According to data collected by the 
American Public 
Transportation Association, Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2013—the highest
 number since the 1950s when many fewer of us owned our own cars.
Credit: Missouri Dept. of 

EARTHTALK: Public transportation on the upswing

EarthTalk® Dear EarthTalk: What’s behind the rise in public transit in the U.S. in the last few years, and how does our transit use compare with that of other developed countries? — Angie Whitby, New Bern, NC Transit ridership is indeed at its highest level in the U.S. in 57 years. According to data collected 

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Don’t take arthritis lying down

By Dr. George I. Traitses The term “arthritis” means “joint inflammation” and is often used in reference to rheumatic diseases. Rheumatic diseases include more than 100 conditions. Years ago, doctors hardly ever told rheumatoid arthritis patients to “go take a hike” or “go for a swim.” Arthritis was considered an inherent part of the aging 

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Get in the game without the pain

By Dr. George I. Traitses One key to success on the golf course can’t be found at the pro shop. It’s the physical condition of the golfer. Pain shouldn’t be par for the course. Stay in the game by protecting your back. When you consider the spinal rotation that goes into a golf swing and 

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Could texting kill you?

By George I. Traitness It’s been well-documented that texting while driving is dangerous, even potentially deadly.  But a new study by the U.K. United Chiropractic Association (UCA) says that habitual Smartphone or tablet users may be more susceptible to breathing problems, leading to cardiovascular disease later in life and therefore a higher risk of death. 

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Straight Talk with CTV’s Zuraidah Alman

By Rachelle Cruz A 7 a.m. call is inevitable. When that phone rings, the coordinates of local news reporter can change day to day, even minute by minute. There is no such thing as a typical day save your morning calls, and a truck equipped with the ‘mess’ that might just come in handy- – 

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Councillor Joe Mihevc

Formation of Filipino Task Force in Toronto gets support from Councillors

Community issues discussed in 3-hour conversation with Councillors Mihevc and McConnell By Mila Astorga-Garcia TORONTO– A recent meeting between members of the Filipino community and City of Toronto councillors and other City stakeholders resulted in a decision to set up a Filipino Task Force to allow for a community voice in the City when the 

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GATES university/community researchers, from left: Bridge Cosme, Pet Cleto, Mary Parreño, Dr. Philip Kelly, Nancy Prieto, Mila Garcia, Wayne Chu, May Gene de Guzman, Fiel Salazar, Conely de Leon; (front) Mithi Esguerra, Aimee Beboso and Christopher Sorio.

GABRIELA releases initial results of live-in caregivers transitions study

By Mia Ondo GABRIELA Ontario and its research partners recently released the initial results of a nationwide study about how Pinoy live-in caregivers are transitioning from the live-in caregiver (LCP) program. At a workshop held last April 6 at Ryerson University in Toronto, the research team presented the results to some former live-in caregivers and 

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Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks during the packing kitchen sets by the Canadian Red Cross that will be sent to the Philippines to help with the relief effort for Typhoon Haiyan.

Harper announces Canada’s contribution to Haiyan fund

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today welcomed the tremendous generosity that Canadians have demonstrated in helping the Philippines recover from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. The Prime Minister was pleased to announce today that individual Canadians contributed over $85 million in eligible donations that our Government is matching through its Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. As promised 

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Canada welcomes PH peace pact with MILF

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement: “Canada congratulates the Government of the Philippines and its partner, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, on the signing today in Manila of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. “After decades of conflict and more than 20 years of negotiations, this historic milestone paves the way 

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Top leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines, Benito Tiamzon and his
wife Wilma Austria raise their fists in defiance on their way to their hastily
arranged inquest in Manila after being arrested in Cebu last March 22.

Negotiating in bad faith

In his novel, The Dogs of War (1974), Frederick Forsyth wrote about a group of mercenary soldiers hired to depose a fictional government in Africa. Forsyth called this group the dogs of war, much like the wild pack of soldiers Shakespeare referred to in his play, Julius Caesar. But when the Philippine military named the 

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