrich our lives while others may have little connection with our...

STAR WISE: November 2014

STAR WISE: November 2014

Nov 1, 2014

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces Every child is precious and special – and, of course, my child is the most precious, cute, smart and beautiful of all. That’s how we all feel – and should feel – about our offspring. You might ask, “What makes a child...

Data fracking

Data fracking

Oct 1, 2014

A quagmire rife with rhetoric DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs It pollutes our water, warms our planet and destroys the environment. Or…it provides jobs, reduces our dependence on foreign oil and delivers economic growth. It’s either a godsend or evil incarnate. What’s the “it” we’re talking about...

Blue Dot tour rolls out

Blue Dot tour rolls out

Oct 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • As an elder, I’ve watched Canada and the world change in many ways, for better and worse. Thanks, in part, to cheap energy and technological growth, the human population has more than tripled. As a boy, I could drink from streams and lakes without worrying about getting sick. My father took me fishing for halibut, sturgeon...