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mechanics are afraid of electric cars

Carl Meyer, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Klaus Uebelacker thinks mechanics are afraid of electric cars.

The German-born, Maple Ridge, B.C., resident has spent his career fiddling around with cars. Uebelacker, 53, worked as a Mercedes-Benz mechanic for more than 20 years before moving to his current line of work, training roadside assistance providers at BCAA, while also teaching in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s automotive program.

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Election 2020: BC Liberals would expedite LNG export projects

Carl Meyer, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

British Columbia’s two dominant political parties are backing liquefied natural gas development as part of their re-election campaign platforms.

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Election 2020: Should BC keep giving fossil fuel companies subsidies and tax cuts?

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative

In the absence of major action to reduce emissions, global temperature is on track to rise by an average of 6 °C (10.8 °F), according to the latest estimates. Some scientists argue a “global disaster” is already unfolding at the poles of the planet; the Arctic, for example, may be ice-free at the end of the summer melt season within just a few years. Yet other experts are concerned about Earth passing one or more “tipping points” – abrupt, perhaps irreversible changes that tip our climate into a new state. But it may not be too late to avoid or limit some of the worst effects of climate change.” – NASA 

Many scientists believe we have seven years to avert the worst ravages of the impending Climate Crisis. Even if they are wrong, it is clear that British Columbia must transition to cleaner energy sources. Should the BC government continue to pay out close to $1 billion a year in fossil fuel subsidies and tax cuts?

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Election 2020: Towards a more sustainable forestry

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative

A recent study found that about 3% of our forests are composed of the giant trees that most people think of as old growth, yet they are still being logged on Vancouver Island. At the same time, young second and third growth trees, with a high percentage of sapwood, are also being marketed. Yet forestry workers are losing jobs. What light can the candidates in this election shed upon the path towards a more sustainable forestry? 

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Four Vancouver Island municipalities move against single-use plastics

By Francois Macone, Radio Victoria,  CILS 107.9 FM, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A major victory in the fight for the preservation of the environment. The island municipalities of Victoria, Saanich, Tofino and Ucluelet will see their drive to ban the use of single-use plastic bags officially legitimized by the province, through amendments to the Community Charter, Colombia announced on Saturday. British.

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