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How BluPlanet Recycling’s Triple Bottom Line Builds Community and Sustainability in Calgary


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BluPlanet Recycling, a locally owned and operated waste disposal service established in 2009, is committed to walking the walk when it comes to environmental awareness and sustainability. With company policies that place the environment and community at the forefront both internally and externally, this is not your typical waste disposal service. 

By purchasing carbon offsets for all CO2 emissions from Carbon Zero and using BullfrogPower for green energy, BluPlanet is both carbon neutral and powered with 100% green electricity and natural gas. BluPlanet Recycling is an award-winning member of a number of environmental and community organizations, including Be Local YYC, and has been a certified Benefit Corporation since 2011. To achieve B-Corp status, businesses must show exceptional commitment to social and environmental sustainability, and BluPlanet has been named to the annual B-Corp Best For The World list 5 different times.  

In a highly competitive market, Nelson Berlin, BluPlanet Recycling Business Development Manager, firmly believes they are best positioned to bring Calgary into a more sustainable future, “Right now, in the city of Calgary,” he says, “we’re the waste-company focused the most on waste diversion.” Servicing hundreds of businesses and over 40,000 residences throughout the city and surrounding areas, they offer custom solutions for any site and are the largest multi-family provider in Calgary. Through a number of environment-centric initiatives, BluPlanet is responsible for the diversion of over 8,000,000 kg of material from the landfill annually, and successfully offset 336,000 kg of CO2 in 2019 alone. 

Maintaining their triple bottom line by valuing community and environmental impact as much as economic success, BluPlanet Recycling is as committed to giving back to the community as they are to pursuing sustainability.
As a part of BluPlanet’s charitable giving strategy, they partner with one local organization each year to help further social initiatives aimed at supporting the Calgary community. This year, BluPlanet pledged $30,000 to Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids, an organization dedicated to feeding Calgary’s school children. Catering to 228 schools across the city, BB4CK feeds 5000 kids every day with the help of donations from individuals and organizations like BluPlanet Recycling. 

BluPlanet is also committed to fostering positive change through a number of internal company policies. This includes offering carpool credits and a volunteer initiative program wherein staff can earn extra vacation days by reaching a certain number of volunteer hours. BluPlanet also encourages staff to reduce excess waste by facilitating bulk purchase orders and offering an in-house refillery for household products. This allows staff members to bring reusable containers into stock up on home products instead of purchasing new every time. 

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Hospital and health-care staff in Alberta to return to work today

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EDMONTON — Hospital and health-care staff are to return to work today after the Alberta Labour Relations Board ruled they acted illegally when walking off the job to protest recent cuts.

In a decision issued late Monday, the board ruled the workers’ refusal to work amounted to an illegal strike under the province’s Labour Relations Code, and they must return to work according to their scheduled shifts.

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, which represents the workers, said it would notify its members of their obligation to obey the labour board’s directive.

The AUPE represents about 58,000 health-care workers, although it wasn’t clear how many walked off the job.

There were reports of picketing outside the Royal Alexandra Hospital and University of Alberta in Edmonton, Foothills Hospital and the South Health Campus in Calgary, as well as at many other facilities across the province.

Earlier this month, Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced the United Conservative government would be cutting up to 11,000 health jobs to save money during the pandemic, but he said nurses and front-line clinical staff would not be affected.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 27, 2020.

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Canadians don’t want to ‘rock the boat’ when voting during pandemic: experts

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EDMONTON — Monday’s re-election of another incumbent premier in Canada’s third recent provincial election shows Canadians don’t want to “rock the boat” during a global pandemic, say political experts.

Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick have all had elections in the last two months that were defined by COVID-19. All the incumbent parties were re-elected. And British Columbia and New Brunswick went from minority governments to majorities.

Although each election had its own provincial issues, three professors pointed out that the votes were in provinces that have had some success keeping the novel coronavirus under control. Voters may have been happy with how the leaders handled the health crisis and wanted to continue in the same direction.

“It’s so difficult to predict what voters had in mind but, if there is a collective will, certainly it does seem to point to … stability is what they wanted,” said Donald Wright, professor and chair of political science at the University of New Brunswick.

“Canadians can look at the disaster unfolding in the United States and be thankful they have good governments both in Ottawa and the provincial capitals. Canada may be very appreciative of the governments we had with the pandemic.”

New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservatives were re-elected in September with a majority for Premier Blaine Higgs. His snap election call made the province the first to hold a vote since the pandemic began.

A similar dynamic played out in British Columbia where Premier John Horgan’s NDP gained enough seats on Saturday to form a majority government.

“I can say that certainly in B.C., a big part of the dynamic was that people felt this jurisdiction (did) relatively well (with COVID) and consequently worried that any changing government might destabilize that,” said Max Cameron, a professor in the University of British Columbia’s political science department.

“I think it did produce that desire to not to rock the boat at this particular moment, so in a kind of ironic way, you could say that the experience of governing a minority actually catapulted the government into a majority.”

A similar sentiment must have been felt among Saskatchewan’s electorate Monday, said Gerald Baier, an associate political science professor at the University of British Columbia. Saskatchewan Party Leader Scott Moe won a majority government, the party’s fourth in a row.

Moe and his opponent, NDP Leader Ryan Meili, had contrasting plans for how to steer the province through the pandemic.

Meili promised millions of dollars in increased spending for classrooms and to hire more front-line health workers. Moe promised to balance the books by the 2024-2025 fiscal year, while keeping the economy going and creating jobs through tax and rebate incentives.

“(If) people are happy with the job the government’s been doing during the pandemic, they’re much more likely to say, ‘Now is not the time for a change’,” said Baier.

“They’re much more likely to say, ‘Right now is not the time for a new set of hands on the wheel’ and I think that’s something that explains part of the dynamic in Saskatchewan.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 27, 2020.


This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

Fakiha Baig, The Canadian Press

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