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Driving and obesity

By Amy Carmichael

Beyond the white picket fences enveloping dream homes in Canadian suburbs, action awaits. But residents are too exhausted to get in on it, opting to flop down on the couch and enjoy their big houses rather than face the gridlock that must be endured to go anywhere, says a new study. . . . → Read More: Driving and obesity

Saskatoon activist a finalist for environmental award

An 88-year-old woman who has spent more than three decades monitoring, researching and petitioning for safe practices at uranium mines will be in the running Monday for a Canadian Environmental Award.

Maisie Shiell is one of three finalists in the environmental health category. If she wins at the ceremony in Calgary, she says she . . . → Read More: Saskatoon activist a finalist for environmental award

Manitoba chief’s theft gets 1-year sentence

An aboriginal leader was handed a one-year suspended sentence on Monday for stealing money from her Manitoba band. Margaret Swan was grand chief of the Southern Chiefs Organization in March when she pleaded guilty to theft over $5,000.

Swan stole cheques worth $35,000 from the Lake Manitoba First Nation in 2000 while she was . . . → Read More: Manitoba chief’s theft gets 1-year sentence

Islamic institute urges Egypt to ban novel

By Nadia Abou El-Magd

The leading Muslim institute Al-Azhar has urged the Egyptian government to ban a 1987 novel by the outspoken feminist Nawal el-Saadawi, saying it violates Islam.

El-Saadawi rejected the criticism Monday, saying her book, The Fall of The Imam, concerns the abuse of religion and the alliances forged between corrupt . . . → Read More: Islamic institute urges Egypt to ban novel

Supernatural tourism a lucrative niche for tour companies

By Joseph Baneth Allen

With slightly over 330 years of ghostly legends involving Voodoo curses, alleyway duels, cold-blooded murders, hanged pirates and Revolutionary War and Civil War soldiers bravely going to their deaths, Charleston has earned a reputation as one of America’s most haunted cities and a popular tourist site to have a possible . . . → Read More: Supernatural tourism a lucrative niche for tour companies

Park officials nix baptisms in river

By Justin Bergman

The Rev. Todd Pyle thought it was the perfect spot to baptize 12 new members of his church–the river was calm and shallow and there was a shaded area offshore for people to stand. “It was a very serene place,” he said. “It was special.”

But officials at the Falmouth Waterfront . . . → Read More: Park officials nix baptisms in river

The Hand as Symbol Of Mystic Power

By Indu Jain & Acharya Vikrmaditya

We all yearn for the improvement of our fortunes. So we wish to know the future. Palmistry is an effective reflector of what the future holds for us. Indian ascetics have said that one should take a good look at the palms of both hands for good fortune and . . . → Read More: The Hand as Symbol Of Mystic Power

Apollo’s acolytes

Ancient beliefs are also making a comeback. The decline of Christianity has led to a dramatic increase in the kind of pantheism it (supposedly) supplanted, with more and more people literally worshipping their own gods – even if those gods are often merely celebrities. Sex and horror, to quote Frankie, are the new (old) gods. . . . → Read More: Apollo’s acolytes

A budding shaman’s journey

By Sharyn Alden

Thai “Cheng” Vang calls Dec. 4, 1996, the greatest day of his life. He was 11 when he boarded the plane that took him, along with nine brothers and sisters and his parents, from the refugee camp at Ban Vanai, Thailand, to Appleton.

The snowy December weather didn’t daunt Vang’s spirits . . . → Read More: A budding shaman’s journey

Old ways for new ills

By Ayanda Mhlongo

In spite of the huge strides made in medical science and technology, an overwhelming majority of South Africans still use traditional forms of healing. The flip side is the often publicised allegations of witchcraft, side by side with all the successes of traditional healing.

About 80 percent of South Africans visit . . . → Read More: Old ways for new ills