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"For billionaires who cannot buy good press, there is the option of buying the press," The New Yorker says.
Michaëlle Jean isn't willing to reveal the juicy details about what went on behind the scenes at that pivotal point in Canadian history "on the day the Prime Minister came to me to ask for my...
Two guys with a candy company called OMG's stand nervously pitching their product. Kevin O'Leary ridicules their valuation, and the other guys on the Dragons' Den scoff and bow out. None will put...
Climate Snapshot writer Barry Saxifrage's Arctic "death spiral" leaves climate scientists shocked and worried went viral last month and it got people talking. The conversation around Barry's...
Riot software program by Raytheon is "as sinister as it sounds."
There'd been a shooting at 5 a.m. at Smithe and Granville,  the morning of the Extract book launch party and the location of it as well. Ceili's downtown manager called at noon to say the police...
We've published an amazing book on the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway: two days before the JRP hearings hit Vancouver, we're celebrating. And you're invited.
Do shootings shift views on gun control?
With the launch of Extract: The Pipeline Wars Vol. 1 Enbridge, the Friends of the Vancouver Observer came together to provide funding for future important stories.
People need good information to make good decisions. Despite the cataclysm of the digital age, none of this has changed. And whatever people may wish, journalism isn't free.
Such misguided vanity, giving the beaver a gun.
About that ebook, "Extract: The Pipeline Wars, Vol. 1 Enbridge", Jenny and I have been working hard with designer Marc Baumgartner on finishing touches.  The ebook will be released soon on...
Yes, Globe and Mail reporter, it's jarring. Blatant misogyny always is.
Mitt made a mockery of his claim to godliness.
Twenty-eight days to raise $20,000. Help us meet our goal.
We’ve seen what happens when journalism is not functioning correctly: the Iraq War, the Missing Women in the Downtown Eastside, and the current PR war that government is waging against environment...
If NDP voters are truly serious about taking down Stephen Harper and the Conservatives, they should take a good, hard look at BC’s sole leadership candidate, Nathan Cullen. No doubt lumped in with...
Corporate sponsor.  The words hovered on the otherwise empty screen above Steven Cox on the stage of the Vogue Theatre. Volume 20 of Pecha Kucha Night, sold out as usual, and Cox aimed his...
I just updated my Facebook page and published on Facebook Timeline.  I found it easy to do and instantly compelling.  I'm drawn into the beauty of Facebook Timeline's design. I'm impressed...
Acclaimed international writer and thinker Douglas Coupland talks about Vancouver's livability, multiculturalism, and the new Oscar-nominated animated film by Emily Carr.
Speakers at Cities Summit discuss open source technology and the capacity for social media to help citizens connect with government. Read VO Publisher Linda Solomon's live blog for more updates.
How to best describe Ken Boessenkool, Christy Clark's new chief of staff?  "Former Suncor lobbyist", former "Enbridge lobbyist" and former Stephen Harper staffer and strategist. All ...
Who pays Vivian Krause's bills? Vancouver Courier writer Allen Garr asked in a post today.  Pointing to Krause's attacks on the millions coming from U.S. Foundations ($300 million in a 10-year...
The carbon belongs to Canada, VO climate change blogger Barry Saxifrage wrote me in an email this morning.  He said he noticed that David Suzuki quoted a stat from an article saying that 40 per...
Join the city's most trusted local online-only news platform and become a force for progressive change in media. About us: For those who don't already know, The Vancouver Observer is a hyper local...
Occupy Vancouver protesters, infuriated by a court's decree that their encampment must be dismantled on Monday by 2 p.m., marched on City Hall Friday night. In the picture below, protesters hurry to...
"This sounds like Fox News," Pulitzer prize winning journalist Chris Hedges says, after CBC newscaster's unleashes demeaning personal attack.
On Thanksgiving, I'm stopping to remember the late Wangari Maathai, a constant source of inspiration to me since I spent three incredible weeks with her in the nineties.
Nothing beats walking. Why don't I take long walks everyday?   When I walk, I'm, like, human.  Not attached to the computer.  More myself. Wind in my face.  Thoughts falling...
Dick Cheney is coming to town tonight.  The former vice president under the Bush administration will be speaking tonight at the Bon Mot Club's Vancouver Club event, as you probably know by now....
As Dick Cheney prepares to promote his book in Vancouver tomorrow evening at the Bon Mot Club, a movement to have the former U.S. Vice President arrested for war crimes has grown. This will be...
First Sarah Palin, now Dick Cheney. Torture, Haliburton, the War on Terrorism. Cheney is also a stockholder in the arms-manufacturer Carlyle Group. What kind of welcome should Vancouver give him?
Vanity Fair's "The New Establishment 2011" is worth a read. Eighty-four men and 10 women make the list of top power brokers, according to the magazine. Mark Zukerberg, Facebook's founder, is at...
I left New York City nearly 10 years ago for Canada after the September 11 attacks on New York City. Today, I'm looking back.
Violence against children is pure evil. Today, Norwegian authorities announced the construction of a website to post the photographs of all the 87 people Anders Behring Breivik killed. A friend of a...
Calling the Vancouver Observer "reminiscent of Salon," Kevin Chong compares and contrasts VO, City Caucus, and Frances Bula's blog in his article, "The Politics of Vancouver blogs"  in the July...
Gregor Robertson has been one of Vancouver's most popular mayors and a month ago, he was said to be unbeatable. Then came the riots and NPA's City Caucus blog jumped all over it, attempting to pin...
Light's out, you're in Nepal.  We arrived at the Schechen Guest House with our I-phones and I-pads and no electricity.  There was a polite struggle between me, my son, and  my....(...
At Pashupatinath on  Bagmati River, hundreds of monkeys roam freely while groups of mourners wash the feet of recently departed loved ones in the river and prepare them for cremation. Like the...
By 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) deemed it the most polluted city in Asia. If you want to make a difference, Kathmandu's a good place to start.
Twenty-five thousand strays roam the streets of Kathmandu, but that's not all this story's about.
Is this the form of democracy we must expect from the new Egypt? A military court has passed a three-year jail sentence on the blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, Reporters Without Borders, says.  Sanad...
On April Fool's Day, Arianna Huffington spoofs The New York Times' new digital pay wall, but is it funny?
Yesterday, the site shut down for five hours. This happened under the pressure of a huge surge in traffic.  Finally, we upgraded to a larger server and acquired new speed and capacity.  We...
It all came back to me as I watched Rep. Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota, testify in front of The House Homeland Security Committee. The committee is embarking on an "inquiry" the "...
A letter from OpenMedia this morning explains that the fight against internet user based billing isn't over. Here's what you can do.
Here's how to tell the government that you don't want Telus and Shaw charging internet usage fees. Keep the internet free in Canada. Sign Open Media's petition.
“What happened to Fire and Reload? Are your maps updated yet Mrs. Palin?” asked one commenter.
Happy New Year, VO-ers!  As we're sweeping up the glitter, let's raise a final glass to the people who create the Vancouver Observer! Amidst the gang violence and political meltdowns of the last...
Wikileaks released another report yesterday.  It reveals a lot about who pulls the strings internationally, (who knew King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was such a player?), and how they really talk...
Happy [American] Thanksgiving, VO-ers. On the occasion of my birth country's holiday, I'd like to take a moment to name a few things I'm grateful for. I am so grateful to be living in Canada for my...
Some bloggers recently have been debating what, if any, ethics the Weblog community should follow, Cyberjournalist.net says. It's worth thinking about,  particularly if you are interested in...
This month the Vancouver Observer was awarded funding from the new Magazine Association of BC Internship Initiative.  VO is extremely pleased to use this funding to provide opportunities for...
As Tides Foundation CEO tells Fox News advertisers: drop Glenn Beck or have blood on your hands, the Financial Post publishes an article that would make Glenn Beck smile.
Localvocal has arrived. Post stories, links, comments. And publish instantly. Give it a try.
Among judges were online media directors from New York Magazine and Esquire Magazine.
Smoke from fires in the interior billowed up into Desolation Sound and the inlet in front of the Cove Restaurant on Cortes Island creating an eerie, beautiful backdrop for photographs. I took advanta
Big shout out to Kei Baritugo, Amalia Nickel and Ricky Letovsky for this great piece, coming soon to theatres near you...
Democracies don't fear their own people, Hilary Clinton said on Saturday. "They recognize that citizens must be free to come together, to advocate and agitate." After the heavy-handed...
Robertson's statement that Vancouver gained $60 million in investment since the Olympic Games was just one encouraging fact an audience of 2,000 heard at last night's Pecha Kucha. Speakers...
If BP CEO Tony Hayward gives us any clues about the future, it's that the war for resources will be even more insidious than the war on terror.
More than 4,000 people participate in the second largest dragon boat race in the world. Second only to Hong Kong's. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson opened the 2010 Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat...
It was billed as a chance to mix and mingle with the mayor and Vision Vancouver elected officials. Last night, at a Vision Vancouver fundraiser at Coast Plaza Hotel on Comox Street, Gregor...
While trained fighters bloodied each other in General Motors Place in cages yesterday, a genuinely important battle played out elsewhere between the province and the city.
What's the question people are asking. Know what it is. Then own the answer. This advice comes from Michael Tippett, the man behind one of Vancouver's greatest internet business success...
"Capture, capture, capture!" writes Ruth Ozeki in a blog post for the Hollyhock Writing for the Web workshop taking place this weekend on Cortes Island. "If you want to write, you should get into the...
Here's what we do every day at VO to connect stories and blogs with the specific audiences that care about them. Incidentally, or perhaps not so incidentally, going through these steps keeps...
And other thoughts from my writing for the web workshop at Hollyhock...
"This is not an apathetic moment," activist Harsha Wallia said. Protesters were demonstrating against the move towards the privatization of Canada's universities that some believed the...
Wikileaks came up in conversation at the Northern Voice conference earlier this month. Infocult blogger Bryan Alexander mentioned it to me when I asked him what he thought about the...
Meryl Streep, speaking today at the Barnard College commencement in Manhattan, told graduates that..."If you are touched by the success fairy you are duty-bound to spread what you know around like...
Marine biologists from University of Victoria staff the Ucuelet aquarium a breath away from the sea. This is just a photographic teaser to the story I'm working on now about my weekend in...
Before I hit the road for Uculet this afternoon, I facilitated a writing seminar for twenty  fellows from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. I thought it might be an interesting...
"So, you're all Canadians?"  Sarah McLachlan asked. "So, I can diss Americans?" Laughter rippled through the Fairmont Hotel ballroom at Canon Canada's gala luncheon for 150 dignataries,...
A beloved blogger and musician, both Vancouver personalities at different stages of their careers, stand together after a stunning performance by Sarah McLachlan at the Fairmont Hotel ballroom,...
"Cautionary fables, soft core titillation are simply fodder for new policies, " Infocult blogger Bryan Alexander said, as he delved into his subject, "fearsome media" and "haunted spaces". So began...
Many lifetimes ago, I lived in Nashville, Tennessee. I was 21 when I arrived in the city, a recent graduate of Northwestern University, eager to start my first job at The Tennessean newspaper. These...
It started with introductions. Eleven students and recent graduates from SFU and UBC, a professional editor, and one activist, said what they read on a daily basis and what makes them passionate...
Heather and Martin had no idea when they planned their wedding, they'd be getting married in the middle of the largest security event in Canadian history. But when I decided to attend their...
Today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke with Barack Obama, President of the United States, at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., and I bet they weren't trading baseball cards...
Sunday night at GM Place the Black Eyed Peas rose from the darkness coming up out of the stage to emerge from green circles ...then exploded into song with "Let's Get it Started."  It was a...
At Save on Foods, this morning, a shopper was buying snacks and drinks for the GM Place set up for a hip hop group that has sold over 35 million albums and 41 million singles. Here's a fun...
"The notion that technology is always at the core of social transformations is hopelessly and completely naive," Malcolm Gladwell told an audience at the F5 Expo last week at Canada Place....
Not a good day for the internet in the United States, but in Canada, there may be hope for a better outcome; if someone files the appropriate complaint, that is. Would that someone be a Vancouver net
Last January, Malcolm Gladwell told CBS talk show host Katie Couric that he doesn’t use social media.   “My goal is to do less things online not more, because I have a limited amount of...
And Ann Coulter makes me mad.
Being on the other side of the interview is an illuminating experience for a journalist.
On a warm, sunny day, I rode the ski lift up the slope at Whistler Creekside. Looking down, I saw a skier race by with only one leg. It's one thing to see this on television and another on an...
Prime Minister Stephen Harper answered questions---some submitted on YouTube via videos---one by a Canadian at home in her kitchen, one in front of his computer, and one angry with the PM about...
A successful police story unfolded during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.
Vancouver Observer Olympics reporters and contributors celebrated their own Olympic victories at a feast prepared by VO food writer Charles Macurdy that featured recipes he created to honour Canada's...
Prime Minister Stephen Harper posed for photos yesterday before the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Paralympic Games.  Here he is shown with  Sir Philip Craven, President of the...
A military helicopter either on a practice drill or in preparation for the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Paralympics hovered above the Granville Street Bridge and buzzed a path over False Creek to...
The questions are pouring into Prime Minister Stephen Harper on YouTube, his press secretary said. Ask the PM a question and win an iPod Shuffle. Tweet your question with the hashtag #VOW.
"Think before you post," Reuters tells its reporters about Tweets.
An interview with CBC's Mark Forsythe about my book, "Why I Love Vancouver," leads me to examine unexpected questions and to try not to sound like just another "ice-hole."
Holy traffic jam! Vancouver Observer's mega leaps in traffic shut down the site. Dave Egan got it back up again. Since then, traffic has just kept growing.
 A crowd yesterday protested the spending of hundreds of millions of dollars on the Olympic Winter Games while still being home to one of the most impoverished communities in Canada. Th "Poverty...
Heather Mallick writes in the UK Guardian, "If there was a gold medal for shafting democracy at the Winter Olympics, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper would win it. Just before the games open...
Libel law in Canada has long been heavily tilted against the news media, says an editorial in yesterday's New York Times applauding a recent Supreme Court decision that strengthens Canada's...
On December 15, Mayor Gregor Robertson had just attended the Copenhagen 15 opening plenary session. "Nobody's at the Canada table," he wrote in a Tweet. "Tragic."
An Alternative Christmas Message from legendary British drag queen Bette Bourne and playwright Mark Ravenhill
Susan Heyes has gotten back to doing what she loves best, designing fashion for women and pregnant women.  After nearly being driven out of business by the Canada Line construction project,...
City Councillor Andrea Reimer speaking this morning at the downtown public library said national governments are not responding to the wishes of cities vis a vis climate change.  "This is an...
Be sure to listen to CBC Radio today at 12:10 PM to hear the Vancouver Observer's latest comments on the history of chlorine disasters and the why rail cars filled with chlorine are being moved from...
When I see long distance area codes on the Vancouver Observer line, I pause before I answer.  Will it be another call from the Oprah Show?  A marketing call?  Then I answer. Today's...
David Eby folded his extraordinarily long legs under a small table and took a sip of coffee. "The Paul Boyd story is going to disappear like so many other stories and that's outrageous," the...
With live music and no cover charge, Kino Cafe and Tapas Bar could easily become my favourite Cambie Street bar.  Although I've lived in the area more than three years, it took a Main Street...
Rumor has it that a Hasidic Jewish musician from New York City's song, "One Day" has been chosen as the official 2010 Games song. Click  here to hear the entire song.  Try not to get...
On Remembrance Day, Premier Gordon Campbell and Mayor Gregor Robertson reviewed military bands, while Vancouverites of all ages and species observed.  VO story in  twelve pictures. A...
A few Tuesdays ago, Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant rolled out a new canapé menu and served it up to a select group of reporters, editors, event planners, and hotel executives. The lucky...
A couple of weeks ago, Police Chief Jim Chu called a press conference to complain about the "dire picture" he said the press had "painted" in the recent weeks about the...
"I almost fainted on my way home from the bus and my stomach really hurts," Son Number One said.  Then he collapsed onto his bed.  "Nice to meet you H1N1," I thought, recognizing all the...
That lovely Tweet popped up on my Tweet Deck from @GreginVan. I don't know him, but he made my day.   Our media kits are now available in hard copy form or in pdfs.  Advertise on VO...
I'm a single mother, so my kids have been an integral part of The Vancouver Observer since its inception in August of 2006.    They inspire me, they distract me, they motivate me to make...
"Trick or treat!" rang out at doors across Vancouver tonight, as goblins, witches, walking Twister games, Harry Potter lookalikes, jelley fish and many other radically garbed children of many ages...
It has arrived. The Olympic flame is now on Canadian soil.  Unconfirmed reports say the flame traveled from Europe along with Mayor Gregor Robertson and BC Premier Gordon Campbell in a military...
"One life with each other..." U2 rocked a sold-out BC Place last night, taking thousands to a higher ground.
Ani DiFranco opened her show at the Centre for Performing Arts tonight, singing, "If there's one thing I've learned from all these years alone, it's how to find my own way home." Throughout the high-...
Did I hear that right?  Yes.  They're closing the Cambie Street Bridge at 10:30 a.m. today. Thta's the kick-off to Bridge to a Cool Planet.   Today is Global Day of Climate Action....
"The traffic on Taylor Way is unbelievable.  They're lined up to see Steve Nash.  They've come from all over the Lower Mainland...for him.  The Lion's Gate Bridge is crazy.  It's...
This is a rough sketch of the major events in Gregor Robertson's term in office, as outlined by...his office.  We gathered these facts to use for a cartoon we planned for the print edition that...
Friends of the Earth sent out a press release today announcing that in the U.S., Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Representative Sam Farr (D-Calif.) had introduced legislation  that would...
 Tyee columnist Rafe Mair apologized to Chris Shaw yesterday in an article in The Tyee. He said he had  disagreed with Shaw's anti-Olympics position for years, but had now changed his mind...
  Just Click Contribute VanCity's John Chow was the first person to hit the contribute button on the front page of our website, follow the link, and sign on for a $20 monthly credit card...
What will Vancouver be like during the three weeks of the Olympics?  What are we in for, really, those of us who stay in town and ride the international wave?  It's hard to imagine for me,...
The Vancouver Observer provides interesting and edgy stories you can't find anywhere else. Even Oprah thinks so.
The Vancouver new media party drew business leaders, bloggers, reporters, social networkers and politicians to celebrate our relaunch and print edition coincidentally on the same day Canwest declared...
Here it is, at last, and I'm so proud of our redesigned site with its drupal powered sofware. Surf our seven beautiful sections, find commentary, reviews, and news. Get to know people and places in...
Please join us. Who? The Vancouver Observer team What? Our relaunch party. Where? Ceili's Irish Pub 670 Smithe Street (near Granville) When? When: Tuesday, October 6, 5-7 p.m. Why? Vancouver...
Three and a half years ago, when I still lived on Cortes Island, I sat at Barry Saxifrage's desk with him and we talked about the Huffington Post. I joked that I wanted to emulate Arianna Huffington...

Climate Snapshot

A flood of mega-carbon projects threaten to quickly turn British Columbia into one of the world's dirtiest economies.
What weighs sixteen billion pounds yet hides in plain sight?
How bad is it? Take a look at the satellite images that rattled even the White House…
Sudden role reversal leaves Obama watching and Harper in the lose-lose hot seat. Maybe that was the plan all along…
Trying to sweep billions of tonnes of climate pollution under the rug requires ever more extreme measures.
The climate implications are growing so dire that even major fossil fuel companies are starting to call for a price on carbon.
US government says that higher natural gas production leads to higher CO2 emissions.
Preserving a safe climate is "increasingly unlikely" without a major shift in climate policies.
Climate battle being lost as renewable energy fails to dent fossil fuel dominance.
Secretary Kerry says US is "committed to doing its part" to fight climate crisis, but his own department's report expects only failure.
Is approving Keystone XL compatible with America's climate goals? Amazingly the latest US State Dept report didn't bother to find out.
BC charges its oil and gas industry thirty times more.
Here's the "devastating" climate reality they left out...
Which one has the bigger climate impact…and for how long?
As carbon bubbles start to pop investors losing billions...
"Anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare them pay a visit to the Philippines right now" -- Philippines climate negotiator
After 18 years of total failure to slow the climate crisis the world's nations head to pro-coal Poland for round 19…
Big CO2 cuts are coming and some economies are totally unprepared.
Environment Canada data reveals an industry dash to the most climate polluting method.
USA's continuing climate success is a growing threat to tar sands expansion plans.
Three charts show huge provincial and national climate failure that is resulting from such weak policies.
Tar sands current plans would create climate impact that rivals US coal.
BC is failing spectacularly on the most critical climate task facing humanity.
Will Obama lock the next generation into such a massive and accelerating debt?
Canada's economy and oilsands barrels are both increasing their climate damage despite CO2 cuts.
The weird tornado weather just got even weirder (with amazing video).
Tornado seasons whip saw between extremes spawning three most destructive twisters in world history.
The industry's climate pollution is massive, unregulated and surging to dangerous levels. Solutions exist, but...
Compare the climate impact of electric and gasoline cars at a glance.
The biggest Keystone XL battleground is over "lock in". Big oil demands it. The IEA red flags it. Climate hawks vow to prevent it.
When it comes to fighting climate change, Alberta talks a good story but delivers only climate failure for Canada.
Fossil fuel pollution shatters 1,100 decades of climate calm.
The New York Times editorial board recently called on President Obama to say "no" to Keystone XL. Here are some excerpts: He should say no, and for one overriding reason: A president who has...
The new report makes it easier for Obama to say "no," by demolishing the main arguments in favour of the controversial oil sands pipeline.
Which packs a bigger punch: a 40 tonne meteor or our invisible CO2 emissions?
BP's new report claims our "most likely" future is a climate disaster packed with lots more oil, coal and methane burning.
Our dead lodgepole pines are just the first course…
Everything you need to know about 18 years of UN climate conferences in one chart.
A tiny gem of a book reveals how humans are handing over our forests to unstoppable hordes of "Insatiable Bark Beetles".
Are the tar sands taking a long walk off a short pier?
Six ways we are creating record-smashing superstorms by injecting our weather with climate steroids.
Demand for US coal has suddenly plummeted leaving coal companies fighting to survive. Alberta's tar sands could be next.
“We can fool ourselves, but we can’t fool the atmosphere.” — Sierra Club BC Science Advisor Dr. Colin Campbell.
The Harper government's new coal pollution regulations leave Canada's economy unprepared for accelerating climate threats.
A "global disaster" is unfolding rapidly in the Arctic as melting sea ice kick starts global warming feedback loops.
Our CO2 has warmed the Fraser and altered its flows. Salmon are dying. Experts predict brutal conditions unless global warming is stopped.
To stay in business, Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline will require a continuous, multi-decade, carbon spill many times larger than BC's current emissions.
With the city's increasingly rainy climate, buying bigger umbrellas is the least of peoples' worries.
When it comes to doing something about the climate crisis, Canada has developed an unstable split personality while Stephen Harper dithers.
Climate pollution per American has fallen to levels not seen for half a century. What's going on?
If you‘re under 30 you’ve never seen a cooler-than-normal year on Earth. The latest science shows heat is on and lots more is “locked in”.
We are hitting an extreme weather tipping point. How much has Canada fueled it? Vancouver? Kitsilano?
What changes in Canada’s climate pollutions have occurred since the first Earth Day 42 years ago?
Densely populated Metro Vancouver has dirtier transportation than France. More than density is at play in Canadian high-carbon transportation.
The British, French and Germans tax their gasoline 80 cents more per litre than we do. Are they crazy?
British gas costs $2.13 per liter. Yet British Columbians fork out twice as much to buy gas every year. What’s up with that?
Which is larger: potential tar sands emissions or all the past emissions from China? From India? From 150 nations combined? New chart says...
Carbon bomb? This new graphic lets you decide.
For decades a mysterious force has been decimating our iconic yellow-cedars. The culprit turns out to be global warming stealing their winter blankets.
An extra half foot of rain is now falling on Vancouver as our climate changes rapidly. Lots more change is already “in the pipeline.”
January weather is changing in Vancouver. If you’ve been hoping that climate change would bring us lots more rain, you’re in luck.
Enbridge’s proposed BC pipeline would unleash billion of tonnes of CO2 into our destabilizing climate. Resulting economic damages from the climate pollution could be hundreds of billions of dollars.
Every gallon of tar sands crude that Enbridge wants to pump down its proposed BC pipeline will be effectively spilled -- into the atmosphere.
The efforts of Vancouverites to cut climate pollution are being wiped out a hundred times over by a handful of local carbon rogues.
This past year saw several bright spots emerge in humanity’s ongoing battle to prevent climate chaos. Is the tide starting to turn?
“The world is perfectly on track for a six-degree Celsius increase in temperature. Everybody, even the schoolchildren, knows this is a catastrophe for all of us.” Actually, it's worse than that.
The tar sands industry wants lots more pipelines and BC is targeted for at least the next three.
A recent Vancouver Sun business article by Barbara Yaffe was such a one-sided “oil orgy” that it not only demands a balanced response, it deserves an award.
What started as a miserable, terrible, horrible month for “ethical [sic] oil”, multi-nationals turned downright menacing on September 30 in a London courtroom. The UK Supreme Court was the...
Italy’s world famous ‘Cinque Terre’ hill towns drew the short straw last week as our turbo-charged weather system unleashed its latest epic rainfall disaster.
If an “ethical” brand make-over can make our tar sands smell sweet, just imagine how many other profitable (but deadly) industries it can pry open for us.
Worldwide rainfall and snowfall were so extreme, in so many places last year, that sea levels fell dramatically. What role did global warming play and where are we headed from here?
What's your guess? Do volcanoes or fossil fuels dump more CO2 into our wobbling climate system each year?
Readers of our recent “Big Grab” series on the oil sands might have noticed an interesting pair of statistics concerning jobs in Canada...
Nations as diverse as Sweden, Ireland, Morocco, Bangladesh, and Peru emit less climate pollution than BC coal. In fact, 54 nations…
Westshore Terminals, “the busiest single export coal terminal in all of North America” hides in plain sight right next to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Last year most of British Columbia’s 25...
If you have enjoyed this spring’s monotony of grey, gloomy days, then you are going to just fall in love with the weather we are cooking up for the coming years. The latest climate simulations being...
The Alberta oil sands are grabbing huge chunks of Canada's limited CO2 allotment away from other businesses and families, forcing these Canadians to make much bigger and more costly cuts in the next...
Saturday, BC Liberals pick our next premier. Into the fray drops a new poll showing huge support in BC and across Canada for stronger climate action. Here is how the candidates stack up...
Are Canada's tar sands, like America's Wall Street banks, so essential to the nation that we just have to put up with whatever damages they inflict on us?
A Wikileak cable reveals that the Dalai Lama said help with climate change on the Tibetan plateau "cannot wait." What is happening in Tibet? And what role does compassion play in solving it...
Canada obliterated its old record for hottest year, Hudson Bay skipped winter, and across our planet 2010, was a hot, wet mess. Now what?
Arctic air is streaming into the UK, causing one of the most chaotic starts to winter in a century. Is it random twitching of the weather? Or have they helped bring it on?
Canada is an overheating hotspot in the midst of the hottest year and hottest November ever recorded. Our dramatic warming is helping bury Europe in a deep-freeze.
Half our pine trees have been eaten alive in just the last nine years. A killing plague of billions of native pine beetles has been unleashed by the rapid, fossil-fuelled warming of BC. How bad will i
Earth just sweltered through the hottest 12 months ever recorded by humans. Along the way an unprecedented 18 nations suffered their hottest day in history. One of these broke the record for the entir
The strongest storm ever recorded in the USA heartland swept through Tuesday. The continent-spanning storm system spawned tornadoes, violent thunderstorms and drenching rains. The pressure plunged to...

Calgary Speaking

DECISION 2011: Alberta has become the most urbanized province in Canada, and that means change is coming in its political future.
Recently the wife of a friend of mine successfully wrote her Canadian citizenship test and soon will become a Canadian citizen.  Her writing of the test happened to coincide with the release of...

GTA

Kevin O’Leary thinks the Occupy movement has nothing much to say. Mark Carney differs. How might idealism be turned to action to fix capitalism?
Leading up to the Ontario Provincial Election, Environmentalist are abandoning the NDP. Is this a blip or a trend with national implications?
No one likes taxes, but when did they become anathema to discuss in a democracy?
The 2011 Hockey riots represent a breakdown of civilized behaviour. Rather than reacting smugly, we should consider that civilization is a fragile thing that we must nurture every day.
As Vancouver prepares for the Stanley Cup Final, and Winnipeg celebrates the return of NHL Hockey, sports leagues and owners continue to demand public funds to support their private businesses.
The Canadian political equilibrium has been seriously perturbed. Where will it settle? Two Party State? A renewed Liberal Party? Western Canada may hold the key.
DECISION 2011: Toronto helped Stephen Harper to a majority. The NDP is the Official Opposition. The Bloc has only two seats, and the Greens have one. Not a bad news day.
DECISION 2011: A view of the federal election from the heartland of Southern Ontario.
Can voters overcome their hardwired preference for short-term joy and think about what's really best for Canada in the long run?

Water

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There they go again. The Financial Post is trotting out tired and discredited arguments against the right to water.
Environmental disasters don’t seem to shock us anymore. We just carry on with business as usual.
Ottawa will help cities pay for new drinking-water systems -- as long as they contract them out.
The New York Times “Green” blog recently waded into the issue of how to allocate water in times of scarcity.   The post looks at whether the experiences of Australia, including water...
Despite all of the problems in Canada – or perhaps because of it – Canada has taken a position against legal recognition of the human right to water.
Oh, the French. The country that gave the world Perrier and kick-started the bottled water craze is now building free public water fountains that dispense sparkling water. The move is being taken...
The Ministry says "there is no intention to privatize BC’s water." But does new legislation protect public ownership of this precious resource?
Water on the auction block? Recently announced plans could open "water markets" in BC.
The last time food prices were this high, demonstrations broke out in developing countries around the world. What's really behind the recent increase?
In 2010, the City of Vancouver finally reversed the 1990s program of removing drinking water fountains. Permanent water fountains popped up and the City set up a number of temporary water...
Water – we drink it, bathe in it, clean with it and use it to grow our food. But there is a huge gap between the public’s concern over water and the shabby treatment of water in practice.