Category: Loys Maingon


 

Asking the Wrong Question: Redundant Government Policy or Resilience as a Pretext for “Business as Usual” with New Names

Eighteen years ago, the late William K. Stevens wrote an essay that picked up on Erlich and Erlich’s metaphor of the planet as an airplane that was losing rivets, namely, the rivets of biodiversity. The prevailing notion then, and too often now, is that somehow, we can afford to lose some rivets with no real harm, because ecosystems are “resilient.”

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BC Report: “Triage” by Rule of Law and Common Sense Scientific Obligations

Why should we accept an under-performing environment, when governments tremble at under-performing economies that ultimately depend on the state of the environment? BC experienced a summer marked by the worst fire season on record. Smoke and ash blanketed the entire country, just as scientific reports continued to mount that climate change is changing ecosystems irreversibly. While there is much talk about the new extremes being “the new normal,” there is also an increasing realization that “normal” is a misleading term because there is nothing normal about a deregulated environment characterized by extreme events of expanding magnitude. When the environmental framework goes, so do the ideological and economic assumptions that have until now sustained our interpretation of “normality.”

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BC Report: The Need to Convince – The ENGOs’ Necessary Leadership

While the most notorious environmental event in BC this spring may appear to be the federal acquisition of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, which the media pitches as a confrontation between Alberta and BC, this political circus may just be a subtext to more important over-arching biological and environmental concerns. Indeed, the notorious media-focussed announcement of the prime mininister’s acquisition of a controversial pipeline in the name of “the national interest”, has overshadowed the much-more important, if more matter-of-fact, release by the Alpine Club of Canada and the University of Alberta of the 2018 State of the Mountains Report, which underlines the fact that science knows no borders and is always in “the public interest.”

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Requiem for A Venerable Garry Oak Prairie

Comox has just lost the last remains of the 6,000+ year-old Cape Lazo Garry oak prairie. Until last year when the Department of National Defense took an active interest in this site, it was a poorly- stewarded 1 to 2 acre corner of land at the bottom of the Comox Valley airfield fronting Knight and Kye Bay Roads. This original part of what must have been Dr. Walter Gage’s father’s farmland, was converted on the eve of WWII into the airfield that we know today as CFB Comox.

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The Broken Government: Site C and the State of the Arctic

The decisions we make reflect our values and our priorities.  The release of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Agency’s (NOAA) annual “Report Card on the Arctic”  last week has tremendous bearing on where our society’s ethos is taking us.  And that has even more bearing on what the greed and the incompetence of the BC Liberals under Christy Clark, and what the lies and fecklessness of the NDP over the Site C decision will mean for future generations of British Columbians – if we make it beyond 2100.  Personally speaking – that is increasingly doubtful, because we increasingly seem to elect the most shady and morally bankrupt individuals into office.  And I also think that the time for gentility is fleeting – it just leads to exploitation and abuse, as experience and now scholarly research shows.

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