Jan Lee

Jan Lee is a former news editor and award-winning editorial writer whose non-fiction and fiction have been published in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and Australia. Her articles and posts can be found on TriplePundit, JustMeans, and her blog, The Multicultural Jew, as well as other publications. She currently splits her residence between the city of Vancouver, British Columbia and the rural farmlands of Idaho.

Facebook’s Menlo Park Facelift Will Help Community, Too

Facebook is leading the way in a new initiative to address the lack of affordable housing in Silicon Valley. When it’s done, the tech giant expects to have more than 1,500 new housing units: It will have a community that hopefully will help connect the city and incentivize regional and state governments to upgrade the region’s transportation network.

Want a Big Boost in GDP? Bring in Immigrants

President Donald Trump has promised to boost the economy by 3-4 percent. It’s an unlikely prospect, say analysts, noting that 2 percent has historically been about par for the country’s yearly growth. Researchers at ProPublica however, say it’s possible, but it would require scrapping one of his other big campaign promises: deporting and banning immigrants.

Tiny Houses: A Salve for Tomorrow’s Housing Shortages?

Tiny is catching on these days. From do-it-yourself rolling palaces that amount to the size of a conventional living room to modest structures for low-income families, the concept of tiny houses is making more sense than ever for cities faced with housing shortages. But are residents and cities cut out for going teeny?

‘Fossil Fuels are Dead’ Says Coal Transport Magnate

The CEO of the United States’ third-largest rail transport company has been predicting the end of fossil fuels for a year now. Last week he announced what that would mean for CSX Rail: No new coal cars for a disappearing industry.

More Drilling Than Ever on Public Lands

While media hounds sniff the Russia trail, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke is authorizing more oil exploration on public lands than ever before.

Facebook’s Sysphean Quest for a Fair Hate Speech Policy

How should social media companies like Facebook handle hate speech on their sites? According to the nonprofit journalism site ProPublica the criteria Facebook uses is amazingly complex. It’s also fallible, say critics, and unwittingly gives support to the kinds of comments it strives to police.

3 California Communities Sue 37 Big Oil Firms For Climate Change Damages

Marin and San Mateo Counties in Northern California and the City of Imperial Beach in San Diego County allege that the companies had foreknowledge that fossil fuel industries precipitated climate change and are responsible for covering the costs of adaptation and mitigation. 

Net Neutrality Day Wasn’t Just About Internet Surfing

Wednesday’s doomsday scenarios got a lot of people to speak out in favor of net neutrality. But many speakers forgot to mention the greatest potential casualty to stripping away Title II protections for equal access to the internet: the companies that rely upon it to reach the consumer and grow their businesses.

Mr. Trump Goes to Hamburg — and Ditches International Collaboration

President Donald Trump did make it to Hamburg this week, but relatively little was accomplished at this G20. Nineteen world leaders and one president’s daughter pushed for initiatives to help the planet and the world’s poorest citizens while America’s top man struck out on his own

Israel’s Green Power Goes to West Africa

Israel and the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) are joining forces to bring solar to 15 African nations. It’s not the first time Israel has brought technology to African states, but the opportunity is a continued boon for both impoverished communities and Israel’s green energy sector.