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Canada Approved Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline Expansion

The ECOreport looks at responses after Canada approved Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Alberta Premier Rachel Notley applauded the Prime Minister’s “extraordinary leadership.” Peter McCartney of the Wilderness Committee calls it “a betrayal of promises made in the last election to act on science, gain public approval and respect Indigenous rights.” There are already 7 legal challenges of this project underway, and more will follow. The government of Canada approved Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion, “subject to 157 binding conditions.”

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Protesting Anticipated Approval of Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline Expansion

The ECOreport looks at reports of the thousands protesting anticipated approval of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion.

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1As decision time approaches, most of us know the government of Canada to enable the flow of more diluted bitumen through the most populated region of British Columbia. The cost, in terms of the Liberal party’s political future in this province, could be great. A recent Insights West poll found that 64% of the people who voted for them in the last election oppose the pipeline. One of their own MP’s made the public appeal, “I ask you to listen to the collective wisdom of British Columbians.” Thousands are protesting anticipated approval of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion.

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Taxing Vancouver’s Empty Homes

The ECOreport looks at a partial solution to the housing crises, taxing Vancouver’s empty homes

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMVancouver’s real estate values have skyrocketed 280% since 1986, while wages have only increased 7%. A new report shows the affordability crises impacts both renters and homeowners. The average westside home was selling for $1.4 million last May. Though 10,800 housing units have been empty for more than a year, 1 only about 337 available as rentals. 2 This suggests that speculators own many of the vacant units. City staff recommend taxing Vancouver’s empty homes.

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  1. Policy & Regulatory Steps for Reducing Empty Housing, City of Vancouver Administrative Report, June 16, 2016, p 2
  2. ibid, p 3

Vancouver Talking Pipelines With Trudeau

The ECOreport looks at the news  the Mayor & First Nations leaders have gone to Ottawa, Vancouver Talking Pipelines With Trudeau

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1With Alberta’s economy stalling,  Premier Rachel Notley “needs” a pipeline to transport diluted bitumen from the oil sand to export terminals on the coast. She is “interested in both the proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain line,” through British Columbia’s most populated area, and an Energy East pipeline to the Atlantic Coast.” According to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, her pitch to the federal cabinet members on retreat in Banff received a standing ovation. Only the proposed Trans Mountain expansion is not popular in B.C. and now there is news of Vancouver talking pipelines with Trudeau.
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Bicycles Triumphed Over Cars And Transit

The ECOreport looks at how bicycles triumphed over Cars and transit in Vancouver’s Share the Road Challenge

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Vancouver just held its’ Eighth Annual Share the Road Challenge. There were 13 teams, each composed of someone driving a car, someone with a bike and someone using transit. They started from different locations throughout Vancouver and North Vancouver, anywhere from 2.4 to 10.4 kilometres from the finish line at the downtown London Drugs. The distance did not matter, as long as each team started from the same point, because this was a race to see which form of transportation moved through rush hour traffic faster. This was the first year in which all the bicycles triumphed over cars and transit .

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Vancouver Challenging Portland As North America’s #1 Biking City

The ECOreport looks into the possibility Vancouver surpasses Portland As North America’s #1 biking city

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMPortland has long been been North America’s #1 bike-friendly city. According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation, 7.2% of “commuters go by bike.” That figure is taken from the 2014 census, which also shows the closest U.S. competitors as Minneapolis (4.6%), San Francisco (4.4%) and Seattle (3.7%). Now a new report shows Vancouver challenging Portland as North America’s #1 biking city.

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Suggest a Station for Vancouver’s Bike Share

The ECOreport passes onVancouver’s invitation for the public to suggest a station for Vancouver’s Bike Share

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe city next step in the development of Vancouver’s bicycle infrastructure is only months away. More than a thousand cities operate bike share programs, but up until this summer this has only been an idea in British Columbia’s Lower Fraser Valley. That changed last February, when Vancouver entered into an agreement with Cyclehop. The city is putting up $5 million, to operate the system for fiver years, and now members of the public are being asked to suggest a station for Vancouver’s Bike Share.

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Vancouver Will Have North America’s Largest Smart Bike Share

The ECOreport presents the story of technological innovation & how Vancouver will have North America’s largest smart bike share

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMMiami based CycleHop is already operating bike share programs in more than 100 communities and universities in the United States and Canada.  New programs are currently under development in Long Beach (CA), West Hollywood (CA), Atlanta (GA), Cleveland (OH),  and Louisville (KY). However the biggest news comes  from across the border where, according to the city’s Manager of Street Activities, Scott Edwards, Vancouver will have North America’s largest smart bike share.1

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  1.  Roy L Hales interview with Scott Edwards, the City of Vancouver’s Manager of Street Activities

When Will The Big Spill Happen?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are currently 18 coastal fossil fuel projects planned for southwest British Columbia and Washington’s Puget Sound. A joint  study, from the FRIENDS of the San Juans and San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping, calculated this will bring another 5,300 marine transits a year through the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  According to Stephanie Buffum, Executive Director of Friends of the San Juans, “Neither Canada nor Washington is looking at the potential impacts of this cumulative increase.” She is not the only one wondering when will the big spill happen?

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Can We Trust Justin To Deliver?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The extent of the LIberal victory is not unbelieveable. Once Canadians knew that our choice was either Stephen Harper or Justin Trudeau, most of the votes against the Conservatives were marked Liberals. This was not a choice on Vancouver Island, where the only alternative seemed like the NDP. Yet in the midst of this negativity, the vision of a government that truly represents the will of the people was born. The Liberals were able to sieze hold of this. Can We Trust Justin To Deliver?

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