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Things Are Good: Sucking Diesel Fuel From Thin Air

We’ve polluted so much that there are now companies that think there is profit to be made by sucking CO2 from the air. How they make money is by reselling the CO2 to make carbonation for soft drinks, or strangely, to make diesel fuel.

What a world!

German company Sunfire produced its first batches of so-called e-diesel in April. Federal Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, put a few litres in her car, to celebrate. And the Canadian company Carbon Engineering has just built a pilot plant to suck one to two tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Maroc-It would be reasonable if the Malahat Nation put the LNG proposal on hold until they sorted out their internal problems

Don Maroc

by Don Maroc

Thanks to Adam Olsen, of the Tsarslip Nation and the BC Green Party for his preceptive chronicling of the proposed partnership between the Malahat Nation and Steelhead LNG to

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: A healthy environment nurtures healthy people

Acting on the understanding that we’re part of nature, and caring for the environment, makes people healthier and happier, argues world-renowned Canadian scientist, broadcaster, activist and author, David Suzuki.

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Cowichan Conversations: Steelhead LNG-Malahat Nation Plans Proceed While The Chief Michael Harry And Council Have Resigned!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

We may be in the throes of a Federal Election and trying to enjoy the last few weeks of summer but the Steelhead LNG-Malahat Nation proposal to establish a floating LNG

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Cowichan Conversations: BC Green’s Adam Olsen Is Opposed To An LNG Facility in the Saanich Inlet

BC Green Interim President Adam Olsen attended the Steelhead LNG Malahat Nation announcement of plans to build a floating LNG facility in the Saanich Inlet. His response is contained in this article below.


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Cowichan Conversations: I am in total sympathy with the Malahat First Nation’s desire to create a solid financial base.

Dorothy Field

By Dorothy Field

In my Cobble Hill days, I spent about five years fighting David Butterfield’s proposed “village” at the Bamberton site on steep shores above the Saanich Inlet.

With dedication

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Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair’s ‘State of the Union’ on Canadian environmental politics


Rafe Mair’s take on the state of Canada today is compelling, instructive and a reality check for those of us following the federal elections through the lens of the sad sack tattered media.

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LeDaro: Dangers of fracking

Contamination of groundwaterMethane pollution and its impact on climate changeAir pollution impactsExposure to toxic chemicalsBlowouts due to gas explosionWaste disposalLarge volume water use in water-deficient regionsFracking-induced earthquakesWorkplace safetyInfrastructure degradation

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Accidental Deliberations: On incomplete assessments

Yes, there’s plenty of reason to be outraged by the fact that the National Energy Board is delaying its review of the Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion – and perhaps setting the review back significantly – so a lobbyist for the project can take over as a board member.

But it’s worth noting that the delay itself could have some extremely dangerous effects: Bill C-38 imposes new time limits on some federal environmental assessments. Assessments conducted by independent panels must be completed within two years and, by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, one year. As well, the National Energy Board’s review (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Malahat Nation and Steelhead LNG to Announce an LNG project.

Cowichan Conversations broke the story of an impending LNG Project announcement August 9th.

Today the announcement has been scheduled for Thursday, August 20th 2015 at 10AM.

On Thursday, August 20th, 10 am, the Malahat Nation

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Cowichan Conversations: Welcome the Duncan Journal to the Media Mix In Cowichan

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

In the hurly burly world of newspapers, we welcome the latest entrant the Duncan Journal headed up by Nick Caumanns, Laurie Thomson and Rick Saare.

Both Nick Caumanns and Laurie Thompson,

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Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Mulcair’s Environmental Record #2: Minister of Hog Development

Recently Morris W. Dorosh had a piece published in the Financial post:  Tom Mulcair’s incoherent farm policy. In it he questions Mulcair’s logic and math, when discussing agriculture and supply management.

Incoherence is the expected thing from Mulcair. His arithmetic seems a bit off. Supply management nationally provided 16.9 per cent of farm-gate cash revenue in 2014 and 17.0 per cent the prior year, so Mulcair must have been referring only to Quebec. In that case gross revenue from milk, egg and poultry sales in Quebec was 2.55 per cent of Canadian farm cash income. Employment allegedly (Read more…)

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Accidental Deliberations: On campaign divisions

If it wasn’t obvious already, the last decade of resource politics in Canada should offer us a reminder that the immediate development of resources without meaningful consideration of externalities and risks is all too often a default position.

But if there’s anything that can shatter the consensus of developing resources based on the bare hope that people will benefit as a result, it’s a sufficiently laughable attempt to push it past what people can reasonably accept – particularly by explicitly prioritizing the resources themselves over the people who are supposed to support their development.

Which is to say: thank you, (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: B.C. must heed Mount Polley disaster’s lessons

“We need stronger environmental assessments,” says award-winning Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki, reflecting on last year’s Mount Polley disaster in British Columbia.

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Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: Thoughts on a nitrogen dioxide leak.

Today started off with an alarm going off outside for a nitrogen dioxide leak from the local smelter. My husband and I listened to updates on the radio and read notes on social media as tried to decide how he should get to work. It didn’t seem safe for him to walk, and I didn’t really want to load the kids into our one vehicle to drive him, but then I didn’t want him to take the car either in case we really did feel it necessary to leave our house and go out someplace further away from the leak. (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Read This Book: The Optimistic Environmentalist

The Optimistic Environmentalist is a new book by environmental lawyer Dr. David R. Boyd. Much like this website, the book is also about taking a positive look on the otherwise endless onslaught of bad news we get in the mainstream media.

David has worked in environmental law for many years, and he’s the first the admit that it can be very difficult not to get bogged down by all the bad news media we hear about the state of our planet. In fact, the inspiration for this book came from his 6-year old daughter. When she came home from school (Read more…)

The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada After Harper

Here is the link to buy a new book, Canada After Harper, edited by Ed Finn and with an introduction by Ralph Nader, just published by Lorimer.

Most Canadians know that Stephen Harper has had a tremendous impact on the country since becoming prime minister in 2006. But few have the in-depth knowledge of how far his transformation has gone — what has already been done, and what the consequences will be in the future.

This book brings together Canadian experts in a wide variety of areas. They document key changes put in place by the Harper government. There (Read more…)

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The NDP’s Biggest Asset May be Their Biggest Liability

I watched the Macleans leadership debates again on Youtube, and noticed a few things that I hadn’t picked up on when watching it live. For one thing, Thomas Mulcair was the only one of the four to have to use a script, when delivering his closing remarks.  We saw one awkward moment when he had to turn the page and forgot where he was.He did get some very good points across during the debate, and was even able to trick Harper into admitting that we were in a recession.  But overall, his performance was weak, especially since everyone thought (Read more…)

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Left Over: A Prophet Is Always Without Honour In Their Own Country….

NDP candidate Linda McQuaig’s comment on oilsands stirs up hornet’s nest Linda McQuaig says ‘a lot of the oilsands oil may have to stay in the ground,’ in calling for environment

The Canadian Press Posted: Aug 09, 2015 10:25 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 09, 2015 11:51 AM ET



Gee, a politician telling the truth, for once.Mulcair would do well to bring her to the forefront once he has been elected PM. Yes it’s tough news on oil sands jobs, mortgages in Alberta, etc. Try getting some sympathy from those who have lost everything in other sectors, (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Obama Battles Harper Over Climate Change

Obama spoke the other day about climate change: “we’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change; we’re the last generation that can do something about it.”

Stephen Harper denies the science.

It’s about that simple.


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A Puff of Absurdity: Economics of Happiness

The 60 min. documentary, Economics of Happiness, is being offered free to watch online for the month of August.

It’s a thoughtful look at how we could be living if we could only let go of consumerist culture that hasn’t made us particularly happy in the first place!

A Puff of Absurdity: One Neat Trick to Lose Weight Fast

I just lost 10 pounds without even trying!!

So I was ready to give away some clothes to charity because it was time to resign myself to my middle-age body. I had to accept that I wasn’t going to fit into these clothes ever again.  Then I tried them on one last time, and THEY FIT!

It’s a miracle!

And, even better, this radical new program requires absolutely no change to your regular activities. You too can drop the pounds WITHOUT EXERCISE!!

(But you should still more around some because it’s good for you.)

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Politics, Re-Spun: 11 Weeks of Daily Harper Protests

The Harper Re-election Disaster Bus Totalitarianism: daily, for 11 weeks!

Get used to this.

People hate Harper and his Conservatives. We will see through his weak attempt to wedge oppositions parties by running a long election campaign because he has more money to spend.

Saturation will come fast.

We will remember how much contempt he holds for people and democracy.

We will listen to his 5 non-answers to 5 media questions each day and we will be constantly reminded of how much we can’t stand what he has done to Canada.

And we will see this. Every day:

Harper campaign (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: Peace or Apathy

I found this piece on Medium, yet another on-line time suck! You can’t read it without joining, so I copied and pasted the bits I like below. This piece says much of what I’ve been saying for a while now: We need to wake up and pay attention and act on what we see. But Chris Morris says it more poetically than I ever could:

The greatest sorrow I feel is when I see someone mistaking peace with apathy. I’ve dwelt in that delusion myself. Now I see it as a temporary suicide — a form of limbo that diminishes the (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: Supporting Bare Boobs

It’s not about this:

the Braza Bra

It’s about arguing in favour of a woman’s right to take off her shirt.

How stupid, right?

I mean, it’s stupid that we have to argue about this and try to make it clear to everyone why it should be acceptable and actually have to argue with police who don’t know it’s been legal in Ontario for decades. But some people – mainly men, judging by the comment on various articles – are still having a hard time with it. And it’s really, really stupid that 8-year-old children and their parents have to (Read more…)