Morning-After Pill to be Approved

Plan B Pills

It’s about time!

The FDA is discussing Barr Pharmaceuticals application to allow adults to purchase the “morning-after pill” from pharmacists without a prescription.

Adult women may soon be able to get the morning-after pill without a prescription. In a surprise decision Monday, health officials revived a long-stalled application to allow over-the-counter sales of the emergency contraceptive to women 18 and over.

FDA Weighs Over-The-Counter Plan B Sales – Forbes.com

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Soya ain't so healthy?

Soya’s only been in use in North America since the mid 1940’s. Scientists have started to look into the bean’s effect on our health and the news isn’t “all good”.

Many of the current uses for soya were developed to sell what was originally waste from the processing of soya. The following article gives a thorough account of soya history, its potential health effects – negative and positive, and a look into the business of soya.

From the UK’s Guardian is an interesting read:

Should we worry about soya in our food?
Whether you know it or not, you’ll probably be eating soya today. It’s in 60% of all processed food, from cheese to ice cream, baby formula to biscuits. But should it carry a health warning? Felicity Lawrence investigates

Read Felicity Lawrence’s article in the Guardian UK

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Vancouver Celebration of Light Fireworks

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Fireworks over the English Bay in Vancouver, BC

Vancouver’s HSBC Celebration of Light Fireworks 2006

Last night marked the first of four nights of fireworks in Vancouver, BC over the next two weeks. The HSBC Celebration of Light, formerly the Benson & Hedges Symphony of Fire, has been going on for 16 years.

The world’s leading fireworks manufacturers consider the HSBC Celebration of Light competition to be the most prestigious and an exciting arena where they can unveil the latest pyro-musical techniques and the most innovative fireworks materials.

HSBC Celebration of Light (updated link May 5/08)

More info about the Vancouver fireworks’ history, schedules, viewing locations, and safety tips can be found at the HSCB Celebration of Light website (updated link May 5/08).

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Geez Magazine

Geez Magazine Cover

The editor of Geez Magazine, Will Braun, was featured on CBC radio this morning on my way to work.

I didn’t catch the whole interview but what I did hear is that Will has given up on motor vechicles for a year, opting for a bike instead.

If anyone’s read Geez Magazine I’d love to hear your thoughts about it. I’ll pick up a copy out of interest if I see it on a newsstand.

From the Geez Magazine website:

Geez Magazine has set up camp in the outback of the spiritual commons. A bustling spot for the over-churched, out-churched, un-churched and maybe even the un-churchable. For wannabe contemplatives, front-line world-changers and restless cranks. A place where the moon shines quiet, instinct runs mythic and belief rides a bike (or at least sits on the couch entertaining the possibility).

Geez Magazine

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