A Sustainable Future Looks Like



 

February 26th: High Performance Buildings

A conversation presented by the Board of Change

Granite countertops? Pfft, so 10 minutes ago. The “must-have” features of a new home in 2018 deliver thermal comfort, durability, better indoor air quality, and a smaller carbon footprint. Thankfully, a raft of energy efficiency performance standards are unlocking all of the above benefits and more. Thanks to the new BC Energy Step Code, the North Shore will soon be an “efficient new home zone” stretching all the way from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay. Meanwhile, interest in the über-efficient Passive House standard is exploding. And in keeping with its commitment that all new buildings will produce zero operational greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, the City of Vancouver is full speed ahead with its Zero Emissions Building Plan.

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Facebook: the engine of false news

By Jenny Tan

By unanimous consensus of the panel, Facebook is the crucial driver of the fake news phenomenon.

Last Thursday, November 30th, the Board of Change and Seattle-based educational television station KCTS 9 hosted the panel discussion The Role of Media in a World of Fake News at the Vancity Theatre. On the panel were The Tyee founding editor David Beers, Crosscut managing editor Florangela Davila, Globe and Mail associate editor Jim Jennings, and CBC news director Wayne Williams.

The disposition of society has changed, commented CBC’s Williams, allowing perhaps for the quicker rise of fake news compared to previous decades when fake news was present but not prevalent. He noted the CBC Ombudsman, responsible for complaints about CBC programs, has seen a sharp increase in the number of complaints received and a shift in the tone of complainants. Fewer are satisfied with the response of journalists and the complainants are “angrier”, “more polarised”, and some “outright insulting”.
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News Release

BCUC Final Report Addresses Real Costs of Site C

Vancouver BC, November 2, 2017 – Peter Holt, Advocacy Team Chair for the Board of Change issued this statement following yesterday’s release of the Final Report to the Government of British Columbia by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) in follow-up to its Site C Inquiry preliminary report released on Sept 21, 2017.

“The Board of Change commends BCUC’s work to complete this important review of the Site C project in such a short time and welcomes the full disclosure of the real costs that is the result of a full independent review of the project”

With only two options now considered viable, the new BC Government is in the unenviable position of reviewing a project where $3.9 billion is the minimum cost of cancellation and the cost of completion is estimated at $10 billion or more. Completion also comes with the very real prospect of producing power that will greatly exceed BC’s needs and at cost that means it will have to be sold on the US spot market at a loss.

 

The Board of Change continues to advocate that the Site C project be cancelled. The Board recommends cancellation not only to save future construction costs and the burden of a 70 year plus financing term but also to reinvigorate BC’s renewable energy sector. This previously vibrant sector of BC’s economy suffered greatly from the decision to build the dam. Given that renewable energy production is now competitive with, and likely even cheaper than energy from Site C, and given that it produces many more long-term jobs per unit of energy produced, the BC economy would experience a net gain as a result of its revival.

 

We understand the dilemma that the Government has inherited from its predecessor and encourage them to recognize the fundamental flaws in proceeding with Site C and encourage them to put their faith in the role that BC’s clean energy industry can play in generating jobs and viable alternative sources of power for all British Columbians

 

Contact:

Peter Holt

604.218.8997

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The Board of Change is an inclusive business network fostering an economic model that values the pursuit of sustainability equally with the pursuit of profit. We believe strongly in the role of profitable business in society and also believe that business has an equal responsibility for social and environmental stewardship. Indeed, this may be the greatest responsibility of business.

 

 

Presented by KCTS9 in partnership with the Board of Change

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Promotional partner:

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Date: November 30, 2017  |  5:30 – 7:30pm

Location: Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC
Free Event for Board of Change Members :: But You Must Register at kcts9.org/fakenews
Seating is limited
Light refreshments will be served

 

Is it time for credible media to kick some ass?

At a time when facts are opinions and opinions are facts, what is the role of media to present the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? And how compelling is this ‘truth’ to the public? It’s a troubling time and media’s role — and responsibility — in these affairs is being challenged in unprecedented ways. What’s the solution and how can society successfully trust media again? Register and learn more at kcts9.org/fakenews

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Highlights of May 30 2017: Joel Solomon and Karn Manhas’ Talk Clean Money Revolution

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Your Name is on Your Money

Article by jenny Tan
More photos by Daniel Rotman
Check out Joel’s new book, the Clean Money Revolution.
Find out more about Karn Manhas’ company Terramera.
Listen to a clip of Joel’s talk

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Maybe you and I should look at money in a different light.

Last Tuesday, chair of mission venture capital firm Renewal Funds Joel Solomon and entrepreneur Karn Manhas sat down and asked the audience what money means to them. “We have pretty much one goal with money,” said Joel, “which is ‘more’”.

The issue is partly structural, pointed out Joel. Investors have not had much diversity in the investment menu; people are patted on the head by financial advisors and persuaded that investing is best left to the professionals. The options available are uninspiring. Milton Friedman’s statement still echoes loudly in the offices of wealth managers: “There is… only one social responsibility of business… to increase its profits.” Without diversity in choice, ordinary investors demand only the pre-existing options.

Investing for profit–without consideration of where the money comes from–is deeply rooted in our culture. Well-meaning financial advisors shake their heads when investors ask for socially responsible options. Don’t let that stop you. “My name is on my money, and yours is too,” said Joel.

Helping socially responsible investing become the norm is partly a chicken-and-egg issue. Without a diversity of feasible choices, financial advisors will continue dissuading their clients putting their money towards socially responsible venues. A quick practical guide: for high net-worth individuals, consider investing with venture capital firms such as Renewal; for retail investors: consider options such as CoPower, SolarShare, and mutual funds listed on the Responsible Investment Association website. Keep pushing your financial advisors to seek options aligned with your values, or do it yourself.

Change is slow, but take heart: “there’s been an explosion across the world [of socially responsible investing],” said Joel. “It has hit critical mass.”
“[With cleaner money], we actually can solve the major problems on this planet.”

Invest with your values and fuel the revolution.