Tag Archives: Victoria

Victoria & Saanich Green Their Vehicle Fleets

The ECOreport reposts Victoria & Saanich Green Their Vehicle Fleets by purchasing EVs

Originally Posted on City of Victoria Media

Thirteen electric vehicles have arrived in Victoria and Saanich that will save the municipalities over $100,000 due to rebates provided by the Province of B.C. and represent one of the largest fleets of Ford Focus electric vehicles in Western Canada. The City of Victoria has purchased nine vehicles and the District of Saanich has purchased four, with a rebate of $8,250 per vehicle.

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Climate Marches in BC & The Pacific Northwest

The ECOreport publishes a list of places participating in climate marches in BC & The Pacific Northwest

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMPeople in over 1,700 cities, towns and villages around the world will be demanding real climate action on November 29.  Here is a list of some Climate Marches in BC & The Pacific Northwest:

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The Conservatives Could Do It Again

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMStephen Harper claims that “Our World is a difficult, dangerous and uncertain place” and, under his leadership, Canada “is an island of stability.” Though many have come to regard his message as spin, polls show it appeals to an older, less educated and predominantly male audience. They have been able to give the Harper Government  the 36%-39.7% of the popular vote that has let them cling to power since 2006. The latest Nanos poll reveals the Conservatives could do it again.

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Victoria’s Housing First Strategy

The ECOreport reposts the story of one city’s response to homelessness:  Victoria’s Housing First Strategy

Originally Published on Ben Isis’s website

By Ben Isitt

Controversy over the possibility of a designated temporary tenting area in the City of Victoria has prompted a healthy dialogue over how best to respond to the homelessness emergency in our region.

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BC’s Solar Capacity Is Doubling

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are slow pockets, but most of British Columbia’s solar contractors are busier than ever before. Riverside Energy Systems, in Kamloops, is finding it difficult to keep up. Rob Baxter, of Vancouver Renewable Energy Co-operative, thinks we may have reached a tipping point, “more people want to support solar energy.” Alevtina Akbulatova, Net Metering Specialist with BC Hydro, said 90 projects were connected to the grid during 2014. She added, “There are already 99 this year and I could approve a few more by the end of the day.” Add in the 1 megawatt of capacity from SunMine, the province’s first utility scale solar project, and BC’s Solar capacity Is doubling.
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Sewage treatment debate causes a stink

The ECOreport reposts a story from Victoira, BC, where sewage treatment debate causes a stink

From Ecojustice

By Margot Venton, staff lawyer

When it comes to the debate over sewage treatment in Victoria and nearby municipalities, perfect must not become the enemy of good.

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Grace Islet Landing

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Around thirty people landed on Grace Islet Tuesday. Regardless of whether they went above the high water mark and were legally “trespassing”or not,  the Grace Islet landing reminiscent of Gandhi’s civil disobedience campaigns.

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BC: Support the City of Victoria’s motion on Clayoquot Sound mining

From the Wilderness Committee

On Thursday, March 27th, in a preliminary meeting, City of Victoria councillors expressed support for the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s call for a moratorium on mining activity in its traditional territory. The motion, which came in response to a letter from Tla-o-qui-aht Chief Councillor Moses Martin, will be put to a final vote by City Council onThursday, April 10th
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British Columbia’s Expanding EV Infrastructure

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMCortes Island is three ferry trips north of Vancouver. There are three hours of driving time. As you also spend a significant amount of time waiting, the trip can take six hours in peak season.   Some people think of Cortes as a throwback to the 1970‘s; others regard it as one of BC’s sustainable hubs. The major industry is tourism. There are around a thousand inhabitants, three hamlets and a number of non-profit organizations. There is also an EV charging station. I am told it has only been used once. This says a great deal about the extent of BC’s expanding EV infrastructure.
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How Communities Can Reduce Transportation Emissions 50%

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PM“Would we have a sustainable transportation system if all automobiles were electric powered?” asked Todd Litman, the founder and  Executive Director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.
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