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.

Why AB 1745 Is Better For California

By Roy L Hales

Air pollution allegedly kills 21,000 Californians every yearMost of these fatalities are attributed to road transportation, or building emissions. According to the American Lung Association, vehicle emissions cost California $15 billion a year in health and climate impacts. The state legislature is considering a law that would  require all new passenger vehicles sold in California after Jan. 1, 2040 to produce zero emissions. Catherine Rehesis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association,  claims this “would come at the expense of those who can afford it the least both financially and in lifestyle – California’s lower and middle class working families.” Janelle London,  Co-Executive Director of Coltura,  explains why AB 1745 is better for California.

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How Chemainus Transformed Itself

By Roy L Hales

Everyone was talking about the murals, when they were first unveiled. Thirty-seven years later, the image of three proud First Nations faces comes to many people’s minds when they hear the name Chemainus. Municipalities throughout British Columbia embraced this former logging town as a model for how communities can be reinvented after their principal industry collapses. There are still hundreds of thousands of visitors coming to see this Vancouver Island town every year.  I recently dropped in to see how how Chemainus Transformed itself.

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The Goats That Changed The Pattern Of Her Life

By Roy L Hales

As I was waiting for the Cortes ferry the other day, I found myself listening in to another passenger’s conversation. Kristina Purcell is one of the cooks at Hollyhock, but this story is not about that. She was explaining how the goats changed the pattern of her life.

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Who were the 10,000 British Columbians Protesting Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline?

By Roy L Hales

According to former Geological Survey of Canada scientist David Hughes, Alberta’s much touted emissions cap permits a 53% ramp up of production in the tar sands. Green party leader Elizabeth May concludes that Prime Minister Trudeau’s  climate targets are essentially the same as his predecessor and “even that weak target is not within reach.” Those are some of the national issues behind Canada’s decision to enlarge its fossil fuel sector, but what about more local concerns? The two videos that follow depict some of the 10,000 British Columbians protesting Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline expansion.

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The Story Behind Phil’s Pick n Mix

By Roy L Hales

Phil Allen became a DJ back in the years that Cortes Community radio was a pirate station. He likes to find new music and share it with others. Phil jokes that his show is the one man and his dog show. It can feel very lonely, being in the DJ booth by himself speaking into a microphone. You don’t know if anyone is actually listening until someone comments about your show. So why does he do it? What is the Story Behind Phil’s Pick ’n Mix?

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