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Entries Tagged as 'Climate change'

7 things that should be in this year’s BC Budget

February 17th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Climate change, Economy, Education, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

In the fifth year of a slow and largely jobless economic recovery, the 2014 BC Budget should prioritize measures to set the foundation of a more just and sustainable economy, where prosperity is shared by all citizens. Here are 7 initiatives that will get us there. 1. A comprehensive poverty reduction plan Combating poverty is […]

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When no news is not good news: what the uneventful BC throne speech means for you

February 15th, 2014 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Climate change, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

Last week’s BC throne speech received little media coverage, partly because it fell in the middle of the Olympics and on the same day as the Canadian federal budget, but also because it was rather uneventful, repeating familiar themes and commitments. The absence of significant new announcements in the throne speech is not good news […]

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BC’s Big Favour?

January 30th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Climate change, Environment, resources & sustainability

The hype on LNG has grown to staggering proportions. I have not had much time to debunk all of the government’s grotesque exaggerations and outright falsehoods. But Christy Clark’s claim that BC is “doing the world a favour” by exporting LNG to Asia made me write this oped, which got picked up in today’s Vancouver […]

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Spreading a fossilized view of the tar sands

January 24th, 2014 · · 2 Comments · Climate change, Environment, resources & sustainability, Media

It is lamentable that commentator Rex Murphy, who sometimes acts like a resident apologist for the fossil fuel industry, on January 17 devoted his weekly commentary on CBC television’s The National, to undermining rather than encouraging citizens working against massive vested interests, for a habitable planet for future generations. Specifically, Murphy tore into Neil Young’s […]

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Annotated Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy

November 4th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Climate change, Energy

BC recently signed on to a new Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, which includes California, Oregon and Washington states. On the surface it seems like the province is recommitting to climate policy, but don’t believe the hype: it was just a few years ago that BC was in negotiations with those same […]

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Global carbon budget is a harsh reality check for Canadian investors

October 30th, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Climate change, Energy

The recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should be a wake-up call for Canada. With a development model based on ever more fossil fuel extraction, Canada’s economy and financial markets are on a collision course with the urgent need for global climate action. The IPCC, for the first time, stated an […]

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Why the City of Vancouver should divest from fossil fuels

October 9th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Climate change, Environment, resources & sustainability

This is the text of remarks I made today to Vancouver city council on divestment. Earlier this year, Council requested that staff report back on how the city’s financial investments align with the city’s mission and values, and various ethical programs like the city’s purchasing policy and the greenest city initiative. So the meeting was […]

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IPCC: Time for a Global Carbon Budget

September 27th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Climate change

Political commitments on climate action, to the extent they exist, are usually pitched in terms of targets and timelines. BC, for example, has a legislated target of 33% below 2007 levels by 2020; Canada’s official target is a 17% reduction by 2020 relative to 2005 levels. Neither target will be met under status quo policy, […]

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Memo to Obama: Canada’s carbon problem IS the tar sands

September 10th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Climate change, Energy

Canada’s Harper-ment is getting increasingly desperate. The quest to double production out of the Alberta tar sands needs new pipelines (or rail). In recent months, we have seen new proposals for pipelines to the west and to the east, amid further delays of the KeystoneXL pipeline to the south. The success of US activists (environmentalists, […]

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BC Hydro’s Integrated Resource Plan and The Case Against Site C

August 27th, 2013 · · 2 Comments · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

It could have been me taking time off during the short Vancouver summer, or perhaps that the news release got dropped on the Friday before the August long weekend, but I totally missed the release of BC Hydro’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). It is an important document for the province, one that sets out the […]

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