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Addressing The Cortes Island Housing Crises

By Roy L Hales

Some vital issues undergird the impending Cortes Community Housing fund raiser, on July 14. According to David Rousseau, one of the principal organizers, “We are slowly slipping towards a community of older people who can not afford to be here. And the people who want to come here; live here;  raise families and work here are slowly being squeezed out.” He points to Hornby Island as an example of what could happen. (The population average is a decade older than on Cortes and most trades come from off island.) Cortes Island Seniors Society’s purchase of a 51 acre parcel close to downtown Mansons Landing is a significant step towards addressing the Cortes Island Housing Crises.

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BC’s First Geothermal Power Project Could Be Weeks From Drilling

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Though the provincial government has known about our massive potential since 1983. Two years ago the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) released a report stating British Columbia could develop geothermal for half the cost of hydro. Now, as pipelines and the controversial Site C Dam dominate the headlines, BC’s first geothermal power project could be weeks from drilling.

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BC Hydro’s Evaluation of Geothermal is Outdated

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1BC Hydro recently slammed the most likely alternative to its proposed Site C Dam project in an interview with the Vancouver SUN. The Crown Corporation’s senior strategic technology specialist, Alex Tu, said some of the projects appear promising but stressed the cost estimates are still “very uncertain” and carry a lot of risk. What Tu did not tell the newspaper is that BC Hydro’s evaluation of Geothermal is outdated.

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What is Canada Missing?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Canada will not meet its emissions targets for 2020. There has been improvements since 2005, but the oil sector is expected to produce 28% more emissions by the end of this decade. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he would like to regulate the oil sands, but that “would be crazy” in light of economic developments. Despite the global trend towards adopting renewable energy and smart technologies, the Canadian government continued to tie this nation’s economic future  to the fossil fuel industry. So what is Canada missing?

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