British Columbia

18/06/22
Author: 
The Canadian Press
Floodwaters are seen from the air in Abbotsford, B.C., on Nov. 23, 2021. File photo by The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward

June 16, 2022

November's floods in British Columbia that swamped homes and farms, swept away roads and bridges and killed five people are now the most costly weather event in provincial history.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada made the statement as it released the latest cost estimate of $675 million, and that's only for damage that was insured.

16/06/22
Author: 
Natasha Bulowski
Trans Mountain says a "slight increase" to its current oil spill liabilities plan will be enough to cover the expansion project, but this falls far short of what the regulator requires, says independent economist Robyn Allan. Photo by Jesse Winter

Jun 15, 2022

When Trans Mountain's new pipeline and facilities are ready to operate, the company says "a slight increase" to its $1-billion liabilities plan for the existing pipeline will be sufficient to cover the risk of an oil spill on either the current line or its new counterpart.

15/06/22
Author: 
Christopher Cheung and Michelle Gamage
Flooding is natural to the Lower Mainland. But with climate change and communities building so close to the water, people are increasingly exposed to disaster. Photo of Highway 1 near Chilliwack during the November 2021 floods courtesy of the BC government via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

June 13, 2022

The Lower Mainland flooded in 1948. The next disaster will be worse. A Tyee series.

[(Tyee) Editor’s note : This is the first feature in a six-part series exploring life and risk on the Lower Mainland’s floodplain, the stretches of flat land in the region by the Fraser River and the coast. Stay with us this week as the series unfolds.]

12/06/22
Author: 
James Boothroyd
Tree Sit - Stop TMX

June 10, 2022

Takaro is an expert on the public health impacts of climate change. His potential sentence reflects the absurd predicament Canada finds itself in.

Next week, Dr. Tim Takaro, a distinguished authority on public health, will have his sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to criminal contempt for violating a court-ordered injunction against blocking the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX).

09/06/22
Author: 
John Woodside
Tailings ponds in northern Alberta. File photo by Andrew S. Wright

June 3, 2022

Canadians stand to lose over $100 billion in the energy transition as investors around the world continue to pour money into fossil fuel assets that will eventually become worthless, a bombshell international study finds.

04/06/22
Author: 
Mitchell Beer
Frank Gruber/flickr

June 1, 2022

The decision by Canada’s six biggest banks to sink another $10 billion into the troubled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is no surprise after a federal loan guarantee made it a straightforward business decision to back the project, says the financial analyst who accurately predicted the decision 2½ months ago.

01/06/22
Author: 
Jason Proctor
Protesters display a Women's Warrior flag on Wet'suwet'en traditional territory on Dec. 19, 2021, after returning to blockade an area along the Coastal GasLink pipeline route. Crown is being asked to consider charges against 27 people arrested last fall in a series of blockades and actions against the pipeline. (Submitted by Arvin Singh)

Jun 01, 2022

The B.C. Prosecution Service plans to prosecute 15 protesters for criminal contempt for allegedly defying an injunction protecting construction of a controversial pipeline in northern British Columbia.

A Crown lawyer told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Marguerite Church on Wednesday that prosecutors need four more weeks to decide whether to charge 10 other protesters with criminal contempt in relation to blockades and actions last fall opposing Coastal GasLink's natural gas pipeline.

24/05/22
Author: 
Natasha Bulowski
Vancouver is the first city in Canada to require all large, commercial buildings to use only renewable energy. Photo by Lukas Kloeppel / Pexels

May 24, 2022

Vancouver city council passed a motion last week requiring all large commercial buildings to use only renewable energy by 2040 and setting limits on carbon pollution for existing buildings, making it the first Canadian city to do so.

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