(486) The Climate Goes To Court

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Jeff Douglas is the VP of sales for Renoback, a Canadian company based out of Alberta who realized that there is good business to be done by doing the right thing. Renoback is a sales and trade platform for making use of the literal tons of perfectly good building materials that get thrown into the dump each year simply because previously there was nothing else to do with it. Renoback is not only diverting tons of materials from waste, but is also saving clients huge amounts of cash while also making a decent living doing the right thing. We hear from Jeff about how this works, the motivation behind it, and what if any this model means for the future of business both inside and outside the construction industry.

Learn more about Jeff Douglas here, and visit Renoback here.

In the middle of the show, Emmay Mah and Stefan Hostetter help discuss some big courtroom news in Canada this week as a series of important decisions came down with potentially huge implications for all sorts of oil infrastructure projects in Canada. We discuss the details as well as the meta-level implications.

BREAKING: First Nations win court challenge against B.C. over Enbridge pipeline

B.C. government failed to properly consult First Nations on Northern Gateway pipeline, court rules

Ontario first nation heads to Supreme Court over Enbridge’s Line 9

B.C. government formally opposes Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion

In the final section, we discuss some other items of note this week, including a followup to some of last weeks NAFTA commentary, Ontario’s new environment commissioner and the massive ‘BikeBahn’ in Germany which connects 10 cities by high-grade bike superhighway!

New NAFTA lawsuits reveal disturbing, dangerous trend

David Reevely: Meet Ontario’s radical new environment commissioner

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This weeks ‘vote for the news’ item, you can vote here.

Germany’s Superhighway for Bikes Offers Hope for ‘Transformative’ Transportation

This weeks music

Mo Kenney – ‘Five Years’ [David Bowie Cover] & Merchant Copy ‘Patriotic’

 

(462) Project Animal Farm

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Sonia Faruqi is the author of a new book Project Animal Farm about her journey into the world of food production. Sonia didn’t start her career in food, in fact she started on Wall St. The book is about her journey into this world of how our food arrives at the stores, and she takes you along with her. From factory farms to grocery stores, Sonia provides an overview of our food system, how it affects your choices and what you can do about it.

You can learn more about Sonia, and her book Project Animal Farm here: http://www.soniafaruqi.com/

In the second half, we hear from Chris Phillips and Steven Gray from Greening Homes. As green renovation experts they tell us about some of the obvious choices any home owner can make that is both good for the environment and their pocket books at the same time. We also talk to them about their recent award winning retrofit job, which hear about in the interview and read more about here: http://www.greeninghomes.com/greening-homes-wins-the-prestigious-canadian-green-building-award/

To watch the video version of just this interview, you can see it here: http://www.greenmajority.ca/save_money_with_green_retrofits_w_greening_homes

You can learn more about Greening Homes here: http://greeninghomes.com/

This weeks top eco-news:

Oilpatch pain persists as Cenovus to cut hundreds more jobs this year (Too bad we didn’t organize clean energy jobs for them to transition to…)

13 Top U.S. Companies Pledge $140 Billion to Slash Carbon Emissions

This Giant Wall Sucks Carbon Dioxide Straight Out Of The Air (We’re skeptical about this, lot’s of unanswered questions but read and decide for yourself)

New poll finds state supports more green policies (California centric, but interesting about political spectrum on CC)

It’s Not Climate Change… It’s Everything Change (Margret Atwood – Worth a Look!)

Plastic to Oil Fantastic (Also lot’s of unanswered questions… but we’re going to look more into this, and worth a look)

This Weeks Music!

Barenaked Ladies “Be My Yoko Ono” & Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know”