DockSide Development

Dockside is a 11.6 acre brownfield site located in the heart of the City of Victoria, BC. Windmills development, Vancity and the architect Busby Perkins Will are committed to make it an outstanding example of carbon neutral neighbourhood and the first LEED Platinum compound in Canada.
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Ontario Coal replacement plan

Under the coal replacement plan: Lakeview GS, representing 1,140 megawatts of generating capacity, was closed in April 2005, following completion of projects to strengthen the transmission system in the Toronto area. Thunder Bay GS, representing 310 megawatts, will be replaced by gas-fired generation in 2007. Atikokan GS, representing 215 megawatts, will close by the end of 2007, following the replacement of Thunder Bay units and necessary transmission upgrades, with no direct replacement necessary. Lambton GS, representing 1,975 megawatts, will be replaced by the end of 2007 by two combined-cycle gas-fired generating stations in the Sarnia area announced as a result of the government’s request for proposals for clean energy capacity. Nanticoke GS, representing 3,938 megawatts, will have units closed through 2008 with the last unit to close in early 2009. In addition to new generation capacity, transmission upgrades in southwestern Ontario are necessary for the closure of Nanticoke.
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Ontario Closing Down Coal Fired Power plants

The Ontario government has decided to replace coal-fired generation with cleaner sources of energy and conservation and to clean up Ontario’s air. The plan will improve the health of citizens and contribute to the sustainability of our environment while ensuring a reliable supply of electricity. Ontario will be the first jurisdiction in North America to phase-out coal fired power plants. The government’s plan comes a day after a report released by the Ontario Medical Association predicted that premature deaths associated with air pollution will hit a staggering 10,000 lives by the year 2026 if the province does not take action to further improve the quality of air in Ontario. A cost benefit analysis released in April 2005 uncovered massive health and environmental costs from coal-fired generation. The study found emissions from all coal-fired stations were responsible for up to 668 premature deaths, 928 hospital admissions and 1,100 emergency room visits in Ontario per year. It also found that with an annual cost of $4.4 billion, coal-fired generation is significantly more expensive than other sources of electricity.
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World energy consumption surged 4.3% in 2004

World energy consumption surged 4.3 per cent last year, the biggest percentage rise since 1984 and the largest volume increase ever, according to new figures from BP, the oil company. Burning fossil fuels at a faster rate also resulted in the largest absolute increase in carbon emissions, adding to the stock of “greenhouse gases” blamed for global warming. BP’s annual statistical review, released on Tuesday, showed that the fast-growing economies of Asia were responsible for a large portion of the rise. China’s fuel consumption rose by 15.1 per cent and India’s by 7.2 per cent. Global consumption of oil also rose by 3.4 per cent, or 2.5m barrels a day, the biggest increase since 1978. Some 900,000 b/d of that increase in demand came from China, but BP said the demand also rose strongly across virtually every region. “Overall, the growth of global oil demand has outstripped oil production capacity growth, reducing the level of spare capacity,” said David Allen, group managing director of BP. “That has been the fundamental cause of the oil price increases we’ve seen over the last two years.” The average oil price in 2004 was $38 a barrel, BP said, up from $29 a barrel in 2003 and the highest ever figure expressed in “money-of-the-day”. The oil price has averaged about $49 a barrel so far this year. At the same time, Britain and Australia suffered large falls in oil production they pumped 10 per cent and 13.9 per cent less respectively. Source Financial Times
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Philosphy as a Way of Life

To have wisdom and cognition is in it_self valuable for humans, for it is not possible to live as a human without these; and it is also useful for our way of life, for nothing good comes to us unless it is accomplished after we have reasoned and acted in accordance with wisdom. Moreover, wheth_er living successfully consists in en_joyment or in having virtue or in wis_dom, according to all these we should do philosophy, for these things come to us most of all, and in a pure way, through doing philosophy. Aristotle
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