Prince Albert’s Water, Oil Pipelines, and the Precautionary Principle

The City of Prince Albert in #Saskatchewan, #Canada has secured emergency water supply after almost two weeks of no water following an oil spill in the North Saskatchewan River by Husky Oil. Three different sources https://twitter.com/BryanEneas/status/757695120800034816 A 30km temporary water line was installed from the South Saskatchewan River to the City’s water treatment plant, and […]

Canadian Flood Insurance

Most homeowners are unaware that their home insurance policies are extremely limited when it comes to flood protection. Insurance companies are pointing at a lack of flood risk information across Canada, that reflects inconsistent standards, mapping and knowledge that are costing all Canadians: Insurance executives say homeowners will never have access to comprehensive flood insurance […]

The Permafrost Thaws

Article corrected 23rd March 2011. An article from Canada’s North this week may have slipped under the radar due to the high profile of the massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear risks that are gripping Japan. Recent studies indicate the permafrost of the southern Arctic is deteriorating at an alarming rate. In some regions of what […]

Consumerist Sheeple

Communities around North America are waking up to the reality that things are no longer on the trajectory of endless prosperity that we had come to expect. Housing prices are falling, inflation seems a certainty, government and personal debt is at record breaking levels. Yet, the Sheeple still go out Black Friday shopping, some staying […]

Bears and Garbage in the Kootenays – 2010

Bears are a common problem in Kootenay towns, and it seems that Castlegar is making the news – because the Conservation Officers are shooting bears. Some area residents were “horrified” to see three black bears killed in a north Castlegar backyard last Friday, but conservation officers say they were left with no other option. There […]

The Future of Rural Life on the Columbia River

Image via Wikipedia While driving down in Eastern Washington State this weekend, I was stuck by the remoteness of many of the small towns and villages in this region, (both in BC and Washington). In some of these places you wonder how it is that people are able to scrape a living from the land […]

Fall and Falling Prices?

Image via Wikipedia As we slide toward Fall, out of the shimmering mirage days of summer, there is a lot of talk out there about housing prices in Canada – and none of it is real good. Interestingly, there is less of an attempt to put a positive spin on things from the Real Estate […]

80 Year Old Watermain

There is a story to these pictures, if you are wondering what the growth is called, it is referred to as “pipe tuberculation” or “insoluble corrosion residue buildup” and the main issue is that it increases pipe friction losses thus reducing fire flows, but can also ultimately lead to pipe failure. The infrastructure in many […]