September 23, 2013

Wonderful Afternoon Photo Ramble in South Surrey, BC

http://www.flickr.com/photos/82399097@N00/sets/72157635827189974/

Posted by Paul at 09:17 PM

September 18, 2013

Canon ELPH 520HS for C$119!

I saw a Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS on sale today for C$119 with a 4GB card, and couldn't resist. I've long owned shirt-pocket sized Canons that I carry pretty much all the time, and my present 780IS was getting a bit long in the tooth. The 520 now lists for C$259, and I think when it was originally released it was over $300. It sports a 12X zoom starting at the 35mm equivalent of a 28mm wide angle, well over the 780's 3X starting at 35mm. Also a more sophisticated image chip and computing engine, and full 1080p HD video. It's a bit thicker than the 780, but the features make up for that.

I don't always carry my DSLR gear, and the pocket PowerShots have served me very well over many years.

Posted by Paul at 08:26 PM

September 16, 2013

Stand up for Science Rally–Vancouver—Photos, Audio

I attended the Stand up for Science Rally in Vancouver today. Excellent speakers and loud crowd.

You can see my Flickr set of photos here.

and

I recorded an MP3 audio file of nearly the entire event that (24MB) is available here.

Note: if you click the audio link, that may play the file in a minimalistic window in your browser. If you want to download the MP3 file so you can play it with your music player of choice, right-click the link above, and choose "save link as" or "save target as".

Speaker timing:

Pamela Zevit, MC, interspersed throughout

Joe Foy, National Campaign Director, Wilderness Committee
0 ~ 3:35

Dr. David Suzuki, Author, geneticist, environmentalist and award winning broadcaster
3:45 ~ 16:35

Fin Donnelly, River's advocate, Member of Parliament, Federal Critic for Fisheries
17:00 ~ 25:10

Tzeporah Berman, Author, former co-director of Greenpeace International's Global Climate and Energy Program, Director Forest Ethics Advocacy
25:22 ~ 37:20

Dr. Sarah Otto, Department of Zoology, population genetics and evolutionary biology UBC
37:35 ~ 51:55

Alexandra Morton, Scientist, Researcher, activist
52:10 ~ 1:05:10

Dr. Thomas Kerr, co-director of the Addiction and Urban Health Research Initiative UBC
1:05:15 ~ 1:13:27

Dr. Craig Orr, Scientist, researcher, Executive Director Watershed Watch Salmon Society
1:14:00 ~ 1:22:25

Dr. Lynne Quarmby, professor of molecular biology & biochemistry, Simon Fraser University
1:22:30 ~ 1:28:00

Posted by Paul at 03:34 PM

September 10, 2013

City of Burnaby Enviro Strategy Planning Rocks!

I'm on the City of Burnaby Environmental Sustainability Strategy Steering Committee, and as the ESS moves into its next stage, I will join the Ecosystems sub-committee.

The Ecosystems sub-com includes biodiversity, ecosystem protection & restoration, ecosystem stewardship, parks and open space planning and management, urban forests, stream protection and enhancement, water quality, rainwater management, marine and estuary shorelines, etc. Lots of other interesting sub-committees will look at land use & development, transportation, buildings & energy, climate change & air quality, food systems, etc.

I love volunteering with such a great group of citizens!

Posted by Paul at 08:51 PM

September 06, 2013

Stop Means Stop

There's a 3-way stop near our place in SE Burnaby at which 95% of drivers never fully stop and just "slow 'n go" on the right turn. Plenty don't even slow much.

Well, it caught up to a couple of drivers today. Car came to full stop, driver behind was already scanning left to see if traffic was coming, instead of stopping, and ploughed into the stopped car. At least I'm assuming that's what happened by the configuration of the vehicles and the damage. Cops were already there when I drove by the scene.

STOP means STOP, folks! I always keep an eye on my mirror when I stop at that intersection to see if anyone is barrelling along behind me...

Posted by Paul at 01:40 PM

September 03, 2013

Stand up for Science Rally–Vancouver

Monday, September 16, 2013

11:00am until 1:00pm

Vancouver Art Gallery - North plaza on Georgia Street

Fed up with the erosion of science in Canada? Want our government to support science in the public interest? Think that decisions should be based on evidence and facts instead of ideology? Join us on September 16th to Stand up for Science!

It's time to stand up for science in the public interest in Canada. In recent years we have seen cuts to many important scientific institutions, science funding has shifted focus towards the commercialization of research, and government scientists have lost the ability to communicate their research to the public.

Science matters to Canadians. Good science, when coupled with good decision-making, keeps our water and air clean, keeps us healthy, keeps our food safe and prepares Canada for the future. Science in the public interest is crucial for our well-being and long-term prosperity.

To make the public aware of this, and to call on the Federal government to make a strong commitment to science in the public interest, Stand up for Science Vancouver will take place along with rallies across the country on September 16th 2013.

It's your future - make it your science.
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Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. David Suzuki, Author, geneticist, environmentalist and award winning broadcaster.
Tzeporah Berman, Author, former co-director of Greenpeace International's Global Climate and Energy Program, Director Forest Ethics Advocacy
Alexandra Morton, Scientist, Researcher, activist
Fin Donnelly, River's advocate, Member of Parliament, Federal Critic for Fisheries
Joe Foy, National Campaign Director, Wilderness Committee
Dr. Sarah Otto, Department of Zoology, population genetics and evolutionary biology UBC
Dr. Craig Orr, Scientist, researcher, Executive Director Watershed Watch Salmon Society
Invited:
Dr. Thomas Kerr - Co-director Addiction and Urban Health Research Initiative, UBC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
Dr. Bob Evans, internationally recognized health economist
&
Everyone who cares about the future of science in Canada!

Posted by Paul at 10:00 PM