How to Occupy the Noosphere: Ian MacKenzie at TEDxVictoria 2013 (by TEDxTalks)
The rampant destruction apparent in a city besotted with development and firm in the belief that housing prices exceeding $1-million and one bedroom apartments exceeding $1500/month in rent is sustainable indeed leave one breathless. But why is this destruction so boring?
"No Fun City" has long been Vanouver’s bad inside joke, told equally by punks and cynics, club kids and teens. But now the label has become a nightmare not even the mayor or a contrite Sean Heather can shake. Take a stroll down Water or Carrall Streets and you’ll forget the name of three-quarters of the cafés you see, each boasting indistinguishable, bewildering names like Catch 122, Nelson the Seagull, or, er, Fetch. Every establishment seeking the same brand of faux-elite cachet, each securing only the elegant banality of the nonpareil.
A federal cabinet minister rejected a request for a prison interview with former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr even though the warden gave it a green light — a move some are denouncing as extraordinary political interference.
Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act show the warden of Millhaven Institution, where Khadr is in maximum security, approved the interview request made by the news agency in January, only to be overruled.
The refusal came from the office of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to Correctional Service Canada (CSC), records show.
Under normal procedure, the warden of an institution makes the final call on granting a reporter access to an inmate, subject to a CSC policy known as Commissioner’s Directive 022.
The Bt corn and soya plants that are now everywhere in our environment, are registered as insecticides. But are these insecticidal plants regulated and have their proteins been tested for safety? Not by the federal departments in charge of food safety, not in Canada and not in the U.S.
There are no long term feeding studies performed in these countries to demonstrate the claims that engineered corn and soya are safe. All we have are scientific studies out of Europe and Russia, showing that rats fed engineered food die prematurely.
These studies show that proteins produced by engineered plants are different than what they should be. Inserting a gene in a genome using this technology can and does result in damaged proteins. The scientific literature is full of studies showing that engineered corn and soya contain toxic or allergenic proteins.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have contaminated our food supply. Vancouver Island is in a unique position to be a sanctuary that supports organic farmers and growers who want to be GE Free.
We will be delivering this petition to the AGM of the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) onApril 13th, 2013 so that our elected officials see that this resolution has public support . Please share! Ask friends and family to sign!
"A mother has been arrested and sentenced to jail time for sending her five year old son to a school district where she had no permanent residence."