Dispatches from the Urban Meter Wars

Resistance to BC Hydro’s smart meters still seems strong, but it’s hard to tell who’s winning. A BC Hydro rep gave a presentation at a recent meeting about energy conservation initiatives. Unbidden, he began by letting us know, “One thing we’re not going to discuss today is smart meters.” Since I was filling in for

By |2011-12-21T18:39:41+00:00November 11th, 2011|0 Comments

A Revolution You Can Eat At

Your backyard provides hope for the future. We’re pretty conspicuous when we pull up in a little silver hatchback covered with children’s paintings of carrots, flowers, and slogans like “be cool, grow veggies,” sporting a roof rack piled with enough hay bales to practically tip us over. Nevertheless, it’s hard for me to shake the

By |2011-09-02T05:22:51+00:00September 2nd, 2011|0 Comments

Getting a Read on Smart Meters

Smart meters won’t endanger health or privacy, and will conserve energy, reduce theft, and produce cost savings. Or so BC Hydro tells us. But is there a hidden agenda driving what may be a billion-dollar boondoggle?   One exchange at BC Hydro’s tense public meeting in Victoria in March was emblematic of the debates about smart

By |2011-12-02T00:17:28+00:00September 2nd, 2011|0 Comments

Captains of Local Government Plotting New Course?

A recent conference of municipal planners and politicians in Victoria revealed a suprising undercurrent of sustainability radicalism     Fifteen minutes in, the discussion on “Engaging Your Community in Sustainability Initiatives” turned unexpectedly—and suddenly, everyone became much more engaged. The Capital Regional District, currently trying to engage politicians and the public in its own Regional

By |2011-05-31T03:22:22+00:00April 1st, 2011|0 Comments

A Mess Fit for a Fascist

Gordon Campbell’s reorganization of our resource ministries is costly, chaotic and destructive. One of Gordon Campbell’s last major acts as BC Premier, a government reorganization, is old news. However, unless reversed by a new leader, the devastating consequences will be unfolding for years, from Peace River forests through bureaucratic halls to Victoria shores. The decisions

By |2011-01-02T01:04:25+00:00December 31st, 2010|1 Comment
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