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Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

Water, the Environment and Economy and BC's Liquefied Natural Gas Plans

The provincial government says that big increases in natural gas production will boost employment and GDP, and can eliminate the provincial debt and channel billions of dollars more into healthcare programs. But how realistic are the government's economic projections? What would such an upswing mean for critical resources such as water? What does this strategy mean for BC’s GHG emission targets? And what might the alternatives to a strategy based on massive increases in gas-drilling and gas exports be? This project would bring much-needed focus to these questions by: conducting a full “cradle-to-grave” analysis of an expanded natural gas industry's impacts on freshwater resources; analysing and critiquing the economic assumptions underlying current export plans; proposing an alternative, made-in-BC gas plan that strategically uses our natural gas endowment to transition to a clean energy future; and providing a template for meaningful pre-development planning of gas projects so that the needs of First Nations and rural communities directly affected by gas developments are met.

Home Is Where We Live Lifecycles Project Society

LifeCycles' Fruit Tree Project: Harvesting Abundance in the Urban Orchard

Working with key members of our network we will reflexively asses, develop, design, implement and evaluate communication materials and food literacy programs that can be delivered in public spaces with support from social service agencies. These programs will provide skills and knowledge to help people engage as co-producers in the local food system. Program will be open to all, but targeted at those who are marginalized and living with food insecurity. Communications and programs will aim to promote a cultural shift from consumption to co-production, aiming to deepen participant's desire to participate as active agents in a healthy, sustainable food system. Collectively our choices can bring great change to how food is cultivated and produced. Much is made about the price of food, and cost is often cited as a primary barrier for healthier options. Our project challenges people to think deeper about food, to see beyond a consumer product to a local resource that requires collective stewardship and care to keep healthy. By shifting this attitude, we support more local food production and create the conditions for an equitable local food economy to thrive. Together we will begin to explore what a healthier, tastier and more responsible diet means in our region. With more aware and informed consumers - or rather co-producers - our food system is more motivated to work using techniques that safeguard food diversity, the environment and quality.

Il Centro

East Van Green

Over the past year Il Centro has developed several new "food system initiatives", specifically an Italian Market (Farmers' Market), a new Community Garden and an active food security education program in partnership with Fresh Roots Urban Farm and Slow Food Vancouver. The East Van Green initiative will build upon, and connect our existing food system activities through a "zero waste" project that will utilize a state of art food "composter" and turn our organic waste into compost which in turn will be used for our community garden and Fresh Root's urban farm located at Vancouver Technical High School-across the street from il Centro. In partnership with a local recycling company (Recycling Alternative) we will establish a closed loop demonstration project that will take organic waste from our garden, catering facilities, restaurant, and the urban farm, (located at Vancouver Technical High School), and turn it into compost for local usage. By linking our community garden, catering/food services, farmers' market, and our partner's local urban farm we hope to create a food system demonstration hub that will engage, educate and promote urban sustainability, local food production, access to local food, and organic waste management. The zero waste project will, we believe, create a micro-community demonstration model that can be replicated and utilized across the city.

Lake Windermere Ambassadors Society

Citizen Science Series - Year 2 & 3

The era of climate imposed decisions regarding source water protection and water allocation for humans and the ecosystems upon which we depend, has arrived.  The Water Sustainability Act, a modernized Columbia River Treaty and localized watershed governance, will rely on accurate data, since water policy and data are inextricably intertwined. Community based monitoring includes open source, transparent, accessible, scientifically robust and indigenous relevant water data to inform decisions.  21st century challenges will require forging innovative, collaborative partnerships to collectively ensure economically and ecologically viable, climate resilient communities in Canada. 

Sierra Club of British Columbia Sierra Club BC

From the Ground up: Empowering BC communities to protect coastal temperate rainforest

Forested watersheds on Vancouver Island and BC’s South Coast are being heavily logged with negative impacts to water quality and availability, wildlife habitat, carbon stores, local economies, and our collective resilience against climate change. Only approx. 8% of the forested area of Vancouver Island and 6% of the forested area of the South Coast are protected and most of the productive old-growth has been logged. Regulations requiring the forest industry to self-monitor are ineffective at maintaining ecosystem health. Community members have become increasingly disconnected from the state of the forests in their region due to a lack of information and options for meaningful input. One of the ways to convince provincial decision-makers to implement conservation policy solutions is when they are pressured to do so by a diverse network of citizens; and the public will only get involved when they understand the impacts of forest practices in their backyard. To this end, the social innovation we are testing is to empower communities with localized information on forest health, to motivate people to monitor logging impacts in their watersheds and build support for improved forest practices. Through localized maps, public events, strategic communications, and a ‘gumboots on the ground' strategy to get people out monitoring watersheds, we will raise public awareness of the importance of forest conservation for wildlife habitat, a diverse economy, carbon values, and clean water.

UVIC - POLIS Project on Ecological Governance

Achieving Water Sustainability: BC Water Law and Policy Reform

This project seeks to enable a comprehensive approach to water law and watershed governance in BC. Public policy and law reform on water resources and management is on the verge of a major leap forward. There is an opportunity to affect laws, policy and governance resulting in lasting impacts on the ground through organizing a range of actors and communicating leading practices from around the world.