British Columbia

24/03/22
Author: 
Nina Lakhani
Forests, such as this one in Indonesia, do lmore than just store carbon. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

Mar. 24, 2022

New data suggests forests help keep the Earth at least half of a degree cooler, protecting us from the effects of climate crisis

The world’s forests play a far greater and more complex role in tackling climate crisis than previously thought, due to their physical effects on global and local temperatures, according to new research.

24/03/22
Author: 
Keith Baldrey
Photograph via Getty Images

Mar 21, 2022

One of B.C.'s biggest unions says talks have 'stalled' as inflation soars.

Of all the fiscal challenges faced by the BC NDP government during this pandemic, the most daunting may lie just ahead.

Almost all of the collective agreements covering 393,000 unionized public sector employees are set to expire at the end of this month, and union expectations at the bargaining table have rarely been as high as they are now.

24/03/22
Author: 
Ministry of Just Transition Collective
Government of Canada - Ministry of Just Transition

Mar. 24, 2022

A press conference from a Climate Emergency Coalition Government three years into the future reports on its progress towards climate justice

As we near the end of 2025, it’s worth reflecting on the first 1000 days of a new era. 

23/03/22
Author: 
Barry Saxifrage
Canada is the only G7 nation emitting far above 1990 levels — and Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C. are the main drivers of this climate failure.

Mar. 23, 2022

Humanity is hurtling towards a full-blown climate crisis. To avoid this dystopian future, climate pollution must rapidly plunge to zero.

15/03/22
Author: 
Amanda Follett Hosgood
An image taken by enforcement officers with BC’s Environmental Assessment Office in October shows a muddy plume of water from a Coastal GasLink worksite entering the Clore River, east of Kitimat.

Feb.  25, 2022

The pipeline firm was penalized for violations including allowing sediment to flow into sensitive watersheds.

Coastal GasLink has been ordered to pay a $72,500 fine for environmental violations that continued for at least a year along its 670-kilometre pipeline route through northern B.C.

15/03/22
Author: 
Amanda Follett Hosgood
Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Na’Moks, left, speaks with a Coastal GasLink worker. ‘I’m sure they don’t want the public to know how much the public is paying to guard an industry.’ Photo by Amanda Follett Hosgood.

Mar. 2, 2022

Spending dropped quite a bit in 2021, but the force still has a significant presence in Wet’suwet’en territory.

The RCMP’s costs for policing a remote resource road on Wet’suwet’en territory have steadily dropped over the past three years, according to information obtained by The Tyee through freedom of information laws.

15/03/22
Author: 
Amanda Follett Hosgood
RCMP tactical officers stand on a bridge on the Morice Forest Service Road while arrests were underway on Nov. 18, 2021. BC’s Public Safety Ministry approved the use of provincial resources despite flooding underway in the province’s southwest. Photo by Amanda Follett Hosgood.

Mar. 11, 2022

Documents contradict previous statements made by RCMP Chief Supt. John Brewer.

 

British Columbia’s Public Safety Ministry worked to provide policing resources for the arrest of Wet’suwet’en and their supporters who blocked a remote resource road in northern B.C., even as the province’s southwest faced unprecedented flooding last November.

15/03/22
Author: 
First Nations leaders
Come to the front lines
 
Allies are always needed at the front lines. It's still winter in the Wet'suwet'en Yintah. So if you're a hardy committed individual prepared to spend some time standing with these brave land defenders, apply at the following websites:
 
 Gidimt'en Clan: https://www.yintahaccess.com/  
 
11/03/22
Author: 
Wendy Stueck and Brent Jang
Wet'suwet'en supporters and Coastal GasLink opponents protest in Victoria, on Feb. 14, 2020. CHAD HIPOLITO/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Two groups of First Nations have signed option agreements to acquire a 10-per-cent equity stake in the Coastal GasLink pipeline, a natural-gas project under construction in northern British Columbia.

The agreements, announced Wednesday, are exercisable when the pipeline comes into service and are subject to customary regulatory approvals.

For the First Nations involved, the potential equity stakes are one of the first opportunities they have had to own part of a project that crosses their traditional territory.

10/03/22
Author: 
Crawford Kilian
Premier John Horgan at the announcement for ‘StrongerBC,’ the province’s new economic plan, on Feb. 17, 2022. Photo via BC government.

Mar. 9, 2022

The NDP’s economic strategy is big on buzzwords. But it falls well short of what the IPCC demands.

The BC NDP released its “StrongerBC” plan in February, shortly before the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Neither is an easy read.

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