British Columbia

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
Larry Pynn

Goodbye Vancouver, hello San Diego.

A major climate-change study predicts temperatures in Metro Vancouver will exceed those of present-day Southern California in the coming decades.

Frost and ice will become virtually a thing of the past, heating bills will drop, and farm crops will flourish virtually year-round in the Fraser Valley.

That’s the good news.

Jennifer Saltman


[Wepage editors note: More evidence that the Trudeau Liberal government is 'more of the same'] 

The Massey Tunnel replacement project will not be subject to a federal environmental review, according to a letter sent to Metro Vancouver’s board of directors.


John Tilak and David French

Kinder Morgan Inc (KMI.N) has begun talks with institutional investors including major Canadian pension funds and private equity firms to raise capital for the $6.8 billion expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline project, according to people familiar with the process.

Kinder Morgan has held discussions with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, three of the biggest Canadian pension funds, the people added. It was unclear whether these talks were continuing.

Graeme Pole
LNG tanker (Photo: Torbein Rønning / Flickr CC Licence)

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines due diligence as: “The care that a reasonable person exercises to avoid harm to other persons or their property.” As the debate on British Columbia’s proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry enters its fourth year, it is past time to bring one aspect of that industry under scrutiny – the safety of people in proximity to LNG vessels and terminals.

Roger Bryenton

The following item was written by Roger Bryenton P. Eng. (former), MBA, Energy Systems Consultant, Suzuki and SPEC Elder.


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