British Columbia

21/05/14
Author: 
Brent Jang and Shawn McCarthy

Four major B.C. liquefied natural gas projects have created an alliance to co-ordinate community relations and labour strategies in a bid to present a united front in the race to export LNG to Asia. The fledgling B.C. LNG Developers Alliance is aiming to promote the province’s nascent LNG industry and engage in what will be protracted public consultations. An executive search has started to hire a leader who would become the voice of the alliance, and outside consultants will be retained, according to sources familiar with the group’s formation.

20/05/14
Author: 
Ian Gill

... Where might "real action" to fight climate change find a home with the NDP? Opposing Enbridge is easy, because the public's antagonism towards it is so obvious that even the apparatchiks on Kingsway figure there is nothing to lose there...

Going down the same rat-hole as the Liberals -- championing industrial development, but claiming to "balance" that against protecting the environment and respecting the rights of First Nations -- is a sure way for the NDP to stay in the electoral wilderness.
 

19/05/14
Author: 
Dene Moore

The mountains of British Columbia cradle glaciers that have scored the landscape over millenia, shaping the rugged West Coast since long before it was the West Coast. But they’re in rapid retreat, and an American state-of-the-union report on climate change has singled out the rapid melt in British Columbia and Alaska as a major climate change issue...

15/05/14
Author: 
Mitchell Anderson

While Canada slashes budgets for research, education and public broadcasting, there is one part of our economy that enjoys remarkable support from the Canadian taxpayer: the energy sector.

14/05/14
Author: 
David P. Ball

Vancouver Rabbi David Mivasair cites an ancient midrash, or biblical commentary, to explain why he opposes thermal coal exports through B.C.'s Texada Island in a new letter. Roughly two thousand years ago, the author of Ecclesiastes Rabba imagined God's words to Adam after placing him in the Garden of Eden. "Behold my creation how lovely and wonderful it is," reads the Jewish text. "Make sure that you do not spoil or destroy my world, for if you damage it there is no one to repair it after you."

15/05/14
Author: 
VTACC
For Immediate Release

May 15 2014

Voters Taking Action on Climate Change issues notice of legal challenge of Texada Island coal export permit approval
-- challenge will argue use of Mines Act to issue coal port permit illegal, process unfair

08/03/14
Author: 
David P. Ball

As dawn broke one day last summer, I approached a quiet White Rock railway crossing beside the beach. The only sounds at this early hour were a seagull's cries and the fluttering of sheets of paper taped to a post waving like small flags in the quiet before a battle: a judge's injunction. Shortly, the first of several coal-laden trains were scheduled to lumber north across the U.S. border, headed as they do each day to the Westshore coal terminal at Roberts bank near Tsawwassen, and on to Asian buyers.

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07/03/14
Author: 
David P. Ball

Environmental groups in British Columbia are fully mobilized in the fight against Enbridge Inc.'s Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan's TransMountain oil sand pipeline proposals. But it might surprise many here to learn that just across the B.C.-Washington border, plans to move an older and even dirtier kind of fossil fuel are the focus of heated environmental concern, economic lobbying, and rising controversy over Canada’s role. That product is coal -- and active plans would see millions of tons of the black stuff shipped through the Salish Sea from U.S. mines to Asian buyers.

15/05/14
Author: 
Mychaylo Prystupa

In the Kispiox Valley 650 km north of Vancouver -- where “No LNG” lawn signs seem to be everywhere -- rancher Gene Allen had strong words for TransCanada pipeline contractors.

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