DeSmogBlog: "Raising Elijah": An Interview With Ecologist and Author Sandra Steingraber

Raising Elijah.jpg Q: In light of your new book Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, which raises the specter of raising children in troubled times, both environmentally and ecologically, are you surprised that natural gas corporations have been producing public relations and propaganda materials like coloring books (recall Talisman Energy's Terry the Fracasaurus, ...

Rob Maguire: Movember: donate and I’ll write you a ditty

During the month of November, vanity will take a backseat while I grow a moustache for Movember to raise awareness and and a few bucks to fight prostate cancer. And I’m offering you a once-in-a-lifetime deal. Donate to my moustachioed campaign and I will write a song for you, and post a video of the ...

Canadian Progressive World: Ontario Votes 2011: McGuinty’s Prescription For A Cancer Called “Canadian Experience”

The Liberals pledge to offer $10 000 in tax credits to Ontario businesses that hire new immigrants is spot-on. It might just be the cure for a stubborn cancer called “Canadian experience”. Foreign-trained immigrants with professional credentials face higher unemployment rates than non-immigrants with the same level of education. It’s a fact. And the result? ...

RedBedHead: Is Curing Cancer Bad For Business?

Ten years ago when the first full human genome was sequenced after a mammoth 14-year effort and a $3 billion effort, we were promised a bounty of cures for the diseases that afflict is. But things haven’t turned out quite that way and, in many ways, sequencing the first genome was just the first, superficial ...

Montreal Simon: Life, Death, and the Bollywood Hosers

(click pic to enlarge) I have to admit I’m having a hard time recovering from the overwhelming events of the last week. In all my life I’ve never seen anything like it. Who knew the death of a politician could both sadden me, and inspire me to try to be a better person? Who knew I would ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Liveblog of Jack Layton’s Funeral

It’s been an astonishing week since Jack Layton’s death and not-so-surprising outpouring of public grief and recognition of what he brought to Canadian politics and public service: optimism and integrity, as I see it. What about you? His funeral is set for today at 2pm, Toronto time. Please feel free to participate in our liveblog ...

bastard.logic: How Dare Jack Layton Make Canadians Feel Hopeful Again!

by matttbastard David J. Climenhaga, responding to National Post columnist Christie Blatchford’s now-infamous cranky, contrarian reaction to Canada’s outpouring of love and admiration for Socialist cur Taliban Jack Layton (HISSSSSSS!): [T]he offending column is far from the worst piece Blatchford has written, and it makes a good point that many of us who loved and respected Layton ...

bastard.logic: RIP Jack Layton: His Death Is Only The Beginning

by matttbastard In the end, we should have known it was fanciful, even selfish, to expect Jack Layton to make it back to Parliament in the Fall. The man who, weeks ago, stood before a stunned nation to announce he was stepping aside (temporarily, it was insisted)  to once again battle cancer, gaunt and wholly drained ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Jack Layton’s Legacy

Jack Layton has died from cancer. I believe his legacy will inspire optimism and integrity in Canadian politics. What are your thoughts? Share the Love: Twitter del.icio.us email RSS Facebook Google Bookmarks Digg LinkedIn StumbleUpon Technorati Yahoo! Buzz April 28, 2011 — A Compendium of My Prime Minister Layton Posts (2) March 25, 2011 — ...

Trashy's World: BBQing meat and cancer…

If this is true, I’m screwed…. The question I’ve heard that barbecued food is cancer causing. Should I avoid it altogether this summer? The answer Yes, there is evidence to suggest that a heavy intake of barbecued meat could increase cancer risk. Compounds in cooked meat called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are to blame. Grilling, broiling ...

RedBedHead: "Saturated Fat Is Bad": The Lie That Never Dies

Go ahead & eat it: you know you want to I came across this article in Health & Fitness section of today’s Globe & Mail. A reader asks Leslie Beck, a dietician, whether eating a medium rare steak is bad for him, as his wife suggests. Now, I haven’t looked into the purported negative effects ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Mountaintop Removal Mining Directly Linked To 60,000 Cancer Cases In Appalachia

Mountaintop_Mining-04647.jpg A new study from the

JanfromtheBruce: Chris Selley: Layton’s bravado untempered despite diagnosis | Full Comment | National Post

Great article by Chris Selley in the National – bravo!Nothing any journalist, politician or press flak says will change what happens. But if I had to pick an optimistic moment from the press conference, it would be a wry little smile that crossed Mr. Layton’s face when he spoke, in both English and French, of ...

Those Emergency Blues: Time for the Talk

A tried and true (if tedious) bait and switch routine to draw attention to a serious issue. Synchronicity is a weird and wonderful thing. Here I was talking about the my own promiscuous use of the F-bomb this week, and now a non-profit uses it as part of an advertising campaign in order to be relevant ...

350 or bust: David Wins Against Pesticide Goliath

Fellow climate hawk Lori from over at Adventures In Climate Change recently shared how wonderful this new documentary, A Chemical Reaction, is.  At the risk of raising the ire of Francis, our anti-documentary curmudgeon, I’m posting this link to the trailer and hope to get my hands on the full length documentary soon. It tells ...

Excited Delirium: The Business of Cancer

Every year, millions of people around the world run, jog, swim, roller blade, pogo hop and do all matter of other efforts to draw attention to the need to fund cancer research. Well, the game is over. Cancer is a racket. No … cancer is an industry. The first 30 minutes or so of this ...

Those Emergency Blues: Five Feet of Fabulous!

Your colon, of course. What else? A funny, retro animation produced by the Canadian Cancer Society to start a colonversation on colon health. Also features a few fart gags and uses the word “poop”, in case you’re a delicate flower. (And who doesn’t like fart jokes? My mother-in-law does, anyway. Don’t ask.) Filed under: Advertising ...

Saskatchewan exports death

Jim Harding documented the uranium trail to the deathfields of Iraq in his book, Canada’s Deadly Secret .  The Dominion now reports on increased birth defects and cancers in the children of Iraq: “Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005-2009,” a report in the July 2010 issue of the International Journal of ...

The Roundhouse: Christopher Hitchens on Dealing with Mortality

I found this piece enormously powerful, and thought it was worth sharing. http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/09/hitchens-201009

The Roundhouse: Christopher Hitchens on Dealing with Mortality

I found this piece enormously powerful, and thought it was worth sharing. http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/09/hitchens-201009

The Roundhouse: Christopher Hitchens on Dealing with Mortality

I found this piece enormously powerful, and thought it was worth sharing. http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/09/hitchens-201009

Claude Bechard Passes Away

Former Quebec Liberal Cabinet Minister, Claude Bechard, has passed away at the age of 41 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. Mr. Bechard had just stepped down from his post as a cabinet minister hours before the tragic occurrence. He was a politician with very high potential at the age of 41, he was seen as a ...