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Posted on August 23, 2012

Dozens of household products and pesticides on retail shelves across Canada contain carcinogens, endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and reproductive toxins. Yet most consumers have little idea what they’re being exposed to.

That could change this year with the release of the CancerSmart Consumer Guide, published in March by the Labour Environmental Alliance Society (LEAS) and just hitting distribution networks now. 

The first of its kind in Canada, the 24-page guide identifies carcinogens, reproductive toxins

Posted on August 21, 2012

by Don Malcolm

The world’s most powerful governments are proud to declare that they are fi ghting a global war on poverty. They back their rhetoric with foreign aid in the form of massive expenditures of public money, surplus goods, and often, military assistance, commonly known as peacekeeping. 

Posted on August 17, 2012

by Danielle Murray, Earth Policy Institute

From farm to plate, the modern food system relies heavily on cheap oil. Threats to our oil supply are also threats to our food supply. As food undergoes more processing and travels farther, the food system consumes ever more energy each year. 

The US food system uses over 10 quadrillion Btu

Posted on August 11, 2012

The consequences of such large-scale development of agrilculture has been devastating, causing large-scale environmental and social problems.

by Paul Wolda

Nildo Quiros is obviously disturbed as he surveys the road directly in front of his speeding Toyota 4x4 truck. I soon discover why. A series of deep potholes in the tarmac have yielded half of the road impassable at speeds exceeding 5 km/hr.

Posted on July 20, 2012

The BC “Gateway Program,” combined with the Canadian “Pacific Gateway Strategy,” is a $7 billion at­tempt to capture Asia-Pacific trade. The Gateway projects include new and expanded highways, bridges, rail expansions, rail yards and container terminals that will ultimately cost the taxpayers.

by Joe Foy, Campaign Director, Wilderness Committee

Posted on July 18, 2012

The concept of Peak Oil is developing quite a political following, although not quite so much as climate change and global warming. Peak Oil is the idea that we have reached or will soon reach the point at which half of all the easily extractable oil and gas around the globe has been consumed. Although the pumps will not suddenly run dry, the cost of the remaining oil, both in money and effort, will continue to escalate, with unforeseeable impacts on the American and global economy. A Great Depression, or a massive transformation in energy use, is generally foretold. Of course, similar challenges will be overcome as our societies reinvent themselves and their technologies for a sustainable energy future.

Posted on July 17, 2012

A proposed free-trade area promises to radically change Canada’s east Coast – but would it lift all boats?

by Drew Nelles

A makeshift smoke bomb flies through the air, hurled anonymously from a crowd of black-clad protesters. It bursts at the feet of a line of nervous police officers. As smoke billows, the “Black Bloc,” about 75 strong, shifts uneasily before suddenly running in the opposite direction, away from the building guarded by police. Nearby, a much larger crowd of protesters looks on as the Black Bloc scrambles. There are a few desperate cries: “Where are we going?” 

Posted on July 17, 2012

by Geza Vamos 

In choosing an electric bike there are several important considerations. First, decide how far you would like to go before the battery needs to be re-charged, how much you want to contribute with pedaling, how much you will save on car mileage and parking, and thus how much you are willing to invest. 

Posted on July 11, 2012

Migrant workers are brought into Canada to fill the "labour shortage" created by low wages and unsatisfactory working conditions in order to make profit. 

by Adriana Paz

Some say that nothing happens by chance. At the very least, it was a fortunate accident that my first job, when I arrived in Canada from Bolivia three

Posted on July 11, 2012

Plastics are widely used to store and package foods and beverages. Plastic is convenient, lightweight, unbreakable and relatively inexpensive. However, there are both environmental and health risks from the widespread use of plastics. 

Environmental problems: Most plastics are made from petroleum, a non-renewable and mostly

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