All posts by Roy L Hales

Roy L Hales is the owner of the ECOreport and President of Cortes Community Radio , CKTZ 89.5 FM, where he has hosted a half hour program since 2014.He is a research junkie who has written over 1,800 articles since he was first published in newspapers during 1982. Some of them are reprinted on websites like Clean Technica, PV Solar Report and East County Magazine. Roy lives on Cortes Island, BC, Canada.

Greater Victoria’s Common Vision For Social & Ecological Change

By Roy L Hales

According to Paul Cheoketen Wagner colonial society has ruled over this land for the blink of an eye and brought it to the precipice of a climate that is ready to collapse. That’s because we, “have not paid attention to natural law.”  We need to step back and take a look at how we can govern a place that holds regard for every aspect of [life]. For a government that only seeks to profit from the things around it, “will continue upon those lines.” He was one of the speakers at a weekend conference dedicated to finding  Victoria’s common vision for social & ecological change.

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What Do You Think Site C Is Really About?

By Roy L Hales

The last of the B.C. Utility Commission’s Community Input Sessions was at the Victoria, on October 11, 2017. Having already covered this story dozens of times, I was not that interested in listening to a repetition of the same old arguments. So I asked Torrance Coste of the Wilderness Committee, “What do you think Site C is really about?”

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Remove the Broughton Archipelago’s Open-Net Fish Farms

By Roy L Hales

Marine Harvest did not have the consent of local First Nations,  when they set up an open net fish farm off Swanson Island farm thirty-one-years ago.  They did not need it, with a Social Credit government ruling British Columbia. Only this is 2017, the courts recognize aboriginal title, and Premier John Horgan is more conscious of First Nation’s concerns. At the invitation of Chief Bob Chamberlain of Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation, Horgan and three of his top cabinet ministers visited Alert Bay. They met with forty Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) leaders, who demanded Horgan remove the Broughton Archipelago’s open net fish farms.

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North America’s Global Centres of Excellence In Building

By Roy L Hales

The United Nations endorsed Passive House as a global standard at the recent North American Passive House Network conference in Oakland, California. Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed described Passive House as a model for the developing world, “where millions await the basics of a quality controlled environment” and the “developed world, which needs to redevelop sustainably.” Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, added that Vancouver and New York will be the locations of North America’s Global Centres of Excellence in Building.

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Two Bills Providing Increased Protection For PACE Customers

By Roy L Hales

Close to 150,000 Californian homeowners have made energy and efficiency improvements through Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. For the most part they are success stories, but there are isolated reports of problems with “independent solar, plumbing and roofing contractors who pitch the loans and sign up consumers through online software.” The California state legislature responded with two bills providing increased protection for PACE customers. 
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Residential Solar Installation Costs In America’s Battleground State

By Roy L Hales

California’s energy sector is hurtling towards the point of decision. Despite its reputation as a green leader, this is the #3 American state for crude oil production. In the past few years, solar energy production has grown to supply around 16% of the state’s electricity.1   A significant portion (5.7%) is supplied by rooftop solar. Though there is considerable push back from Big Oil, the California legislation’s goal of 50% renewable electricity by 2030 seems attainable. What are residential solar installation costs in America’s battleground state?

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  1. Adding the 9.98% produced by facilities at least 1 MW in size according to the California Energy Commission and 5.7% from rooftop solar according to California Distributed Generation Statistics.

Extending Wind Farm Usage

By Roy L Hales

Around 40% of Germany’s wind turbines will soon be 15-years-old.  The French, Italian, Spanish and British fleets are also aging. More than 86 GW of Europe’s wind capacity is scheduled to be decommissioned by 2030. A new report by New Energy Update describes an alternate solution, extending wind farm usage.
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How Is FM Radio Still Relevant?

By Roy L Hales

In a world where even television is being eclipsed by the internet,  recent polls show that close to 80% of the American public still listens to FM radio at least once a day. More Americans listen to AM/FM radio each week than use Facebook. The statistics are similar for Canada. How is FM radio still relevant?

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How The Basil Creek Culvert Project Is Over The Top

By Roy L Hales

By the time you hear this, the Ministry of Transportation crew will have left Basil creek. As Cortes Streamkeeper Cecil Robinson observed, prior to this “if the fish came early and the rains were late, they just simply couldn’t get through the old culvert. They died right there.” Now more of them will swim upstream to their spawning grounds. Then he proceeded to describe how the “Basil Creek culvert project was over the top from the very beginning. Everything that needed to be done, is done: and then some more, always some more.”

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CKTZ’s Doug Butt Saying Good-Bye To Broadcasting

Originally Published on Cortes Community Radio

By Roy L Hales

After six years and a half years of entering our homes every Sunday at 3:00, that distinguished sounding voice that introduced many Cortes Community Radio listeners to classical music is going away. Doug Butt left Allegro.
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