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The Birth Of Free Range Radio

By Roy L Hales

Doug Hamel made his first broadcast almost two months ago. His two-hour-long tribute to Gord Downey was the beginning. Doug had underwent some introductory DJ training at Cortes Radio months before, but found the time commitment intimidating. He works as a building contractor six days a week! Everything changed that first day he spoke into the microphone. That was the birth of Free Range Radio.

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No surprises in HUD’s PACE Guidance

By Roy L Hales

Seven years ago, the White House released policy guidelines that would allow homeowners to finance home energy improvements through their property taxes. The Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a local government/corporate partnership, in which private companies supply 100% of the initial funding and are paid back over time. If this remarkably simple program were not classified as tax, it would have been adopted offered through-out America years ago. Taxes take priority over mortgages, should the homeowner default. So Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac urged local governments to put their PACE programs on hold. Yesterday, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the obvious solution. Aside from the length of time it took the government to adopt a painfully obvious solution, there are no surprises in HUD’s PACE guidance.

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Canada Could Be A Clean Energy Superpower

By Roy L Hales

The clean energy sector employs more people than the oil sands and  the workforce grew another 14% last year. According to Clean Energy Canada’s latest Tracking the Energy Revolution, this sector attracted almost twice the investors than the fishing, forestry and agriculture sectors combined. They did not mention the sources of this money, but last year’s report showed 4 of the top 5 investment firms were German or Japanese. Foreign nations recognize the potential that the Harper administration has failed to perceive.  Canada could be a clean energy superpower.
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