A Sustainable Future Looks Like



 

Mark your calendars! On October 2nd, LOCO BC will be hosting an All Party Meeting on Small Business and you don’t want to miss out!

Vancouver’s small businesses make our city great, and yet they sometimes have a tense relationship with the City’s government. Affordable leasing, permits, wait times, and zoning/licensing restrictions are just some of the issues of concern to local businesses. LOCO BC’s October 2nd event is an excellent opportunity for businesses like yours to voice their concerns and hear how the next mayor and council plan to make changes to create a better environment to do business in the city. Confirmed candidates include Shauna Sylvester, Ken Sim, Adriane Carr and others. Please join us for this event, bringing together Vancouver’s business community to bring about positive change. Board of Change Members receive 20% off tickets, found here.

Whether or not you are able to attend the event, we’d greatly appreciate you taking the time to take a quick poll regarding your business concerns! The answers we receive will be used to help guide the discussion and give greater insight into what the top issues are for Vancouver businesses. The poll can be found here.

Confirmed candidates:

Shauna Sylvester, Independent Candidate for Mayor
Ken Sim, Non-Partisan Association (NPA) Candidate for Mayor
Ian Campbell, Vision Vancouver Candidate for Mayor
Adriane Carr, Green Party Candidate for Council (incumbent)
Christine Boyle, OneCity Candidate for Council

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Do you know a young person who is having a positive impact in your community? Corporate Knights, Canada’s award winning business & sustainability magazine, is currently seeking nominations for their third annual Top 30 Under 30 Leaders in Sustainability list. The list will be published in the Fall 2018 issue of Corporate Knights Magazine which is distributed in the Globe and Mail and published online.

This is an excellent opportunity to have your work recognized and be connected to some outstanding and engaged youth who are working on sustainability issues. At Corporate Knights, sustainability is about building a cleaner and more inclusive world, encompassing everything from human rights to liveable cities.

Here is the link to their Top 30 Under 30 nominations page. We encourage you to share this opportunity amongst your network via email & social media and consider making a nomination!

http://www.corporateknights.com/us/30under30/

Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Nominations are open until Friday, August 3.

Social media tags: @corporateknight @CKCommunity #CK30under30

Here is a link to last year’s winners: http://www.corporateknights.com/magazines/2017-better-world-mba-issue/meet-2017-top-30-30-sustainability-15081324/

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Dear Board of Change Community,

As expected the federal Finance Minister has just revealed that the government plans to use public money to indemnify Texas-based oil conglomerate Kinder Morgan’s risky investment in their pipeline and tanker project.

Polling shows that Canadians do not support government investment in this pipeline.

We need to show that common-sense business people are not on board with this risky and unfair taxpayer bailout before this goes any further.

If you haven’t already, please use our easy-to-use tool that empowers you to send a detailed letter to Trudeau, your MP, and provincial representatives with the click of a button.

Your voice is very powerful on this issue right now: Please send your message now before it’s too late.

This pipeline and tanker project is expected to create just 50 permanent jobs in BC and 40 in Alberta.[1]

Putting this in perspective, a single new Amazon office recently announced in Vancouver will add 3,000 permanent, high-paying jobs.

Kinder Morgan wants to anchor us to their poor business decisions and leave Canadian taxpayers and businesses to pick up the tab. That’s a bad deal and we shouldn’t put up with it.

If the government puts their thumb on the scale with a taxpayer bailout they will undermine investor confidence and stifle other sectors of our economy that we need to fuel economic development now and into the future.

The media is picking up on the voices of Progressive Business coming together. If we unify our voices we can show how this bail-out is bad for our economy. The latest is the Toronto Star talking about our “mass business opposition letter”[2]

Other outlets are increasingly talking about how the “Trans Mountain pipeline expansion lacked commercial viability from the get-go.” [3]

Let’s move forward with a common sense plan for economic development in the 21st century.

Thank you for speaking up,

Monika Marcovici,
Board of Change

PS. An FAQ section of the website has been started HERE.

Sources:
The Energy Outlook report
The Toronto Star
The Vancouver Sun

 

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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