The ECOreport Bicycles once again triumphant in Vancouver’s annual Rush Hour Challenge
By Roy L Hales
Bicycles have dominated Vancouver’s Rush Hour Challenge ever since the event began, in 2009. According to statistics from HUB Cycling, bikes came in first 73.3% of the time, while cars have been first 16% and transit 11% of the time. This year, bicycles once again triumphed in Vancouver’s Annual Rush Hour Challenge.
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The ECOreport reposts a summary from Global Learning Forum 2017
Press release from Renewable Cities
Renewable Cities convened Global Learning Forum 2017 to discuss the transition to 100% renewable energy cities. Taking place over three days, beginning on May 17, 2017, the event brought together energy leaders and champions from 105 different municipalities across 12 different countries and 22 provinces and states.
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The ECOreport looks into why Christy Clark’s Liberals attack Vancouver’s attempt to limit emissions
By Roy L Hales
The future of Vancouver’s new Green Building Rezoning Policy is already uncertain. As of this morning, there is an emissions cap on all new construction and buildings applying for rezoning. There are several ways developers “can meet the energy efficiency and emissions targets (50 per cent decrease in GHGs).” They can use “better insulation, thicker windows, and better design, as well as opting for renewable energy.” However the largest cause of the city’s emissions is natural gas and so Premier Christy Clark’s Liberals attack Vancouver’s attempt to limit emissions.
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The ECOreport reposts an appeal to improve the cycling infrastructure, UnGapTheMap of Metro Vancouver’s cycling network
Press Release from HUB Cycling
HUB Cycling behind Bike to Work Week, has launched a new video to raise awareness of their campaign to make cycling safer and more connected for everyone in Metro Vancouver.
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The ECOreport reposts a 13 minute video, Gulf Islands Alliance’s documentary film “Islands In Trust”
Press Release from the Gulf Island Alliance
The Gulf Islands Alliance (GIA) is pleased to announce the premiere showing of its 13-minute film that celebrates the natural beauty of the Gulf Islands – Islands whose importance was recognized by the Islands Trust Act in the 1970s.
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The ECOreport looks at a story from California, North America’s first 100% electric municipal bus system
By Roy L Hales
Porterville, California, is about to make transportation history. The little Californian city only receives an average of 13 inches of rain a year, which makes it particularly vulnerable to atmospheric inversion, which holds in the exhausts from vehicles, agriculture, and other sources. Thanks to a determined city hall, the number of Stage 1 smog alerts declined from 100% per year, in the 1970s, to almost zero. On December 7, the California Air Resources Board awarded $9.5-million to replace its’ entire bus fleet. By January, 2018, Porterville should have North America’s first 100% electric municipal bus system.
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The ECOreport reposts a response to OP-ED stating it is BC’s Patriotic duty to accept Kinder Morgan’s pipeline – Sorry Globe and Mail, BC Does Not Want Pipelines
Originally Published in the Common Sense Canadian
By Rafe Mair
I simply couldn’t believe Gary Mason in Friday’s Globe and Mail In his article entitled “Sorry Vancouver: The rest of Canada needs pipelines”. I urge you to read the article so that if I misrepresent Mr. Mason you will see it for yourself.
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The ECOreport looks at responses after Canada approved Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion
By Roy L Hales
Alberta 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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The ECOreport reposts notice of a milestone in the history of Vancouver’s grass-roots community activism: Ray-Cam Cooperative Community Centre Celebrates 40 Years
Press release from Ray-Cam Cooperative Community Centre
Vancouver, BC – November 24, 2016 — On the eastern edge of the Downtown Eastside, Ray-Cam Cooperative Community Centre has been providing support, services, and a place for East Side families since 1976. This Friday, a community celebration will mark their 40th year and hard-scrabble grass-roots advocacy beginnings.
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The ECOreport reposts news from Vancouver BC, HUB’s 2016 Fall Bike to Work Week
Originally Published on HUB News
Vancouver, BC (Nov 3, 2016): Last week over 5,799 people registered online for HUB’s Fall Bike to Work Week, with thousands more stopping to enjoy prize draws, free tune-ups, coffee and snacks at 51 free events across Metro Vancouver. Participants also were entered to win a trip for 2 to Amsterdam on KLM.
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