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Entries Tagged as 'Environment, resources & sustainability'

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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Burning issues for Metro Vancouver

January 7th, 2014 · · Comments Off · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Municipalities

The front page story of today’s Vancouver Sun takes on Metro Vancouver’s waste incineration facility in Burnaby. The Fraser Valley Regional District has been strongly opposed to a new proposed incinerator planned by Metro, and likewise has expressed its concerns about air quality in regards to the Burnaby facility. Its operating permit is up for […]

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The wrong question in the wrong forum

December 12th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Uncategorized

It didn’t take very much time at the joint federal-provincial environmental hearing into Site C, which started this week in Fort St. John, to realize that it is not the best forum to address the central issue underlying BC Hydro’s proposal to develop the $8 to $9 billion hydro project. The central issue is the […]

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LNG: BC’s Quest for a New Staple Industry

October 21st, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

I have a post as part of a new series from the Progressive Economics Forum celebrating 50 years of Mel Watkins’ publication of “A Staple Theory of Economic Growth.” Watkins’ piece follows the insight of Harold Innis to develop an understanding of economic growth uniquely rooted in the Canadian experience. The series begins with an […]

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Metro Vancouver needs to walk its “zero waste” talk

October 16th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

An oped published in the Vancouver Sun: When delegates attend Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste conference on Wednesday, they will hear from innovators and big thinkers about how to radically redesign waste out of our economy. Ideas will be presented to aggressively reuse, repair and maintain what we consume, and for composting and recycling to keep […]

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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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Time to redesign BC’s GHG policy

October 8th, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability

No matter where you stand on GHGs and climate change, one thing is very clear. British Columbia GHG policy is a mess. It is not just that GHG reduction targets were legislated without any credible plan to achieve them and, given our current industrial strategy, little prospect of doing so. It is the complete lack […]

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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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