Views from the Edge

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Welcome to the CRC blog, where we discuss bleeding edge issues around sustainable community development. The term ‘bleeding edge’ connotes the idea of our failure to somehow or other convince the publics about the urgency of responding to climate change now, and that we need to better communicate the principles and practises of sustainable development to the wider publics. So, yes it takes courage to be 'at the edge', and sometimes one 'bleeds' a lot, but let's start the conversation now.

A new study revealed that we are consuming between 70,000 and 121,000 particles of microplastics per year.

Bring Your Own Bottle

A new University of Victoria study on the consumption of microplastics revealed that humans consume…
The building sector has a great opportunity to affect change

Effecting Change in the Building Sector

According to Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council, buildings are…
Finland and Norway are leading the way when it comes to transitioning towards to more sustainable societies

Finland and Norway: Tempting the world to invest in the future

After an unprecedented five-party coalition formed between centrist, leftist, and green parties,…
A new report by the David Suzuki Foundation reveals how Canada can zero out our emissions by the middle of this century

Meeting the Zero Emission Challenge

​A new report by the David Suzuki Foundation reveals how Canada can zero out our emissions by the…
The Canadian Federal Government announced a nation-wide ban on single-use plastics to take effect as early as 2021!

Life in Plastic is Not Fantastic

For years, China accepted a variety of recycling products with little to no restrictions. However,…
National Inuit Climate Change Strategy sets out coordinated actions to shape climate policy

Why didn't we listen?

The Inuit of Canada just released a wide-ranging strategy document on climate change adaptation and…
What’s the most effective way to fight climate change? Plant trees. 1.2 trillion to be exact.

1 Trillion Trees

What’s the most effective way to fight climate change? Plant trees. 1.2 trillion to be…
A dog with a pumpkin and flowers

An Announcement

It is another gloomy day here and I stumbled across an article from the Washington post entitled…
Why do Toronto and Vancouver continue to top international rankings of unaffordable cities?

Selling vs. Dwelling

Despite building 400,000 new homes over the past 20 years, Toronto and Vancouver continue to top…
will restrict exporting UN plastic pact will restrict exporting countries from shipping hard-to-recycle plastic waste to developing countries

What is a Good Society?

Canada, the UK, and the US often ship contaminated, mixed, or non-recyclable waste to Indonesia,…
Composting may reduce 2.28 gigatons of CO2 by 2050

Waste not, want not

Energy Drawdown has come up with 100 solutions to reverse global warming. Solution #60 focuses on…
Dams are impacting the seasonal flow and biodiversity of rivers

Dams be Damned

A global assessment found that just a third of the world’s rivers re