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The Effects of Canada's Climate Change Ambivalence

Kevin Grandia | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada
Kevin Grandia

Every UN nation -- 194 countries and the European Union -- is currently part to this agreement. Canada is setting a shocking precedent of climate ambivalence at a time when strong leadership is what is needed the most. All of us live in a world governed by a climate whose energy is becoming more dynamic and expressive by the year.

How Your Thermostat Can Save Energy and Money

David Dodge | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada
David Dodge

While programmable thermostats have been around for quite awhile, the product category has seen a lot of upheaval and innovation in the past few years. Internet connectivity and mobile apps meant people could turn down the heat from across town and keep reliable data on their heating habits.

UBC Is Heating Up and Getting Green

David Dodge | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada
David Dodge

The creaking, turn of the century steam pipes at the University of British Columbia are transforming into a modern, modular low-carbon Lego style hot water system. The new hot water style heating system at UBC can now integrate renewable energy systems like biomass, geoexchange, solar thermal and waste heat into this natural gas system all because the barrier for entry is lower.

Does Canada's Ambassador Know Canada Buys $780 Million in Crude Oil from Hugo Chavez Every Year?

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada
Kevin Grandia

Recently, Gary Doer, Canada's Ambassador to the United States, made headlines when he stated that: "If you ask the question: Do you want your...

Farming for Biogas: Closing the Loop on Cow Poop

David Dodge | Posted 04.28.2013 | Canada
David Dodge

French fry oil, molasses, donuts and cow manure. No, it's not the grossest Tim Horton's ever, it's called biogas and Canadian farmers are starting to wrap their heads around this farm diversification idea.

Speaking With the Founders of Idle No More

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Sarah van Gelder

The four founders of Idle No More didn't start out famous. Until flash-mob round dances, prayer circles, and blockades spread across Canada, few people knew Jessica Gordon, Sylvia McAdam, Sheelah McLean, and Nina Wilson. But today, Idle No More is emerging as a powerful movement for the rights of native peoples to protect the lands and waters.

Is This the Greenest Building in Canada?

David Dodge | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada
David Dodge

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, or CIRS, building on the University of British Columbia campus is a building that nearly lives and breathes. Determining what the greenest building in Canada is a bit of a fool's errand. But if green is a journey to architecture that regenerates and repairs the environment around it then the CIRS building is something to aspire to.

My Sustainable Dream Vacation

Meghan Telpner | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada Travel
Meghan Telpner

Sustainable vacationing is about choosing a way to have a holiday that will fully support the local community, the environment and the health of both the staff and the guests. These are things we rarely think about when we book that all inclusive package to lay at the beach for a week sipping on daiquiris.

How Sewage Is Heating Vancouver Homes

David Dodge | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia
David Dodge

This sewage heat recovery system in Vancouver is the first in North America, with the other systems in Oslo, Norway and Tokyo, Japan. It goes deep underground and it feels a bit like an ultra-modern cave troll lair from the future. The process has a couple of steps.

What Non-Indigenous People Can Learn From Chiefs' Anti-Oil Sands Efforts

Ben West | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

I feel strongly that as non-indigenous people living here in what we now call North America that we all have a lot to learn from those that were here long before we were. Working together, we need to find ways to heal from the history of colonialism and find new ways to work together to make healthy alternatives to dangerous tar sands oil, a reality. There are very real energy, housing and transportation solutions already readily available.

How Would Wolves Manage The Human Population?

Chris Genovali | Posted 03.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Genovali

"Perhaps the most important part of our "Draft Management Plan For Humans In British Columbia" is to minimize the threat to wolf safety caused by humans. Whereas wolves pose a very limited threat to humans, the opposite is certainly not true. For instance, the B.C. government says that approximately 1,200 of us wolves were killed deliberately in 2010 by hunters and trappers for sport, trophy or profit."

25 Ways To Be Green In 2013

Yummy Mummy Club | Posted 03.16.2013 | Canada Impact
Yummy Mummy Club

The New Year is here and this is the time that many of us decide to make positive changes in our lives. No matter what shade of green you may be, the following list will hopefully give you some inspiration on how to make some eco-friendly changes for both your family and the environment.

B.C. Wolf Management Draft Scapegoats Carnivores

Chris Genovali | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Genovali

Despite rhetoric about conservation, the main thrust of B.C.'s wolf management plan is clearly killing predators with the goal of reducing predator impacts on huntable species like moose, elk and deer, plus contributing to a presumed reduction in livestock conflicts on public lands. Any rational review of the impact of wolves on B.C.'s hunting opportunities, as well as livestock industry, would demonstrate that there is no "problem" in need of solving. Rationality, however, long ago ceased to be the currency of wildlife management policy in B.C.

Beautiful Packaging Shouldn't Be Ugly for the Planet

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

Since going green no longer means having to forfeit beautiful packaging to sell a product in a way that is consistent with any brand's image, there is simply no longer any excuse for offering products in unsustainable packaging. In the new age of green packaging, sustainability and brand promise can now go hand in hand and beautiful packaging doesn't have to be ugly for the environment.

A Year of Uplifting Green Energy Stories

David Dodge | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada
David Dodge

While the pace of our transition to a lower carbon world can be frustrating, we have learned in a short time at Green Energy Futures there are some pretty inspiring and innovative people building a green energy future right now.

A Renewable Version of the Oil Sands -- in Nova Scotia

David Dodge | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada
David Dodge

On an average day, about 160-billion tonnes of seawater flows into the Bay of Fundy. This is where an ocean research centre decided to put their tidal energy test site. According to recent models, there is roughly 7,000 megawatts of potentially extractable tidal energy in the Minas Basin. Of that number, researchers say about 2,500 megawatts can be tapped safely. That's more than enough electricity for all of Nova Scotia.

Is This the Greenest Campus in Canada?

David Dodge | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Church Point, a little-known dot on the map in rural southern Nova Scotia, isn't exactly a tourist hotspot. But for sustainability nerds it's an unexpected haven. It's home to St. Anne University, or Université Sante Anne as it's called in French and it may be the greenest little university in Canada.

Eight Energy-Saving Tips for the Holiday Season

Cottage Life | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada Living
Cottage Life

For all we do during the summer months to try to be more "green," hosting dinner for the holidays can really have the opposite effect, not to mention hike up your hydro bill. In case you're hoping to save on energy and be a little better to the environment this holiday season, we've compiled a list of a few easy tips on how to do so.

Can Walmart Save the World?

David Dodge | Posted 01.26.2013 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Walmart is certainly a retailer that evokes many emotions. At the same time, the numbers are undeniable. Worldwide, more than 100,000,000 shoppers per week choose to spend their dollars there. The company could have a major impact on sustainability. Some corporate sustainability efforts can be fairly easily thrown into the cynical greenwashing file. And Walmart has certainly suffered reputational slings and arrows for many reasons, but when the largest retailer in the world dedicates itself to a serious sustainability agenda we should probably sit up and notice.

Will Harper Embarrass Canada at Doha?

Kevin Grandia | Posted 01.26.2013 | Canada Politics
Kevin Grandia

Talks get underway today in Doha, Qatar, where government officials from around the world will meet to discuss how, as a global community, we can work together to curb global warming pollution and adapt to the impacts of the climate disruption we're already seeing. So the question for these talks in Doha is: WWHD? What Will Harper Do?

Nova Scotia's Breezy Idea Puts Communities First

David Dodge | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Tour the rolling countryside of Nova Scotia in the fall and it's like driving right into a post card. Head west of Truro and not only do you get this scenic drive but you'll find Nuttby Mountain wind farm -- the turbines popping up into view quite unexpectedly. All things being equal would you be more inclined to have a coal-fired power plant in your backyard or a wind turbine that you helped raise the money for?

Paradox of Politics Creates the Ultimate Ballot Dilemma in Calgary Centre

Paul Hughes | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

From a progressive's point-of-view 1 Calgary Centre is ambitious, commendable, daring, timely and incredibly brilliant. From a conservative perspective, it is a nightmare. But will it work?

Natural Blemish Busters For a Clear Face

Candice Batista | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada Style
Candice Batista

So many of the products that we use to help our skin are making it worse, in most cases they are filled with synthetic chemicals. Plant oils are a great way to help heal the skin. Before you apply anything to you face, make sure you are not allergic and check with your doc too.

The Greenest Canadian Companies? A Look At Newsweek's Annual Rankings

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.02.2012 | Canada Living

What does it take to be a green company in 2012? If you're Canadian, it apparently means you're in the telecommunication or financial business, wi...

A "Green Label" Doesn't Mean a Sustainable Product

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 12.30.2012 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

One of the hottest topics today for business and consumers is environmental sustainability...but what does that really mean? For a time, green arrows and leaf logos were the signal to customers that they were getting a sustainable product. But it wasn't long before customers got more sophisticated and began to recognize that "green" logos alone do not guarantee an environmentally sound, responsible and sustainable global sourcing model.