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Op/Ed: Why your stuff turns to junk so fast (and cooks the planet)

Someone once wanted every bit of this junk.

Note:  This article was originally posted on the Worldwatch Institute blog. Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Forestry and Trade Wars

Dick Cannings, Member of Parliament for South Okanagan West Kootenay

The forest industry has been a critically important sector in the BC economy for over a century, but it has been hit hard.  A 30-year trade war with the United States cost our industry billions of dollars.  The softwood lumber agreement did bring back certainty to lumber export access and costs, but the Canadian industry paid a very high price for that certainty, and many mills didn’t survive.

COLUMN: 'Collective cowardice' on climate change

COLUMN:  'Collective cowardice' on climate change

Scientists worldwide accept that Earth is warming at an unusually rapid rate, that humans are primarily responsible, mainly by burning fossil fuels, and that the consequences for humanity will be disastrous if we don’t take immediate, widespread action. The U.S. Defense Department calls climate change a security risk “because it degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations.”

Want to influence our federal government? Here's one way to make an attempt.

A fox, watching the hen-house.

The Candian Environmental Protection Act is under review by a committee of the House of Commons.  Citizens are invited to comment -- in the form of written "briefs."  There are guidelines for these briefs, accessible via a link in the material pasted in below. 

Seven Summits Centre for Learning students improving ecosystem health near Waneta

Grade 10 Students from Seven Summits Centre for Learning plant native vegetation to help species at risk. to help

Students from Seven Summits Centre for Learning are doing their part to increase ecosystem health in the Kootenays.

RCMP warn about more phone scams

RCMP warn about more phone scams

Don't be fooled.  Don't give out any information on the phone to anyone who calls up and claims to represent your credit card company.  Anyone from your credit card compoany does  NOT need you to give them any information about you or your card; they would already have what they need on file.  Anyone who calls up and demands (or requests) personal information about you or your credit card is a scammer.  Just hang up.

Food security = important for humans and other animals too

Fresh vegetables are too costly for many in Canada

As leaves change colour and drop from trees, and a chill in the air signals the approach of winter, many of us are thinking of the fall harvest and hearty soups and dishes that will soon warm our bellies.

Opinion: Putting patient food in the hands of corporations reveals the trouble with normal

An underwhelming hospital sandwich

It's amazing what we gradually accept as normal -- even admirable -- in how we treat each other in Canada. Practices that were once seen as a repugnant surrender to government indifference, like food banks, are now virtually celebrated as a high point of citizen engagement and promoted as such by our public broadcaster once a year. And other practices, like hospitals and seniors' care homes that once had their own kitchens and cooking staff, are seemingly a thing of the past, a "luxury" that we have no hope of ever getting back.

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans sued for putting wild salmon at risk

Wild salmon reach a spawming bed.

The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is breaking the law by not testing B.C. farmed salmon for a virus that has spread like wildfire in Norway and Chile, before allowing them to be transferred into open-net ocean pens alongside wild fish.

Part II: The Small Mysteries of Transformation for Mind and Politics

Part II: The Small Mysteries of Transformation for Mind and Politics

Here is Part II of this lengthy article.  To review Part I, click on this link.

The 60’s Generation and political change: No revolution

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