Saturday, 25 August 2018
I must say that I'm of two minds about giving subsidies to those who can afford these cars. At the moment in Quebec you can get a rebate of up to $8000 on the purchase of a new one, and $600 toward installing a recharging station at your home. In Ontario, the new PC government is doing away with that province's subsidies which were considerably higher than Quebec's.
Unless the electricity to charge these vehicles comes from a "green" renewable source, like solar, wind or hydroelectric, there is very little environmental good coming from them since emissions from traditional generating plants are extremely CO2 intense. Furthermore, just adding more cars to the roads will not solve the other problems of our urban centers. Better, probably, to put money into public transportation, including inter-city buses and trains.
Saturday, 18 August 2018
Concrete made this possible. It has also contributed mightily to the problems of climate change that we are seeing this summer.
I've been thinking a lot about this as I reflect on what concrete has wrought for my book Rock of Ages: How Concrete Built the World As We Know It. Lots of good things...but also some very questionable ones. More about that later.
Saturday, 11 August 2018
It had been a while since I walked down Lajoie (great name) during summer, but I did this week. What a delight to see that the folks who own the Pink Bicycle have put it out again, and decorated it with nifty plants.
Above is what it looked like on Wednesday, while below you'll find what it looked like in 2007 and 2011. So nice to see that people continue the lovely, whimsical tradition.