Wealth, Food Security and the Doughnut Economy

In a week that included the Women’s March, the Davos conference, the issue of feeding our current and future population and the news that “It’s Boom times for Billionaires” I feel the need to connect the dots. This week a report from Oxfam was published that stated; “…82 percent of the global wealth produced last …

Recycling in Alberta

January 18, 2018 Government of Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks Dear Ms. Shannon Phillips, I am writing to you today to discuss our recycling model in Alberta. As you are aware, the Chinese government will no longer accept our materials which will necessitate a serious change in how we handle our current recyclables. I …

European Union’s Circular Economy

I have been studying on line the European Union’s Circular Economy strategy which is designed to create much more value and much less waste out of the resources we use.  It is a very ambitious system with, supposedly, increasing targets for waste prevention, reuse and recycling and has had evidence of some success in various …

Thana Boonlert Announces Candidacy for Calgary-Mountain View

Thana Boonlert, Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Alberta, declares his intention to seek the nomination for the Calgary-Mountain View riding. “I am very excited to be seeking the nomination for the Calgary-Mountain View riding  and representing the Green Party of Alberta in the upcoming provincial election. I am confident in our vision and our leadership …

Climate Change; From Crypto-currency to Porn

When we think of Climate Change and our carbon footprint there are many things to consider, some are obvious, many others are not. Take the Crypro-currency Bitcoin for instance. The exploding price of bitcoin in recent months has raised questions about the environmental sustainability of the currency. Although it’s hard to measure accurately the Washington …

What’s New with the Carbon Tax

On January 1, 2018, the Alberta carbon levy increased from $20/T to $30/T. Beyond 2018, there is an intention to increase it further, but no firm schedule for doing so. However, pending Federal legislation will require a rate of $50/T by 2022, and it is the expressed intention of the NDP government to meet the …

SWRR Letter of Concern Regarding the Gravel Operations behind Wentworth/West Springs Neighborhoods

January 1, 2018 Government of Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks Dear Ms. Shannon Phillips, I am writing to you today to discuss the SWRR gravel operations behind the Wentworth/West Springs neighborhoods in Calgary. Once again, I fully appreciate that your portfolio is challenging as Alberta faces many environmental issues, this gravel operation being only …