Tag Archives: Victoria

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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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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Victoria Communities Shaping Their Neighbourhood’s Future

The ECOreport reposts news from Vancouver Island, Victoria Communities Shaping Their Neighbourhood’s Future

Press Release from the City of Victoria

VICTORIA, BC — Residents and business owners in Burnside Gorge, Fairfield, Gonzales and Victoria West are helping to plan their neighbourhoods. A 25-year neighbourhood plan is being created for each of these communities that will reflect the neighbours hopes and aspirations for their area.

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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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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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Victoria’s 36th Annual Earth Walk

The ECOreport reposts an open invitation to take part in Victoria’s 36th Annual Earth Walk

Announcement from Victoria Councillor Ben Isitt:

I’m helping organize this year’s Earth Walk for Peace and the Planet, gathering at the BC Legislature Lawn on Saturday, April 23 at 11:45 am for a Walk with Samba du Soleil to Centennial Square, for a live music performance by Marimba Mufaro, speakers and festivities!

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Climate Marches in BC & The Pacific Northwest

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMPeople in over 1,700 cities, towns and villages around the world will be demanding real climate action on November 29.  Here is a list of some Climate Marches in BC & The Pacific Northwest:

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The Conservatives Could Do It Again

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMStephen Harper claims that “Our World is a difficult, dangerous and uncertain place” and, under his leadership, Canada “is an island of stability.” Though many have come to regard his message as spin, polls show it appeals to an older, less educated and predominantly male audience. They have been able to give the Harper Government  the 36%-39.7% of the popular vote that has let them cling to power since 2006. The latest Nanos poll reveals the Conservatives could do it again.

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Victoria’s Housing First Strategy

The ECOreport reposts the story of one city’s response to homelessness:  Victoria’s Housing First Strategy

Originally Published on Ben Isis’s website

By Ben Isitt

Controversy over the possibility of a designated temporary tenting area in the City of Victoria has prompted a healthy dialogue over how best to respond to the homelessness emergency in our region.

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