Author Archives: Theresa Wolfwood. Director, The Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation

About Theresa Wolfwood. Director, The Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation

Theresa Wolfwood is the co-founder and director of the Barnard-Boecker Center Foundation.

Tokar, Brian ed. Redesigning Life? The Worldwide Challenge to Genetic Engineering. McGill-Queen´s University Press. Montreal & Kingston, CANADA. 2001.

A great collection of essays from a global range of authors about all different aspects of biotechnology, from food to body parts, from cancer to cloning. Very hopeful that this is one struggle the people for life may win.

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Tilly, Meg. Gemma. Syren Book Company. 2006. Minneapolis, USA.

This is a harrowing, but believable novel by the actor Meg Tilly who grew up in British Columbia. Although it is a novel, Tilly says she suffered abuse from men her mother knew in her childhood; this novel is based … Continue reading

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Suarez, Thomas. PALESTINE: SIXTY YEARS LATER. 2010. Americans for Middle East Understanding. New York, USA.

“Palestine today is a wasteland of powerful nations´ hypocrisy…Palestine is also a land of people determined to hold on to their humanity, a people who refuse to be erased or pummelled into the role of victimhood.” Suarez has taken powerful … Continue reading

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Stauffer, Julie. The Water You Drink: Safe or Suspect? 2004. New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, BC.

The Water You Drink: Safe or Suspect? is a comprehensive manual on the use and conservation of our most precious resource. Stauffer starts by explaining that although much of our planet is covered with water, most is salt water and … Continue reading

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Stauber, John & Sheldon Rampton. Toxic Sludge is Good for You: Lies, Damn lies and the Public Relations Industry. Common Courage Press, Maine, USA. 1995.

Witty but wise look at the great lengths and deceit the corporate world will go to, to sell us products and lies that damage and destroy life and society. Some great anecdotes about how some have been exposed.

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St–Pierre, Éric with Emerson da Silva, Mathieu Lamarre, & Barbara Sandlands. FAIR TRADE: A HUMAN JOURNEY 2009. Les Éditions de l´homme. Montreal, Canada.

“Today neoliberalism and its Holy Trinity – deregulation, innovation and globalization – are facing a crisis, and we are finding out that the trendy notion of ´sustainable development´ is… an oxymoron. The time is ripe to rethink our way of … Continue reading

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Soueif, Ahdaf. THE MAP OF LOVE. 2000. Bloomsbury Publishing. London. UK.

This is wonderful sweep of fiction across a century of people and their place in society, war, oppression, and cultural differences in the vast and complex history of North Africa. Its colonial past and the seeds of contemporary violence in … Continue reading

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Soueif, Ahdaf. MEZZATERRA: Fragments from the Common Ground. 2004. Anchor Books, USA.

The common ground of these essays which span twenty–five years of journalism is the ground where Arabs and non–Arabs co–exist. The author of several novels, including ‘The Map of Love’, which was a Booker Prize finalist, wrote these articles from … Continue reading

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Somerville, Margaret. The Ethical Canary: Science, Society and the Human Spirit. Penguin Books, Toronto, ON.

“Scientific progress alone would be a hollow victory without the moral or ethical progress that must accompany it and ensure the humanization and humanity of our development and use of science.” The canary used to detect poisonous gas in coal … Continue reading

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Solnit, Rebecca. Wanderlust: A History of Walking. Viking Penguin, UK, USA, Canada.

Solnit weaves a wide ranging survey of an activity most of us take for granted from about the age of two on. She writes about walking as a historic activity from Greek philosophers to Romantic poets to urban nature seekers … Continue reading

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Solnit, Rebecca. HOPE IN THE DARK: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities. 2006. Penguin Books. worldwide.

“It´s always too soon to go home. And it´s always too soon to calculate effect.”Activists who feel despondent and or just plain tired will read this book and take heart in our work and find purpose in the creative search … Continue reading

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Solnit, David. GLOBALIZE LIBERATION. 2004. City Lights Books, USA.

“In the face of what is called globalization-a world with no borders for capital–let us welcome this vindication of the internationalism of human solidarity.” Eduardo Galeano, Uruguay on page 447 “Participate, don’t spectate.” “Listen, don’t preach.” page 482″If you come … Continue reading

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