All posts by Donna

Zero Emissions Landscaping

CBC reports that Vancouver park commissioners are looking at phasing out gas- and oil-powered landscaping equipment in the city’s parks, replacing gas-powered leaf blowers, lawn mowers and hedge trimmers with electric alternatives. This is something the

The Most Damaging Storm in BC Hydro’s History

The windstorm that hit B.C.’s South Coast on December 20 was the most damaging storm BC Hydro has experienced. It resulted in more than 750,000 customers without power and thousands of damaged pieces of equipment. It

Meeting Planned with Minister

On December 7, at a meeting with our MLA Nicholas Simons, Elphinstone residents were assured that the Minister of Forests had verbally committed to delaying ‘harvesting’ of District Lot 1313 (also known as the Reed


Federal Plastics Bill Passed

I have been so busy with local issues that I haven’t been paying close attention to the news, so thanks to Lucie McKiernan in Pamela Goldsmith-Jones constituency office for pointing this out. A private member’s

Surviving Climate Change

CBC news reports: “… preparing for hotter, longer summers, rising sea levels and increased rainfall is a pressing concern for municipalities in British Columbia.” Certainly this will be at the top of my agenda as

Nov. 22 Update – Reed Road Forest

At the Nov. 22 SCRD board meeting (audio recording HERE), Gayle Neilson from the Elphinstone Community Association made a presentation outlining local residents’ concerns about the proposed logging of District Lot 1313 (also known as

Protect Reed Road Forest

Well over 50 residents showed up on Sunday, November 18 to show their opposition to plans to log DL Block 1313, also known as the Reed Road Forest. This area, originally designated as a community


Our climate future requires Transformational Change

The only winning scenario to keep global warming under 2 degrees celsius is “Smarter — transformational change.” And “transformational” means just that. We’ll have to change our whole way of living, not to mention our

Sewage plants need attention

On November 15, the SCRD board was given a presentation and a report on wastewater treatment facilities, and then interested directors took a tour of the Woodcreek Park facility. Before I read this report, I


Emission Free Buildings

The Energy Step Code is a plan to take the BC Building Code from where it is today to where it needs to be by 2032 to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions. The end goal