To The Editor: It is Time for a Provincial Environmental Health Officer

Dear Editor, (Published June 20 Times Colonist “We need a Bonnie Henry for climate change”)

As I watch the calm, compassionate and intensely rational and authoritative handling of the COVID19 pandemic by Dr. Bonnie Henry, I can’t help but think we need this for BC’s environment and ecosystems.

Dr. Henry’s primary goal is to work with the Ministry of Health and others to safeguard the health and well being of the people of British Columbia. A similar position working with the Minister of Environment and a Climate Change Strategy, and others, would ensure the same science based, non-partisan, and authoritative voice for the health of the natural world every British Columbian lives in and relies on.

Now imagine those public and environmental health officers working together on climate change. Finally we might be able to tackle the greatest pandemic-like crisis we’ve ever known. It is an emergency that has demanded the same kind of strong, practical action but that we have failed to take. We must flatten our CO2 curve to avoid unimaginable loss of human and non-human life. A Provincial Environmental Health Officer could help us do it.

Sincerely,

Chris Alemany

P.S. I have been think about this for awhile, but this recent report about the amount of Old Growth left in the province really made me think about it again. Also the collapse of salmon runs. watershed destruction, and so many other problems are occuring. These Officers aren’t just there to deal with emergencies. They are supposed to put in systems to prevent emergencies in the first place and ensure the ongoing and sustainable health of everything and everyone in their care. We have needed that for the environment for a long, long time.

Installing a Hitch and Wiring Harness into a 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

Updated – New Power Controller

A week after my electrician friend and I installed the wiring harness and a few days after getting a new trailer, something went bad in the controller that required it to be replaced. I have added what I did to diagnose and eventually replace the power controller with a Tekonsha ZCI [Zero Contact Interface] controller, to the bottom of this article. The basic procedure doesn’t change and I suspect I just got a bad controller. But check out the update for troubleshooting tips and possible better ways to do the install.

Not Recommended

If you’ve googled and forum’ed and scrolled enough to find yourself here, you already know this. But I’ll repeat it just to cover my own butt. 🙂 Towing is not recommend by Hyundai for the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric. There are no load ratings or other indicators. You’re on your own.

Everything beyond this point is at your own risk.

But it can certainly be done!

The finished product! (Click for larger, right-click download)

I am no car mechanic. Note that this how-to will mostly be about the wiring. I got the hitch done by a local business.

I have friends and know businesses who know what they’re doing and are more competent than me. If you’re not comfortable doing your own stuff here is a comforting bit of experience:

It’s not as bad as you think, but it’s still good to have help.

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To The Editor: COVID19 and Climate Change

Dear Editor,

I write this after two and a half months of working at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and 25 years of hearing about taking action on climate change.

We now know the stark difference when people listen to scientists and when they don’t. In B.C. we have lost lives but we listened to the calm advice of Dr. Henry and flattened our curve. We continue because we must. We have seen very different and extreme outcomes elsewhere.

With climate change, we passed the ‘first wave‘, let’s call it Kyoto, and we have done very poorly. We are feeling the drastic impacts; forest fires, salmon runs dying off, the Arctic melting, rivers drying up, entire species at risk. If we do not start to listen to experts now, the second wave could lead to unimaginable and extreme consequences.

Could you have imagined being in this pandemic situation at Christmas? Probably not. But scientists and experts in the field did. That is why they knew what to do. COVID has shown we can do drastic but good things when we must. It has brought us together. 
We must do the same to zero our carbon emissions. Scientists say we have a chance but only if we take drastic action now, not to shut down our economy, but to immediately change it. If we choose to listen to scientists on COVID19 but not Climate Change then we are still choosing our fate.

Chris Alemany