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Sandy spurs Saanich, Victoria to talk sea change
Bill Cleverley , The Victoria Times Colonist November 25, 2012
Arguing recent events like hurricane Sandy can't be ignored, Victoria, Saanich and the Capital Regional District will team up to assess, map and start to prepare to manage effects of rising sea levels brought on by climate change.
Price of food goes up with the temperature
U.S. drought caused by extreme heat a sign of things to come, expert says
By Jeff Bell, Times Colonist August 19, 2012
The high price of corn, driven up by a searing drought in the United States, could be an indicator of more problems to come, says the executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.
Up On The Roof
P.C. King, Citizen Journalist
In earlier times the area known as Central Saanich was considered the breadbasket for what is now the Capital Regional District (CRD).
Today, the breadbasket for our region could extend to the rooftops, according to Saanich Councillor Dean Murdock. By developing rooftop gardens, communities could begin utilizing large areas of ‘empty space’. Although rooftop gardening is relatively new to the Saanich Peninsula, green roofs are not a new idea to communities around the world.
Saanich to consider encouraging green roofs for future developments
CFAX 1070 February 12, 2012
Roofs in Saanich could get a little greener, this after council supported a recommendation on considering the encouragement of including rooftop gardens on multi-family or commercial developments in the district.
Councillor Dean Murdock says the recommendation was brought forward by the Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee, and was supported unanimously.
Saanich rooftops could provide local food security
Kyle Slavin, Saanich News
Saanich councillor Dean Murdock is pushing to make rooftop gardens much more commonplace in the municipality.
Murdock, who chairs the Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee, was expected on Monday to ask for support on a recommendation to have green roofs become part of the development guidelines for multi-family residential and commercial projects.
On Monday night, I will bring a motion to Council on behalf of the Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee. Here's a copy of the report to Council, recommending roof top gardens for urban farming. Have a look!
Have you got a household oil tank? Better check it for leaks!
Don't know how? Check out these helpful tips: http://www.saanich.ca/living/environment/pdf/otank.pdf
Did you know that heating with oil produces more greenhouse gas emissions than natural gas or electricty? It can also be quite expensive!
Convert to a heat pump, natural gas, or hydro electricity and you could be eligible for up to $2,000 in rebates!
The provincial Livesmart and federal EcoEnergy programmes offer about $1250 to convert to natural gas and $2000 for a heat pump.
We asked the Saanich mayor and council candidates to provide their thoughts and strategies on climate change.
Dean Murdock, council candidate:
We know that other cities have seen incredible economic growth as a result of rail systems in their major corridors. We know that LRT can reduce emissions significantly and can do a lot to encourage new ridership — as much as double ridership -- bringing more convenience and lower car-dependence to thousands of individuals and families.
Here in our region, we need an independent review of the proposed regional LRT system to give the public and decision-makers the information we need to evaluate these extraordinary benefits and the estimated costs to build and operate the system.