Category Archives: climate change

Letting the light in for the New Year

As the year has wound down, it’s time to look back on it and forward to 2017. 2016 has seen many dark clouds. The election of Donald Trump was perhaps the darkest one of all. Justin Trudeau appears to have … Continue reading

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Is Kinder Morgan going to be Justin Trudeau’s Standing Rock?

I’ve been one part saddened and one part outraged by the video footage coming out of Standing Rock, North Dakota over the last number of weeks as passive, unarmed water protectors are attacked on a daily basis, sometimes by police … Continue reading

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Making real “dates” for dumping fossil fuels

Some great news on the climate change front this week as Canada joins the ranks of a number of other nations in committing to a firm date by which we will no longer be burning coal. The Liberal government announced … Continue reading

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Are the federal Liberals really serious about climate change?

Like many Canadians, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals during their first year in office. I even suggested in a previous blog that the saying “they campaign from the left but govern from the right” … Continue reading

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Climate change — it’s everywhere

Today I think I finally connected the dots. Up till now, I hadn’t fully grasped just how many day-to-day reorderings are directly related to global warming. Not just the extreme weather events that become headlines but, perhaps even more importantly, … Continue reading

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Connecting the dots on the Fort McMurray catastrophe

My sincere condolences go to the tens of thousands of people so profoundly affected by the fires in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta. I do not ever recall such a large population evacuated due to fire in Alberta, BC, or … Continue reading

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Growing quality, not quantity

With the Globe 2016 conference happening in Vancouver, politicians and leaders from some of the world’s biggest businesses are coming together to try and address “sustainable business” — in other words, how to continue to grow their businesses and the … Continue reading

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Renewal and hope: the best wishes of the season

As the days get shorter and we move toward winter solstice and the shortest day of the year, I always look forward with great excitement to the day we turn the corner. At long last, we are now at the … Continue reading

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Paris climate talks: where the story disconnects

I’ve listened with interest to the two very different narratives coming out of the Paris climate talks. The dominant narrative is that at long last, significant achievements have been made in hammering out an agreement that will see world temperatures … Continue reading

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Press release: COPE calls for real public input into a new transportation plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2015 COPE CALLS FOR REAL PUBLIC INPUT INTO A NEW TRANSPORTATION PLAN ——————————— Plebiscite process a mockery of democracy   Now that the people of Metro Vancouver have rejected the transportation plebiscite, the Coalition of … Continue reading

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