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There were two interesting news items relating to alcohol this week. First, The Vancouver Sun reported that the BC Provincial Government is considering keying the price of alcoholic beverages to their alcohol content. The idea is that higher-alcohol drinks should cost more, to both reflect the social impact of the alcohol, and to deter heavy […]

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Food security. Defined narrowly as access to adequate supplies of safe, healthy food, and more broadly as the societal and organisational responsibility to plan and provide for long-term food supplies that are not only adequate, safe and healthy, but also ethical and sustainable, it is a topic that few Westerners think about. Whether your concern […]

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A few days ago, Bill Maher came down hard – in his own inimitable way – on Big Pharma, critiquing pharmaceutical companies, the politicians that enable them, and the people who obligingly turn to pills first rather than lifestyle changes. Some memorable sound bytes include: …But none of the plans address the real problem: we […]

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Kyoto Hot Seat Or Hot Potato

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper has stated that his upcoming throne speech is intentionally designed to create an impossible and embarrassing dilemma for Stephane Dion, the Liberal Party Leader. Mr. Dion has loudly proclaimed his unswerving support of the Kyoto Protocol and has been very vocal in his criticism of the Government’s disregard for Canada’s […]

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