British Columbia

24/12/22
Author: 
Arny Wise
To make housing more affordable for more residents, Premier Eby must increase the supply of affordable, non-market housing, writes retired developer Arny Wise. Photo by Christopher Cheung.

Dec. 22, 2022

I propose nine ways to fix affordable housing in BC. Second in an occasional series.

Premier David Eby had over two years as B.C.’s housing minister. He’s now had about a month as B.C. premier to come up with effective affordable housing policies.

His latest plan — the Housing Supply Act policy — has met criticism from all quarters for relying on a false, supply-side economics principle.

24/12/22
Author: 
Andrew Nikiforuk
COVID-19 is airborne, so why aren’t health officials loudly prioritizing mask wearing and filtering air in schools and workplaces? Image via Shutterstock.

Dec. 21, 2022

We should be rallied to defend ourselves and our kids. Our leaders offer timid silence.

As the pandemic evolves, the failure of current public health policies now shines clearer than a midnight star. The assumption that hybrid immunity — vaccines combined with infections — would end COVID’s relentless evolution has fed the pandemic, not starved it.

23/12/22
Author: 
David Broadland
This satellite photo of logging west of Kelowna covers an area of 63 square kilometres. The 220,000 square kilometres of primary forest in BC that is being converted to clearcuts, logging roads and plantations is 3,500 times greater than the area shown here (click image to enlarge). For context, the entire state of Washington covers 184,827 square kilometres.

Dec.13, 2022

The BC government is committing a 220,000-square-kilometre, biodiversity-killing, climate-destabilizing fraud on its own citizens and the international community.

THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF WRITING over the past year about the “Big Lie” in American politics: A deliberate, gross distortion of the truth, repeated over and over, even in the face of evidence that what’s being claimed is false.

23/12/22
Author: 
Allison Hannaford
A Canada Post letter carrier crosses a snow and ice covered road while delivering mail in Burnaby, B.C., on Wednesday, December 21, 2022. Photo by: The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck

Dec. 22, 2022

Like many Canadians, Colin McCarter is awaiting his father’s arrival to celebrate the holidays with him and his family in North Bay, Ont. However, he warned his dad about the impending storm and the challenges he may face on his nearly 400-kilometre drive north from the Greater Toronto Area.

McCarter, the Canada Research Chair in Climate and Environmental Change at Nipissing University in North Bay, thinks about extreme weather a lot. His studies revolve around how disturbances like climate change impact our landscape.

23/12/22
Author: 
Natasha Bulowski
A processor strips the bark and branches from a log in Copper Canyon on Vancouver Island, B.C. Photo by David Stanley / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Dec. 23, 2022

Canadian environmental groups have levelled another greenwashing complaint — this time at the largest certification scheme for sustainable forestry in North America.

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certifies 115 million hectares of forest within Canada’s borders for companies.

20/12/22
Author: 
H.G. Watson
Stop criminalizing poverty

Website editor: This article makes some very good points about 'free transit' campaigns and more.

Dec. 19, 2022

Ottawa’s light-rail transit system has made headlines in the last years – but not for any good reasons. Trains don’t work in the cold. Technical problems cause frequent delays, and a derailment once led to all the trains being taken out of service for weeks. On top of this, Ottawa’s city council voted to increase fares.

15/12/22
Author: 
Natasha Bulowski
Two children walk across the land in Ethiopia to get water during the drought. Photo by UNICEF Ethiopia / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND-2.0)

Dec.14. 2022

The international gas lobby playbook hinges on rebranding planet-warming natural gas as green and key to energy security, new documents reveal.

14/12/22
Author: 
Zak Vescera
Thousands of people work in the gig economy in BC without basic protections like minimum wage and WorkSafeBC coverage if they get hurt on the job. Photo via Shutterstock.

Dec. 14. 2022

Uber and the rest have changed the game, and solutions are complex — and slow. Part one of two.

Workers, unions and experts say B.C.’s government is dragging its feet on pledges to improve conditions for drivers and food courier workers eking out a living in the digital gig economy.

14/12/22
Author: 
Rob Miller
We know these ancient forests are worth more standing. We understand the consequences of losing them. There is a sense of urgency for change. We need binding agreements from international negotiations like COP15. Photo via Flickr

Dec. 14, 2022

During Biodiversity Day at COP27, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault committed $855,000 to ensure non-profit environmental groups and Indigenous partners can participate at COP15, the UN biodiversity conference in Montreal. This funding levels the playing field as industries increasingly send their paid representatives to participate in the negotiations.

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