Day of Mourning for killed and injured workers

Apr 25, 2011
It’s worth remembering that April 28th is the day of mourning for workers who were injured or who have lost their lives as a result of work-related incidents or occupational diseases. Last year 143 BC workers lost their lives.  That’s up from 121 people in 2009 at the height of the recession.  On average, more… View Article

If Our Forests Count Then It’s Time to Count

Apr 22, 2011
Judging by the comments published in response to an opinion piece that Anthony Britneff and I co-wrote and that The Province newspaper published this week, there is growing concern within the ranks of the provincial Forest Service and in the professional forestry community over the current state of health of our publicly owned forests. Inventories… View Article

A billion dollars of bogus carbon credits

Apr 19, 2011
A story in today’s Vancouver Sun is disturbing, arguing that BC could make $1 billion from selling carbon offsets once the Western Climate Initiative gets underway. The projects are mostly in forest management and conservation, meaning less cutting and more sequestration of carbon in the forests themselves. The conservation part is undoubtedly a good thing… View Article

Transportation Transformation

Apr 19, 2011
Just in time for Earth Day, we have a new release from the Climate Justice Project, Transportation Transformation: Building Complete Communities and a Zero-Emission Transportation System in BC. The report is perhaps the most visionary of our CJP publications to date (and has lots of great graphics to illustrate that vision), a necessity given that… View Article

From The Missing Issues File: Climate Change

Apr 14, 2011
Did I miss something, or did the two-hour English election debate go by with only one passing reference to climate change, the most urgent issue of our time?  There seems to be an inverse relationship at play between the severity of the crisis and its place on the political radar. The issue is receiving much… View Article

Can cooperatives humanize the economy?

Apr 13, 2011
Book Review of Humanizing the Economy: Cooperatives in the Age of Capital, by John Restakis, New Society Publishers, 2010. The economy is about business, right? Sure, we have a dynamic mixed economy, and most people support decent social programs and government intervention to protect the environment or to improve living conditions for the poorest. In… View Article