Alternatives Journal (A\J - Canada's Environmental Voice) of Canada

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Alternatives Journal Issue 42:2 Coming Home

Alternatives Journal provides critical and well-researched analysis of environmental issues in the clear, comprehensible style of a magazine. Issues are thematically focused, presenting in-depth exploration of specific topics like water conservation, climate change, green energy, sustainability, waste reduction and much more.<br><br>Back issues cover the history of the environmental movement.

Alternatives Journal (A\J - Canada's Environmental Voice) of Canada
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welcome home

HI CANADA, welcome to (y)our issue – but don’t get too comfortable. This is not your Canadian Living, Style at Home or HGTV Canada. Through these next pages, we’d like to introduce you to Canada’s current housing crisis and what can be done about it. Canadians have been far too complacent – silent even – about the state of our housing. Too many First Nations communities cannot drink their tap water, if they have it at all. Growing numbers of seniors are finding it increasingly difficult to find housing in communities where they’ve lived most of their lives because dwellings no longer meet their changing lifestyle and health needs. Millennials are streaming into our big cities for opportunities, only to find themselves priced out of neighbourhoods that were home to the…

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a\j creators

MARKUS MOOS is a faculty member in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo. He studies housing and cities. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with his wife and three-year-old daughter. Their home is filled with laughter, love, and occasional tears. What does home mean to you? Home is where I can be vulnerable and feel secure all at the same time. Home is where I practice my guitar, paint and work in the garden. Home is where I build lofty Lego castles with my daughter; then we pretend to be diggers and tear the castles down. Home is where I travel through time, where dreams of the future start to take shape, where history is revisited. Home is where I can be sad. Home is where I can feel…

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why bc is standing up to kinder morgan

Texas-based Kinder Morgan is proposing to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline from Northern Alberta to the British Columbia coast to increase the pipeline’s capacity from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day. The National Energy Board (NEB) has decided to conditionally approve this controversial Trans Mountain pipeline proposal, but the project faces an insurmountable wall of opposition. The NEB decision doesn’t change the fact that there is no social license to proceed with the Trans Mountain pipeline, as clearly evidenced by the legal actions against the NEB decision launched by groups including the City of Vancouver and the Squamish First Nation. Thousands of people from across BC have protested, been arrested, and spoken out against the project. Twenty municipalities including Vancouver and Burnaby, representing over two million people, voted against…

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omg nasa!

GREENLAND HOUSES ONE OF THE LARGEST ice sheets on Earth, second only to the Antarctic ice sheet. If it were to completely melt, the Greenland ice sheet would cause the sea level to rise by over seven metres and change the face of our planet. Naturally, the experts that study other planets are also best equipped to study such an important part of our own planet, and NASA Earth has stepped up to this task with an exciting and innovative new project. The mission name is Oceans Melting Greenland – OMG for short – a suitable acronym for a mission of such significance. OMG’s five-year mission is to monitor the contributing factors to the rising sea level by collecting measurements of the water surrounding glaciers and comparing their relation to the…

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research digest

Improving Wind Farms CANADA Wind energy developers and policy makers need to recognize community health concerns, according to a study on Ontario wind energy disputes published in Nature Energy. Focusing on wind energy projects in Ontario, the research outlines four major factors that contribute to public opposition over wind farms. The identified factors include community health concerns, financial benefits distribution, lack of meaningful engagement, and failure to treat landscape concerns. Despite the debate on the validity of reported health concerns arising from wind farms, the researchers say developers need to address these concerns. They recommend that the Ontario government “mandate more community-level decision making and ownership,” and increase both transparency and compensation distribution. The Ontario government approval process should encourage more meaningful engagement with communities where wind farms are developed. Researchers acknowledge that…

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a\j at 45

Flashback to the Clever Cartoonists THROUGH THE YEARS, we have had three regular cartoonists illustrating the “Notes” section in the front of Alternatives. Over time, all three have illustrated other parts of the magazine, including covers. The last cartoonist is still satirizing the front of the magazine. Gareth Lind took the Notes torch from Peter Cook in 1995. The Notes section has a history worth noting. In 1975, the Science Council of Canada (which was started in 1966 by Lester B. Pearson, in collaboration with Pierre E. Trudeau), founded a quarterly periodical called Conserver Society Notes. Around 1977, Alternatives Inc. in cooperation with York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies, continued publishing Conserver Society Notes as a stand-alone journal. Alternatives 8:3/4 (1979) was the first issue where Conserver Society Notes was bound into…