Category: Other Updates

Climate Leaders Institute

I attended a UBCM Climate Leaders Institute conference in Richmond on November 7 and 8. It’s certainly interesting talking climate change in a hotel that’s likely to be underwater by the end of the century

SAR Rescues Elphinstone Clean-Up

A huge thanks to Search and Rescue volunteers who stepped in to help with the Elphinstone Beach Clean-Up. This project was organized early this spring by volunteers from the Elphinstone Community Association (ECA) in response

Municipalities Plan for Climate Change

Here’s a good article by Randy Shore from the Vancouver Sun on how municipalities are planning for climate change, featuring an interview with Town of Gibsons CAO Emanuel Machado. The SCRD also needs to be


Gospel Rock Update

A number of people have contacted me with concerns about fire hazard on Gospel Rock due to dry conditions and piles of clearing slash. Here is a response from Town of Gibsons Director of Infrastructure

Cedar Grove Elementary gets new Book Gnome

On June 26, students from Cedar Grove Elementary and members Elphinstone Community Association gathered to unveil a new book gnome for the front of the school. The old one, put in place when the school

Why won’t the province call it a climate emergency?

An interesting article from the Globe & Mail. “Earlier this week, the House of Commons declared a climate emergency in Canada. In B.C., which has been hammered in recent years by record-breaking wildfires, droughts, flooding

Like a River: the Pineapple Express

Here’s a well researched and beautifully presented article on Pineapple Expresses—those deluges of rain that hit the west coast in winter, and are getting more severe. Too little water or too much water—that’s our new

Fires in the Forecast

The folks from The Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC sent out their latest newsletter, which includes a fire weather forecast from Environment Canada. BC’s “new reality” is “floods, drought, forest fires and windstorms –

Salal is Dying

On May 4 I took a hike up Tramway Trail from Elphinstone Pioneer Cemetery and was shocked to find huge patches of dead salal stretching out into the distance along the slopes of Mount Elphinstone.

Vancouver Drafts Climate Emergency Strategy

Three months after Vancouver City Council moved unanimously to declare a climate emergency, staff have come back with a number of recommendations to make Vancouver carbon neutral by 2050. I have talked to Vancouver staff and