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Metro Vancouver's transit referendum is key to fighting climate change

Photo: Metro Vancouver's transit referendum is key to fighting climate change

Credit: AE Creations via Flickr)

By Steve Kux, Research and Communications Specialist

YES, I'm voting for better transit.


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Imagine you could have a real impact on climate change in your region using nothing more than a pen. Wielding that kind of power is already a reality for B.C.'s Lower Mainland residents.

From March 16 until May 29, Metro Vancouver voters are being given the opportunity to have a lasting impact on regional greenhouse gas emissions by voting "YES" to a mail-in referendum to secure dedicated funding for a number of major transportation projects. The new transportation plan, developed and agreed upon by the region's 24 mayors, will dramatically expand rail, bus and cycling networks in Metro Vancouver and benefit both transit riders and drivers. Continue reading »

Canada is trading away its environmental rights

Science Matters | January 29, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Senior Editor Ian Hanington

In 1997, Canada restricted import and transfer of the gasoline additive MMT because it was a suspected neurotoxin that had already been banned in Europe. Ethyl Corp., the U.S. multinational that supplied the chemical, sued the government for $350 million under the North American Free Trade Agreement and won! Canada was forced to repeal the ban, apologize to the company and pay an out-of-court settlement of US$13 million.

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Cozy winter activity for ocean lovers

Healthy Oceans | January 29, 2015 | Leave a comment
Photo: Cozy winter activity for ocean lovers

(Credit: Guillaume Coqueblin via flickr)

If you’re like me, cold winter days make you want to curl up with a cup of tea, read a book or watch a movie. Want to do that together?

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How to write a bucket list

Queen of Green | January 28, 2015 | Leave a comment
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My mom and I riding our horses in the Canadian Rockies. Under this cliff I discovered a wolverine den!

I scoff at New Year's resolutions.

In my experience, they're laughable, especially when it comes to execution — take up running, eat fewer sweets, etc.

Then I was inspired by a friend's annual bucket list Facebook post. I wrote my own (shared at the end of this blog) and invited my Mom to join me.

Thirteen tips for a great bucket list (from a first timer):

  1. Be aspirational — aim high!
  2. Stay positive
  3. Write it down
  4. Be bold — make it your own, not what you think others expect
  5. Pick some easy ones
  6. Pick some hard ones
  7. Start writing it today
  8. Include one thing you can do TODAY!
  9. Mix it up — activities can touch all aspects of your life (work, play, family, etc.)
  10. Make it fun — your life is likely already filled with nagging "to do" lists
  11. Do it with a friend, your kids or your partner (you can share ideas, talk through your choices and even hold each other accountable in the long run — but only if you're into that...)
  12. Share it and post it — Facebook, your blog, work cubicle or your fridge
  13. Don't just write it — DO IT
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Oil prices drop as global warming rises

Science Matters | January 22, 2015 | 2 comments
Photo: Oil prices drop as global warming rises

(Credit: eckiblues via Flickr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Senior Editor Ian Hanington

With oil prices plunging from more than $100 a barrel last summer to below $50 now, the consequences of a petro-fuelled economy are hitting home — especially in Alberta, where experts forecast a recession. The province's projected budget surplus has turned into a $500-million deficit on top of a $12-billion debt, with predicted revenue losses of $11 billion or more over the next three or four years if prices stay low or continue to drop as expected. Alberta's government is talking about service reductions, public-sector wage and job cuts and even increased or new taxes on individuals. TD Bank says Canada as a whole can expect deficits over the next few years unless Ottawa takes money from its contingency fund.

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The fallacy of balance as a means to protect at-risk species

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It's 1990. You're listening to Eddie Vedder and the salamanders lost half their habitat. (Photo credit: drunkside via Flickr)

By Rachel Plotkin

Take a moment to time travel with me. It's the early 1980s, Depeche Mode is in the tape deck. One hundred hectares of nearby forest is coveted by developers and home to a salamander threatened with extinction.

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How to have outdoor winter family fun

Queen of Green | January 21, 2015 | Leave a comment
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Want to make the most of winter? Have we got a challenge for you! (Credit: Katie Loftus)

At this time of year I often wish I were somewhere warm and sunny. In winter, the temperate west coast rainforest experience is, well... dark and wet.

Then I discovered bird bingo!

As keen Winter Family Challenge testers, my two-year old and I saw a huge flock of red-breasted mergansers diving, a double-crested cormorant feasting on a fish — all while a bald eagle perched nearby.

Has your family got what it takes to play bird bingo? Sign up today and join our Winter Family Challenge!

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