Global Warming Hole

For now I want to let people living in the eastern two-thirds of North America know that global warming is really happening. In fact, 2015 should be the year that stifles discussion of a warming hiatus. A substantial developing El Nino will add to the global warming trend, and should make 2015 easily the warmest year in the instrumental record.

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Mr. Weston and C-51 - You Underestimate Canadian Resolve and Grit

In Response to John Weston, MP, “Weston: the silent majority supports bill” published in the Local Weekly, March 26, 2015.

Bill C-51 [is] carefully attempting to balance freedom and security.” Mr. Weston asks Canadians to take the supposed benevolence of CSIS and his government on blind faith. He offers no formula for his “balancing” act, no criteria to justify further invasion of personal human freedoms which are already impaired. No case whatsoever. He fails to cite any facts or law which would even allow a government to engage in a balancing act, and such power is not granted from liberty itself, borne of mere human existence, not a gift from the leader.

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Speaking Truth to Power - And to Friends


Sometimes its easier to speak truth to power than to speak truth to friends–I refer not to friends you know well, but
to compatriots fighting for the same good cause.

Once when I was giving a public talk at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, where I was about to be presented an award by Governor Brown, who was sitting in the front row, I described California’s newly minted cap-and-trade program as “half-baked” and “half-assed”. I admit to being tactless, but it got his attention, which was my intention.

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Clark Govt in Over its Head with Big LNG Players

Many long years ago, when I was in first year Law, we learned a case called the Carbolic Smoke Ball case. This involved a patent medicine and great claims were made for its virtues. There was a lawsuit because a user of this patent medicine was not satisfied with the result, which he said was nil. This was apropos in those days, since in B.C. we were constantly exhorted to buy Dodds Kidney Pills, which had nothing to do with kidneys, and Carter’s Little Liver Pills, which had dick-all to do with livers.

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Sunshine Coast Attentive Taxpayers launch SCRD Audit Petition

On February 14, 2012 our Provincial Government announced the formation of a new department called the “Auditor General for Local Government” (AGLG). Their purpose is to conduct performance audits of local governments to provide objective information and advice to help them be accountable to their communities for their stewardship of public assets and their achievement of value for money in their operations.

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New Program Recognizes Businesses for Zero Waste Success

Until now, there was no formal way for businesses to be recognized for achieving Zero Waste according to consistent standards. To address this growing need, Zero Waste Canada (ZWC) has established Canada’s first Zero Waste Business Recognition Program in collaboration with Zero Waste International Alliance.

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Zero Waste Advocacy Groups Protest Incinerator Industry

Zero Waste advocacy groups are planning a protest and public rally at the Incinerator Industry Conference in Richmond, BC on Wednesday, April 10 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond. 

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Death by Success? The New Recycling Contract

There are many examples of 'Death by Success'; the Salmon spawning process, the Praying Mantis mating ritual, and even the successful matchstick which, when struck, proceeds to consume itself. A new example could be the new SCRD Recycling Contract recently signed by the Gibsons Recycling Depot (GRD).

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Let's Trash Talk

I had coffee recently with Garry Nohr, Chair of the SCRD Board, it was during our discussion that he informed that the new contract for refuse (trash) collection had been signed with ...... Direct Disposal, well who would have guessed. SCRD along with the Town of Gibsons and the quaint village of Sechelt have collectively engaged our favorite trash guys for another two years but here is the best part you get to pay more for the privilege of having the exhaust spewing beast of a truck race down your street every week when you only put the trash out one a month. How much you say? Just a mere 11% ($42,000) and considering the rate of inflation was only 3.2% last year you should consider this a deal, your newly elected officials did. It should be noted that this is only for Areas B,C,D &E.

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