November 2010

Contents Related Letters Editor's Note

If you’re becoming a bit numbed to the prevalent doom-and-gloom message about the state of our planet, you might prefer to read Toby Heaps’ review of a book by green guru Andrew Heintzman titled The New Entrepreneurs. Heaps is the founder of Corporate Knights, an environmentally conscious media company in Canada, and Heintzman heads up Investeco, a green investment firm. They, and the entrepreneurs profiled in Heintzman’s book, represent a hopeful new “green-blooded” generation who are determined to tackle energy problems with ingenuity and make money in the process.

Big Pharma has made a great deal of money in recent years out of Viagra and its imitators by playing on male concerns about lack of performance. Now comes a version for the ladies: FSD or female sexual dysfunction, and a new book asks whether this is a genuine condition or a superb new marketing gambit by the drug companies. Sex, Lies and Pharmaceuticals by Ray Moynihan and Barbara Mintzes does eye-opening investigative journalism around this subject, which our reviewer Wendy McElroy describes as a clear example of “the medicalization of everyday life.”

Also this month we ask the question: “Should Canadians be required to vote?” With numbers of electors dropping to anemic levels in recent years, it’s worth inquiring how low voting can go and still be the basis of a democracy? Thirty other countries around the world, most notably Australia, have instituted compulsory voting for their citizens. Alberta academics Steve Patten and Lisa Young debate the pros and cons of such a move for Canada.

Happy reading! Bronwyn Drainie

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