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by Contributor on Thursday May 16 2019

Ed. note: The following is a press release issued by Toward The Heart, the harm reduction arm of the BC Centre for Disease Control:

Words and language matter – especially for people who use substances. The terms we use to describe people who use drugs and the conditions associated with drug use can play either a...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday May 15 2019

We’ve heard a lot recently about the appalling amount of plastic waste being dumped into the world’s oceans and other waterways, and how plastic particles (both micro and macro) are killing off many animals that live and feed in and around the oceans. 

Are we in the Kootenays contributing to that, I wondered?  I phoned up the Solid Waste Management department at the Regional District of...

by Bob Hall on Monday May 13 2019

Advancing environmental justice and stewardship in the Columbia River Basin is the focus of a conference in late-May that will bring together those interested in pushing for a brighter future on both sides of the Canada-United States border.

Selkirk College and the Community Colleges of...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday May 08 2019

Electric vehicles won’t save us from runaway climate change, but they’re part of the solution, along with support for public transit and active transport like waking and cycling. The transportation sector accounts for almost one-quarter of the world’s carbon emissions, so it’s an area where change is necessary and possible.

As Norway and other countries are demonstrating, incentives and...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday May 01 2019

“Everything will burn, baby, burn . . .”– if we don’t take a bit of time and effort to make it as fire-resistant as possible. These words from the 2001 song by Ash can remind us about the increasing risk of wildfire consuming forests, and overwhelming communities full of homes and businesses.  Local wildfire expert Don Mortimer has given presentations locally to help people...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday May 01 2019

Will someone please tell me what the hell is going on? Last October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report indicating that global emissions are still rising despite more than three decades of warnings. Now we’re on a path to a 3 to 5 C temperature rise above pre-industrial levels by 2100. The IPCC concludes that anything above a 1.5 C rise will take us beyond...

by Rossland Telegraph on Tuesday Apr 30 2019

Some ask, “What’s so bad about those so-called invasive species?  Some of them are so pretty!”

Yes, they’re pretty. One example is Himalayan Balsam, also known as “Policeman’s Helmet.” It has beautiful flowers.  And it grows SO easily!

The trouble with it is . . . it grows SO easily.  It wants to take over the...

by Sara Golling on Monday Apr 29 2019

Environmentalists have come under fire lately from certain quarters.  Questioning the motivation of environmentalists raises the question:  What are they fighting for?   

And the short answer is:  survival

Not just personal, short-term survival, but the long-term survival of life on earth -- stopping the acceleration of species extinctions, which are now wiping...

by aeon on Tuesday Apr 23 2019

By  David V. Johnson, from Aeon

When false and malicious speech roils the body politic, when racism and violence surge, the right and role of freedom of speech in society comes into crisis. People rightly begin to wonder what are the limits, what should be the rules. It is a complicated issue, and resolving it requires care about the exact problems...

by Dick Cannings MP on Monday Apr 22 2019

Lost in the recent media frenzy over the SNC Lavalin scandal were the 2019 Spring Reports of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development. These last reports from Julie Gelfand before her retirement focused on protection of fish and their habitat from mining effluent, subsidies to the fossil fuels industry and—of particular interest to the Okanagan and Kootenay regions--...

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