Tag Archives: City of Vancouver

Gulf Islands Alliance’s Documentary Film “Islands In Trust”

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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North America’s First 100% Electric Municipal Bus System

The ECOreport looks at a story from California, North America’s first 100% electric municipal bus system

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Porterville, 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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Sorry Globe and Mail, BC Does Not Want Pipelines

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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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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Ray-Cam Cooperative Community Centre Celebrates 40 Years

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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HUB’s 2016 Fall Bike to Work Week

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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World Class Spill Response Isn’t Much

The ECOreport reposts an article about the need to beef up defences, World Class Spill Response Isn’t Much

From the David Suzuki Foundation 

By David Suzuki

In July, a pipeline leak near Maidstone, Saskatchewan, spilled about 250,000 litres of diluted oil sands bitumen into the North Saskatchewan River, killing wildlife and compromising drinking water for nearby communities, including Prince Albert. It was one of 11 spills in the province over the previous year.
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Two Videos Illustrate Vancouver’s Renewable City Strategy

The ECOreport reposts more insight from British Columbia, two Videos Illustrate Vancouver’s Renewable City Strategy

Originally Published on the City of Vancouver

Our city has what it takes to successfully get 100% of our energy from renewable sources before 2050.

  • We already have the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per person of any major North American city.
  • We are economically strong and diverse.
  • We are a city that innovates and already has abundant clean electricity.

Our goal: to get 100% of our energy from renewable sources before 2050

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Vancouver’s Protected Bike Lanes

The ECOreport reposts an update from Streetfilm, Vancouver’s Protected Bike Lanes

Originally Published on Streetfilms

by Clarence Eckerson Jr.

In 2012, the Vancouver City Council set an ambitious goal to reach a bicycle mode share of 7 percent of all trips by 2020. The city proceeded to hit the mark in 2015, five years ahead of schedule!

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Portable Electric Can Power Almost Anything

The ECOreport looks at a new solar plus battery system that can replace traditional gas and diesel generators, Portable Electric can power almost anything

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMPortable Electric came out of Vancouver’s 2015 Great Climate Race. This is a “walk and run race,” with 2 kilometre and 10 kilometre events, through the city’s iconic Stanley Park. The event raises funds and awareness for local community solar-energy projects. In similar  outdoor events through-out North America, the associated venues are powered by portable gas and diesel generators. Having previously installed solar plus battery systems in Africa, the Great Climate Race’s power co-ordinator knew how to resolve this apparent contradiction. After the race, Mark Rabin founded a new company to continue providing solar plus battery power to outdoor events throughout Western Canada. Portable Electric can power almost anything from music festivals, to emergency situations or film sets.

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