Monthly Archives: November 2011


School Board action on Carbon Offsets

The Trustees of British Columbia’s School District 5 (Southeast Kootenay) recently passed the following motion, and wrote an explanatory letter to the Honourable George Abbott, BC Minister of Education. The motion, and letter, communicate challenges they face within the current structure of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, and suggests improvements that would help their district READ MORE


School Boards raising concern about lack of fairness with BC’s carbon offset program

All BC public institutions are legislated to be carbon neutral. To achieve this they have no choice but to purchase carbon offsets. Those offsets must be purchased from the Pacific Carbon Trust , a crown corporation that charges much more than any other offset company. Pacific Carbon Trust purchases offsets from industry and then sells them to public READ MORE


The hottest 13 years on record have all taken place within the past 15 years

The hottest 13 years on record have taken place within the past 15 years. Within that time period the amount and severity of extreme weather events has increased dramatically. But, despite the phenomenal cost to human life and the economy that climate change is causing, world leaders are backing down on their commitments. The US, READ MORE


Ontario will introduce law to expel bullies from school permanently

Under new provincial legislation, school administrators will be able to permanently expel bullies. The province already has a Safe Schools Act and this new legislation will provide an opportunity to take meaningful action. Premier Mc Guinty is encouraging students, teachers and administrators to “to take action to prevent bullying, intervene when appropriate and apply appropriate READ MORE


School District 5 – Carbon Offsets Open Letter

The Trustees of British Columbia’s School District 5 (Southeast Kootenay) recently passed the following motion, and wrote an explainatory letter to the Honourable George Abbott, BC Minister of Education. The motion, and letter, communicate challenges they face within the current structure of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, and suggests improvements that would help their READ MORE


Municipalities and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) 101

The Centre for Civic Governance has been tracking developments in the Canadian European Comprehensive Trade Agreement and in particular potential impacts on municipalities. Our latest Trade and Policy Update provides information on the likelihood of increased legal and administrative costs, the threats to local decision-making and the potential for the privatization of municipal water services. READ MORE


Climate change deniers fear a green agenda will end capitalism

Intrepid reporter Naomi Klein, who is stationed at the Heartland Institute’s Sixth International Conference on Climate Change – a conference for climate change deniers, has discovered the objection to acting on climate change has little to do with scientific research showing that climate change is not happening, or is happening, but not in any significant READ MORE


Greater regulatory power allows BC municipalities to move ahead on sustainability

In 2009 the Province handed BC municipalities more regulatory power. Local governments have taken advantage of new bylaws and regulatory powers to promote sustainability. From curbside composting, to encouraging energy efficiency to promoting cycling through bike lines, local governments are accomplishing many great things despite the limited revenue at their disposal. Read more in the READ MORE


Climate Scientists find extreme variation in day-to-day weather patterns

Ecosystem and climate stability are being threatened by erratic day-to-day weather, according to Princeton University researchers. Climate Change models typically consider the average weather per month, and do not show the variability that takes place. The Princeton researchers developed a new computer that could analyze data on a daily basis capturing the sometimes extreme variability. READ MORE


Newly elected leaders must demand consultation on CETA

A recent opinion piece highlights many of the serious and likely consequences from signing the Canadian European Trade Agreement (CETA). Unlike previous trade agreements CETA eliminates the right of a municipality to procure goods and services locally. It also opens up our water treatment industries to multinational corporations. Despite the potential for “serious, unanticipated consequences READ MORE


Successful Practices in First Nations Education: Based on the Tyee Solutions Society Series by Katie Hyslop

First Nations educators are offering inspiration and hope to a new generation of learners. Join us for an afternoon of presentations and discussion about K-12 programs that go beyond usual practice. Educators from Chief Atahm School on the Adams Lake Reserve, and the school districts of Haida Gwaii and Vancouver BC share successful stories from READ MORE


Our energy infrastructure must change dramatically within 5 years to halt catastrophic climate change

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is warning that time is running out for halting the dangerous effects of climate change. The agency is warning that current fuel-based energy initiatives that are continuing to be built will create a lock-in effect within 5 years that will cause irrevocable damage to the earth. The warning comes as READ MORE


Toronto’s Library Committee has voted no to closing branches

Rob Ford is pressuring the Toronto Library board to cut 10% of its budget, totaling approximately 7 million dollars. The board has been pouring over recommendations for cuts including eliminating computers from all libraries, charging for library cards and closing 38 of Toronto’s libraries. For now the board has voted against closures. They have yet READ MORE