Stories by Geoff Dembicki
New tools let agents turn your intimate data into potential sales.
And why some industry leaders worry it will come ‘back to haunt us.’
Unaffordability in our top cities widens the divide between elites and everyone else.
And why they make it harder to fix Vancouver’s housing crisis.
A seismic shift in the global financial system is driving Vancouver’s soaring housing costs.
He thinks he can expand fossil fuels and keep young voters. He’s wrong.
At TEDxEastVan, Geoff Dembicki shares how young people are battling environmental doomsday.
International delegates marvel at the turnaround: 'We're definitely not ignoring them now.'
Some heartened by PM's climate commitment, others see 'shiny veneer.'
Students, provinces, investors and unions are taking action. How long can he ignore it?
The Tories say pot must stay illegal. They're also laying groundwork for legalization.
Why that’s good for Harper, and bad for progressives vying to defeat him.
Greensburg now runs entirely on clean energy. A Q&A with its Republican mayor.
Millennials more likely to view industry as outdated and polluting.
Poll suggests Millennials more likely to support a low-carbon economy than Boomers.
But global labour leader Sharan Burrow says there are millions of new jobs on a healthy one. A Tyee interview.
Surging millennial campus movement rejects the belief that money and morals are separate.
Plastics, says Alberta money manager who predicted plummeting oil prices. A Tyee interview.
Job-loss fears just 'bunk' to delay needed climate action: Alberta Labour Fed president.
Robyn Allan accuses firm of failing to seek NEB sign-off for deal that may weaken oil spill liability.
The question divides progressive voters. In Canada's 2015 election, can Unifor unite them?
Vision Vancouver retains control of council, loses parks and school board. Tyee reports from the ground.
BC writer embedded at Ray Kurzweil's Singularity Summit raises question in his new 'nonvella.'
A Hawaiian futurist recalls the two years he spent trying to end consumerism in Canada.
'Creatives' are thriving, Richard Florida tells Tyee, but it depends on how you define creative.
The biggest? That renewables make the economy stronger, says German energy expert David Jacobs.
And why it could point towards a new model of 21st century public school education.
That, and other insights on Harper's climate agenda from a Q&A with Corinne Lepage.
Its 2050 Plan is a blueprint for survival. Can Hawaiians, and island Earth, get there?
Two of its leading prophets, Richard Florida and Ray Kurzweil, to give their definition at Oct. 22 event.
Oilsands take us backward as rest of world moves forward, says famed futurist and EU advisor.
In Africa, where solar is cheaper than diesel, Quebec's Windiga is doing just that.
Visiting from Tokyo, Dr. Ken Koyama says BC faces 'severe' competition in selling gas to Asia.
It could, says UBC professor, if opposition forces don't work at 'cross-purposes.'
Bill Rees' latest vision for human society is cynical, authoritarian and disempowering.
Rumoured Enbridge oil shipment to Spain 'tip of the iceberg,' says Calgary analyst.
Fifteen words and phrases for hacking it in our union-less, entrepreneurial era.
Here's what millennials, boomers and one 'old fart' had to say.
Three reasons why we millennials may not be. What's your view?
Flawed, messy and human is how two influential NYC designers see our shift to sustainability.
Morgan Stanley puzzles over a generation that wants investing to make our planet less screwed.
In Boston, top sustainable investors describe the industry's final days. Next in the 'Are We Screwed?' series.
So predict CEOs and world leaders at Bloomberg New Energy Finance's invite-only summit.
Are we screwed? At Globe 2014, I survey the rapidly evolving world of 'clean capitalism' for answers.
Society will become 'fairer and smarter' as renewables trounce fossil fuels, Amory Lovins explains.
And if so, are the trade-offs worth it? A renowned futurist weighs in. Next in the 'Are We Screwed?' series.
Recession, climate change... imminent collapse? New Tyee series probes the big question of my generation.
What Seasteaders reveal about our desire to be saved by technology.
That, and other surprising insights from a Q&A with Bloomberg New Energy Finance's Ethan Zindler.
Millennials are changing how we understand planetary crises and each other.
Study traces origins of today's cultural divide to medieval Christianity.
Can Thursday's 'world-class' clean economy forum help address it?
Tell us what you think. Then hear leading thinkers on shifts in tech, business, politics and nature at free Jan. 22 event.
Ten years after fleeing the industrial system, what has Peter Janes achieved?
Financial analysts warn investors not to get too excited about Joint Review Panel decision.
Recent disclosures show powerful industry adjusting to uncertain future.
Surprising insights from studies on the experience of Canada's Inuit.
Their alliance emerging from Warsaw is eroding global action, insider argues.
Saving the planet means first changing the language of solutions, say cleantech leaders.
More than ever, influential subcultures shape our response to global warming. Which do you belong to?
Adam Kahane helped bring peace to Colombia, but says ending our climate stalemate may be harder.
Mining and tech firms race to produce material that might fix climate change, cure cancer.
Emerging faction thinks party should adopt BC-style tax on carbon.
Build a massive movement, ignore deniers and topple industry says lead strategist.
Observers worry about missed opportunities in his anti-Keystone XL campaign.
A growing body of social science offers ways to dig the debate out of the 'left-wing ghetto.'
A Richmond company's technology could remake our world and oh, maybe save the planet.
New Dems' environmental platform preferable to Liberals' 'nobody believes' says Oak Bay-Gordon Head candidate.
Toss in BC ghost town owner Krishnan Suthanthiran and his newly hired promoter, Terrace's mayor.
Enbridge's Northern Gateway proposal struck a deep nerve, and its story continues this election.
Libs' LNG plans invite installations by petro firms with combined $2 trillion in revenues.
Reports, high-level industry sources suggest BC Liberal estimates are unrealistic.
BC Libs' decision to power project with fossil fuels undercuts FN green energy providers say critics.
Energy board overhaul speeds up oil and gas projects.
We found five opportunities. Here's the last, capping Geoff Dembicki's surprising series.
Scaled back federal support for new tech frustrates top oil patch execs.
Process cleans tailing ponds, pays for itself. Why does industry balk? Third in series.
A 'play now, pay later' policy discourages clean investment, say experts. Second in a series.
Opportunities for breakthroughs? We found five. Today's story is about the first: thirsty beads.
Can Canadian and Chinese cleantech researchers unite to stave off global warming? At UVic the experiment is underway. Last in a series.
Both countries are booed at climate summits, but guess which rates far higher on 'energy efficiency'? Fourth in a week-long series.
Innovators here rank well against global competitors, but growth is stunted by Ottawa's priorities, say analysts. Third in a week-long series.
The giant's goals for renewable energy are so huge they are changing the global economic map. Second in a week-long series.
Canada's cleantech innovators must navigate a business culture where potential profits are huge, but so are risks. First in a week-long series.
Viral Rolling Stone essay slamming fossil fuels is a must read, but here are three important annotations.
If you thought the oil patch firmly favours Canada's federal stance on carbon emissions, think again. Last in a series on greening the oil sands.
The high price and distant hope for carbon sequestration. Part seven of a Tyee Solutions Society series.
Extracting oil sands crude is energy intensive, making it one of the 'dirtiest' fuels. Fixable? Sixth in a series.
Alberta already invests some carbon taxes in low emissions tech. But sky's the limit say industry insiders. Fifth in a series.
BC and Alberta each have pioneered policies that help to answer that question.
Surprising as that sounds, interviews reveal a business community consensus based on economics. Third in a Tyee Solutions Society series.
Why the oilpatch is already preparing to surf the green wave it sees coming. Second in a series.
Steps to an oil sands we can live with. First in a Tyee Solutions Society series.
Speed up oil sands, give $300 in petro proceeds to each citizen, says surging Wildrose party.
TYEE LIST #6: Punk rock lives at a small town BC studio. But musicians, be prepared.
'Energy Return on Investment' hard to justify says P.G.-based engineering analyst.
Native groups likely to cite evidence they weren't consulted as required by Supreme Court decisions.
Killing Haisla's sacred trees just one way firm has undercut dealings with aboriginals on Pacific Gateway route.
Your time is up, Old Spice Guy. As the hipster kingdom crumbles, youth culture takes a new bent.
Emails show how a Washington lobbyist enlisted Canadian officials to beat back climate regulation.
How a law supposed to require low carbon gasoline and diesel spares the oil sands at the atmosphere's expense.
As enviro activists rejoice, industry pins more hopes on pipeline crossing BC.
Former BC premier's lobbying against clean fuel laws 'shocks' enviro who gave him award.
Team that got Rob Ford elected mayor of Toronto has new target: the 'greenest city' party running Vancouver.
On the scene of a South Dakota 'emergency meeting' of Native leaders taking a stand against the bitumen pipeline.
Billing itself as 'grassroots', EthicalOil has close ties to a top oil sands law firm.
Strategy: take more risks, create new heroes, defy the law. And, tomorrow, converge on Washington, DC.
Funding and embassy support dry up for Canadian's European exhibition, but DFAIT denies responsibility.
Kanananskis agreement was framed by former Harper top aide before scandals, investigation.
How Alberta bitumen fuels the global thirst for billions of beverage containers.
First of three stories on matters of huge significance weirdly drawing scant attention.
What to call Alberta's reserves is raising a fuss, but for wrong reason, research indicates.
That's the question Steve Kretzmann of Oil Change International is trying to answer. Last in our series.
With millions to spend opposing climate change laws, and 'allies' in Canada's government, API reps 460 oil and gas corporations.
Gary Mar brags of defeating emissions reductions as province's man in Washington. Latest in a series.
As Manitoba's NDP premier, he was a top fighter against climate change. Now as Canada's US ambassador, he's done an about face, say chagrined former allies.
That's how Jane Moffat of the Canadian-American Business Council frames the two nations' stake in Alberta crude. Hillary Clinton could be listening.
Meet Paul Frazer, the high-powered lobbyist paid by the province to portray an oil sands industry striving to be green. Latest in a series.
Calgary's Pembina Institute established an outpost in the US capital to counter industry lobbyists. And learned secrecy is a weapon.
Bruce Carson was the 'grey-haired sage' linking PM Harper to oil lobby. Now he's accused of influence peddling for a young former prostitute. Latest in a series.
Albertan and Canadian government reps spin hard to US lawmakers say Capitol Hill insiders. Latest in a series.
They process about one in four barrels of US-bound Alberta bitumen, and pump millions of dollars into highly conservative, anti-green causes. Latest in a series.
Battlers against the Keystone XL say they're safeguarding a massive aquifer, the climate, and Canada's reputation. Latest in a series.
How the oil sands lobby and a 'supportive' Canadian government defeated US lawmakers trying to make fuels greener.
In tandem with Ottawa and Alberta, top oil sands lobbyist Tom Corcoran keeps chipping away at Section 526. Third in a series.
Meet Tom Corcoran, the ultra-Republican hired to stop clean energy bills that threaten the flow of Alberta crude.
Today begins The Tyee's major series reported from Washington on the intense, high stakes political struggle fueled by Alberta crude.
It's 200 days since the largest oil spill in US history was announced capped. How we missed a prime chance for change.
Boxed out of most global oil plays, ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, ConocoPhillips and Chevron see their fates tied to Alberta crude.
Exploiting new big reserves like the oil sands will create far more greenhouse gasses per barrel. Let's face that.
When Canadian officials lobby against lower fuel carbon standards south of the border, they play for keeps. Ask a bruised Wisconsin scientist.
Billions ride on a well-fueled campaign to win US citizen support for bitumen pipelines and processing in their country.
How Alberta, Ottawa and oil sands corporations are teaming to oppose climate change laws across America. First in a multi-part series.
Owners of Koch Industries, a major processor of Alberta crude, spent millions to foment and support a movement against Obama's climate change policies.
Texas refiner banks big on oil sands and pours millions into Prop 23, a bid to halt Golden State climate policies, and maybe BC's too.
Tories and petro firms worry oil sands restrictions in Europe will spread to other key nations. They're lobbying hard to prevent it.
BC's Great Bear Rainforest deal was a landmark mix of public and private investment. Oil tankers, say backers, weren't part of the bargain.
BC First Nations and green groups vow to stop pipeline connecting tar sands crude with Asia-bound tankers.
Alberta is showing the way for nations with similar reserves. Brace for a global 'age of tough oil.'
Kumi Naidoo tells Tyee Alberta should learn from Africa's injustices.
In which our reporter pays $36.75 for a Suncor bus tour of the vast pits, and peruses the gift shop. Last in a series.
In which our reporter is made to feel complicit in a media conspiracy against Fort McMurray. Second of three.
In which our reporter visits the slice of suburbia next to Canada's famously toxic, tarry moonscape. First of three.
Toughing it out in the cold, isolated, male world of mobile workers in Alberta's oil patch.
Heated U.S. debate to be swayed by security, says BMO's Sweet.
US politicians bend to foreign-backed pressure to soften climate bill.
Diverse foes of TransCanada project fear catastrophic oil leak into vast water source for US breadbasket states.
Environmental assessment rules weakened, advisory group blindsided, say critics.
Inside a global effort to convince the public an unproven technology will let us have our fossil fuels and a cooler planet, too.
Next Winter Games venue abuts war zones, and has enraged environmentalists and 1,500 citizens losing their homes.
Charged debate among resisters over tactics splatters into the open.
Accredited journalists are different from you and me. But for a day, I lived in their pricey Canada Place world.
As housing prices soared, social housing went unbuilt for years. As a result, shelter is hot politics in Vancouver.
Black-clad activists smash downtown Vancouver store windows, police crack down.
'It's a pretty positive vibe out here' says civil liberties observer. Return to this story for updates during the weekend.
Hey, lots will tune in. But number claimed by IOC and politicians deemed absurd by experts.
Nation's Olympics centre runs afoul of Architects Act, charges Architectural Institute of BC.
Former premier comes out swinging against naysayers, says billions invested will pay off. A Tyee interview.
Within their ranks are several distinct strands, and styles, of dissent. A primer on their issues and demands.
Pivot Legal wants city to let it provide 500 tents to people sleeping on Vancouver's streets.
'If you are planning a kids' event... approach McDonald's and not another well-known fast-food outlet,' instructs memo.
How business saved the Games by turning them into a tightly controlled, billion dollar advertisement.
In 2007 three farm workers died in a crash, now the focus of an inquest some hope will expose wider abuses.
2010 Games security chief is a veteran of clashes with anti-logging protesters.
Commission slammed Mounties' hair trigger use of force at 1997 summit. Third in a series profiling the 2010 Olympics' top cop.
In command of 6,000, Bud Mercer will be making decisions under a global microscope.
RCMP's Bud Mercer was in the thick of several famous clashes with dissenters. This story, with video of the exploding truck, is first in a series.
Nursing student surprised at school by intelligence officers. Councillor calls it 'harassment'.
Robertson urges city to build new identity as centre for green innovation.
Getting the Games meant the world would pay attention to the city's story. Uh oh. What is it?
In Tsawwassen, massive power lines have sparked voter rage.
As planned for 2011, EnCana project is 'irresponsible': Pembina.
No law keeps Campbell and Oppal from commenting: Addario, Gabelmann.
'Not a huge change in direction,' Campbell tells voters.
While Campbell touts spin-offs, timber towns feel deprived.
Crowd-sourced 'social media' may swamp corporate coverage at 2010 Games.
Officials hope citizens will embrace public transit beefed up for Olympics.
Of billions flowing to boost BC economy, a mere trickle for start-up owners.
Distrust, anger festering between activists and police. Learn from pepper spray nightmare, say critics.
Concerns about spy cameras, random searches and $1 billion in security measures.
But economists differ on its power to inoculate us from a recession.
Olympic Village, Whistler mother company is 'tarnished' says Wall Street analyst.
Now the hard part. What will 'change' mean? Notes from last night's landslide.
Mayor Watts is running on a big vision of a dense downtown, a plan singed by halted projects and bad fire.
The Tyee was first to try to get to the bottom of her 'stupid' remarks. The blogosphere erupted.