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Vancouver Tenants Union

Apr. 27, 2022

Vancouver Tenants Union's Ben Ger speaks with Stephen Quinn about how a big court battle win for American renters could spark new negotiation rules for landlords and tenants here in Vancouver.

Amanda Follett Hosgood
Vopak Canada has a 30 per cent stake in a propane export facility on Ridley Island and has won BC government approval for another project. Photo via Prince Rupert Port Authority.

Apr. 26, 2022

Ministers responsible for energy and environment refer First Nations’ concerns to industry, feds.

The province has approved a fossil fuel storage and shipping facility on B.C.’s north coast despite opposition from First Nations and the potential for “significant” adverse effects in the event of a spill.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change announced the decision last week to grant an environmental assessment certificate to Vopak Development Canada Inc., a subsidiary of the Netherlands-based Royal Vopak.

David Camfield
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David mentioned this article a few nights ago during the Solidarity Winnipeg webinar on Climate Justice with Tara Ehrcke. While it's obviously a nutshell description of something much more complex, I thought it would be some history/analysis that would be useful to circulate. 
                               Gene McGuckin

Jul. 29, 2020

Ben Parfitt
A recent old-growth clearcut adjacent to the Fairy Creek Valley in Vancouver Island’s coastal forests. Photo by TJ Watt.

Apr. 14, 2022

Despite record government revenues, the province faces a grim reckoning for years of mismanagement.

As hundreds of protesters trying to stop logging of old-growth forests were arrested at Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island last year, the B.C. government raked in big money from logging companies.

Dan Darrah
One of the main barriers to fixing the housing market is the fact that, for many people, ownership of property is the only insurance against destitution. (Getty Images)

Apr. 17, 2022

Homeownership is out of reach for millions in Canada and the US. One well-meaning response to this crisis has been to call for more affordable housing. But we should be demanding more social housing instead.

wnership affordability.” This is the conceptual lodestar for the stories we tell ourselves about the housing crisis at the family dinner table, in news media, and in legislatures. The noble losers in this tale are the people who did all the right things — those would-be homeowners born at the wrong time.

Peter Ewart, Alex Hemingway and Dawn Hemingway
Photo: Province of BC / Flickr - bus

Apr. 11, 2022

Northern British Columbia is a vast, rugged, mostly mountainous area roughly the size of France. In winter, its two-lane public highways often get hit with snow and ice storms, making travel hazardous and sometimes impossible for the 280,000 or so people who live and work in the region.

Chris Campbell
B.C. Premier John Horgan.Government of B.C./YouTube

Apr. 14, 2022

Anti-vaccine mandate protests have focused on not being "afraid" of COVID-19.

I often wonder if Premier John Horgan’s handlers wake up with dread each morning wondering if their boss is going to do an interview or hold a press conference.

Horgan seems to have a big heart but it’s not as big as his mouth when it comes to saying things that come across as heartless and privileged.

We all remember back in 2021 and all those heat dome deaths when Horgan blundered into the tragedy to utter that “fatalities are a part of life.”

Scott Doherty, Gary Fiege, Ben Parfitt and Michelle Connolly
The authors say logs from primary BC forests are made into wood pellets by the UK-based energy giant Drax, whose dominance hurts jobs and competition in the province. Photo from handout.

Apr. 14, 2022

A global wood pellet firm is sending BC forests and jobs up in smoke. A coalition wants an investigation.

British Columbia is nearly four times larger than the United Kingdom. But what the U.K. lacks in size it compensates for in reach — a reach that extends deep into the old-growth forests of Canada’s westernmost province.

Solidarity Winnipeg
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Editor: This is a very good podcast which really deals with of 'What is to be done' and what is being done on the climate emergency and more.  Tara Ehrcke is a Victoria, BC teacher, member of the BC Teachers Federation, socialist and long time union activist at present involved with climate justice.  Highly recommended.

Apr, 11, 2022

In this episode, Travis and Danielle talk to teacher and trade union activist Tara Ehrcke about organizing for climate justice.


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