Conservatives are fundamentally more anxious than Liberals, which may be why they typically desire stability, structure and clear answers even to complicated questions. Read more in Scientific American.
'Green buildings' have potential to improve health of low-income housing residents - Eureka Alert, July 2, 2014
Green planning needed to maintain city buildings: University of Southampton, June 30, 2014
Funding Problems Threaten U.S. Disaster Preparedness- Newswise, Jan. 9, 2014
Iceland's success story...Zerohedge, Dec 16, 2013
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Toronto must overhaul aging infrastructure to meet dramatic climate change projections, study shows
Toronto Star, Jan. 28, 2013 - The study, called “Toronto’s Future Weather and Climate Driver Study,” foresees Toronto’s climate 30 years in the future as marked by fewer but more intense storms, less snow in the winter and increased heat and humidity in the summer. The city’s roads, sewers, storm drains and electrical grids were simply not built to withstand the new climate, said Councillor Gord Perks, a member of the committee. “If you took Toronto and put it in another part of the world, our infrastructure would be wrong for that weather. This is the same kind of problem." He said the study means the city has “billions of dollars of work to do,” including expanding the capacity of sewers and re-engineering green spaces to accommodate ponds of rainwater. Link to story.
Dramatic temperature increases could threaten Canadian health, infrastructure
Globe & Mail, Jan. 21, 2013 - Canada is getting hotter faster than ever before and at a faster rate than almost any other country. Rain, snow, sleet and hail storms are becoming more erratic. What were once considered exceptional weather patterns – the kind researchers reject to avoid skewing their data – are becoming common. Canada’s infrastructure wasn’t built for this kind of climate. And much of the burden falls on municipal governments, with road, sewer and transit systems that can barely cope with existing weather conditions, let alone future vagaries. Link to story. More climate news on this site.
Who's the Boss?
Samara Democracy Report, Dec. 3, 2012 - Despite Canada’s status as one of the world’s leading democracies, new research shows that just over half of the population is satisfied with the way Canadian democracy works—a 20-point drop in less than 10 years. Canadians are even less satisfied with Members of Parliament, and a leading source of this dissatisfaction centres on MPs’ priorities: Canadians feel MPs do a better job representing the views of the party than they do representing their constituents.
Of the 502 comments on the Globe & Mail report, the highest rated is from Terry from NL, who writes: How could Canadians not lose faith in democracy? A government that is adverse to science and fact-based public policy. A government that abuses the democratic process through deliberate voter suppression. A government that subverts democracy through tactics such as omnibus bills. A government that is so controlling that senior ministers are not free to do anything except parrot talking points. It would be most surprising if Canadians were not losing faith in democracy.
Go to the Globe & Mail story. Read the Samara report.
Acadia protects Bon Portage Island
Chronicle Herald, Sept. 9, 2012 - Acadia University signed an historic agreement Saturday, making it the first university in Canada to formally protect ecologically important land that it owns. More.
Yes, there is an alternative to capitalism: Mondragon shows the way
Richard Wolff, Guardian, June 24, 2012 - Why are we told a broken system that creates vast inequality is the only choice? Spain's amazing co-op is living proof otherwise
Every society chooses – consciously or not, democratically or not – among alternative ways to organize the production and distribution of the goods and services that make individual and social life possible. Modern societies have mostly chosen a capitalist organization of production. In capitalism, private owners establish enterprises and select their directors who decide what, how and where to produce and what to do with the net revenues from selling the output. This small handful of people makes all those economic decisions for the majority of people – who do most of the actual productive work. The majority must accept and live with the results of all the directorial decisions made by the major shareholders and the boards of directors they select. This latter also select their own replacements.
Capitalism thus entails and reproduces a highly undemocratic organization of production inside enterprises. Tina [Capitalist} believers insist that no alternatives to such capitalist organizations of production exist or could work nearly so well, in terms of outputs, efficiency, and labor processes. The falsity of that claim is easily shown. Indeed, I was shown it a few weeks ago and would like to sketch it for you here. Read more.