Politics, Re-Spun: Goodbye, Politics, Re-Spun! Hello, WePivot.net!

“Politics, Re-Spun” is now WePivot.net! but why, you scream in horror! next month is the 14th anniversary of Politics, Re-Spun…it’s time for a reframing/rebranding/pivot to something more…betterer, or more bigly, if you will. 14 years ago, in the twisted Orwellian months after 9/11 where words did not mean what words are, it was important to ...

Things Are Good: Buying Recycled Products is Good for Everything

Reduce, reuse, and recycle is a mantra heard time and time again. Yet, not everyone follows it (remember that they are in that order for a reason: reduce what you consume in the first place, then reuse what you can, and recycle the rest). It can be easy though. When you do buy stuff (remember ...

Things Are Good: Using Snow to Cool Buildings in Summer

During winter snow is cleared from the roads and put into massive piles to melt when warmer weather returns. This might seem simple enough, but it’s a big challenge dealing with the snow because of the sheer volume in colder climates like Canada. Researchers in British Columbia are proposing that the snow gets taken to ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: We Hear #carbontax Won’t Work But It Will Change Behaviour

Coyne has a point: .@acoyne @ZackSiezmagraff Yes, exactly. Same way people don't like paying taxes so they avoid them, but a #carbontax won't change behaviour. — Saskboy (@saskboy) October 14, 2016 Kevin replies, “I’m planning the purchase of a wood stove…” Would you normally buy a wood stove? No, but I will out of spite ...

Canadian Dimension: Extinguishing the Fire: Fort Mac, Climate Change, and Preventing 2ºC

Photo from Public Domain The fire which began in northern Alberta on May 1st grew to become one of the most devastating disasters in Canadian history, forcing the evacuation of over 80,000 people and destroying approximately 2,400 structures in the city of Fort McMurray. The fire was one of two tragedies: the first was the ...

Canadian Dimension: The Arctic Voyage of the Crystal Serenity

Photo by bert76 Capitalism’s four-century obsession with finding a more profitable route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans is finally satisfied. The voyage of the Crystal Serenity through the Northwest Passage proclaimed the route open for routine, if still risky, commercial shipping. The ship left Vancouver on 10 August 2016, arriving in New York on ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: As Humans Do

Obituary: Great Barrier Reef (25 Million BC-2016). Killed by coal, ocean acidification and climate change: https://t.co/V4npCbP1yR — 350 dot org (@350) October 14, 2016 Idle conversation among strangers around the office printer: -“How are you today?” “Fine… aside from the problem that the world might end due to climate change one day.” -“Yes, I keep ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Foreseeable Future of Oil

Cameron MacGillivray, the president and CEO of Enform, says he’s not hearing [a year and a half ago] many concerns about the job market of the future. Rather than getting questions about the oil and gas industry prospects, he says he is asked about what kinds of jobs are most in demand and how much ...

Canadian Dimension: ​Recalculating the Climate Math

Image from Public Domain The future of humanity depends on math. And the numbers in a new study​ ​released Thursday are the most ominous yet. Those numbers spell out, in simple arithmetic, how much of the fossil fuel in the world’s existing coal mines and oil wells we can burn if we want to prevent ...

Things Are Good: China is Getting Serious about Climate Change

China rightfully gets a lot of flak for its environmental policies; they are listening and acting on received criticism. Previously we noted that China started to close coal plants and that there is increased concern about climate change in the country. Over at Grist magazine they have catalogued seven ways which show China’s efforts in ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Tax on Everything Is Coming

Run for the hills! .@CNN #PriceOnCarbon article: "because we've been so slow to act on this crisis, bold action is now required" https://t.co/PvV1Y1oFdM — Pembina Institute (@Pembina) October 5, 2016 I realize several people who I’m friends with, think Premier Wall is great for Saskatchewan. I’ve never held a high opinion of the man, I ...

Things Are Good: Environment Destroying CEOs Held Accountable by Shareholders

ShareAction is an organization that is tired of letting CEOs and companies harm the world and are doing something about it. The organization campaigns on behalf of shareholders to represent environmental, health, labour, and other concerns. They leverage their combined representation of shareholders to ensure that the companies return a profit while not destroying the ...

Susan on the Soapbox: “Post-truth” Politics in Alberta

Albertans can learn a lot about the importance of truth in politics from the Trump/Clinton presidential race. Political lies have moved beyond “misstatements” for which politicians “take full responsibility” and (sort of) apologize, to “truthiness”, a term coined by Stephen Colbert for a lie that appeals to a voter’s feelings, not reason. A “truthy statement” ...

Cowichan Conversations: Province will accept court ruling on Shawnigan Lake contaminated soil

  It is hard to imagine how this could take so long to decide, but at the least, the injunction has been reinstituted allowing for some relief, but without independent monitoring what is taking Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan Valley chapter screens Josh Fox film, inspired by Pacific Climate Warriors

The Council of Canadians Cowichan Valley chapter screened the Josh Fox documentary How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change on September 29. As noted on the Read more…

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Mary O’Hara notes that even a relatively modest and incomplete set of progressive policies has created some important movement toward reducing poverty. And conversely, Caroline Mortimer writes that child poverty is exploding under the Conservative majority government in the UK. – Dean Beeby reports on the cause ...

Cowichan Conversations: Pumps readied for Cowichan River life support

The third drought in 3 years has forced Catalyst, operators of the Crofton Pulp Mill, to spend a reported 500 thousand dollars to build pumping facility to assure adequate water to keep the Mill running. Read more…

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatchewan Leads World in Carbon Pollution

This isn’t breaking news, I brought it to you years ago, but a new report reconfirms the problem. Is it any wonder when the Premier has people defending our pollution: @stangea The atmosphere doesn't care about per capita. It reacts to the totality of global emissions. @PremierBradWall @SaskPowerCCS #skpoli — Paul Taillon (@pjtaillon) June 18, ...

Things Are Good: Portugal Joins Other Countries by Running Only on Renewable Energy

Portugal reached a very significant milestone on its path to being fully powered by renewables by consuming energy only from sustainable resources for four days. Other countries are on similar paths. In 2012 Germany got 50% of it’s power from renewable sources, Scotland powered itself exclusively on renewables for a week earlier this year, but ...

Cowichan Conversations: Not everyone thrilled with Sunfest – “Many, including CVRD personnel have told us to just move away.”

When large outdoor music concerts are promoted, it is not unusual to hear of negative effects on locals in the communities. Safety concerns are glibly dismissed in some cases, and locations chosen are more Read more…

Things Are Good: Toronto’s Green Roofs Keep Growing

Back in 2006 we first looked at how green roofs were becoming a development issue in Toronto, in 2009 Toronto implemented that green roof bylaw. Then in 2014 we took a look at how North America’s green roof industry is growing. This year, Toronto has become the hub for green roofs! Torontist took a look ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Water Wars and the Last Straw

The next world wars won’t be about land or oil. They’ll be about water. And Canada could be the next Iraq, invaded and decimated for the abundance of our natural resources. We have to stop corporate control over our most necessary resource now before it all slips out of our hands. I watched Maude Barlow ...

Cowichan Conversations: How To Let Go Of The World And Love All The Things Climate Cannot Change

Like many of you, I have watched Gasland, Gasland II and the Sky Is Pink. Josh Fox has been a trailblazer digging in and challenging the oil and gas trade. He has set the bar. Read more…

Things Are Good: UK Bans Fising in a Million Square Kilometres

The UK will be banning commercial fishing in approximately one million kilometres of their ocean waters. The country is expanding their marine protection areas in the Atlantic and Pacific around the British Overseas Territories. This is good news as overfishing is contributing part to the global mass extinction of marine wildlife, anything countries can do ...

Things Are Good: Atmospheric Acidity Levels Return to Preindustrial Levels

Repairing the damage humans have done to the environment is a slow process but it can be done! Thanks to policies put in place by leading economies (the article sites the American Clean Air Act from the 1970s) the acidity levels in the atmosphere has returned to a balanced level. This proves that we can ...