Castlegar’s Community Workshop on Sustainability

Robyn and I were invited to participate in the beginnings of the Sustainability Process for the City of Castlegar, with about twenty other community members. With three focus groups formed to look at social, environmental and economic issues and solutions, two hours were dedicated to answering a couple fo questions on these topics in the small groups. I was on the economic focus group with members of the business community and some leaders from Selkirk College. Robyn was on the Environmental focus group, with community leaders in the environmental field. Overall, the groups seemed well matched to answer the questions of community sustainability.

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Castlegar Planning for the Future

This week marks the start of The City of Castlegar’s Integrated Community Sustainability Planning process – at least the public side of it. Last night, a presentation by the Fraser ABasin Council on Sustainability Processes foir Communities drew out out about 30 residents and councillors with some excellent discussion about the end aim of going through such a process for a community.

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The Missing Number – Peak Oil

There is a sizable community of energy pundits who, after reviewing oil production records, believe that world oil production peaked last year (2008) at 81.73 million barrels of oil per day. Many in this community follow the discussion at a site called The Oil Drum, where no topic is off limits – as long as it relates to energy future, which if you haven’t worked out yet, just about everything we do or touch exists because of cheap abundant energy. Unfortunately, this number and the impacts on society, culture, the economy and development are being ignored by the media and the general population.

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Canada’s Sub-Prime Situation and Peak Oil

While the following article represents some of the least investigative of all investigative journalism that I’ve had the pleasure of…

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RDCK Smart Planning Innitiative

The Regional District of Central Kootenay, in which the City of Castlegar resides is starting out on the Integrated Community…

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Sustainability in Castlegar?

we wrote a letter to the City asking for some consideration of peak oil, climate change and the economy and the effect that these scenarios may have on the long term sustainabilty of the community. These should be reflected in the budget, planning, bylaws and policies of the City as well as finding ways to invovle the community.

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