British Columbia

24/02/14
Author: 
Ben Parfitt and David Hughes

One glaring problem with the provincial government’s strategy to turn B.C. into a LNG-exporting juggernaut is that it scuttles any chance B.C. has to be a climate-change leader. But equally problematic is how our government’s economically dubious fixation with liquefied natural gas exports jeopardizes our irreplaceable water resources. In Alberta as well as numerous U.S. states where natural gas companies operate, there is a growing public backlash against industry operations.

24/02/14
Author: 
Alexandra Morton

In early January, we learned the Harper government quietly invited the Norwegian salmon farming industry to expand in BC. He did this despite specific warnings to the opposite by his own federal Commission.  He did this ignoring his constitutional responsibility to consult with First Nations. See press release by Living Oceans. A few days later on January 28, 2014, Marine Harvest (the biggest of the three Norwegian operators using BC to grow "their" fish) was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. They rang the Opening Bell.

22/02/14
Author: 
By Justin Giovannetti

The green-girdered Haisla Bridge has carried Kitimat’s residents to work for 61 years – a rusting but dependable link in a town that statistics once showed had its best days behind it. But with Premier Christy Clark’s trillion-dollar LNG dream aimed at the road to fiscal freedom, towns such as Kitimat are preparing to be transformed almost overnight, and the bridge and other decaying infrastructure like it are posing unavoidable obstacles. Municipalities say the government has done nothing yet to address the problem.

11/02/14
Author: 
Mychaylo Prystupa

In a growing shift that is likely to upset many environmentalists about the future of the tar sands, political groups are increasingly signalling their support for the sector if it means Alberta's oil can be refined into gasoline in Canada, rather than for raw bitumen export.

19/02/14
Author: 
Larry Pynn

VANCOUVER - Water samples from off the B.C. coast have found up to about 9,200 particles of plastic per cubic metre, the director of a new ocean pollution program at the Vancouver Aquarium said Tuesday…

“There is extensive contamination of sea water by microplastics,” confirmed Peter Ross, a former research scientist with the federal Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney on Vancouver Island.

 

19/02/14
Author: 
Thomas Walkom
Humpback whale is one of four species threatened by tar sands pipelines that the federal government has failed in its legal duties

The federal government claims its austerity measures are virtually costless. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have cut back spending to a degree rarely seen in this country. Between 2010 and the next election, the government predicts, it will have slashed direct spending by $45 billion...

A Federal Court judge has ruled the humpback whale population off the B.C. coast is one of four threatened or endangered species that the Conservative government has failed to protect, as required by law.

18/02/14
Author: 
Meaghan Mast



Some small communities that learned in December that BC Hydro would not be providing them with electricity as planned have curbed their disappointment, saying mainstream power might not be a good fit for them anyway. They’re now turning their attention to alternative energy sources.

Residents of Wuikinuxv Village near Port Hardy and Hesquiaht near Tofino say renewable energy could be key to solving the problems that have long plagued their towns.

17/02/14
Author: 
Jennifer Moreau

An internationally renowned environmental economist is criticizing the federal government for failing to consider climate change while reviewing pipeline applications, such as Kinder Morgan’s bid to twin the Trans Mountain line. SFU professor and climate change expert Mark Jaccard blasted the government’s absence of consideration for climate change, despite Canada’s promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help stop the planet’s temperature from rising by two degrees Celsius.

16/02/14
Author: 
Jon Queally

Feb 5, 2014--The irony of fracking: It destroys the natural resource it needs most. The tragedy for those living nearby fracking operations: That natural resource is the fresh—and increasingly scarce—water supply on which they, too, depend. And not only does fracking—or hydraulic fracturing—demand enormous amounts of fresh water no matter where it takes places, a troubling new study released Wednesday found that a majority of places where the controversial drilling technique is most prevalent are the same regions where less and less water is available.

14/02/14
Author: 
Mark Hume

More than 40 First Nations – including four from Washington State – have applied to participate in National Energy Board hearings into Kinder Morgan’s proposed twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline. The flood of applications, say First Nation representatives, is a signal of how dramatically Canada has changed since the pipeline was first built across British Columbia 61 years ago.

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