May 17, 2013 at 11:01:45
Canada British Columbia
“The forest industry (and as a result the BC economy) was badly
damaged in the 90s as a direct result of the Illegal and unwarranted (as
decided by the courts) softwood lumber tariffs from our main market, the US.
The NDP had little control over that. The Liebrals have since 2001 allowed the
once booming forest industry to become a log export to China, the rest they
left to wither.
May 16, 2013 at 20:47:00
Canada British Columbia
“Something I have observed that has not been mentioned anywhere to my knowledge is how the vote for the NDP was split by the Greens. We all heard how the BC Cons would split the vote for the right, but the Greens splitting the left vote has been a reality for years.
I used the table from the Wednesday Province newspaper that provided the breakdown of each riding and how the vote was distributed. There were 13 ridings where the Liebrals won the seat, and the NDP came second. In each of those 13 ridings the difference between the Liebrals and the NDP was less than the votes the Greens got by a good margin. This would seem to indicate that if you voted for the Greens your vote benefitted the Liebrals. If there was no Green party and if their supporters had voted NDP the NDP would today have 46 seats and be the next government. Instead it appears that the people who voted Green may have unwittingly given the election to the Liebrals.
I say this because when you consider the Liebral environment position vs that of the NDP it would seem a no brainer that if the Green Party was not on the ballot their supporters would probably vote NDP or perhaps some other party, but probably not Liebral.”
whatliesbeneath on May 17, 2013 at 01:46:27
“The NDP lost because of their own ideology and nothing much to do with any other factors. They are a tax and spend bunch and people don't believe in either for the most part. Dix made an error in assuming that there were that many environmentalists rather than the numbers in the middle who are willing to balance that act. BC is a resource-based province. The port of Vancouver is the second largest in N. America - Dix is not going to change that. Older people usually do vote and they are the ones who took Dix down - on "history" - they (like med) fully remember the past fiasco when the NDP were in power and there is no greater fear than that!”
May 16, 2013 at 20:46:41
Canada British Columbia
“The result of the reluctance of the environmental movement to support the NDP has resulted in the Liebrals regaining a majority government for 4 more years. The election wasn’t about the economy for the Greens; Sterk had no realistic economic platform, only misty promises of investments in green energy. What the Greens held out to their supporters was the promise of responsible environmental stewardship. This is not what they will get from a Liebral government. It was something the NDP had committed to.
The environment will be sacrificed by the Liebrals for economic gain (LNG plants and bitumen pipelines) that may or may not materialise. The damage will be real, Sterk was right about that. In the end I feel the Green supporters will have only themselves to blame when Site C covers thousands of acres of agricultural land, the bitumen pipelines have experienced their first leaks and the LNG plants break the bank to only find no market for the product at a price that will recover their costs.
I look forward to Christy’s excuses next election. Anyone want to take bets on how many balanced budgets we see between now and then?”
whatliesbeneath on May 17, 2013 at 01:50:34
“You are quite wrong again in your comments. In fact it was under the NDP that the forestry industry was almost destroyed and they cared nothing for old growth forests,. It was only the protestors tying themselves to machines and trees that saved the day. They make themselves out like that - but they are not in reality - why? - because they traditionally backed up union jobs - many were in forestry. Contrary to your opinion, currently it takes 20 years to have a ski hill approved here in BC - under the Liberals who really are not randomly trying to destroy the environment. They are very calculated and always have been. However, they are much more commerce and business friendly. After all BC is a resource-based province - always was and likely always will be.”
May 16, 2013 at 11:18:36
“I'm not sure I know what you mean by your comments.
All of the gear I used was made the same way as anything else, in a
As to this transition period you speak of, you can go out as can anyone, right
now, today, and purchase whatever you need to do this.
I don't know what you're referring to when you mention time scale. This can be
done now by anyone who wants to who has the space, solar exposure, monetary
means and the will.
When you say “transition period” and “implemented” it makes it sound as if you
want the government involved. That would seem to say you want some kind of
subsidy. I can’t say I agree. None of that is required. We don't need the
government to do this for us. In fact it is becoming more and more obvious to
me that our governments are addicted to oil and the money from the oil lobby.
The politicians aren't going to encourage green any time soon. They will talk the
talk; they will not walk the walk.
I'm not willing to wait until some politiician says solar is a good alternative. It already works for me.”
May 15, 2013 at 18:46:20
“Photovoltaic panels are not the only form of solar energy available. Ever heard of a heliostat? Look into it. Solar generated steam to power a steam turbine. Heliostats don't wear out. Several large heliostats in Death Valley could power a good portion of the western US.
Still they could kill birds, or anything that comes into the heliostats beam. Pretty much instant cookerama if you go into that light.”
May 15, 2013 at 15:34:00
“As a Canadian I could care less about how the American
public feels about their President. I have no knowledge about the various
grants subsidies or other market manipulations on the part of the American
federal or state governments to promote alternate energy sources and industry.
IMO Obama is a hell of a lot better man in the Oval Office than your last Republican
President. I know, he's black and some American's just can't get over racial hatred
for him as a result, especially those in the southern states. But again, that's
not my problem, nor is it Obama's apparently since he was re-elected handily
last year. Not to worry, there will be another election, and Obama can’t run
again, so there is always the chance you can elect another right wing idiot to
ruin your economy further and get you into some more wars. I doubt you’ll have
to wait long.
If I was an American, I would have voted Democrat, probably
my whole life.”
May 15, 2013 at 15:16:01
“I can see nothing smug about my replies to you, nor was that
You made a statement I knew not to be true. I responded that your statement was
nonsense. Your response to that reply can plainly be seen above. Your response ends with
"look it up". I replied again, this time with information to correct
your original statement that Rogers had purchased Shaw. I ended my statement
with "Look it up", exactly the same words you ended your previous
reply with. I merely encouraged you to verify my information in much the same
way as you had encouraged me previously.
I apologise without reservation if you found my response to be smug or in any
May 15, 2013 at 08:05:23
“Rogers bought Shaw's wireless spectrum and Mountain Cablevision in Hamilton. That's all, they did not buy Shaw.
Look it up.”
LilaLange on May 15, 2013 at 08:44:15
“OK . Why so smug? My notification just said that Rogers had bought Shaw...so I took their word for it. Nevertheless I am now a Shaw customer when I didn't plan to be so Rats as I said originally. Thanks for parsing out the difference but the difference doesn't really matter to me.”
May 14, 2013 at 21:28:32
“Very soon my home will be entirely solar and totally off grid. I already run a vacation cabin off grid with solar.”
Western Canadian on May 15, 2013 at 17:22:51
“How did you get all that gear to your cabin, how was all that solar gear built.....etc. Not saying what you have done is not a good thing, which it is. I am just saying that a transition period needs to be implemented and it is not an immediate time scale. You know this full well.”
Bobo Macoute on May 15, 2013 at 03:10:07
“Will you have a washing machine and electric fridge at this home?
I also would like an off grid home. Great idea. I just returned from a trip through Belgium . They have a ton of large solar panels on roofs. The only problem is that the days of subsidy are over and anyone doing the math isn't buying into it if they have to pay for it.
I prefer solar over wind myself. http://opinion.financialpost.com/2013/05/13/the-eu-green-hell/”
strange creature. They are superb natural engineers, as long as it’s not you
being flooded out by their dams or sickened by their fever. They are fun to
watch and supposedly not bad eating if you know how to butcher them properly
(gotta get ALL the fat out), but not as inspirational as an eagle flying over
you can't make a swell hat out of an eagle.”
“Well for starters how about with an ad, run nationwide that shows not a thread of their clothing, and without marketing their products, just an apology. Maybe the ad could even have a picture of Galen Weston making the apology, taken from a TV ad with the same content.
The ad could even have some credibility if there was a monetary commitment toward properly regulating safety and working conditions in the garment industry in Bangladesh that Joe Fresh uses and putting some teeth into safe workplace inspections.
Everything doesn't HAVE to be about making more money and marketing yourself 24/7/365.”
shirleybrady on May 11, 2013 at 16:24:03
“Agreed they should be more transparent and tell their customers not just in Canada but the U.S. (where Joe Fresh is sold at J.C. Penney) what actions they're taking. Also curious how they plan to better regulate safety and working conditions, and how much money Weston/Loblaw is putting into the relief fund that they're setting up for victims.
“I think its quite clearly both. CEO's may well shoulder much of the blame, but the consumer doesn't escape responsibility either.”
dudibob on May 11, 2013 at 16:10:52
“Neither does the government of Bangla Desh. They are the prime criminals. Did you know that one of the members of their house of parliament fr$@% owns a garment manufacturing firm? Talk about a conflict of interest.”