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Reviews of an unexpected charmer, a really red wedding and a local boy who shines in a mediocre movie
Also: documentaries about Toni Morrison and the power of water and an action thriller with Gerard Butler
Aug 22nd, 2019
What we're doing now to prepare for watering restrictions
Stage 1 watering restrictions went into effect in Vancouver on May 15, two weeks ahead of last year. So far, the rules apply to lawns and car washing only, but I’m not taking any chances. 2015 saw...
May 15th, 2016
How can we fix the looming water crisis?
Water scarcity is already a huge problem in the world. According to a 2014 report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, approximately one in nine people around the world lack access to safe,...
Jun 26th, 2015
What the Site C Dam is really for: an explosion of new fracking wells
Whatever else it's supposed to do, Site C is clearly intended to supply the fracking industry.
Aug 10th, 2014
Will the well run dry? Non-renewable water
Groundwater is estimated to be 1/3 of all freshwater withdrawals worldwide and 42% of the world’s agricultural water. With climate change affecting rain patterns, what will happen to groundwater?
Dec 12th, 2012
Vancouver named greenest city in Canada
Air quality a factor as Economist magazine also gives city second spot in all of North America.
Sep 8th, 2011
(Un)Happy Earth Day?
Environmental disasters don’t seem to shock us anymore. We just carry on with business as usual.
Apr 21st, 2011
Want water? You may have to drink the P3 Kool-Aid first
Ottawa will help cities pay for new drinking-water systems -- as long as they contract them out.
Apr 11th, 2011
Water markets wreak havoc in Australia
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...
Mar 24th, 2011
Picture me in orange - VO Photo Pool
Our first color-themed Flickr post couldn't come at a better time. The sun's starting to come out of hibernation, but sadly the warmth has been lagging behind. This week's pictures should help you...
Mar 23rd, 2011