British Columbia

Natasha Bulowski
A dead salmon is photographed in the Coquihalla River near a Trans Mountain worksite. Photo by Kate Tairyan

Aug. 12, 2022

Four B.C. MPs are urging the federal government to halt the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project at least until salmon have finished spawning. The call comes after environmental group Protect the Planet documented salmon dying near a Trans Mountain worksite in Hope, B.C., last week.

Ashley Braun, originally published by Hakai Magazine
On Calvert Island, British Columbia, the subtle rock line of an extant clam garden is a reminder of how Indigenous peoples turned the sea into a shellfish garden. Photo courtesy of the Hakai Institute

July 20, 2022

By focusing on reciprocity and the common good—both for the community and the environment—sea gardening created bountiful food without putting populations at risk of collapse.

Christopher Reynolds
Until Thursday, the cost estimate for the 670-kilometre pipeline, which aims to carry natural gas to the LNG Canada processing and export facility in Kitimat, B.C., stood at $6.6 billion. File photo

July 28th 2022

The projected cost of the contentious Coastal GasLink pipeline spanning northern British Columbia has jumped 70 per cent to $11.2 billion in the wake of a freshly inked deal between operator TC Energy Corp. and the group building a liquified natural gas terminal on the West Coast.

Cindy Blackstock
Nancy Saddleman (centre), 82, cries as Pope Francis gives mass in Edmonton, during his papal visit across Canada on Tuesday. Photo by Jason Franson, the Canadian Press.

 The fact is that the soul-saving missionaries believed the main job of their "educational" institutions was to "get the Indian out of the child." That cannot be divorced from the simultaneous imperialist project of getting "the Indian" off the land. And the shallowness, if not blatant hypocrisy, of the Papal apology cannot be divorced from the many current battles occurring today over pushing Indigenous peoples off their lands to make way for oil/gas wells, pipelines, mines, highways, etc. etc. etc.

Sandy Garossino
A home is surrounded by floodwaters caused by heavy rains and mudslides throughout Sumas Prairie near Chilliwack, B.C., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Jul 27, 2022

Vancouverites were taken aback last week at the news that city council, in a divided vote, passed a motion by Green Party Coun. Adriane Carr to allocate up to $700,000 towards a class action lawsuit against fossil fuel companies.

This measure was instantly slammed as a performative stunt and window dressing for the enviro vote as we head into election season.

Brittany Roffel
Vancouver city council has approved a motion to back a plan to take oil companies to court for their role in climate change. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

July 21, 2022

The city would allocate up to $1 per resident to support the 'Sue Big Oil' campaign

Vancouver city council passed a motion Wednesday to allocate funds toward a potential climate lawsuit against major oil companies in Canada. 

The motion brought forward by Coun. Adriane Carr was passed in a 6-5 vote and will set aside up to $1 per Vancouver resident — or up to approximately $700,000 — to support a class action lawsuit against fossil fuel companies. 

Ben Parfitt
Chief Roland Willson: ‘To say reconciliation is working would be not developing Site C and working with us to identify better options, not ignore everything we say.’ Photo by Zoë Ducklow.

July 13, 2022

BC says a deal with the West Moberly First Nations over Site C damage shows reconciliation in action. The nations’ Chief disagrees.

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, tasked with informing Canadians about what happened to Indigenous peoples in residential schools, defined reconciliation as a process of “establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in this country.”

Tess Harold
Illustration: Simone Williamson / Ecojustice

Jun. 17, 2022

Standing in a vast clearcut in British Columbia feels strangely dystopian. It’s quiet. There are no leaves to rustle, no bushes for animals to hide behind. The sun beats down and, you soon discover, there are no trees for shade.

Slash piles are your landmarks now — those mountains of branches leftover from logging. Come winter they’ll get burned. Bonfires against the snow, like a scene from Game of Thrones.


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