Due North Interview with Dr. Oscar Venter


Due North had Dr. Oscar Venter in the studio to discuss his research on the human impact on the environment. Dr.Venter highlights how the economic rate is growing but yet the environment impact is not keeping pace with it, could this mean we are getting more efficient? Dr. Venter explains what it all means. To see his map on human impact on the environment here is a link.



Two new building added to the city green power grid


The city of Prince George is adding two new buildings to its Downtown Renewable System (DRES), Plaza 400 and Prince George Law Courts. The system is powered by Lakeland Mills wood waste that is a by-product of the production of wood materials. The city already powers numerous buildings with this kind of power including the new RCMP detachment and City Hall. The system heats water and pumps that to the buildings which then us it for heat and water. Construction is expected to begin last week of July and be completed by early fall. The carbon reduction is estimated to be about 1,820 tones per year. The reductions is the same as 350 cars taken of the road per year, roughly. This project is added to the many green energy projects in the community including the Bio Energy Plant at UNBC.

Project is estimated at $450,000 and is being fully funded by the Ministry of Transportation. The city will install the piping system to the buildings at a cost of $200,000. The project was started due to the fact that both buildings needed their boilers replaced.

By Grant Bacahand (Twitter) @grantbachand

Help Protect the Ancient Forest

The Province announced in July that they're thinking about creating a protected area around the Ancient Forest Trail and they're opening it up to public consultation. Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 3.50.37 PM

It'd be great to encourage them to designate this park, and consider making more in the inland rainforest in the future.

We decided that a letter thanking Shirley Bond (our MLA) might be a good start. Here's the letter:

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The Northern Wetbelt Working Group would like to get lots of signatures before the public meeting happens, and then make this letter their official submission to the process.
If you feel the Ancient Forest should be a protected area, click on the picture above, and let it take you to the page where you can sign the bottom of the letter as well.
Affecting change has never been easier :)