Category: environment

A National Oil Fund: Wrong Model, Wrong Time

April 13th, 2014
I get annoyed when the CBC continually brings up the case of the very lucrative Norwegian oil fund as a model for building national prosperity. Yes, Norway, under a socialist government back in the seventies, acted prudently in appropriating 50% of all… more »

The Right Decision?

April 8th, 2014
This past week the Esquimalt municipal council finally got around to voting down the McLaughlin Pt. property as the site for the Capital Regional District sewage treatment plant. While it seems like a case of political nimbyism, there is more to this de… more »

An Afternoon of Bowling on the Green

March 29th, 2014
It was terrific to get out yesterday afternoon on the bowling rink at Vic West club and roll some bowls in preparation for the season opener next week. Shortmat bowling is fine when the weather is cold and inclement but now that spring has sprung here i… more »

Awareness and Wariness in a Quiet Neighbhood

March 21st, 2014
Friends of ours recently moved from busy West Burnside, where the traffic never seems to stop, to quiet backstreet Cameo Avenue just south off Douglas Street south of Pat Bay Hghwy. The motive for this move was to find a bigger house to accommodate thei… more »

What's the connection between KFC, chicken manure and salmon?

March 14th, 2014
I enjoy reading that most contrarian of rags, The Reykjavik Grapevine, because it keeps me in touch with the many cultural anomalies at work in Icelandic society. This little island nation hanging out in the middle of the North Atlantic has always been… more »

The Exquisite Delicacy of Orchids

March 8th, 2014
Today, Belle and I attended the annual Victoria Orchid Society show at the Mother of Fatima Church on Elk Lake Drive. For six dollars each we go to wander around the hall and view some of the most exquisitely beautiful flowers imaginable. Orchids are so… more »

Snow on the South Coast in Late February

February 23rd, 2014
This has been the coldest and driest winter on the southwest coast of BC in years. Comparitively speaking, we here in the city of Victoria, still come off better in terms of new temperature lows when stacked up against Prince George, Smithers, and Dawso… more »

A Westcoast Power Outage!

February 16th, 2014
We've been down here in Victoria for going on three years and have been treated to many interesting spectacles - storms, flowers, sunshine, fabulous sunsets, great people - but never a power outage until last night during a retirement dinner we were hol… more »

The Coldest Winter in Living Memory!

February 7th, 2014
Everybody I talk to about the cold weather these days in Victoria are quick to remind me of the cold spell nearly twenty years ago in 1996 when it snowed for almost three days, leaving streets clogged, schools closed and businesses shuttered because peo… more »

The Plan for LNG

January 31st, 2014
Last night I took a hour out of my busy schedule to listen in on an telephone townhall meeting conducted by the BC Liberal government on its liguid natural gas plans over the next decade. Minister Rich Coleman, the main point man for the project explain… more »
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