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Things Are Good: Portugal Joins Other Countries by Running Only on Renewable Energy

Portugal reached a very significant milestone on its path to being fully powered by renewables by consuming energy only from sustainable resources for four days. Other countries are on similar paths. In 2012 Germany got 50% of it’s power from renewable sources, Scotland powered itself exclusively on renewables for a week earlier this year, . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Portugal Joins Other Countries by Running Only on Renewable Energy

Cowichan Conversations: Not everyone thrilled with Sunfest – “Many, including CVRD personnel have told us to just move away.”

When large outdoor music concerts are promoted, it is not unusual to hear of negative effects on locals in the communities.

Safety concerns are glibly dismissed in some cases, and locations chosen are more

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Things Are Good: Toronto’s Green Roofs Keep Growing

Back in 2006 we first looked at how green roofs were becoming a development issue in Toronto, in 2009 Toronto implemented that green roof bylaw. Then in 2014 we took a look at how North America’s green roof industry is growing. This year, Toronto has become the hub for green roofs! Torontist took a look […]

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A Puff of Absurdity: Water Wars and the Last Straw

The next world wars won’t be about land or oil. They’ll be about water. And Canada could be the next Iraq, invaded and decimated for the abundance of our natural resources. We have to stop corporate control over our most necessary resource now before … . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Water Wars and the Last Straw

Cowichan Conversations: How To Let Go Of The World And Love All The Things Climate Cannot Change

Like many of you, I have watched Gasland, Gasland II and the Sky Is Pink. Josh Fox has been a trailblazer digging in and challenging the oil and gas trade. He has set the bar. Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: How To Let Go Of The World And Love All The Things Climate Cannot Change

Things Are Good: UK Bans Fising in a Million Square Kilometres

The UK will be banning commercial fishing in approximately one million kilometres of their ocean waters. The country is expanding their marine protection areas in the Atlantic and Pacific around the British Overseas Territories. This is good news as overfishing is contributing part to the global mass extinction of marine wildlife, anything countries can do […]

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Things Are Good: Atmospheric Acidity Levels Return to Preindustrial Levels

Repairing the damage humans have done to the environment is a slow process but it can be done! Thanks to policies put in place by leading economies (the article sites the American Clean Air Act from the 1970s) the acidity levels in the atmosphere has returned to a balanced level. This proves that we can […]

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Susan on the Soapbox: Another Fine Mess: Thanks Stevie

It turns out the famous Laurel and Hardy phrase “here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into” is a misquote.  What Oliver Hardy really said to the hapless Stan Laurel was “here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten us into”. At … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Another Fine Mess: Thanks Stevie

Cowichan Conversations: The NDP and Green Parties Struggle With Their Conservative and Progressive Factions

It seems that both NDP and the Greens are struggling with who they are, and what they think.

The NDP’s move to the ‘Mushy Middle’ must have former BC NDP leadership candidate, Steve Orcherton, MLA

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A Puff of Absurdity: The Irony of Advocating for A/C in Schools

This was a hot start to the school year. I taught a few classes with sweat dripping off my face as I spoke animatedly and enthusiastically about my courses. It was uncomfortable to be sure. And it was no better for students staring back at me all pink… . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: The Irony of Advocating for A/C in Schools

wmtc: fun with bag signs: in which i am photographed removing garbage from my neighbourhood

Are there bag signs where you live?In Mississauga and perhaps most suburban places, people put up bag signs advertising services. The signs are cheap to buy and easy to post. They are also illegal. To me, they are the Nexus of Evil: advertising plus vi… . . . → Read More: wmtc: fun with bag signs: in which i am photographed removing garbage from my neighbourhood

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- George Monbiot observes that while few people would want to drive animals to extinction directly, we’re all too often eager to settle for a consumerist culture which produces exactly that result. – Car… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Cowichan Conversations: PM Trudeau-Spills happen.They always do. Even the best technology isn’t up to the job.

Dear Mr. Trudeau, I attended the Kinder Morgan open house in Victoria recently, well I tried to. The attendance was so great that as many of us as fit into the room were left Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: PM Trudeau-Spills happen.They always do. Even the best technology isn’t up to the job.

Cowichan Conversations: Fish Farms Out! First Nations Move To Take Back Control

Richard Hughes Following decades of protest against virus ridden corporate fish farms being ignored by our federal and provincial, court decisions are fueling bold new efforts to drive the fish farms out of native Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Fish Farms Out! First Nations Move To Take Back Control

A Puff of Absurdity: Wild Women in Temagami – On Doing the Heavy Lifting

I had a dream early in the summer: I was getting out of a tent on the rocky shore of a lake on a misty morning just cool enough to warrant a sweatshirt. Jack Nicholson was there – the Five Easy Pieces version of Jack – just sitting alone, quietly enjo… . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Wild Women in Temagami – On Doing the Heavy Lifting

A Puff of Absurdity: Wild Women in Temagami – On Doing the Heavy Lifting

I had a dream early in the summer: I was getting out of a tent on the rocky shore of a lake on a misty morning just cool enough to warrant a sweatshirt. Jack Nicholson was there – the Five Easy Pieces version of Jack – just sitting alone, quietly enjo… . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Wild Women in Temagami – On Doing the Heavy Lifting

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Buying Coal Time, Burns Ours

2. Because if coal's "demise" is anything like Big Tobacco's, the industry didn't shut down after lawmakers' cracked down some. — Saskboy (@saskboy) August 26, 2016 Man bites dog:#Coal industry executive in secret meeting tells allies to stop denying #climatechange.https://t.co/fpiO0EfDBd — Tim Ream (@ourcarbon) August 26, 2016 Zimmerman seized on Reavey’s “poor/no science” line when […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Buying Coal Time, Burns Ours

Cowichan Conversations: Will The Courts Finally Uphold the Bylaws and Protect The Shawnigan Community?

  Back in court, the cards have been played, hopefully for the last time. Here is an update from the Shawnigan Residents Association.   Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Will The Courts Finally Uphold the Bylaws and Protect The Shawnigan Community?

Things Are Good: Walkable Streets Solve Nearly Every Problem

Anybody who lives in a city knows that walkability of neighbourhoods is a key reason they live where they do. The attraction to mobility options, safe places, cultural and economic diversity is what keeps cities growing. Walkable spaces makes all of that happen and more! What smoking was to the 20th century car driving is […]

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Canadian Dimension: Climate justice and the prospect of power

Photo by Mark Klotz Umair Muhammad’s post on my blog, “Let’s commit to the long haul,” reviews the record of an anti-pipeline movement in which both he and I have been active. He concludes that “while … . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Climate justice and the prospect of power

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Andrew Jackson makes the case for a review of Canada’s tax system focused on boosting revenue from the wealthy people and corporations who can readily afford it:These tax loopholes are costly. Partial inclusion… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Susan on the Soapbox: PPAs and the Master Narrative in Alberta

The American Press Institute (API) describes pack journalism,” now known as “the master narrative,” as a story line the press corps en masse is telling or repeating. The API warns that master narratives can become a “trap or rut” and … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: PPAs and the Master Narrative in Alberta

Left Over: Green Party ReGrowth?

Elizabeth May could quit as Green Party leader this month ‘Broken-hearted’ May says boycott Israel policy has her on verge of stepping down as leader By David Cochrane, CBC News Posted: Aug 12, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 12, … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Green Party ReGrowth?

Things Are Good: Scotland Generated Enough Renewable Energy to Power Itself

This past weekend Scotland generated enough electricity from wind turbines to meet all its power demands. A day of strong winds and low demand combined to make this the first time Scotland has achieved this renewable milestone. For a compression, in 2012 Germany got 50% of it’s electricity from renewable sources, and today Germany gets […]

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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Norman Farrell highlights how following the reversal of the HST transition, B.C. businesses haven’t given up on their goal of making sure that only individuals pay consumption taxes. – Jordan Press and… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links