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I cannot help but think that this is a case of far too little far too late on the part of the CHFA.  We, Seabuckthorn International, wrote to the CHFA several times requesting that your organization get intimately involved with Health Canada as they were moving towards these rather punitive policies.  We were totally ignored. […]

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According to a recent Vancouver Sun article – We’re told to go easy on students, B.C. teachers say – school principals are ordering teachers to ensure good grades to students, even if it means never giving a zero on an assignment or allowing a student to take a test as many times as necessary to […]

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I am not a particularly good student of history but I do remember that we spent considerable time studying the violent and bloody history of Europe. As I recall the obscene wealth and land holdings of the few were built on the virtual slave labour of the many. The many were called serfs. They worked […]

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“The conditions under which migrant and immigrant farmworkers live and work in B.C. are as bad as in any Third World country, activists said at the release yesterday of a study called Cultivating Farmworker Rights.”  The study, by Arlene McLaren, economist David Fairey of the Trade Union Research Bureau and Mark Thompson of SFU’s Sauder […]

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In November of 2006, the World Trade Organisation ruled in favour of Canada, the United States and Argentina that the European Union was unreasonably delaying approving the sale of genetically modified organisms to the European market. As Canadian author and activist Murray Dobbin says in recent Tyee article Food Fight: Canada vs. Europe, the EU […]

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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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Alexander Kuzmin, 33, is an oil engineer and businessman who studied business administration in Canada. He’s also the mayor of Megion, in the Khanty-Mansiisk region of Siberia, where he’s 1.5 years into his term and determined to improve efficiency in part by eliminating the language of negativity.  The list of banned phrases includes: §         I […]

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Please, check out this compelling article on how the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA) is approaching the misinformation ‘wars’ in the United States.  I am thinking the CTFA has a pro active and probably effective long term approach to articles appearing on a regular basis in the media such as the one that just appeared […]

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Half the pharmacists surveyed by Alberta researchers said they had seen evidence of dangerous interactions between natural health products and prescription drugs, a “startling” result that suggests… ????? – Tom Blackwell, National Post, Natural remedies ‘potentially harmful’, Published: Monday, July 23, 2007 Take a guess at how this sentence ends?  In fact, you pick the ending that you think […]

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The quiet Canadian is starting to refer to Health Canada the way more and more Americans are referring to the FDA as evidenced in this excellent article. I would not want to be on the business end of the reaction coming from the small Canadian manufacturers, their employees and their families and their millions of […]

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Question:  Does anybody really understand the Health Canada regulations around Natural Health Products?  I am sure that not even Health Canada understands the regulations they are entrusted with implementing and enforcing. I am beginning to think we have another gun control ‘boondoggle’ on our hands.  This legislation has cost hundreds of millions of dollars to […]

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