Van Bottle Ban, Ikea Canada, Earth Day Aprill 22nd, Pressure from US, U-pass, and Obama’ Rail Plan

April 18, 2009 at 6:10 pm | Posted in environment | Leave a comment

British Columbia Vancouver bottle ban could prove draining:

Canada Ikea Canada to eliminate plastic bags:
“As of July 1, customers will no longer have the option of toting away their purchases in a bag unless it’s a reusable one that the company will continue to sell for $1.”

British Columbia Earth Day Vancouver 2009:

Earth Day April 22nd, 2009
“This year’s Earth Day celebrations in Metro Vancouver aren’t just taking place April 22nd, but they’re spanning across a week and two full weekends”. Miss 604 provides a quick rundown of events around the region.

Washington State Seattle – City Pressures Drunks to Walk More:

The good news is that “the Seattle Department of Transportation has printed 10,000 beverage coasters that encourage folks to travel by foot and bicycle”.

The bad news is that they’re terrible.

Canada Control greenhouse emissions or face trade sanctions, panel tells Canada:

“Canada has no choice but to implement a national hard cap-and-trade system on carbon that would set uniform standards for all industries and provinces, says a government advisory panel.”

Canada Metro Vancouver politicians junket to Sweden to be “trained” in incineration:

Vancouver councillor Heather Deal will be one of four Metro Vancouver politicians sent to Sweden next month to receive training in garbage incineration. This despite the fact that her Vision Vancouver party took a position opposed to waste incineration in the November civic election.

Joining Deal will be West Vancouver mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Delta councillor Scott Hamilton, and Surrey councillor Linda Hepner, along with 12 other Canadian politicians, presumably from communities like Durham, Ontario, where the incinerator industry is trying to drum up business.

British Columbia Campbell pledges U-pass expansion in campaign platform:

The B.C. Liberals plan to extend a popular inexpensive transit pass to all post-secondary students by the start of the 2010 school year, the premier announced on Wednesday as he rolled out his party’s election platform in Vancouver.

“Our plan ensures that all students, no matter where they are attending college or university, have easy and affordable access to transit,”

United States Obama unveils high-speed passenger rail plan:

“President Obama unveiled his administration’s blueprint for a new national network of high-speed passenger rail lines Thursday, saying such an investment is necessary to reduce traffic congestion, cut dependence on foreign oil and improve the environment.”

map of proposed routes
More analysis and video from Scott Tribe

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