Reports

Set Adrift: The Plight of British Columbia's Fishing Communities

1999
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In light of the declining salmon populations of coastal BC, this publication focuses on the value of community-based fisheries. Calling for a reversal of the trend towards greater corporate concentration, Dan Edwards and Terry Glavin argue that conservation of fisheries is best accomplished when the responsibilities for stewardship rest in the fishing communities which are dependent on the resource. More »

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Low Impact Renewable Energy: Options for a Clean Environment and Healthy Canadian Economy

1999
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This is a report by the Canadian renewable energy industry on obstacles and opportunities for growth in Canada. It was published by the Canadian Wind Energy Association, the Solar Energy Society of Canada Inc., the Earth Energy Society of Canada, the Canadian Solar Industries Association, and the Canadian Association for Renewable Energies. More »

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Sacred Cedar: The Cultural and Archaeological Significance of Culturally Modified Trees

1998
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Ancient culturally modified trees (CMTs) are archaeological testaments to aboriginal logging practices and forest use. Found primarily in old-growth cedar stands along the coast of British Columbia, these trees have great cultural, spiritual, and anthropological importance. Arnoud Stryd and Vicki Feddema point out that protecting these treasures has and will change modern forestry practices. More »

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Canadian Solutions: Practical and Affordable Steps to Fight Climate Change

1998
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This report outlines 17 practical and cost-effective "first steps" on the route to climate stability. It describes how government, industry and individuals can reduce emissions effectively and affordably to meet the target of the Kyoto Protocol. More »

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Taking Our Breath Away: The Health Effects of Air Pollution and Climate Change

1998
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The authors, two medical epidemiologists and an air pollution specialist, find that every year up to 16,000 Canadians die prematurely because of air pollution from fossil fuel emissions. Burning fossil fuels also causes global warming, which is expected to make air pollution worse as higher temperatures encourage smog formation. More »

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Last Call: The Will to Save Pacific Salmon

1998
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Terry Glavin sounds the alarm: time is running out to protect Pacific salmon stocks. Governments must set aside their differences and orient fisheries policy and practices as well as land use planning to conserve wild salmon. A new commitment is needed to ensure that salmon remain a part of British Columbia's coastal ecology, culture and economy. More »

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Taking Charge: Personal Initiatives

1997
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The actions of individuals and communities do affect climate change. This report examines everything from personal purchasing habits, daily behaviour and lifestyle choices, to official community plans and growth strategies. More »

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Keeping Canada Competitive: Comparing Canada's Climate Change Performace to other Countries

1997
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This report reviews Canada's performance in reducing emissions compared with other countries, and examines the implications of Canada's failure to keep pace internationally. More »

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A Glimpse of Canada's Future

1997
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This report was the Foundation's climate change primer. It explains how the greenhouse effect works, and how warmer global temperatures could change the social, economic and environmental fabric of Canada. More »

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The Role of Government: A Briefing Paper to the Honourable Paul Martin

1997
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This report shows how government programs and Canada's economy are currently structured to encourage ever greater energy consumption, and therefore higher emissions of greenhouse gases. It proposes a new plan to meet Canada's emission-reduction targets. More »

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Net Loss: The Salmon Netcage Industry in British Columbia

1996
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Net Loss is a scientific examination of how the use of open netcages by the salmon aquaculture industry in British Columbia affects the nearshore marine environment, wild salmon stocks and coastal residents. The report concludes that adoption of closed containment systems is the only way to ensure that the industry captures the environmental costs of salmon aquaculture operations. More »

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Living Within Our Means

January 1996
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Humanity has awakened to choices on the fate of the Earth and the species within it that yesterday were hard to imagine. We've discovered we're destroying forty to one hundred species a day through overharvesting, waste, and spoiled habitat. Living Within Our Means report compressed.pdf... More »

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