Lewis Rifkind

Blue box discussion

Raven Recycling has started leaving Blue Box postcards around town. This is to help Whitehorse imagine what it would be like to have a recycling system comparable to other cities in Canada.

condo compost capers

The city of Whitehorse has taken over from Raven Recycling the operation of the composting facility up at the landfill. They have invested in some new equipment such as a large compost pile turner and a mechanized screen.

Voting for green

The Whitehorse municipal elections are less than a month away. There are many issues for both candidates and voters to consider. Recent media reports note that there is a bit of budget shortfall.

Sustaining the sustainable

The word sustainable means many things to many people. Shell, the oil company, is a firm believer in sustainable development.

dam the future

The Yukon government never met a mine it did not like. The reader should excuse the double negative in the above sentence and instead concentrate on why mining can be so negatives. Mines need three things from nature.

Wonderful, Wonderful Hopenhagen

There is a funky website at hopenhagen.com that is aimed at inspiring hope about the December climate change talks that will be held in Copenhagen. A neat little trick is that visitors to the website can put in a quick saying about what gives them hope.

mayo b is a colossal waste of money

Taxpayers' dollars are being used to build a new turbine plant as part of the Mayo hydropower system. Called the Mayo B project, it will provide an additional five megawatts to the Mayo-Dawson electrical grid. This project will cost $142 million.

withdrawing consent

It is that time of year in the Yukon again. It is when the Yukon government likes to do public consultations on certain legislative and regulatory matters.

the greening of municipal politics

It is that time in the three-year municipal political cycle: local council elections are due in the Yukon. This year they take place on October 15.

Try the 100 mile vacation

It is time for a new environmental fad. The attentive environment-aware reader will have no doubt heard of the 100-mile diet. This is an attempt to eat and drink only those items grown and processed within 100 miles of one's residence.

hot flat and crowded

Hot, Flat and Crowded is the title of Thomas Friedman's latest tome. This Pulitzer Prize winning journalist has written numerous books and is the foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times. One of his past books was called The World is Flat.

the edible city

The urban harvest is starting to come in. For those in the know the city of Whitehorse can provide a cornucopia of local, tasty, and surprisingly affordable edible items.

stick in the mud

This is something new underfoot for the pedestrians and cyclists who frequent the Black Street Gully.

Get ready for winter

Much like the ant in Aesop's Fable The Ant and the Grasshopper true Yukoners are getting ready for winter. They are not, like the grasshopper, spending their entire time chirping the summer away.

Local and low impact tourism

Summer is finally here and no doubt many a Yukon resident is gearing up to receive southern visitors.

when bad governments do good

The current Yukon government politicians are not loved by local environmentalists. The list of green gripes is long, and the readers shall not be subjected to pages and pages of it.

Power to the people

There has been some talk of late regarding the future of the Yukon Energy Corporation. Much of the gossip has centred around whether the corporation should be privatized.

clean versus green

There is some interesting terminology being flung around when it comes to electrical generation these days. Proponents of hydro power, that is electricity generated by having moving water turn a turbine, often describe it as green.

The Unforeseen

The Unforeseen is a documentary film about urban sprawl in Austin, Texas, and it is one of the most haunting and beautiful films this columnist has seen in years.

asymmetrical environmentalism

It has always been a problem for small organizations to take on large entities, be they corporations or governments. The difference in resources was, in the past, sometimes insurmountable.