Wealth

Posted on October 08, 2012

by Don Malcolm

The restrictions placed on welfare recipients make it virtually impossible for them to break away from the system. To begin with, in order to qualify for social assistance, an applicant must have an address. When faced with the requirement of paying a damage deposit plus a month's rent in advance, for someone with no financial resources, an address is very difficult to establish.

Posted on September 09, 2012

Will the wildlife-rich region of Fraser Valley, BC become just another paved-over, smog-infested, gridlocked hellhole for the benefit of the few rich and famous?

by Joe Foy

The hawk wheeled around the big cottonwood looking for a place to land – all the while a gang of smaller birds and crows tried to bully it out of the neighbourhood by making an awful racket and dive-bomb­ing its tail feathers.

But she gave them no notice and landed on one of the

Posted on August 22, 2012

by Nancy Myers

You’ve heard about the precautionary principle and how it came to be articulated and applied to environmental health, and how this simple principle brings with it a strong set of closely linked ideas and values and practices. In fact it must be applied broadly as well as narrowly. And you can’t take a precautionary approach without talking about both economics and ethics.

Posted on August 21, 2012

by Don Malcolm

The world’s most powerful governments are proud to declare that they are fi ghting a global war on poverty. They back their rhetoric with foreign aid in the form of massive expenditures of public money, surplus goods, and often, military assistance, commonly known as peacekeeping. 

Posted on August 16, 2012

Canada subsidizes logging. The sooner we acknowledge this and force our politicians to change the stumpage system and other forest policies, the sooner we can solve the softwood dispute and remove incentives that promote unsustainable logging throughout the country.

by Will Horter, Dogwood Initiative 

As the federal election heats up, Paul Martin, Stephen Harper and Jack Layton have all been talking tough about softwood lumber. 

Posted on August 16, 2012

by Don Malcolm

Money recognizes neither geographical nor political borders. It controls the fate and daily activities of populations throughout the world. While heaping riches on someone in Hong Kong or Rio de Janeiro, it may, at the same time, be destroying the fortune of someone in Halifax or Melbourne. Money is insensate

Posted on July 18, 2012

A proposed Liquid Natural Gas terminal and gas-powered electrical plant on Texada Island in Georgia Strait is one more example of a fatally-flawed economic system.

by Ray Grigg

An educated and discerning senior citizen, who is

Posted on July 14, 2012

by Barry Saxifrage

Air travel is the one major industry without an available technological solu­tion to climate change.

When I read in George Monbiot’s book, Heat, that there is no climate-compatible solution for high-speed air travel, I didn’t believe it. I couldn’t accept that the world must stop nearly all of its flying.

Posted on July 13, 2012

The process of refinement of petroleum.

by Arthur Caldicott

You know those coin sorters – a set of stacked trays punched with holes. Different sized holes for differ­ent coins. You toss your jar of coins in the top tray, shake them, and eve­rything falls through except twoonies, the biggest coin. All the remaining coins fall through the holes in the next tray, except loonies, then quarters, nickels, dimes, pennies? Oops, pen­nies, dimes.

Posted on July 11, 2012

Ecologists ignore that everything we use rests on the earth's natural resources. We now see that our galloping economies rely on handouts, massive debt, war, abuse, waste, and a diminished earth. Rivers die, species go extinct, forests disappear, deserts grow, and people suffer. 

by Rex Weyler

In the 1980s, fishermen caught the last wild Beluga sturgeon from the Sea of Azov, source of prized caviar. Wild sturgeon in the Caspian Sea failed to reproduce. The sturgeon catch plunged by 95%, and the cost of caviar soared. Such extraordinary price growth is known as “hyperinflation,” or as economist Eric Sprott says, “the caviar syndrome.” 

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