James Glave
Building rules could be our climate salvation Photo courtesy Cascadia Windows

November 4th 2019

You’ve probably never even heard of two of Canada’s more effective provincial and city-scale climate policies—and that’s probably not a bad thing.

The BC Energy Step Code and the City of Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Plan are both building regulations introduced within the past two years or so by the Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver, respectively.

Farhad Manjoo

NY Times Op-Ed, Nov. 3, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — I have lived nearly all my life in California, and my love for this place and its people runs deep and true. There have been many times in the past few years when I’ve called myself a California nationalist: Sure, America seemed to be going crazy, but at least I lived in the Golden State, where things were still pretty chill.

The Energy Mix
OCTOBER 22, 2019
Both veteran legislators and newly-elected Members of Parliament would have stood to learn a great deal from the recent C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, where participants shared best practices for fighting global warming while ensuring that workers whose livelihoods depend on fossil fuels aren’t left out in the cold, former Toronto mayor David Miller writes for the Globe and Mail.
LA Times Editorial Board

....by this time next year the flow of plastic containers, cups, lids and utensils from restaurants, fast food outlets and other businesses serving prepared food within city limits will have virtually stopped...

Craig Cameron
Aerial view of the Suncor oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray. Some governments are proposing to ask oil companies to pay them for the cost of climate change damage caused by their products.
January 21, 2019
West Vancouver council has been criticized for voting to send letters to the world’s biggest fossil-fuel companies to hold them accountable for their “fair share” of the costs related to climate change. I want to explain why I voted in favour.
West Coast Environmental Law

For Immediate Release – January 18, 2019

Environmental lawyers applaud Victoria’s recommendation of a lawsuit against fossil fuel companies

Robyn Crawford

[Videos at link]

Supporters and opponents of a campaign to offer free transit to people aged under 18, and offer sliding scale discounts to low-income people turned out to Vancouver city council on Wednesday. Sarah McDonald has the details.

The Canadian Press
Vancouver city councillors have voted to join cities such as Los Angeles and London in declaring a climate emergency.	PNG

January 17, 2019

Vancouver city councillors have voted to join cities such as Los Angeles and London in declaring a climate emergency.

The city clerk’s office says in a social media post that councillors voted unanimously to approve the motion.

Councillor Christine Boyle, who moved the resolution, says staff now have the mandate to “dramatically strengthen” Vancouver’s climate plan.

Melanie Green
Though the work is all-consuming, Jean Swanson does find respite in taking the odd nap. In fact, she moved her favourite rocking chair from home to her office at City Hall where she’s rested her eyes on particularly long days during the dinner break.  (JENNIFER GAUTHIER / FOR STARMETRO)

Dec. 30, 2018

VANCOUVER—Vancouver city councillor Jean Swanson still wears the friendship bracelet woven by young female inmates she befriended during her four-day stint at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in August. She hasn’t taken it off once.

Carlito Pablo
Viveca Ellis runs the All On Board campaign for the B.C. Poverty Reduction Coalition.

Dec.12, 2018

After the examples of New Westminster and Port Moody, other Lower Mainland municipalities, including Vancouver, are expected to hop on a campaign for affordable transit.


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