At present, Alaska faces some of the highest fuel prices in the U.S. In an attempt to seek economic relief in this unstable time, numerous communities in Alaska have built wind turbine farms. This attempt has not only led to a decrease in household electricity bills, but has also reduced the use of fuel and energy on a whole. To learn more
Month: January 2009
National Fim Board Posts Canadian Documentaries Online
The National Film Board of Canada has just launched an online screening room. New films are added weekly. For now, check out the excellent documentaries “Carts of Darkness,” and “Lonely Boy,” and the classic, much loved animated shorts, “The Cat Came Back and “The Big Snit.”
A New Years Resolution that Makes a Difference
This year, Trees Ontario wants us to make a New Years resolution that will last for years to come. Along with various “green” resolution suggestions, Trees Ontario ecourages locals to help them in planting nearly three million trees throughout the Province in 2009.
50 Solutions to Help the Homeless
Vancouver’s new mayor has pledged to end homelessness by 2015, a considerable challenge that will require solutions that go beyond asking the federal governmnet and the province for more money to address the issue. Megaphone Magazine, Vancouver’s street paper has republished an article from the Tyee listing 50 ways to help the homeless.
Child Poverty Affecting Academic Performance
A recent study conducted by the Univeristy of British Columbia found an alarming link between child poverty and poor academic performance. Such findings further highlight B.C.’s high child poverty rates. Read the full story in The Tyee.
Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives Proposing a $33 Billion Stimulus Package
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is proposing a one year $33 billion dollar economic stimulus package that would create 407,000 new jobs, boost the economy by 3% and protect those hardest hit by recession. Unlike the contents of the Conservative’s upcoming budget, the CCPA is not propsing any tax cuts. Read more here.
New Westminster, BC Implementing Density Bonuses
New Westminster city councillors are asking staff to move ahead with the implementation of density bonuses. The city is offering bonuses to developers in exchange for amenity contributions. Amenities include affordable housing, child care, civic lands and buildings, parks and
open spaces, public art and specific types of transportation
infrastructure were appropriate. The City has assurred residents that bonuses will be in accordance with the current Community Plan. Read more here.