Category Archives: Sustainability

Tree Walk ̓n Talk at Riverview Hospital Grounds in Coquitlam

Excellent tree walk ̓n talk on the grounds of the Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam, BC. The grounds have an amazing variety of trees, and the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society has been campaigning for years to save as many of them as possible as the site faces development pressures.

This was the last tour of 2019, but Yumi and I would be happy to go on another one next year!

Thanks to Julia Alards-Tomalin, an instructor at BCIT who led the tour.

And apologies to Julia for taking half the tour to place her — I kept thinking to myself “where do I know this woman from?” Jeez, brain lag, we’re both directors on the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver .

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There are a couple of Ginko trees on the grounds. They were far from full aroma. . . There was lots of talk about what they smell like at peak fullness, but there are few around here. . .

But yeah, I remember them from my years in Japan when they were, shall we say, powerful reminders of nature, even on congested Tokyo boulevards…


No More Consultation Let’s Get Implementing!

I think governments at all levels, municipal, regional, provincial, and federal, should stop doing studies, stop doing consultations, and go back into their files for the last 10 years and look at everything that has been consulted and planned, but never implemented.


Talk  – action = Zero

I say 10 years, because if you went back 20 or 30 or 40, the lack of implementation would be even more depressingly overwhelming.

Think I’m kidding?

I’m one citizen. A fairy active one, and I have a full four-drawer filing cabinet full of stuff on government processes that I’ve been asked to contribute to over the many years. And not a dime of compensation, just my tax dollars frittered away, again, and again, and again.

Not much joy out of those thousands of hours….

And on the other hand, what’s with governments moving forward with environmentally and culturally horrendous projects like the Site C dam?


Super Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver Fall Forum 2019

Great day at the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver (@iscmv) Fall Forum today in Maple Ridge. I’ve been active on the ISCMV board for a few years.

Interesting speakers, and several educational tours. I chose to visit ARMS, the Alouette River Management Society (@AlouetteRiverMS) to see their hatchery and education center. Got to see a chum salmon dissection, and learn about coexisting with black bears and cougars.

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Soggy Burnaby Rivers Day

It was a very soggy BC/World Rivers Day at the Burnaby Village Museum today. Thanks to all the volunteers!

Our Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society booth

Byrne Creek Streamkeepers volunteers with Rivers Day founder Mark Angelo

Great chatting with Dannie, the Co-Existing with Coyotes Coordinator with the Stanley Park Ecology Society, who was in the booth next to ours.

Entertainment rain or shine!

Burnaby Councillor Joe Keithley on the left, Svend Robinson (former Canadian MP, running again in the upcoming election) to the right, and environmentalist, photographer, and First Nations educator John Preissl in the middle.

Sav Dhaliwal City of Burnaby councilor and chair of Metro Vancouver

Burnaby Mayor Michael Hurley

BC and World Rivers Day founder Mark Angelo

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American Kestrel that cannot be released back into the wild due to effects of injuries

Barred Owl that cannot be released back into the wild due to effects of injuries

Poor BC Forestry Practices Damage Streams, Communities

These Google Earth images are of the approximate area in BC (near Logan Lake) that I saw in a recent presentation. When you think of the impacts of losing all that forest cover on watersheds and downstream communities. . .

Same area, one shot from 1984 the other 2016.

before and after logging air photos BC

The presenter was adamant that flooding in interior communities was not mostly due to climate change as some claim, but mostly due to poor forestry practices.

When you take all the trees, there’s no transpiration of precipitation, and nothing to slow down runoff.

Yes we need forestry jobs, but this does not appear to be a good way to save either the environment or the economy.

SEHAB Meetings on Fishy Issues in Kamloops, BC

I’ve been an alternate and full board member of the Salmonid Enhancement and Habitat Advisory Board to the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans for some nine years now.

We meet three times year, and board members collect and share information from stewardship groups from across British Columbia. We have expert speakers in, and tour local habitat restoration sites, dams, fish ladders, etc.

We distill all that information, positive and negative,  and report to senior DFO management at Pacific Regional HQ.

Here are a few shots from our latest meeting in Kamloops, BC:

SEHAB meeting Kamloops

Wising Up on Not Needing Daily Shampoo

A friend of mine posted on FB that she was trying a no-shampoo routine to save on plastics and chemicals. She’s going days just rinsing her hair with warm water, and if necessary, a touch of bar soap.

So I thought I’d give it a try. Still showering using my summer water-saving routine — 20 second wet down, turn off water, soap pits ‘n bits ‘n feet, and 20-30 second rinse. No shampoo just quickly massaging hair with warm water during the wet and rinse.

I’m on day five or six now, and to my surprise, I feel fine. I thought my hair and scalp would be itchy and flaky by now, but aside from my (short) hair feeling heavier and oilier, no problem.

It certainly appears that shampooing once, or perhaps twice a week, would work for me, and I’d be reducing plastics use, reducing chemicals down the drain, and saving $$.

This from a guy who has been shampooing daily (except when camping or hiking) for 50 years. . .

UPDATE (minutes later): Just timed myself and the rinse cycle takes more like 40-45 seconds : – ).

UPDATE 2: Another friend says she shampoos twice a month.