Bharat

Bharat is an environmental scientist, public policy dilettante and feminist with a gaggle of science degrees who tries to take a “public health” approach to his analysis and writing. This approach involves looking at the systems, institutions and community/population level information that determine what happens in the world, and what he would prefer to happen.

A simple example: Do we focus on bike helmets or safer cycling facilities to ensure safety? Bharat believes that we need both functional big institutions like governments, and involved grassroots activism to make change happen and stick.

He grew up in India, and is interested in many things South Asian. This also plays an important role in his relationship with Canadian colonialism. His views and comfort zones are very much a product of a class-privileged upbringing, and while he tries hard to step out of those boxes, he thinks he probably doesn’t always succeed.

He also loves birds, music, choir, sports and cooking. Bharat’s interest in the environment was sparked by working with the olive ridley sea turtle in India, and has appropriated the lovely turtle for his twitter handle @oliveridley.

Lovely man puts his hand on his head while he thinks, on a stairwell.
Regulating fake video

Regulating fake video

BharatFebruary 6, 20196 min read

Deep fakes, or the ability to manipulate people’s actions in videos, were in the news recently. Macleans wrote a very concerned article December of 2018. This will be the year…

The many boats of climate change

The many boats of climate change

BharatOctober 23, 20184 min read

Their (the IPCC’s) dramatic report on keeping that rise under 1.5 degrees C says the world is now completely off track, heading instead towards 3C.Keeping to the preferred target of 1.5C…

My picks for city of Victoria’s Mayor and Council

My picks for city of Victoria’s Mayor and Council

BharatOctober 10, 20187 min read

BC municipal elections are October 20th. Go vote. I don’t normally publicize my picks, but the choices this year will make a difference to whether we keep moving forward or…

Bharat’s pocket scraps you own a pipeline! edition

Bharat’s pocket scraps you own a pipeline! edition

BharatJuly 27, 20187 min read

Ottawa fails to find new buyer for Trans Mountain pipeline by deadline The federal government is set to become the official owner of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after failing…

Bharat’s pocket scraps – Making room edition

Bharat’s pocket scraps – Making room edition

BharatJuly 20, 20184 min read

CRA loses court challenge to its political-activity audits of charities An Ontario judge has pulled the rug out from the Canada Revenue Agency’s political-activity audits of Canadian charities, ruling the…

Bharat’s Pocketscraps NUMTOTS edition

Bharat’s Pocketscraps NUMTOTS edition

BharatJuly 13, 20187 min read

All right, back with the scraps! Do google NUMTOTS :) Is public transportation a human right? How to fill Greyhound’s gap Many have been left wondering how they will make…

Let all residents vote in Canada

Let all residents vote in Canada

BharatJuly 9, 20184 min read

BC has municipal elections in October this year and I will be voting for the candidates whose policies, values and voting records on housing affordability, harm reduction, and walk/bike/transit friendliness…

Bharat’s Pocket Scraps: Jeans, not Genes!

Bharat’s Pocket Scraps: Jeans, not Genes!

BharatApril 3, 20188 min read

Hello April, you’re one long slow exhale and multiple breaths of fresh air after what was (for me), a long held March breath, anyway, here we go. You may have…

Bharat’s Pocket Scraps: Jagmeetophobia TV facebook and more

Bharat’s Pocket Scraps: Jagmeetophobia TV facebook and more

BharatMarch 23, 20189 min read

Pointy hand feature image of me courtesy Sherwin, who gets to hear me at my opinionated “best” (though not as often as he wants to, I’m sure). Is Media Driving…