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"Dark star" of recycling expected to feed into proposed Metro Van incinerator
In a world expected to nearly double its garbage output by 2025, Helen Spiegelman and her husband are acting locally to reverse that trend. "I make all my own food. I grow my own food. We brew our...
Feb 26th, 2014
New Metro Van plan to heat homes, boil water with sewer gas
Lulu Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy Metro Vancouver Most people who walk past a sewage treatment plant can easily recognize the pungent aroma that emanates from behind the fence....
Feb 27th, 2014
Big money for one company if Metro Van pushes incinerator plan through. Here's who'll make it.
Just a pile of ugly garbage to you and me. Huge money to one lucky player. Maybe.
Feb 4th, 2014
Citizens outraged over lack of public consultation on coal export expansions
A large delegation of concerned citizens and activists rallied in front of the offices of the Vancouver Port Authority today to express dissent over plans to expand coal exports from the Fraser...
May 23rd, 2013
Metro Vancouver's garbage plan trashed
Incinerator-based plan will create government monopoly, raise fees.
Dec 5th, 2012
Compost your jack-o'-lanterns after Halloween
“Enjoy your Halloween, but please don’t put Jack in the trash," advises Metro Vancouver Board Chair Greg Moore.
Oct 26th, 2012
Vancouver storytellers share memories of Christmas
"Memories of Christmas past are the things that last."
Dec 6th, 2011
Maple Batalia murder jolts Mainland, questions around gun control raised
The murder of 19-year-old SFU nursing student Maple Batalia has rattled people throughout Surrey and beyond. While there is no evidence about who her killer is, her father said that a young man...
Sep 29th, 2011
Nothing is impossible with community support
A few months ago I had the opportunity to attend the Social Venture Institute (SVI) where like-minded people from socially responsible organizations and businesses gathered together to look at case...
Loretta A. Cella
Nov 28th, 2010
Vancouver street crews need help to prevent flooding
Rain isn’t the only thing falling in Vancouver. The combination of the heavy rain warning issued today and falling leaves has caused city street crews to worry about flooding. With Environment...
Oct 25th, 2010