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Bulk Barn embraces the Zero Waste movement

Treehugger / Katherine Martinko / 26 January 2017

In glorious news for zero wasters, Canada’s largest bulk food chain will accept reusable containers and bags in all stores, starting the end of February.

In one fell swoop, Bulk Barn has revolutionized grocery shopping in Canada. The largest bulk food retailer in the country has just announced that it will accept reusable containers in all stores, starting February 24, 2017. This is a monumental victory for the Zero Waste movement in Canada, since Bulk Barn has 260 locations across the nation, many of which are in small communities without access to other zero waste-friendly stores.

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Alternative investment options in the cleantech space

Corporate Knights / Jason Visscher / 11 January 2017

Canadians who want to invest in environmental solutions and clean technologies (cleantech) – the sector of companies that minimizes the impacts of non-renewable resource use – have several options. Some of these are available to retail investors wary of choosing individual stocks or volatile passive funds characterized by hype and cynicism.

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2016 broke record for damage caused by natural disasters

Toronto Star / Peter Goffin / 09 January 2017

Canada’s insurance industry is calling on all levels of government to improve climate-change preparedness, after a record-breaking year of damage caused by natural disasters.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada says $4.9 billion in insurable damage was caused by natural disasters such as wildfires, floods and ice storms across the country in 2016.

It’s the most ever in a single year.

Damage costs have increased steadily since the 1980s, says the IBC.

They are expected to keep growing.

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Young Vancouverites: AGW, pipelines a profound moral crisis

The Georgia Straight / Charlie Smith, Travis Lupick / 07 December 2016

Parker-George said that he’s terrified by the prospect of more petroleum shipments because carbon-dioxide emissions are already at a dangerous tipping point. And he said that if these emissions keep increasing, this will wreak economic and social havoc as climate-change induced droughts curtail agricultural production in California and other parts of the world.

“There’s going to be a lot of starvation,” Parker-George predicted. “There’s going to be a lot of fighting for water. There’s going to be a lot of fighting for basic needs.”

It’s already happening elsewhere.

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Lack of tiny home legislation prompts big fights

Globe and Mail / Sharon Crowther / 02 December 2016

taylor-tiny-homeThe Tiny Home Alliance of Canada was formed in 2014 to meet the growing demand for information and resources among tiny-home owners and prospective tiny-home owners. Their mission statement is “research, education and effective change.”

And change could be imminent as amendments which acknowledge and accommodate micro-dwellings in the States look set to be accepted by the International Residential Building Code (IRC) before the year’s out.

“America is way ahead of us right now,” says Canadian Tiny Home Alliance member and owner of Canada’s largest tiny-homes listing site, Natalie Brake from Victoria. “We’re watching what they’re achieving very closely and hoping to replicate that success here in Canada within the next six to 12 months.”

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First Nations take pride in their sustainable energy projects

CBC News / Nicole Ireland / 05 November 2016

okikendawt-hydro-projectIndigenous communities are increasingly joining Canada’s growing clean energy economy as a way to generate revenue in a manner that is consistent with their cultural and environmental values, experts say.

​”Our people are willing and able,” says Kevin Hart, regional chief of Manitoba and the executive in charge of the alternative energy portfolio for the Assembly of First Nations.

“Through our teachings we’ve always been taught to be stewards of the land. And with that I honestly believe that First Nations people can be champions when it comes to clean and alternative energy moving forward.”

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