Environmental Groups

13/01/17
Author: 
Jenny Uechi

After years of dramatic opposition by B.C. residents, the controversial pipeline expansion project of a Texas-based energy company, Kinder Morgan, is one step closer to breaking ground in Canada.

 

On Wednesday, the government of B.C. Premier Christy Clark issued an environmental assessment certificate for the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which aims to triple the capacity of an existing system that already ships more than 300,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta's oilsands to the West Coast.

10/01/17
Author: 
Peter Dorman
A Delayed Review of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein
 
08/01/17
Author: 
Tim Pearson
solar installer

January 5 2016

The health of our economy cannot be separated from the health of our environment.

The myth that we have to choose between the two is peddled by forces opposed to increased environmental protection and effective climate action—forces that stand to profit from destructive megaprojects and the endless extraction of finite resources.

And let’s face it—they have been quite successful at it: the myth endures.

So it’s worth asking ourselves, have we been unwittingly perpetuating it, instead of undermining it?

08/01/17
Author: 
Laurie Gourlay

Even if twinning the Kinder-Morgan pipeline doesn’t go ahead, the Salish Sea will not be saved — unless something bold, principled and practical is done, and soon.

The endangered southern resident Orca whales, the depleting fisheries of Puget Sound, the sewage dumps into Juan de Fuca Strait, the toxic leachates from old mineshafts and coal-storage pits along the Island’s east coast, and the plans that would see industrial sites such as an LNG plant located in Howe Sound: these all point to incremental destruction. As it stands now a long, slow death awaits the Salish Sea.

06/01/17
Author: 
Caitlyn Vernon

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley have cooked up a sweet deal. Trudeau and Notley get their pipeline to tidewater, while Clark gets federal approval for the Site C dam and the Petronas liquefied fracked-gas plant.

The three-way political backscratching has a high price, and the people of British Columbia will be paying it.

12/12/16
Author: 
Jedediah Purdy
 Women hold a prayer ceremony on Backwater Bridge during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access Pipeline

The incoming Trump administration is likely to see the greatest revival of environmentalism as a confrontational, grassroots, sometimes radical movement since at least 1970, when more than a million people took part in the first Earth Day.

15/11/16
Author: 
Oliver Milman
 Pipeline leading to the Syncrude Canada Ltd upgrader plant sits at the company’s mine near Fort McMurray in Canada. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Tuesday 15 November 2016 

Government subsidy to gas and oil companies undermine Trudeau’s plan to put national price on carbon dioxide by 2018, environmental report warned

07/11/16
Author: 
West Coat Environmental Law

For Immediate Release - November 7, 2016

West Coast Environmental Law reacts to federal marine safety announcement

VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – West Coast Environmental Law Association issued the following statement in response to the federal government’s announcement today regarding new marine safety initiatives:

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