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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Eco Logic

Re: “A Green New Deal

Are you off your rocker aligning yourself with Cortez and the radical left? You cant hide your far left politics behind the global warming hoax for much longer you snakes in the grass. Day by day WE THE PEOPLE are exposing YOU! The only green you are interested in is power. And I pray to God you dont get any more of it in the years to come.

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Posted by Not Today Antifa on 07/17/2019 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Wiping out a forest

Leslie Anthony you are a typical left wing nut job. Insulting someone because they disagree with you. Go out and tear down all the inuksuk while the rest of us build businesses raise families and engage in real debate and discussion.Your a stone cold loser

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Posted by DavidM on 06/18/2019 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Wiping out a forest

Spoken like a true radical extractionist: you can't expect credibility if you use expressions like "the range resource." I won't waste time debating each completely incorrect point (i.e., all of them) but I will note three things. First, the statements you claim as false are from an empirically derived report, the numbers are public, and you can go to the link I provide to read it and then complain directly to the report's authors if you like. Second, use of virgin wood pulp for tissue is indeed often derived from trees that aren't marketable for lumber, which is huge swaths of the far north boreal forestplus almost all second cuts, even after 60-80 years, are pulpwood. Check out the numbers from a main supplier:… This, forest removal for the oil sandswhich is substantialis indeed LAND USE CHANGEwith <0.05% rehabilitated to date. And on a side note, citing the Cheakamus Community Forest doesn't help your argument; most of us who know anything about biology and ecology consider the entire enterprise a sad joke and believe the resort community should be fighting back at having to be included in such an anachronistic undertaking.

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Posted by Leslie Anthony on 06/14/2019 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Wiping out a forest

The insanity of the radical left agenda knows no end!

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Posted by GD Maxwell is Fake News on 06/06/2019 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Wiping out a forest

This article is full of misleading statements and incorrect assumptions. Sorry this is not very exciting but:

The vast majority of the wood fibre used for producing pulp for tissue, paper and other products is a bi-product of harvesting and milling sawtimber (for lumber).

Throughout North America and Europe the pulp and paper industry is integrated with the sawmilling industry for this reason.

Virgin wood pulp can is mostly is made from a waste bi-product: chips. This wood that is too low grade for lumber production is otherwise wasted left on the harvesting sites or as a disposal problem at the log sorting grounds and mills.

As for the statement, "Canada holds a shocking third place in intact forest loss, trailing only Russia and Brazil to account for 15 per cent of global loss from 2000 to 2013":

I cannot speak about Russia, having never been there. Clearly Brazils forests are disappearing due to LAND USE CHANGE. Canadas boreal forests are not experiencing land use change in any significant scale. B.C.s and Scandinavias forests are increasing in area which in B.C. is in some areas a concern, as the range resource is diminishing.

The statements, "over 28 million acres of Canada's boreal were mowed down to make toilet paper from 1996 to 2015", "our disappearing boreal forest" and "Forests are too vital to flush away" are, simply, FALSE. Nonsense.

With our high forest management standards in B.C. and Canada it is not affordable for any corporation or anyone else to be managing forest lands for pulpwood production. (An exception is managing deciduous stands very intensively in small areas like an agricultural crop.)

Managing for higher value sawtimber is mostly what pays for the forest management costs. Pulpwood is largely a bi-product from growing, harvesting and processing sawtimber.

Howe Sound Pulp & Paper is a nearby producer of pulp for tissue paper products. If we were to ask the managers of the Cheakamus Community Forest whether it was a benefit for good forest management that mill is here to buy pulpwood: Of course!

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Posted by Eric Andersen on 06/03/2019 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Heating up Part 1: The political climate

You really have a high opinion of yourself . I just wish I was as smart as you . Here I was thinking all along that the Liberals were corrupt . Thanks for setting me straight.

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Posted by DavidM on 05/06/2019 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Oh, Christmas tree

I eschew the Eco trope.

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Posted by Global Kewling on 01/10/2019 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Oh, the hypocrisy

It would have been more compelling to introduce the letter writing contest during the now cancelled oil and gas conference that would have been in Whistler sponsored via CIBC dont you think? Just saying...if Jack is serious, he could have walked up to the Fairmont and hand delivered it to the delegates with the town council. No? At least the Pique would have an actual story rather than simply an opinion column. Does meaningful protest take the form of letters and columns these days? Just curious what the future of protest is.

Posted by Hi Brooks on 01/06/2019 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Oh, the hypocrisy

Silence from the peanut gallery.

This is something I have become accustomed to expecting, silence being the most favoured tool to communicate:

"Please go away"

To give you one example Leslie, your parental authority ( Pique News Magazine) has made it their habit to no longer print my "letters to Editor" in their fine newspaper, no doubt justified by my admission that I no longer live anywhere in the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Justified, I suppose, so long as you conveniently and deliberately ignore the fact that Whistler as a town being like no othercommunity is global in scale, considering the simple fact it's entire economy is about 80% generated by people who do not live there!

Lets not kid around Leslie. The only reason I can still print responses here is that like all the recent oil patch responders there is as of yet no Mark Zuckerberg style censureship button in the digital edition that can be employed to save face.

Just wondering old sport..... do you think you could approach your editor to see about removing my geographically justified banning from the letters to editor section in the more widely read paper edition of your fine periodical?

Thanks mate, I'll buy you a beer if you can engineer that one.

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 01/01/2019 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Oh, the hypocrisy

By the way Leslie, we do know why you won't write anything about Vail Resorts outrageous hypocrisy - repeat: outrageous hypocrisy - in funding the Republican party while promising to replace more light bulbs.

We also know why you won't risk rattling the cages of all the west coast NIMBY's with any challenge to their various sacred mother earth icons.

It is not because you can't construct a coherent and logical argument. It is because if you do, you will be directly at risk of not just social ostracization from your "tribe", you will also be at risk of the dreaded pink slip from the Pique mothership and no, Mountain Culture magazine or the WB blog will not be answering your calls either.

That's right.....

It turns out you can empathize with the oil patch grunts!

Now all it takes is for you to find the courage to write about it.

Posted by Bruce Kay on 12/31/2018 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Oh, the hypocrisy

That's right Leslie.

Until all the good fine people of Whistler, Squamish, Vancouver and all the other bastions of wealth, privilege and Coastal Elitism demonstrate a willingness to take risks and incur costs that are commensurate with those that they expect of the "other tribe" - the tribe that mostly is only guilty of feeding us our cheap fossil fuels that to this day we fill our SUV's with - Yes WE are hypocrites.

We are not THE hypocrites, but we certainly share the title, relatively equally. We at least have that in common with those "others" way off to the east.

Why is this so difficult for you to comprehend? Are you really missing a mirror in your house? Do you realize that you and all your affluent and insulated neighbours are not remotely at risk of the pink slip at any moment? Do you not recall that only 10 years ago that Whistler, Vancouver etc witnessed exactly that as a migration of oil patch refugees came looking for Olympic construction work while tar sands bunk tanked? We are not at immediate risk here. They are. This is what they can see in us and to be perfectly blunt, on this point at least they are right about our blatantly obvious "Let them Eat Cake" Marie Antoinette smug superiority.

Of course half the fault lies with "them" but the other half lies with us.

Jesus H man. You can't even lift your finger to write a concise and factual article about how the biggest employer in your valley boldly and beligerently justifies funding the single biggest political force obstructing action on climate change. You can't even find one single good reason to build the Site C dam, something so close to the oil patch and also so close to the Alberta coal fired electrical grid. The Albertan mortgage payers notice these things. They notice that the meek and compliant wagon circlers out west really don't give two damns for these "hypocrisies" while they blissfully and self righteously send letters accusing them of worse!

Until "we" can comprehend this and willingly take risk and incur costs specifically for "them" those who are directly more at risk than we likely ever will be, "we" will only drive "them" deeper into the freaky dangerous fever swamps that this guy describes so perfectly:…

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Posted by Bruce Kay on 12/31/2018 at 7:09 AM

Re: “An ecology of democracy

Fuel the Debate

Held over reelection.
This is protocol.
Before Socrates story
this exclusive manhunt.
Understand democracy:
we want to govern ourselves,
and so we bring it down to citizens to vote.
Its not paupers have a say in dynamics.
Their vote is manipulated beyond belief.
Then we constitutional spread.
A growing majority
would not advise politicians.
Theyre meandered to.
Politics stole the gun.
We getting up real early,
do it weve spoken in Paris
and opened among us
inside the bird game.
Do we need all these politicians?
Could we have a governing body made of us?
Try rent on Wall Street.
I think its show me the money,
not where we govern us properly.
Politics buy their way in.
We mash down on democracy.
How would we choose the right to vote?
Theyre taken from our own ranks,
who we know represents us.
A world shake up please.
Reform council,
what do we do?

I think youd have to change the political landscape.
Nobody owes a dime
to be servants of the people.
Government takes care of them.
Every lawmaker has a pool.
Its campaign money
just to get your word out,
a government funded operation.
What makes a candidate run?
These are the people we want represent us.
Local communities vie production,
and we get bigger all the time.
I think you see the sacrifice
our leaders would have to make.
What better cover for character
no extravagance please.
This is about political clout
given broad measure self-sacrifice.
Am I speaking the system?
I wouldnt know where to begin
to paint the ills of democracy now,
the greatest show on earth.
Hand in your resignation
effective immediately no.
Lets give some time for change.
Every hopes on debate,
and wed need to fuel it more than sheep.
You got my whistle?
You spot my campaign funds?
Limit greed.

Posted by donnyduke7 on 11/14/2018 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Unstack them

'In any other context, stacking rocks is just another arrogant "I was here" statement fully equivalent to tagging a summit with spray paintsomething we'd never condone.'

"Fully equivalent"? Behave will ya. I'd rather give these punks up in the hills some credit for keeping their brutish behaviour off the streets.

Posted by StueybConnell on 09/03/2018 at 12:45 AM

Re: “Unstack them

This article is a joke right? Should I be unstacking Vale's suspension bridge at the top of the mountain? What about all the rocks they're moving for the new gondola and chairlift?

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Posted by Mark Smith on 08/29/2018 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Unstack them

I couldn't even read this drivel until the end. What a joke.

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Posted by Jake Hovey on 08/29/2018 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Unstack them

This, so called "artistic rock balancing" is getting ridiculous. As soon as one gets built, you have a hundred of these in the span of a week !
I keep on kicking them out only to be called an unappreciative jerk by the next person who straight away goes and build another one without even the slightest interest on the impact on the local environment.
Humans seem to have a need to mark their passage somewhere, pretty much like a dog needs to pee on a place he wants to mark as his land !

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Posted by Nico on 08/27/2018 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Making a case

When I was in Grade 5 we recited God save the Queen to start our school day.Who knew.
TDS is rampant though.Politicians across Canada and around the world are using it to fly under the radar.For instance-JET is in charge of our federal govt and mishandles it daily-Not news.
Canada and Canadians should wake up and smell the bacon.Canada is on the verge of being excluded from a trilateral trade agreement simply because a simple principle of creating chaos and pushing your own agenda forward is happening.
I read this in a book..
Besides tariffs,dumping illegal aliens and forcing a trade war we are ok.
Deal with it-We elect to govern-stop politicking..
My opinion..

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Posted by Dave White on 08/27/2018 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Unstack them

At the end of the ice age Whistler Mt was created.
Humans have pushed and shoved the mountain into what suits their needs and wants.
Now a small pile of rock in a forest is someones pleasure-maybe a sign in the woods for a hiker perhaps.
Stop this immediately-kick apart these ghastly images!Think of the centurys of time it took to create what nature does.
Just remember this-humans are going to continue to shape and embellish their environment as they please.Right or wrong.
Can we consider kicking down the ultimate corporate symbol of greed and athleticism? Is the Inukshuk at the top of the mountain a worthy symbol or should it be pushed over the edge.
There are actual professional stone balancers concerned-Is this just fear of competition to consider as well.I have stacked a few stones-Never considered it as a "profession"Sounds like a pro hot dog eater thing.Is there a circuit.Like the PNE Ribfest thing?
He who is without sin can cast ;or in this case-stack the first stone-

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Posted by Dave White on 08/27/2018 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Unstack them

I've been kicking these things over for years. It just reminds me that I'm not alone when j want to be alone.

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Posted by Geoff Gerhart on 08/26/2018 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Unstack them

Hahaha this article is ridiculous

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Posted by Tara Pearson on 08/26/2018 at 10:43 AM

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