Go Lean, Go Green This Halloween

I know what you’re thinking. You’re dreading the moment I unleash my judgement on the parent who irresponsibly allows pollution of their child’s bodies with artery-clogging sweets, over-packaged junk food, and artificially dyed and preserved confections.

Relax, that’s not how I roll. All you’ll hear from me are a few friendly pointers on how to have more fun and less guilt on October 31st. Here goes:  read more... »

She's a Big'n








I remember viewing a home on the ecosolar home tour a few years back that had just been expanded to 3000 ft.² plus a full basement.  I walked away from that home shaking my head - can we really call 1000 ft.² of living space per person green?

The Mill Creek NetZero Home (MCNZH) is now fully framed, and it's looking pretty big on the streetscape.  We built a pretty big house, and I wanted to document some of the considerations that went into the decisions we made.

The official square footage of the MCNZH is 2280 ft.² With a full basement, that's 3267 ft.² of living space.  For four people, that's definitely more space than we need. I am not a believer in the "techno-fix".  Technology will not save us from having to make changes to our lifestyle. We will have to scale it down considerably to start fixing the problems that we've caused.



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Congratulations to Linda Duncan

Linda Duncan is smart, experienced, and hard-working. She's one of Canada's most prominent environmentalists, and of course she's also now the Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Strathcona!

A couple of weeks ago, I gave her a one in a hundred chance of taking the riding (after all, this is Alberta).  The weekend before the election, though, I started to really think she might have a chance.  The clue came in my mailbox in the form of an insulting-to-the-intelligence postcard dropped off by the Rahim Jaffer campaign.  The message basically amounted to "the NDP thinks that car thieves shouldn't go to jail".  The fact that Jaffer was using the logic of a nine-year-old in a negative ad like that indicated to me that he was running scared.

The public tantrum and last-gasp cry for attention that followed from Jaffer just confirmed that the people of Edmonton-Strathcona made the right choice.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Duncan be named the NDP's environment critic.  Her election is a refreshing dot of orange in a province that was supposed to be a sea of blue this time around. Thank you to Edmonton-Strathcona voters for making an environmentally-sound choice of representatives, and congratulations to Linda Duncan!

Duncan vs. Jaffer = Green vs. Same-Old

DemocraticSPACE's latest projection for Edmonton-Strathcona

Close Race

The people at DemocraticSPACE are currently predicting a win for the NDP's Linda Duncan in Edmonton-Strathcona. I haven't looked closely into their methods, but it illustrates the point that Edmonton-Strathcona is Alberta's best chance at electing a non-Conservative.

Everyone in Edmonton except for Liberal candidate Claudette Roy knows that voting anything but NDP in Edmonton-Strathcona is voting for Rahim Jaffer to win the election. As an aside, Roy's pamphlet, delivered to my door recently, is a shameful piece of misleading, self-serving garbage. If you have to be that intellectually dishonest to run the race, Ms. Roy, then maybe it's not worth running at all.

Anyhow, momentum is building for Linda Duncan's campaign. Some Liberals have started a blog: Liberals for Linda, and the media is pegging this as a very close race.

Jaffer's Conservatives, may I point out, are as pollution-loving as they come. They don't take climate change seriously, and they generally won't touch any initiative that has a positive environmental impact.

Call To Action

So here's my plea: email and call everyone you know in Edmonton-Strathcona this weekend. Tell them how close this race is, and how important it is that they vote for Linda Duncan on October 14. And then go cast the green vote on Tuesday yourself. Let's make some history on Tuesday!