British Columbia

23/07/15

BURNABY, BC, July 23, 2015 /CNW/ - The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union is joining First Nations and environmental advocates in opposing the B.C. government's approval of the Site C dam project, the union announced today.

"Site C is the wrong choice for British Columbia. The project is not needed: there are better alternatives," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "Site C will cause massive habitat loss. It violates First Nations' indigenous rights. It removes high-value agricultural lands from production."

23/07/15
Author: 
Bruce Constantineau

VANCOUVER — Two potential geothermal energy projects near Pemberton could generate electricity for about seven cents a kilowatt hour — only slightly higher than the 5.8 cents to 6.1 cents a kilowatt hour cost estimate of the Site C dam project.

That's the conclusion of a recent Kerr Wood Leidal Associates study on the economic viability of geothermal resources in B.C., which considered nine of the most favourable geothermal sites in the province.

23/07/15
Author: 
Ana Simeon
Close to a thousand people from various parts of the province and from all walks of life attended the Paddle for the Peace in Fort St. John on July 11.

This week, a year almost to the day since the ground-breaking Supreme Court of Canada decision affirming aboriginal title in the Tsilhqot’in case, another B.C. First Nation will be in federal court trying to prevent yet another destructive project that is being aggressively pursued without aboriginal consent.

21/07/15
Author: 
JENS WIETING, EDUARDO SOUSA AND VALERIE LANGER

Transition period: During run-up to deal, company has logged above its allocation in Great Bear Rainforest.
How would you expect a government and a car manufacturer to handle information that a certain car had defective brakes? Issue a recall, right?

21/07/15
Author: 
Vaughn Palmer

VICTORIA — As the legislature resumed debate Monday on the B.C. Liberal government’s controversial deal with the liquefied natural gas sector, Finance Minister Mike de Jong addressed concerns that he and his colleagues were open to enriching already generous terms with the industry.

The suspicions emerged from a news conference in the provincial capital last week, where the industry association injected itself into the debate around the deal by suggesting the terms were still not good enough.

20/07/15
Author: 
Union of BC Indian Chiefs

~ Leaders Emphasize First Nations opposition to Northern Gateway is broad and deep ~

19/07/15

On July 15th 2015, officers of the Canadian Royal Mounted Police (RCMP) tried to enter Unist’ot’en territory. The Unist’ot’en have built a camp that stands in the way of several oil and gas pipelines. Camp supporters blocked the rcmp from entering.

The following day the RCMP threatened to arrest supporters at another checkpoint, but supporters responded by building a gate. The Unist’ot’en have requested physical support from allies. For more info on how you can help visit UnistotenCamp.com.

19/07/15
Author: 
MATT ROBINSON AND TIFFANY CRAWFORD

~~DAWSON CREEK — Anonymous, a loosely associated international network of activist and hacktivist entities, says it will use “vengeance if necessary” to seek justice for a man shot dead by police in Dawson Creek Thursday outside a public consultation meeting for the Site C dam.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C., a police watchdog, said the man had his face covered when he was shot by an RCMP officer. It will not comment on whether he was wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, widely used by Anonymous, which claims the victim was one of its own.

18/07/15
Author: 
Vancouver Ecosocialist Group

July 19, 2015--RCMP have shot and killed a young man outside the venue where a public hearing was taking place into the hotly conttested 'Site C' dam which the BC government wants to build on the Peace River. It happened in the early evening of Thursday, July 17.

18/07/15
Author: 
Vaughn Palmer

Dissent: Green MLA Andrew Weaver is less reticent, accusing government of ‘selling out the next generation’ through deal with Petronas.
After all the buildup for the special summer session of the legislature, the key debate on the B.C. Liberal government’s controversial liquefied natural gas agreement came and went in short order this week.

Bill 30, the LNG Project Agreements Act, passed second reading, the stage where MLAs debate the merits in principle of a piece of legislation, after just three days on the order paper.

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