The BC Ministry of Transportation has recently started a blog, following in the footsteps of others, like, "The Fastlane”, the blog of the US Secretary for Transportation, Ray laHood. One of my favourite recent posts shows the importance of following spring road limits, with these two photos (click on the photos for a link to […]
The trouble with attempting to be progressive is that there are often rules against it, whether written or unwritten. It may be the neighbours who don’t like the fact that you tore out your front lawn and replaced it with potatoes and squash plants, or in Dirk Becker’s case, it is the District of Lantzville’s […]
Humans have the remarkable ability to ignore almost every sign pointing to anything but the most favourable outcome. For somethings, (think global warming), it is the status quo that is most appealing, and as a society, we will do almost anything to convince ourselves that any other option is so far removed from the realms […]
Aside from what you read on the internet, life in the Kootenays just keeps on rollin’ on. Who would know that a whole ecosystem was being destroyed in what could be described as a technogenic catastrophe down in Louisiana right now, a nasty byproduct of the lifestyle we’ve pursued as a society. The various bailouts, […]
As the City Engineer, and being on the senior management team of a small municipality, my role and areas of influence and responsibility are quite wide. This week it has been climate change adaptation and carbon neutral policies. Lots of meetings and talking, particularly about water, infrastructure and municipal operations – all areas that I am well […]
I work for a small municipality in rural BC and on reading articles like this, I understand the outrage of many Americans toward the bloat and excess of their government structure, particularly when the private sector and individual households are struggling. Only one city employee had a base salary topping $300,000. Nathaniel Ford, executive director […]
The video on the front page of ShapeVancouver.com suggests that by increasing the City’s density there would be significant environmental benefits. However, a recent article on Planetizen from Dr. Tony Recsei suggests that these claimed facts may not have empirical support…
My photo of Dutch Creek from last Christmas graces the cover of the Columbia Basin Trust's 2010 Desktop Calendar. I only found this out when I received five calendars and a Christmas card from the CBT staff thanking me for the photo!