Five Mini Net-Zero Communities Spring Up Across Canada

David Dodge | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

The race to build net-zero homes across Canada is on. Natural Resources Canada has a program that's helping five builders build five net-zero homes each to support a rapid evolution to affordable net-zero homes. And the prize is one everyone can appreciate: a home that produces as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year. A net-zero home is not a passive consumer in the energy system -- it is a clean and green participant.

Joshua Ostroff

NASA Scientist: AI 'Could Solve All The World's Problems' (If It Doesn't Terminate Us) | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada

"It's inevitable and I'd rather be working on it than have some other, more nefarious, evil corporation or evil entity work on it."

How Ontario Is Leading Energy Storage in Canada

David Dodge | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

There are not many entrepreneurs who can command a room like Elon Musk. When he stepped onto a stage in May to unveil the Powerwall the audience oohed and ahhed and dutifully pre-ordered more than 38,000 of Tesla's new home battery systems.

This Man Built a Solar-powered Shipping Container Cabin

David Dodge | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living
David Dodge

Whether you call it a cottage or a cabin, Jason Rioux's summer home built partly out of shipping containers near Bobcaygeon, Ont. is pretty cool. With its rustic décor and innovative off-grid approach this solar-powered getaway is an interesting take on shipping container architecture.

21 Facts About Corey Hart to Celebrate "Boy in the Box" Turning 30

Jacki Andre | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada
Jacki Andre

On June 14, 1985, Canadian singer/songwriter Corey Hart released his second album, Boy in the Box. Packed with hits that have become CanCon classics, ...

Ontario: Canada's Energy Transition Success Story

David Dodge | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

When you look at Ontario's greenhouse gas reductions you can pin it to one thing: Shutting down coal-fired power plants and transitioning to renewables and lower carbon electricity generation. And while a lot of governments and politicians have talked the talk on greenhouse gas reductions Ontario has actually walked the walk.

The Hidden Costs of the Neighbourhood You Choose

David Dodge | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

When you buy a house the first thing your eye goes to is the sticker price. But buying a home comes with a major hidden cost that doesn't show up in the MLS report: Transportation costs could more than eat up the savings of a lower-priced home in the suburbs. The concept is called location efficiency and it's the amount of time, energy and greenhouse gas emissions you spend getting from where you live to the workplace as well as your other frequent trips. And location efficiency may be the secret sauce to saving money and getting that house in the neighborhood you never thought you could afford.

Why Cold Weather Is More Deadly Than Heat

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Living

Colder weather kills more people than hot spells, a probe into a key issue of public-health policy said on Thursday. Researchers looked into 74 mil...

Going Off The Grid Doesn't Have To Mean Living In A Wood Shack

Houzz | Mitchell Parker | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Living

You never know until you try. That was the attitude of husband-and-wife architects Keith Robertson and Jennifer Corson when they set out to build ...

Upcycling Reimagines How We Think About Waste

David Dodge | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

What if you could take waste limestone, add in some recycled milk jugs and grocery bags and make roof shingles that last 50 years and can eventually be melted down and remade into new shingles? That's the whole idea behind Cradle to Cradle design and manufacturing.

8 Facts That Will Make You Think Twice About Sitting All Day

Huffington Post | Evan Pang | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Living

By now, everyone knows that sitting for extended periods of time is unhealthy, but in a new video released by BuzzFeed, Jessica Yang takes it a step f...

Geothermal 201: Hitting the Sweet Spot

David Dodge | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Geothermal, also called geoexchange, has one big weakness: high upfront cost. And while our first episode concentrated on residential systems, this time we've found a more appropriate sweet spot for these systems -- commercial buildings.

The Big Footprint of Tiny Shrimp

Alex Mifflin | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Mifflin

I used to eat a lot of shrimp, but based on my travels examining foreign shrimp farms and various unsustainable and sustainable fishing practices, now I am much more selective. Supporting more sustainable options is a good start but with the vast majority of the global shrimp industry based on destructive harvesting methods, widespread change will take a long time.

Saving Energy Is a Much More Profitable Business Than You Think

David Dodge | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Energy consultants have been helping companies reduce operator error, identifying energy wasting systems and proposing energy efficient retrofits for a while now. But what is new is the next generation of energy efficiency companies who are using super smart meters and big data to identify, measure and wrestle energy sucking systems to submission.

Meet Judith Sayers, a First Nations Renewable Energy Trailblazer

David Dodge | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada
David Dodge

Judith Sayers is a former chief, a negotiator and a pioneer in helping First Nations get involved in the renewable energy business. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and today 125 of the 203 First Nations in BC are involved in renewable energy projects.

Facebook Also Collects What You Decide Not To Post

CBC | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Business

Have you ever typed a post or comment into Facebook, realized it was too stupid or offensive, and decided not to post it? It looks like Facebook col...

B.C. Graduate Student Defends Thesis Underwater

The Huffington Post B.C. | Rhianna Schmunk | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Mike Irvine is the first person in the world to defend his thesis from the deep.

Ashley Madison Is Going Public, But Not In Prudish Toronto

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Business

Here’s your chance to buy a piece of the booming adultery business. Ashley Madison, the Toronto-based website for married people looking to have ...

The Best of Wine & Food in Queenstown, New Zealand

Sara Graham | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Travel
Sara Graham

Sean Connolly is a hard one to catch these days the man does run four restaurants, after all. While hopping between his family home of Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand to manage things, he recently took a side trip to Queenstown and added star power to the SKYCITY Gibbston Wine & Food Festival.

Jamie Oliver Wants Compulsory Food Education For Every Canadian

CP Politics | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - Jamie Oliver, Britain's celebrity chef, has thrown down the gauntlet — or maybe it's an oven mitt — to Canadian politicians to join his i...

Wind Turbines Kill Too Many Bats -- Let's Change That

David Dodge | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

Being something of a naturalist some of my most memorable trips have involved seeing birds such as the endangered resplendent quetzal in Costa Rica or the beautiful rose-coloured grosbeak in Alberta. So we wanted to find the facts behind the claims you often hear about just how bad wind farms are for birds and wildlife in general.This took us down a rabbit hole of research and browser tabs that landed us in the workshop of John Bowman.

Yoga For The Best Sex Ever!

Carlen Costa | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

There's always going to be "the next hottest trend" trying to sell you on how you can have the best mind blowing, knock your hipster-socks off kind of sex. You know, the good-good kind of get-down. Yet, what is the actual key to having a great sex life? Eating more kale? Practicing vaginal weightlifting? Cultivating perfectly pruned pubes?

TaylorSwift.Porn Won't Be What You Think

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada Business

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The singer Taylor Swift, Microsoft Corp. Harvard University are among those buying up .porn and .adult Web suffixes as a pre-emptive ...

Welcome to Canada's First Net-Zero Commercial Building

David Dodge | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

The gap from net-zero house to net-zero commercial building has now been bridged. This 30,000 square foot building cost $10.5 million dollars. It's three months ahead of schedule and five per cent under budget. It's bright and roomy with beautiful exposed wood beams, feature stairs and a three storey living wall in the foyer.

Canadian Beaten To Death In Mexico

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.18.2015 | Canada

UPDATE: CTV News has identified the victim as 50-year-old Marty Gary Atwood. MEXICO CITY - A Canadian man has been found beaten to death on a beach...