British Columbia

29/03/17
Author: 
Robyn Allan
Construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will cost motorists a lot of money, writes economist Robyn Allan. File photo

One of the significant economic costs of constructing Trans Mountain’s heavy oil pipeline is the impact it will have on B.C. motorists at the pumps. This is because the price to transport petroleum products to British Columbia along the existing Trans Mountain system will more than double once the expansion becomes operational. As confirmed by Natural Resources Canada, transportation costs for delivery of crude oil and petroleum products to British Columbia are passed onto consumers.

28/03/17
Author: 
Canadian Press

A legal battle between the City of Burnaby and the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has ended with the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling the National Energy Board can override municipal bylaws.

27/03/17
Author: 
Simon Little

[Editor: Climate change is already affecting populations to the point of migration, (see http://www.ecosocialistsvancouver.org/article/why-we-climate-activists-s...), so more immigrants can be expected and in turn we can expect more activity from racist anti-immigrant groups]

[See original for video of police clashing with Soldiers of Odin at Vancouver anti racism march]

18/03/17
Author: 
IAN BAILEY

[Webpage editor: 'Side' with Mayors? Why not oppose and  publicly campaign against  this expensive, anti-transit, pro-LNG project?]

March 17, 2017 - The B.C. New Democrats will side with Metro mayors wary about a proposed $3.5-billion bridge over the Fraser River if they win power in the looming provincial election.

14/03/17
Author: 
Melina Laboucan-Massimo
Cedar George-Parker, 20, a youth activist from the Tulalip Indian Band and Tsleil-Waututh Nation in Coast Salish Territory in B.C. after marching in D.C March 10, 2017. Photo by Amanda Mason, courtesy of Greenpeace

The winds of resistance from Standing Rock blew into Washington D.C. last week, as indigenous leaders brought their demands directly to the door of the Trump administration.

14/03/17
Author: 
CTV
CTV Vancouver Island 
Published Friday, March 10, 2017 3:20PM PST 
Last Updated Friday, March 10, 2017 5:39PM PST

The Canadian Coast Guard responded to an oil spill off the north coast of Vancouver Island, the second spill in the area in a week.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada says a crew was dispatched Friday afternoon to an area near the Port Harvey Marina, south of Port McNeill. 

Members will deploy sorbent pads if necessary as an initial response measure, B.C.'s Ministry of Environment said.

10/03/17
Author: 
Tarika Powell

Over the past few years, Oregon and Washington fended off several proposals to build enormous fracked fuel and petrochemical terminals on their coasts.

09/03/17
Author: 
Lynn Perrin

Some directly affected residents and groups along the proposed expansion route have concerns in regard to the route, timing or construction methods. For instance many residents of Chilliwack are concerned about the risks to the aquifers which supply their drinking water.  Some in Abbotsford are concerned about the close proximity of the expansion route to aggregate mine blasting.

 
08/03/17
Author: 
Ian Bailey
Mining Watch Canaada cited the Mount Polley mine disaster as the "the worst mining spill in Canada’s history." (Handout/Reuters)

A coalition of First Nations, environmentalists, doctors and other community leaders are calling on the British Columbia government to launch a judicial inquiry into mining, given flaws they have cited in oversight of the industry.

“It’s in the public interest to do it. We have had repeated instances where it has been shown that the regulatory system has failed,” said Calvin Sandborn, legal director of the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre, which has helped rally the coalition.

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