British Columbia

09/02/17
Author: 
Judith Lavoie

A bizarre twist in a decade-long battle over a proposed mine on Tsilhqot’in Nation traditional territory could see the B.C.government issue extensive exploration permits for the mine this month even though the project has twice been turned down by the federal government.

09/02/17
Author: 
Marc Lee

Not long ago, BC received huge annual royalty revenues from its growing natural gas sector. The revenues were often billed as paying for essential public services like health care and education, and were appealing politically as they meant governments did not have to raise taxes to do so.

07/02/17
Author: 
Carol Linnitt
Image: B.C. NDP leader John Horgan speaks to the press in Vancovuer in 2014. Photo: BCNDP via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

[Editor: Not sure this plan is 'awesome'!  Maybe competition with the Green Party and public concern is spurring the NDP on to give more attention to climate change.  And the BC Liberals seem to have little interest in dealing with climate change.  The NDP have said 'no' to the Kinder Morgan Expansion but what steps will they take to stop it?  And will they commit to stopping Site C?  How will they deal with LNG projects and with a timely just transition from fossil fuel jobs?

05/02/17
Author: 
Arie Ross

As Trump takes the wheel, U.S. thermal coal is looking for a way off the continent

The denial of a key permit by the State of Washington has left the largest proposed coal facility on the West Coast of North America high and dry. The proponents of the export terminal in Longview, Washington failed to obtain an aquatic lands sublease permit, dealing a major blow to an industry already struggling to transport U.S. thermal coal to markets in Asia.

04/02/17
Author: 
Vaughan Palmer

Several of the New Democratic Party’s political anxieties were placed on the public record Thursday, thanks to a leaked copy of the planning document for Opposition leader John Horgan’s promise to increase the carbon tax starting in 2020.

The “not for circulation draft” of the NDP communications plan was obtained by the B.C. Liberals and released to the news media 90 minutes before the Opposition party’s own news conference on the subject.

04/02/17
Author: 
Carol Linnitt
Image: Sunken Nathan E. Stewart tug near Bella Bella, B.C. Photo: April Bencze/Heiltsuk Tribal Council

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s November proposal to ban oil tanker traffic from B.C.’s north coast received kind reception on the west coast of Canada where the Heiltusk First Nation was still busy responding to a 

03/02/17
Author: 
Dene Moore
Various pipes including crude oil pipeline leading from Alberta is seen far right at the Kinder Morgan Westridge marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C. in this file photo. (Rafal Gerszak for The Globe and Mail)

As one Kinder Morgan crew worked on stemming an oil leak from its Trans Mountain pipeline in British Columbia on Thursday, another worked on winning over the province’s reluctant public for a major expansion of the line.

For the second time in as many weeks the company was forced to shut down the only pipeline linking the Alberta oil fields with a westcoast shipping port because of a leak, this one about 40 kilometres east of Hope, B.C.

02/02/17
Author: 
Brent Jang
Donald Wesley poses by a truck belonging to another reserve resident in the community of Lax Kw'alaams in northwestern British Columbia. (Brent Jang/The Globe and Mail)

A group of more than 20 hereditary chiefs and matriarchs in the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation is crying foul over an aboriginal leader whose battle against a B.C. liquefied natural gas project includes a lawsuit.

The group belonging to the Gitwilgyoots tribe of the Lax Kw’alaams is upset at Donald (Donnie) Wesley, alleging he doesn’t have the authority to act on behalf of the tribe.

31/01/17
Author: 
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — The British Columbia Supreme Court is being asked to reverse the provincial government’s decision to approve a pipeline proposal over an alleged conflict of interest between the premier and the project’s proponents.

Democracy Watch and PIPE UP Network have applied for a judicial review of the environmental assessment certificate granted earlier this year by the province for Kinder Morgan Canada’s $6.8-billion project.

31/01/17
Author: 
Democracy Watch and the PIPE UP Network

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

 

OTTAWA – Today, Democracy Watch and the PIPE UP Network applied to the B.C. Supreme Court for an order quashing the approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline approval on the basis that more than $550,000 in donations to the B.C. Liberal Party by Kinder Morgan and pipeline-connected companies created an apparent conflict of interest that prohibited Premier Christy Clark, Environment Minister Mary Polak and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman from deciding the pipeline approval.

 

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