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“Greenest City” mostly greenwash

“Greenest City” mostly greenwash

Aug 1, 2014

by Elizabeth Murphy • The City of Vancouver’s Greenest City policy update was presented to council in July. Although there are some successes in the plan, the majority of the city’s development policies are greenwash and are actually increasing the city’s environmental footprint rather than reducing it. For example, the weekly food scraps pick-up has...

Vision and NPA more of the same

Vision and NPA more of the same

Jul 1, 2014

• Politics in the City of Vancouver is branded as a battle between Vision Vancouver on the “left” and the Non-Partisan Association (NPA) on the “right.” However, their policies have turned out to be virtually the same regarding development when each had the majority on council over the last three terms. In 2007, then NPA Mayor Sam Sullivan created...

Pipeline approval defies democracy

Pipeline approval defies democracy

Jul 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • There was little doubt the federal government would approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project, regardless of public opposition or evidence presented against it. The prime minister indicated he wanted the pipeline built before the Joint Review Panel hearings even began. Ad campaigns, opponents demonized as...

NEB public consult a public insult

by Reimar Kroecher • Common Ground asked Reimar Kroecher to study the highly controversial documents and share his analysis with our readers. Kroecher holds Economics degrees from UBC and UCLA and he was an Economics instructor at Langara for over 30 years. In December 2013, just before Christmas, the National Energy Board (NEB) declared the Northern Gateway...

Art Sterritt champions democracy vs. pipelines

• Art Sterritt, the Executive Director of the Coastal First Nations, has been instrumental in ensuring that both First Nations and other communities are building coalitions so their voices can be heard by government, media and communities. Art’s talk at the NoEnbridge Rally at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on May 10 follows. Wow, what an amazing gathering....

Call it Harpocracy

Call it Harpocracy

Jun 1, 2014

READ IT by Bruce Mason • If Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister runs in the “fixed” federal election on October 19, 2015, despite the outcome, only Chretien, Laurier, Trudeau, Macdonald and King will have held power longer. Increasingly successful over a decade, secretive and confounding, Stephen Harper is – in a phrase from another PM, Winston Churchill –...

Letters

Farewell Farley Farley Mowat died on May 7, 2014, at the age of 92. He was one of a kind and his writing and life were infused with humour and a genuine love and respect for all living things – except for the humans who are ruining the planet for everybody else. His views on nuclear power and nuclear weapons were entirely consistent with his views on...

The Commons – the story of our time

The Commons – the story of our time

May 1, 2014

by Bruce Mason • A revolution is underway. Under the umbrella of “The Commons,” a global grassroots movement is rising up and gathering together ancient and new forms of self-governance. Exciting economic models are being created and shared in response to the Market/State that’s overextended, horrifically inequitable and relentlessly consumptive....

Scientists’ careers on line in climate wars

Scientists’ careers on line in climate wars

May 1, 2014

• The lengths that scientists will go to highlight the danger of runaway climate change is the subject of a new, short video by Vancouver-based icycle.ca productions ltd. The video, released on April 24, is part of icycle.ca productions’ campaign to raise $10,000 to help complete the hour-long documentary Running on Climate. View the clip and campaign at...

GMO Bites

GE poplars condemned • On April 9, scientists and environmentalists condemned a press release by researchers at the University of British Columbia announcing they have created genetically engineered (GE) poplar trees for paper and biofuel production, opening the prospect of growing these GE trees like an agricultural crop in the future. The poplars were...