My name is Ted Taylor. I am 68 years old and was born in Coronation, Alberta. When I grew up on the prairies, winter temperatures regularly dropped to 40 below zero Fahrenheit. Winters were so cold that people poured hot water on car radiators to thaw them and used blow torches to warm their engines so they would turn over. Now we have winters so warm that the Pine Beatle thrives in the north. Throughout my lifetime I have witnessed changes to the weather that convince me that global warming is real. The majority of us have buried our heads in the sand, fallen victim to the climate deniers and the big money spin machine. We have chosen to marginalize credible scientist, ignored warnings and carried on with business as usual. I have been just as guilty as any. However, in the last few years I have become increasingly concerned. Hopefully you’ll read this document and become as concerned. Afterwards, if you still have doubts, Google “2 degrees centigrade environment”, start reading and decide for yourself. It’s time to get serious about global warming!
Sunday, 14 April 2013 12:26
The final film in the spring Green Film Series is "A Fierce Green Fire, The Battle for the Living Plantet" will be screened on Monday, April 29 at 7:30 pm at the Gibsons Hertiage Theatre. The film chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future –and succeeding against all odds. A discussion led by local activists will follow the film screening.
Monday, 01 April 2013 15:29
With the sun shining and the temperatures finally warming up, it's a great time to get out to the beaches, go for a hike and get things planted in the garden. Gardening can be a lot of work, but it should be fun too.
Published in Food Action Network
Monday, 01 April 2013 14:19
Like every other country in the world, Canada has promised to help keep global warming to less than 2 degrees C. However Canada's political and corporate leadership are committed to turning the country into a fossil-fuelled “energy superpower.” With a drug lord's just-providing-a-service hypocrisy Canada has openly declared it's future is tied to the profits from dumping hundreds of millions of tonnes of climate-heating carbon into the atmosphere every year.
Published in Global Environmental Connections
Thursday, 21 March 2013 15:29
Genetic engineers are currently experimenting on over 35 species of fish, including trout, catfish, tilapia, striped bass, carp,flounder,and salmon. By selecting genes from a variety of organisms (including other fish, coral, mice,bacteria,and even humans) companies hope to produce new breeds of transgenic or genetically engineered (GE) fish that grow faster,produce larger muscles,are disease resistant,and tolerate a wide range of temperatures. Through manipulating certain genes, industry claims these fish will be better suited for industrial aquaculture systems,also referred to as fish farming.
Published in Take action!
Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:14
Gary Mason’s column in the March 12 edition of The Globe and Mail, on Christy Clark, is very interesting. The premier is complaining about the lack of precision in the NDP’s plans and calls upon Adrian Dix to spell it all out.
What is most interesting is Ms. Clark’s position on issues and what she deems those issues to be. (Remember that the Liberals have raised the provincial debt and other taxpayer obligations by some five fold, which should limit the generosity of both leaders).
Published in Rafe here...
Monday, 04 March 2013 13:12
Sunshine Coast's Gibsons Recycling Depot has received the Best Green Business Award for BC from Small Business BC. They were among winners across the Province in the Successful You Awards Contest. Gibsons Recycling Depot, owned by Buddy Boyd and Barb Hetherington, is a leader in environmental practices.
Thursday, 21 February 2013 14:13
The famous bordello keeper of the 20s, Texas Guinan, used to greet her “guests” with, “Hello suckers!” Texas Guinan has her presence today in the form of BC's Finance Minister Mike de Jong.
Published in Rafe here...
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 22:49
Published in Coast Views
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 16:11
Take Action before March 11! Do you think there should be federal environmental assessment hearings on the proposed liquidfied natural gas project on our north coast? The Environmental Assessment Agency needs to hear from you at:
Thanks to The Common Sense Canadian and Damien Gillis for the following article:
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is seeking public input on whether or not to hold a federal environmental assessment process for a proposed Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) mega-project on BC's north coast. The plant, dubbed Pacific Northwest LNG, is designed to turn natural gas from northeast BC into super-cooled liquid so it can be shipped to new markets in Asia, currently paying a higher price for the commodity.
Citizens have until March 11 to let the government know whether the proposal for Prince Rupert - one of half a dozen slated for that community and nearby Kitimat - should undergo a thorough environmental assessment.
Project proponent Progress Energy became a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysian state-owned energy giant Petronas in December, when Stephen Harper approved the controversial buyout. The decision followed lengthy deliberations, during which time Harper was pressured directly by the Malaysian Prime Minister.
Just prior to that, the two companies announced their intention to proceed with the $9-11 Billion project, regardless of the fate of the buyout, but indicated the project's size would vary accordingly.
A Financial Post story at the time noted, "If the takeover bid is a go, the LNG plant, named Pacific Northwest LNG, will export two billion cubic feet a day of liquefied natural gas. If the bid is not approved, the two companies will continue as separate entities and work on a plant with the capacity to export 1.2 billion cubic feet a day. Either way, the project will proceed at an 'aggressive' pace."
Petronas' mega-project is far from the only LNG plant proposed for BC's coast. There are at least five major projects proposed by a host of North American, Asian and European natural gas players - some of which have already received some level of approval. These include Kitimat LNG, of which Chevron just purchased a majority stake, and Kitimat-based, Shell-led LNG Canada, a consortium which includes Japanese, Chinese and Korean partners.
These plants are a key piece of a promised natural gas boom that is a central plank in the BC Liberals' economic and election platform. They also bring with them considerable environmental and economic concerns - from the shaky financial foundation of the nascent industry to the water and air contamination caused by fracking - a controversial, new technique used for harnessing much of the gas that would feed these LNG plants.
The plants themselves would create local air pollution and carbon emissions, as they plan to burn some of their own product to to meet the enormous energy demands of processing gas into liquid.
Published in Take action!
Monday, 18 February 2013 13:20
Activists are calling Keystone “the line in the sand” regarding dangerous climate change, prompting the Sierra Club to suspend its 120-year ban on civil disobedience. The group’s executive director, Michael Brune, was arrested in front of the White House during a small protest against Keystone on Wednesday, February 13.
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