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New Ideas for 2011

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Ten powerful ideas, big and small, for the new year. Over the next two weeks, enjoy this latest edition of The Tyee's popular annual series highlighting creative thinking that could lead to improving our lives and communities. We're publishing a new one every day starting Dec. 20 and finishing Dec. 31, 2010.

In This Series

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Idea #1: The Green Hawks Are Coming

Who's super serious about renewable energy and repelling climate change? The US military, of all people.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 Dec 2010


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Idea #2: Higher Ed Reaches the Tech Tipping Point

No longer will technology be treated as just a complement, rather than replacement, for traditional educational materials.

By Michael Geist, 21 Dec 2010


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Idea #3: Let's You and Me Transform the CBC

Canada's public broadcaster says it wants public involvement. We should take them seriously, and get active.

By Steve Anderson, 22 Dec 2010


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Idea #4: Create a Local Food Bill

Emulate Illinois and pass a Local Food, Farms and Jobs Act. Wannabe party leaders, take note!

By Colleen Kimmett, 23 Dec 2010


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Idea #5: A New Grub Street for Vancouver

And a real Tin Pan Alley, too. Let's act to foster scruffy zones of creativity.

By Crawford Kilian, 24 Dec 2010


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Idea #6: Harm Reduction Moving Mainstream

Now that the US allows federal funds for needle exchanges, Vancouver's drug user health approach sets a bold example.

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Dec 2010


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Idea #7: Revive the Root Cellar

And other low-tech locavore methods of pleasurable living.

By Colleen Kimmett, 28 Dec 2010


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Idea #8: A Train for Canada's Birthday

A really fast one. Oh, and leaders with vision. Not managers with a mean streak.

By Geoff D'Auria, 29 Dec 2010


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Idea #9: Nanocellulose, the Next Big Wood Product

Will invisible fibers help rescue BC's disappearing mill towns?

By Monte Paulsen, 30 Dec 2010


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Idea #10: We've Entered the Age of Energy-Intensive Oil

Exploiting new big reserves like the oil sands will create far more greenhouse gasses per barrel. Let's face that.

By Geoff Dembicki, 31 Dec 2010


The Facts Are Piling Up Against the Site C Dam

This is our chance to finally make the right decision.

By Candace Batycki