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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.24.2015 | 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 04.23.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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...

So What Is a Kilowatt-Hour Anyway?

David Dodge | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

We're very lucky here at Green Energy Futures to write about clean energy. But while we are privileged to do what we do we are also guilty -- of using jargon.

Syphilis Outbreak In Eastern Newfoundland

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada Living

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The largest health authority in Newfoundland and Labrador is dealing with an outbreak of infectious syphilis.Eastern Health says th...

Alberta Changes Stance On Gay-Straight Alliances In Schools

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Alberta

The alliances are peer-support groups for gay students aimed at making them feel welcome and at helping to prevent them from being bullied.

The Solution to Climate Change Might Be Right Under Our Feet

David Dodge | Posted 05.09.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

Soil is the thin crust of organic matter that supports all life on this planet. And if we treat it right it might just be solution to one of our greatest problems: climate change.

How Banff Launched the First Municipal Solar Feed-In Tariff in Canada

David Dodge | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada
David Dodge

Banff is famous for its beautiful mountain views, its diversity of wildlife and its many, many tourists. Canada's most popular national park gets more than three million visitors a year. Located within the national park, the town of Banff has branded itself as an environmental role model both for its eco-conscious citizens and its visitors.

How Come CSIS 'Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny' Spying On Me?

Carol Linnitt | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Unfortunately, when it comes to CSIS, Canadians can expect very little transparency, a cause for additional concern when you recall Harper eliminated the position of the CSIS watchdog in 2012. The only overview of CSIS is handled by the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), a body comprised of part-time appointees with limited resources that assess CSIS operations after-the-fact.