British Columbia

When you have oil pipeline companies, who needs satire?

April 29, 2014

When you have oil pipeline companies, who needs satire?

Giant U.S. oil/energy mega-corp Kinder Morgan has applied to triple the size of a pipeline across British Columbia, bringing dirty bitumen-laced oil from the Alberta Tar Sands. “Public” hearings to assess the application have been notoriously non-public.

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Over 1000 dolphins escort ferry near Vancouver

November 2, 2013

Over 1000 dolphins escort ferry near Vancouver

Great video shot on Hallowe’en, October 31, 2013. Over 1000 dolphins swim alongside a BC Ferries vessel on its way to Vancouver through Georgia Strait.

CBC report confirms they’re Pacific white-sided dolphins which usually congregate farther out to sea.

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What temperate rainforest looks like

June 4, 2013

What temperate rainforest looks like

This photo was taken by my colleague Ken Wu, an environmental advocate with BC’s Ancient Rainforest Alliance. The photo was actually taken in Washington State, not far from here. He says this is the Quinault Rainforest in Olympic National Park, “the mossiest temperate rainforest in existence with almost all the record-size trees of the region, just about my favourite place on the West Coast!”

As part of my other design job with a group called Commons BC, I was involved in the fight against Bill 8 which would have privatized vast areas of BC’s forests.

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“Christy Clark just wants your love”

February 27, 2013

“Christy Clark just wants your love”

It might be hard to fully appreciate the brilliance of this performance unless you’re familiar with the vocal mannerisms of British Columbia’s Premier Christy Clark. But this mimicry is easily as good as Tiny Fey doing Sarah Palin.

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West Coast cabin – Clayoquot Sound, B.C.

September 6, 2012

West Coast cabin – Clayoquot Sound, B.C.

The cabin is probably the true vernacular architecture of British Columbia’s West Coast and other parts of the Pacific Northwest. Vancouver must once have had some of these buildings, thought rampant demolition and ugly development are doing their best to eradicate any trace of this architectural past.

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In praise of hemp – as textile, as paper, as food source

August 7, 2012

In praise of hemp – as textile, as paper, as food source

Seeing the above graphic on Facebook recently (source wasn’t credited) reignited my longstanding frustration over our global failure to switch (back) to hemp as a major source for textiles, paper and food.

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Pack horse trip in the Northern Rockies: Muskwa-Kechika

July 9, 2012

Pack horse trip in the Northern Rockies: Muskwa-Kechika

[Update: The Globe and Mail has finally run the story about our trip. Wilderness guide and Globe travel writer Bruce Kirkby came along on our leg of the ride.]

I just spent two weeks out of internet range, riding through the remote Northern Rockies on horseback.

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