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Keep Our Air Safe Symposium Set for April 25

The Sunshine Coast Clean Air Society will hold a symposium on Saturday, April 25 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Seaside Centre in Sechelt. Entitled " Keep Our Air Safe, What We Can Do" the day will be filled with speakers, panelists and discussion groups on local issues.

The keynote speaker is Professor Douw Steyn, Air Quality Meteorologist, at UBC. There will also be presentations by Dr. Paul Martiquet, Regional Officer, VCH and Graham Veale, AQ Meteorologist, Ministry of Environment. Other speakers will include: Ruth Simons, Executive Director, The Future of Howe Sound Society; Dr. James Pawley, Director SCCAS - Home heating choices; Metro Vancouver regional garbage incineration projects (speaker TBA). There will also be an update of a new project to establish ongoing data collection of air quality on the coast.

The afternoon will include discussion groups covering industrial issues such as LNG, incineration, gravel extraction and coal transportation; home heating alternatives and local breathing issues of wood smoke, diesel and open burning. Participants will bring ideas for action back to the group.

Everyone is welcome and the Society hopes that the community will find it educational and interesting.

For more information:cleanaironthecoast.com

 

Who's Who Behind Woodfibre LNG?

Who are the people working hard to get us an LNG plant on Howe Sound?

Woodfibre LNG, the proponent of the project, is  a subsidiary of Singapore-based Pacific Oil & Gas Limited, part of the Singapore-based Royal Golden Eagle group. RGE is founded and owned by Sukanto Tanoto, a business tycoon with a personal wealth estimated at $2.3 billion US; he is considered one of the richest men in Indonesia.

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Alternative Federal Budget 2015: Delivering the Good

The Alternative Federal Budget 2015: Delivering the Good demonstrates that the federal government’s continued obsession with austerity and balancing the budget comes at the cost of higher household debt, fewer services, and weakened job growth.

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Standing Room Only for Solar Co-op Initial Meeting

A standing room only crowd of 150 people gathered to learn more about the proposed Sunshine Coast Solar Co-op on Saturday, March 21 in Gibsons. Organized by members of the Gibsons Green Team and Sunshine Coast In Transition, the meeting brought together interested community members, local solar contractors and the SCRD.

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Woodfibre LNG President Outlines Tanker Routes, Supports Open House in Gibsons

At the Woodfibre LNG round table discussion on Gambier on Saturday, March 21, Woodfibre LNG Canada president Anthony Gelotti indicated there is a possibility that LNG tankers will pass by Langdale. He also said he supports an open house in Gibsons about the LNG project. The facility is located at the former Woodfibre Pulp and Paper Mill, approximately seven kilometres southwest of Squamish.

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EV Rebate Program Is Back!

Good news for BC residents, businesses,  non-profit organizations and local government organizations that are considering buying an electric or hybrid vehicle. The Clean Energy Vehicles for British Columbia is again being made available for the next three years beginning on April 1, 2015.

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Green Film Series Celebrates Seedy Saturday with Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds

Spring is here and many coasters are looking over their seed catalogs and planning their gardens. Those seeds are one of the most important resources on earth. They are the basis for our food, fuel and fabric. Yet they at risk. Approximately 90 percent of the fruit and vegetable varieties that existed 100 years ago no longer exist today according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. But there are people who are working to save this precious resource.

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First Coast Solar Cooperative Meeting Set for March 21

Sunshine Coast residents have shown  keen interest in solar power and over 100 people signed up for more information on a solar cooperative last fall following the screening of Powerful: Energy for Everyone at the Green Film Series. A group has been researching and working on getting more information and is now ready for a public meeting.

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Green Film Series Celebrates Seedy Saturday with "Open Sesame - The Story of Seeds"