By Henry McRandall
For years now, inner-city residents in the U.S. – to a lesser extent in Canada – have experience an increasingly hard time finding fresh fruits and vegetables in their local grocery stores.
Even in the tony suburbs, where supermarkets stock abundant quantities of produce, the safety and nutritional value of the offerings has come into question.
Far too many of the products are either GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) or other hazardous hybrids.
More and more, however, inner-city residents and even suburbanites have taken to solving their individual and collective problems through guerrilla gardening.
Guerrilla gardening consists of planting home or community gardens on urban rooftops or on abandoned properties in declining ghettoes using almost exclusively organic seeds.. read more »
Category Archives: Environment
By Henry McRandall
There is a sleazy campaign afoot among people with vested interests to privatize the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission). The last thing Torontonians need is a privatized “public” transit system.
Sure, the idea sounds great. The myth is that the creation of another PPP (Public-Private Partnership) will magically solve all the TTC’s financial woes.
But it won’t. It’ll only make them worse.
True, the privatization of a transit system makes some savings possible through a drastic reduction in the wages and benefits of even more working-class people.
But those ill-gotten savings are almost invariably more than offset by huge increases in executive compensation and the demand for a large corporate profit margin. read more »
By Henry McRandall
United States food safety officials have just approved yet another brand-new Frankenfood for marketing to the public without disclosure of its genetic modification: Atlantic salmon.
No doubt Canada will immediately follow suit.
It seems some genetic genius has found a way to modify the genes of Atlantic salmon to make it grow twice as fast as its organic brethren.
It seems that no matter how many times the same mistake is made with genetically-modified foods, that same mistake will still be repeated over and over and over again.
But is not just a mistake – it is a crime against humanity for governments to approve GMO foods for public marketing without proper labelling. read more »
If Canada is ever to meet its commitments under the Kyoto protocol on climate change – and Canada has perhaps the most onerous challenge in the world due to its climate – then it is going to have to rapidly develop public transit systems across the country that offer a viablke and attractive alternative to the private automobile.
In essence, public transit systems in every urban area of the country are going to have to become fast, frequent and free. They are also going to have to become comprehensive and around-the-clock.
This is what Canada’s 21st Century intra-urban public transit systems must quickly come to look like: read more »
The latest environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico comes as no surprise to
anyone familiar with the hotbuzz term “Greenwashing.” This is the fluffed-up bag of lies used by
environmentally unfriendly industry to make it appear that they have utmost control of the
damages their endeavours cause the planet. To the casual observer, these industries appear to take
care of these messes, and contribute to the planet’s overall well-being, but to the enlightened
observer, their asses have yet to be wiped. read more »
Call it manslaughter. Call it negligent homicide. Or call the West Virginia mine disaster what it really was – mass murder in the name of higher corporate profits.
Masseyt Energy CEO Don Blankenship has bleated on all the news networks that the mine was safe to work in – according to all the regulatory experts.
But that is not what the record shows. It shows more than 450 cited safety violations at that mine in 2009, more than 50 of them considerwed to be very serious violations. It was also cited for safety violations more than 100 times this year, including 57 times in March.
Obviously, this mine was very unsafe and becoming more unsafe by the day. read more »
Most conspiracy theories are so outlandish and so preposterous that they die a near-instant death in the theorist’s own embarassment. The great tragedy is that the ridicule and ignominy reserved for conspiracy theorists all too often kills off even legitimate and correct theories.
But there is one conspiracy theory making the rounds today that should give us all pause for thought: It is the theory that a cabal of billionaires and mega-millionaires has conspired to reduce the world’s population by more than 90 percent and that the lab-produced H1N1 and the vaccine for it are the vehicles through which this massive culling of the human herd is to be carried out.
The theory holds that this tired old Earth can only adequately provide for 500 million people not the 6.5 billion who eke out an existence today.
It further holds that members of an exclusive secret society of billionaires, mega-millionaires and their political lackeys – the Bilderberg Society – have conspired to turn the untested vaccine for this lab-nurtured flu into a time bomb that will seem inocuous as it enters human bodies but come back at a pre-determined time to cause a horrific death. read more »
Recently on a trip to the grocery store I had an incident that left me feeling a little more than uncomfortable, and even more confused.
It started with a question about juice, and ended with me feeling like I couldn’t even look at the girl trying to explain the mix-up.
What had happened was I had gone in to claim one of my prizes from the flyer, juice that was on sale, and when you get the chance, I recommend saving the money on expensive groceries whenever possible. This juice was less than half price and made me salivate at the savings.
But upon finding the shelf empty, I had to call on someone to check the back stockroom for more or give me a rain check for the item.
What I got for a response was a girl with huge breasts who appeared to be about 10 years old. ( I’m sure she was at least 14 but god damn, she did look young!!)
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