Bob Weber
Environment Minister Rebecca Schulz says negotiations between water licence holders in three southern Alberta river basins will open this week. Schulz shakes hands with Premier Danielle Smith in Edmonton on Oct. 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Jan. 31, 2024

Drought-weary Alberta opens water-sharing talks with large users

EDMONTON — Lance Colby saw what was coming.

The Alberta government said Wednesday it would open talks on water-sharing between large users as the province's drought situation worsens. But Colby, chair of the Mountain View Regional Water Services Commission in central Alberta, had already begun such discussions.

Brandi Morin
 Residents of an Indigenous homeless encampment in Edmonton being evicted by police | Photo by Brandi Morin

Jan. 18, 2024

Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
A shadowy group with links to Canada's natural gas lobby is running online ads attacking Canadian municipalities' efforts to ban natural gas infrastructure. Illustration by Ata Ojani/National Observer

Jan. 15, 2024

A shadowy new organization attacking the climate efforts of Canadian cities is infiltrating Google searches and ads in the New York Times and other publications online.

The group — Voice for Energy — bills itself as a platform for Canadians to "speak up" against municipalities implementing measures to reduce or ban natural gas to "protect" people’s so-called "energy choice."

The Canadian Press Chuck Chiang
File photo: Fortis BC LNG expansion site in Delta, BC Friday, February 3, 2017. PHOTO BY JASON PAYNE /PNG

Jan. 17, 2024 

The gas provider is being criticized for a lack of transparency and timely explanation about the stench Delta Mayor George Harvie said led to emergency services being flooded with calls

Tara Jean Stevens said the “apocalyptic” stench that blanketed Delta on Tuesday night was so heavy that her car and garage still smelled of rotten eggs Wednesday morning.


“I had a headache all night,” said Stevens, a radio host on Wave 98.3. “I never get headaches … it felt thick in the air, even though you couldn’t see it.”

Sara Van Horn
A fitter installs blue plastic pipes in the thermal solenoid room of a deep geothermal power plant. (PHOTO BY JENS BÜTTNER/PICTURE ALLIANCE VIA GETTY IMAGES)

Jan. 9, 2024

In New York and states across the country, thermal energy networks are helping unite the climate and labor movements while hastening a just transition away from fossil fuels.

In early 2021, an award-winning design for a ​“thermal energy network” caught the eye of John Murphy. The design was part of a proposal to decarbonize Empire Plaza in Albany, N.Y., and it featured a series of underground water pipes that balanced the heating and cooling systems of adjacent buildings.

Colin Bruce Anthes
Photo by Joseph Kiesecker/Flickr aerial view of housing

Dec. 23, 2023

The housing conversation has been one of neoclassical production, and it has come up dry

Build a house in Wainfleet. Build the identical house in downtown Toronto. Bring them both to market the same day. The “housing” is exactly the same, but the house in Toronto might sell for a million dollars more than the house in Wainfleet.

Adam Olsen
 We have an urgent housing crisis and this is evidence of how inefficient it is to wait for the private sector to deliver housing affordability. Photo by Kindel Media/Pexels

Jan. 2, 2024

In recent years, the "progressive YIMBY” (Yes, in my backyard) movement has embraced the idea that a surge in market-housing supply will magically lead to affordability.

However, all housing supply is not created equal. Despite a construction boom building thousands of new market units of multi-family supply, affordable housing remains elusive for over a third of British Columbians. The economic theory is not producing the promised housing affordability.

 Liam Crisan

December 12, 2023  

It’s happening: the city of Albuquerque (population 1 million) is permanently eliminating public bus fares, becoming the largest US city to embrace this critical step toward racial and economic equity. A coalition headed by Together for Brothers – a community-organizing and power-building group led by and for young men of color – made the victory possible.


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