Posted in Environmental Sustainability

Tar Sands Is The Problem; Biodiversity Is The Answer

Posted by Mark Worthing

Tar Sands Is The Problem; Biodiversity Is The Answer

The Flathead River Basin is a thriving hotbed for evolutionarily unique species: charismatic mega-fauna like Bighorn Sheep and wolves, the oldest sedimentary rock formations in the Rockies, and represents the pinnacle of North American wilderness.  It is home to the highest concentration of Inland Grizzly Bears anywhere in North America; contains wildflowers of which the only other place they are found is in the Mackenzie Delta in the Arctic circle; hosts the purest water flowing anywhere in the world; and remains the only low elevation valley that has never been permanently settled along the 49th parallel.  It is one of a kind and the last of its kind, comparable only to places like the Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania or the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Africa.

Posted in Economics, Environmental Sustainability

Pricing the Priceless

Written by Justin Ming, Artwork by Emily Thiessen

Pricing the Priceless

In the new Water Sustainability Act, British Columbians can hardly be assured that development projects are done in a truly sustainable manner; one that ensures that northern communities aren’t thirsty for priceless water in the generations to come.

Posted in Economics, Environmental Sustainability

LNG: What we don't hear from the other side

Written by Justin Ming

LNG: What we don't hear from the other side

When Canada is last to the table in the global LNG feast, sending our fork halfway across the globe, we shouldn’t be surprised when all that is left are small potatoes. The watering down of the B.C. Clean Energy Act in 2012 was a clear sign that resource extraction in B.C. was to take a new turn. In the amendment of the Act, Premier Christy Clark and the Liberals had successfully altered the definition of “clean energy” to include liquefied natural gas – a non-renewableresource.

Posted in Community Development, Environmental Sustainability

Provincial Parks Aren't Parks Anymore

Posted by Mark Worthing

Provincial Parks Aren't Parks Anymore

The Parks Amendment Act – another Christy Clark-branded piece of weaponry among the volley of arsenal aimed at undermining the ecological integrity of British Columbia.  Every small or large casualty in our legal and constitutional framework to protect future generations and natural systems, exposes opportunities for industrial incursion on the land on which we depend.

Posted in Community Development

O.U.R. Ecovillage

Posted by Kat Zimmer

O.U.R. Ecovillage

After twenty-five years of dreaming the impossible and fifteen years of precedent-setting work to reimagine living and land use in BC, people are still surprised to hear that a living, breathing ecovillage exists a scant 45 minutes from downtown. And it all started right here in Victoria.

Posted in Justice and Equality

NIMBY-ism

Written by Shane Calder

NIMBY-ism

While it is widely considered by researchers, health care professionals, and social activists to be the most rational, cost effective and humane approach to addressing the use of illicit drugs in our society, harm reduction services (HRS) still remain marginalised within health services. Largely ignored and abandoned by health authorities, at best, or vilified publicly as havens for drug dealers, disease, and despair, HRS occupy both a wide scale public support and a general societal uneasiness that renders these services extremely vulnerable to isolation, chronic underfunding, and even closure.

Posted in Decolonization and Sovereignty

In The World Today

Written by Kevin Henry

In The World Today

In the world today, there are important and pressing issues. Fights for land, title, and sovereignty take place daily in Indian Country. However, this remains silent to many and remains hidden within corporate media.

Posted in Food and Health

Cannabis: the Exit Drug

Written by Phillipe Lucas

Cannabis: the Exit Drug

Do we have the courage to abandon long-standing drug policies based on fear, prejudice and misinformation, and instead develop strategies informed by science, reason and compassion?

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