Child Poverty Is Outrageous and Unhealthy

Child Poverty Is Outrageous and Unhealthy

Canada is a wealthy country, and within Canada, B.C. is a wealthy province. And yet we have levels of child poverty that are shameful, that exert a terrible toll on the health of children, and that blunt our human and social development. If it is true that the worth... Read more
Pro-poverty policy is sickening and costly

Pro-poverty policy is sickening and costly

Courtesy of the Times Colonist Last week, my students were discussing public-health ethics. One group pointed out, correctly, that doing nothing is a policy decision. What, then, are we to make of the B.C. government’s persistent policy, over the past 15 years, to do... Read more
The new public-health entrepreneurs

The new public-health entrepreneurs

There is a lot of money to be made from making us ill. The No. 1 example is the tobacco industry, whose products, if used as intended, are bound to make us ill. But close behind it is the food industry, which for years has been selling us both too much food and the wrong sorts of food.

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Nature is speaking – but are we listening?

Nature is speaking – but are we listening?

Courtesy of the Times Colonist February 1, 2017 Over the past couple of years, Conservation International (CI) has released a series of brief but powerful videos that give nature a voice. And what voices they are; movie actors such as Harrison Ford (The Ocean), Julia... Read more