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Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot

Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot

May 4, 2012

A Greener, Less Anthropocentric Envisioning A poetic reflection on the tininess of our world in the universe, but the wonder and horror of it up close.

Making Miracles

Making Miracles

May 1, 2012

by Lynn Woodland • It’s becoming increasingly clear that the universe isn’t simply an assembly of separate particles, planets and entities in set, predictable relationships to one another. Instead, we’re finding that all the pieces making up our physical world are dynamic, interrelated and able to affect and be affected by one another....

The Food Fight of Our Lives

The Food Fight of Our Lives

May 1, 2012

Millions Against Monsanto by Ronnie Cummins • Finally, public opinion around the biotech industry’s contamination of our food supply and destruction of our environment has reached the tipping point. We’re fighting back. “If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on...

This little piggy will be GMO-free

This little piggy will be GMO-free

May 1, 2012

by Lucy Sharratt • After more than10 years, active research into the genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) pig called “Enviropig” is being abandoned. In late March, the hog industry group Ontario Pork decided to stop funding GM pig research at the University of Guelph and the university is now closing down its active research and...

Smart meter’s top-down agenda

Smart meter’s top-down agenda

May 1, 2012

by Josh Del Sol • In the technetronic society, the trend seems to be toward aggregating the individual support of millions of unorganized citizens, who are easily within the reach of magnetic and attractive personalities, and effectively exploiting the latest communication techniques to manipulate emotions and control reason. – Zbigniew Brzezinski,...

Constellation Kardashian

Constellation Kardashian

May 1, 2012

Star phenomena? People aren’t looking up at the sky – they’re tracking celebrities • by Geoff Olson • There’s a great jpeg floating around the Internet that shows the star systems within range of Earth’s radio and television broadcasts. Aldebaran, a red giant, located about 65 light years away, is in the range of President...

A mustard seed miracle

A mustard seed miracle

May 1, 2012

The story of Namaste Publishing by Constance Kellough • Until 1996, my spiritual practice had been a private one so I was surprised when early that year, an inner yearning ignited and I felt called to join with others in spiritual practice – to be part of what in the East is called a sangha. Although this yearning was intense, I did not act on it...

Cure for plant blindness

Cure for plant blindness

May 1, 2012

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki A colleague told me his toddler was wandering through a neighbourhood park picking up twigs and sticks, brandishing them as tools for digging, poking and tapping. Suddenly, the boy stopped and pointed excitedly to the canopy of branches above. “Look papa. Sticks come from trees!” Mentally reconnecting fallen branches to their...

DOXA Reviews

DOXA Reviews

May 1, 2012

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • The annual documentary festival DOXA is on this month. The Vancouver fest is hosting 72 screenings across five different venues from May 4 to 13. DOXA opens with the NFB Digital Studio’s interactive documentary Bear 71, which makes extensive use of surveillance footage of an electronically tagged grizzly in...

Pregnant Women Beware

Pregnant Women Beware

May 1, 2012

“Don’t worry, be happy” slogan could harm your baby DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels The people's briefing note on prescription drugs • It’s springtime in Canada and with nature in full bloom, it’s timely to reflect on reproduction in all its forms. If you’re in the drug manufacturing business, your organization exists to...

Are we dreaming?

Are we dreaming?

May 1, 2012

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young I recently listened to a documentary about parallel universes. The suggestion is that the visible universe could lie on a membrane – combined strings of energy – floating within a higher-dimensional space. Two of these membranes could lie very close together and gravity could leak from one to the...

Spring cleaning for your body

Spring cleaning for your body

May 1, 2012

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. – Michael Pollan Spring has finally sprung. It’s a time that inspires spring cleaning so why not put some pep in your step and cleanse and detoxify your body? Here are some good plants to help you do this: Milk thistle (Silybum...

Eating right for kickboxing

Eating right for kickboxing

May 1, 2012

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina In the past few years, kickboxing has increased in popularity among both men and women. People participate to lose weight, gain muscle, increase fitness and have fun. Whatever your reasons, it is important to complement your training regime with proper and adequate nutrition. Kickboxing is a high-intensity sport...