Tag Archives: Vancouver

Vancouver Housing Affordability Causes Homelessness

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED from British Columbia: Vancouver Housing Affordability Causes Homelessness

Originally Published on UVic News

The relationship between Vancouver’s real estate boom and the crisis of homelessness and is more than just a trickle down effect, according to a new report co-written by Centre for Addictions Research (CARBC) researchers Bernie Pauly and Geoff Cross in collaboration with Vancouver’s Union Gospel Mission (UGM).

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Vancouver’s Biggest Ever Bike To School Week

The ECOreport reposts thousands expected to participate in Vancouver’s biggest ever Bike To School Week May 30-June 3

Press Release from Hub Cycling

May 25, 2016 – Vancouver, BC – On Monday, May 30th, thousands of kids across Metro Vancouver will join in the spirit of friendly competition and healthy travel by participating in Bike to School Week. This year’s event is the biggest event since it started in 2010.

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Christy Clark’s Inaction On BC’s Housing Affordability

The ECOreport reposts criticism of Christy Clark’s inaction on BC’s housing affordability

Originally Published on the Broadbent Institute

By Sheila Matthew

When Christy Clark’s government released its budget in February, many advocates were hoping for real action on soaring housing costs. British Columbia’s economy is growing and investments in affordable housing in this budget – for the last full fiscal year before going to the polls in 2017 – had the potential to address the severe crisis many British Columbians are facing.

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Inspiring Global Transit Projects

The ECOreport reposts a look at some inspiring Global transit projects that Toronto’s King Street could emulate

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

By Nithya Vijayakumar

Improving transit on busy routes is not a new idea. Cities around the world have implemented measures to make transit run more smoothly — whether it’s just to shave a few minutes off of travel times, increase safety for pedestrians, or create a lively public space connected by transit. As I discussed in my last blog, Toronto has the opportunity to improve transit on King Street, while creating a better public space.

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How is the West Coast Electric Fleets Initiative Doing?

The ECOreport looks at the Pacific Coast Collaborative’s progress in their joint target of making 10% of all vehicle purchases electric. How is the West Coast Electric Fleets Initiative doing?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIt has been nine months since the Governments of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia embarked upon a shared initiative. In their joint press release, group spokesperson Governor Kate Brown explained “The West Coast Electric Fleets initiative leads the way in helping fleets scale up zero-emission vehicles to reach our goal that, by 2016, 10 percent of all new purchases are electric vehicles.” How is the West Coast Electric Fleets Initiative Doing?

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Trudeau Has Not Deceived Us

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThough some are shocked by revelations that the Prime Minister has made the Energy East and Trans Mountain pipeline projects a priority, this is not inconsistent with the views he has expressed in the past.  Trudeau has not deceived us.

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Opinion: The Canadian Government Is Already Damaging BC

The ECOreport publishes a response to one of Catherine McKenna’s concerns, the Canadian government is already damaging BC by not taking action.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe crux of Canada’s climate dilemma was recently played out at the Broadbent Institute’s annual Progress Summit. It was a refreshing debate in that, despite their very different perspectives, all three speakers appeared to speak what was really on their minds. Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips is understandably distressed about the her province’s growing unemployment and $10 billion in lost oil revenues. Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer is opposed to the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion because it is “way too much risk, no benefit (for Vancouver), on a planet that is dying because we are burning fossil fuels.” Canada’s Environment Minister does not want to do anything that would cause “tons of people to lose jobs.” But do Phillips and McKenna realize that the Canadian government is already damaging BC by not taking action.

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BC’s First Community Owned Solar Project Is Producing

The ECOreport reposts news that BC’s First Community Owned Solar Project Is Producing 

Press Release from Solshare Energy

The first community-owned solar energy project in BC, a power plant owned by Solshare Energy, is now producing clean power. Solshare recently installed 90 photovoltaic panels in East Vancouver on the rooftops of Vancouver Cohousing, a new multi-family residential complex and the first cohousing community in the city. The 23 kW system began generating electricity at the end of January 2016. Bullfrog Power provided construction financing for the project and has been a great supporter of the community solar project. The project is one of the first leasing projects under BC Hydro’s Net Metering Program.

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UBC-Vancouver Cuts Emissions 30 Per Cent

The ECOreport reposts a story from a university that has one of North America’s trend setters for two decades: UBC-Vancouver cuts emissions 30 per cent

Originally Published on UBC news

The University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent in 2015 compared with 2007 levels, the university announced today at the GLOBE 2016 conference.

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Winners of the 3rd Annual C40 Cities Awards

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The C40 Cities Awards were set up to recognize the world’s most progressive communities that lead the world in tackling Climate Change. Ninety four cities made more than 200 applications for this year’s competition. The winners of the 3rd annual C40 Awards were announced during COP 21 in Paris.

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