Jamaica meet Vancouver 

Some simple comparisons and contrasts.

Both are suffering severe drought. Vancouver makes public awareness of the problem a high priority. Water lock offs was the first news item we saw on national TV, plus some public shaming of those who seem to be ignoring restrictions on watering lawns. One town, we passed flagged that its medians and verges are watered by well water. Electronic notice boards flash that fire hazard risks are ‘extreme’: outdoor fires are banned.

Jamaicans have green and yellow in their national colours. Now, yellow dominates as most of the eastern and southern sides of the island are dry. Green is dominant in our northwest. That’s where Canada is turning more yellow.  

Bear Mountain golf course watered by manmade lakes and springs

Canada is in its second season, ‘construction’. Roads are being repaired from coast to coast. Vancouver Island is part of the country’s vacationland. Roads are busy and travelers try to move freely. But, besides roadworks, I’ve yet to meet a bad stretch of road. Potholes are part of Jamaican life. That’s how we do it? Enough already!  

North America still holds onto wood framed housing, we’ve fallen in love with concrete and breeze blocks. I’m no architect, but wonder why man-made beats natural in house building. We talk about sustainable development. 

Talk is cheap. I’m near a mountainside residential development entitled with ‘ecoasis’, seeming to blend nature with man’s needs on a grand scale. What have we tried to do that’s similar?
Canada has cheaper energy, say 8-16 cents a kilowatt hour; we have about 40 cents. If we think we can grow fast with that millstone, let me help tie that rock to your ankle and push you off the cliff of common sense. It’s access to oil, but also hydro power and signs that even with limited sunlight, wider use of solar.

Just food for thought.

Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)