EARTHTALK: Is organic food a healthier choice?

Dear EarthTalk: There’s been a lot of coverage on the topic of organic foods and how they aren’t actually any healthier than conventional foods. Is this true?– Gina Thompson, Salem, OR There is no doubt that organic foods are healthier—for our bodies individually as well as for the environment—than their conventionally produced counterparts. The question 

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Reporting domestic violence

By Dr. George I. Traitses D.C., B.Sc.(Hon.), M.Sc., C.H.N., C.N.M., A.C.R.B. 3, C.R.A. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. According to domesticviolence.org, “Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one 

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Tax Tips 2013

(Brought to you by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario) 1. Increase your TFSA contribution in 2013 When the Government of Canada introduced Tax Free Savings Accounts effectively beginning in 2009, it set the contribution limit at $5,000 per year. The plan was designed to allow for increases to the annual contribution limit to 

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Returning to my roots

By Rachelle Cruz The title of my blog, “Strange Newness and Familiarity” describes the hazy feeling of returning to your roots, but with the sense that things, as all do, have changed. Quite dramatically. The country’s capital, many districts each with their own personalities and colour is both opulence and scarcity. I saw skyscrapers and 

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Most Current Research on Social Change in Canada

The Philippine Reporter believes that research matters. Hence, it is publishing information on some of the latest research gems significant to everyone. These studies are lifted from the SPAR (Social Policy Analysis and Research) Monitor, an inventory of recent social research information relevant to social policy. — Editors This bulletin is a quick inventory of 

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Free Tax Workshop

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SOSA Valentine’s Dinner/Dance with Sen. Enverga

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Ivy is Incredible

By Viviene Lotilla-Dela Cruz Who would’ve thought that this petite lady with such a small frame could give off such a strong, powerful voice that wonderfully hits those shrill, high notes? I was thinking along that line as I watched Ivy Joy Maniquiz in her recent concert, ‘Ivy Joy and Friends’, singing her heart out to Dianne Reeves’ ‘Better Days’. This former ABS-CBN kapamilya who moved to Toronto a 

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Upside and downside of the national economy

By Satur C. Ocampo As expected, President Aquino and his economic team wax euphoric over the official report that the national economy expanded by 6.6% in 2012, from 3.9% growth rate in 2011. “It is a resounding affirmation of the Aquino administration’s fiscal strategy, backed as it is by our robust macroeconomic fundamentals and more 

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Pets ingest pollutants and pesticide residues and breathe in an array of indoor air contaminants just like children do -- and since they develop and age seven or more times faster than children, pets develop health problems from exposures much faster. PHOTO: Hemera Collection

EARTHTALK: Some tips for Keeping dogs and cats healthy

Dear EarthTalk: What are some tips for keeping my dogs and cats healthy?– Kim Newfield, via e-mail Believe it or not, our pets may be exposed to more harsh chemicals through the course of their day than we are. Researchers at the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that pet dogs and cats were contaminated 

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