British Columbia


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nicolas Graham, Shannon Daub & Bill Carroll

The problem of corporate influence in politics and government is heating up in BC as we head towards the May election. 2017 kicked off with an explosive story in the New York Times, aptly titled “British Columbia: The Wild West of Canadian Political Cash.” The story drew widespread attention to the complete absence of limits in BC on political donations by wealthy corporations and individuals, including foreign donations and contributions from outside the province.

Rhianna Schmunk
This photograph shows what appears to be fuel in the water around the Burdwood Fish Farm in Echo Bay B.C., which is northeast of Port McNeill on Vancouver Island. (Twyla Rosocovich)

Company 'highly regrets' spilling of 600 litres; initial reports said the amount was 1,500 litres

Emergency crews are responding to a diesel spill at a fish farm near the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

Early Sunday officials said at least 1,500 litres of diesel overflowed from the Burdwood Fish Farm in Echo Bay, B.C., northeast of Port McNeill.

The company that owns the site, Cermaq Canada, issued a statement later on Sunday that the amount of diesel spilled was closer to 600 litres.

Avi Lewis, Naomi Klein, David Suzuki


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