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Lynne Melcombe

Citizen based in Port Moody, BC, Canada. Joined on Oct 21, 2009


Op-Ed: Journalism – participatory or professional?

The decline of print journalism is raising questions about business models, advertising revenues, and writers' pay. But while crowd journalism makes a vital contribution to a free press, what will happen if professional journalism disappears?

H1N1: Vaccinations taking money from other health programs

A U of T infectious-disease expert says that now that the second wave of H1N1 has peaked and is dwindling, there's no reason to continue the largest vaccination campaign in Canada's history, which is diverting funds from other public health programs.

Call to kick Canada out for inaction on climate change

While Canada joins the call to exclude Sri Lanka from hosting next Commonwealth summit over human rights abuses, top environmentalists call for Canada's exclusion from Commonwealth itself over impact of its emissions on human rights in developing world.

H1N1: $1 billion spent, no pandemic, no third wave Special

Dr. Richard Schabas, Ontario's former chief medical officer, "shakes his head" about money spent on the global H1N1 panic because it fails to meet pandemic criteria for illness and deaths. And there will be no third wave, he said.

BC Provincial Health Office answers H1N1 questions Special

In response to reader interest in "Canada: No more H1N1 deaths than from seasonal flu" (DJ, Nov 20), Digital Journal posed the following questions by email to Dr. Perry Kendall, the Provincial Health Officer of BC.

Vancouver urges residents to give less garbage this Christmas Special

As the global debate over climate change heats up, the Metro Vancouver region has launched a holiday campaign to urge residents to act locally by reducing their garbage output.

20th anniversary of Canada's broken promise to end child poverty

Across Canada, individuals and groups are marking today as the 20-year anniversary of a unanimous vote in the House of Commons to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000.

Canada: No more H1N1 deaths than from seasonal flu

While headlines decry the rising H1N1 death toll, news is emerging that there have been no more deaths from this pandemic than from seasonal flu.

Vancouver's garbage: dumps full, recycling not enough Special

The first of four sessions called "Solid Waste: Options for the Region" took place in Coquitlam, B.C. on November 18. About 100 people turned out on a rainy night to have their say on measures that will impact over 2.25 million people in Metro Vancouver.

Lots of trash talk in Metro Vancouver Special

Trash has been a major point of discussion in Metro Vancouver lately, and that will continue with a series of forums on garbage, recycling, and sustainability from November 18 to November 20 in Coquitlam, Langley, and Vancouver.

Conservatives hold onto one seat and take another in Ottawa

The polls have closed, the votes have been counted, and the Liberal party finished last in the by-elections held November 9 in four Canadian ridings.

Tories take Nova Scotia riding in federal by-election

Stephen Harper's Conservative government has picked up one more seat in the House of Commons in today's by-elections, and may pick up a second.

Cloth diaper tax breaks: baby's bottom, government's bottom line Special

In Port Coquitlam, BC, citizens are raging about an impending switch to biweekly garbage collection, with a frequently raised concern being pile-ups of stinky diapers for young families.

One in five teens at risk of heart disease, study finds

A new study is sounding alarm about heart disease in teens and its links to obesity, diabetes, too much TV, and too little activity.

First Nations artists battle for recognition at 2010 Olympics

First Nations groups at both ends of Canada have been fighting for artistic recognition at the 2010 Winter Olympics in BC. Today, there is winning news in the west, but not in the east.

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