Category: environment

In the Thick of a Campaign and a Heat-Wave

June 28th, 2015
We are now officially in a drought here on the southwest coast of British Columbia. Daily temperatures in the high temperatures and the absence of rain for the past two months. Wherever we go in the city, vegetation is being severely stressed, grass tur… more »

A Local Historian with a Story to Tell

May 30th, 2015
Dennis Menniker the local historian is back in town to give a talk on his favorite topic, the history of life on the Gorge Waterway over a hundred years ago. In retirement, he has never really left except to move across the city to another part to conti… more »

Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything" - The End of Fossil Fuels As We Know Them

April 14th, 2015
One will never be able to accuse Klein the consummate social and eco-activist of underselling her point of view on what is wrong with the world out there. Her latest attack , in this book, is an alarming polemic directed at those corporate and political… more »

Special Moments in the Day

April 9th, 2015
In Christian circles there is an old hymn that goes by the title of "Count Your Blessings, Name Them One by One". Today, Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 I have a number of blessed moments arising from today that I need to share with my readers. This morning… more »

Elizabeth May's "Who We Are" - An Activist Through and Through

February 28th, 2015
I have never been a great supporter of the environmental movement in Canada or around the world, but that doesn't prevent me from taking an interest in what they are currently up to. Politicians often make poor environmentalists because they have little… more »

Taro, the Root of a Culture

November 20th, 2014
In our travels around Kauai recently, Belle and I were introduced to the strange and wondrous world of taro, a root or tuber plant that grows very well in that island. Like cassava and manioc, taro is a plant that when boiled and pulverized produces a v… more »

The Storm Season is Here

October 29th, 2014
Here in the Pacific Northwest we know that the fall season has finally arrived with the onslaught of storms, bringing rain, winds, and heavy wave action. Since moving down to Victoria over three years ago, we have taken great delight going out to the co… more »

A Coho Run on the Gorge: Jumping All Over The Place

October 19th, 2014
Residents of and visitors to the Gorge Waterway these days are being treated to a spectacular scene in the form of a late-season coho run. These pesky salmon can be seen jumping at least five to six feet in the air as they make their way to the mouth o… more »

Big Oil, Its Past Success Its Own Worst Enemy!

October 17th, 2014
Talk about an industry that is sold out to making unbridled profit while it can. Sounds reasonable if we were dealing with a resource that didn't come with a lot of environmental warnings and controversies. Though I continue to support the responsible c… more »

Amazing Weather for October

October 9th, 2014
Our Indian summer here on the west coast seems to be moving into October without so much as by your leave. We are almost at the middle of the month and the weather is still mainly sunny and mild, with occasional showers that drop only the minimal amount… more »
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