British Columbia

17/07/21
Author: 
Theresa McManus

June 28, 2021

Project would build on city’s submission to province’s plan to reform Police Act

New Westminster wants to lead a pilot project to address police reforms relating to mental health, poverty and homelessness.

17/07/21
Author: 
Unist'ot'en Solidarity Brigade
Updates from Camp and Direct Support for Lytton Fire Survivors

This summer has been rough. As communities across so called Canada and the world grapple with the direct evidence of genocide being shown in the media every day communities are also being subjected to climate disasters like the recent heatwave and the fire that tragically burned down the town of Lytton. 

16/07/21
Author: 
Herman Rosenfeld
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh announces the 2019 election platform in Ottawa. Still image from YouTube/CBC.

July 14, 2021

Efforts to radically transform existing social democratic parties are and have been difficult, maybe even impossible

This article is part of a series in which CD editors asked NDPers, current and former, to weigh in on the state of social democracy in Canada, and on Avi Lewis’s recent decision to pursue the party’s nomination in West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country. This is the first component of our coverage in advance of the upcoming federal election in fall 2021.

16/07/21
Author: 
Zoe Yunker
Premier John Horgan in Kitimat announcing LNG Canada’s $40 billion investment in 2018. At the time, BC said fracked gas fit its climate action goals, but a new study doubles emissions estimates. Photo: BC government Flickr.

July 15, 2021

The province’s own research has found flaws in how natural gas was detected and measured.

Methane emissions from natural gas fracking in B.C. are about double what the government has assumed, according to a recent study initiated by the province and the BC Oil and Gas Commission.

14/07/21
Author: 
Theresa McManus
New Westminster City Hall - New Westminster city council has endorsed a Sanctuary City policy.

July 13, 2021

"Don't ask/Don't tell" policy applies to city programs, facilities

New Westminster wants to be a place where people feel safe accessing city programs and services – regardless of their immigration status.

13/07/21
Author: 
Keith Baldrey
Should the B.C. government have done more to prepare the population for this summer's unprecedented heat wave?getty images

July 12, 2021

Experts say heat dome wasn't a 'freak' event

One of the most important reviews in recent memory is being carried out by B.C. Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe, who is investigating how and why so many people – literally hundreds – died in the middle of that extraordinary heat wave we just came through.

She and her team, which will include the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, will examine and analyze the circumstances surrounding each death, which could number more than 500.

12/07/21
Author: 
Jesse Firempong
The recent heat waves and fires sweeping Canada illustrate that the skeletons in the closets of Exxon and all fossil fuel companies have proven more than metaphorical. Photo by Jerry and Pat Donaho / Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

On the same day sparks ignited the fire that would devour Lytton, B.C., another story was setting #ClimateTwitter aflame. Lobbyists for the American oil giant ExxonMobil made an unintended confession, one that gets to the heart of the climate crisis and how we survive it.

12/07/21
Author: 
Andrew Nikiforuk
‘These giants of the universe with their unique DNA represent a living library of medicine for the citizens of the world,’ says biochemist Diana Beresford-Kroeger. Photo for The Tyee by Colin Rowe.

July 12, 2021

Famed tree botanist Diana Beresford-Kroeger has a tough message for BC Premier John Horgan.

The world recognized tree botanist, biochemist and bestselling author Diana Beresford-Kroeger is angry.

“I’m furious actually,” she says over the phone from her home in Merrickville, Ontario.

“In this day and age I am furious that they are logging the last old-growth forests during a pandemic. It is sneaky.”

11/07/21
Author: 
Zoe Yunker
Facing a world of challenges: Artist’s rendition of the sole LNG project under construction in BC, the LNG Canada terminal in Kitimat. Image via Fluor.

24 Jun 2021 

Prospects have been battered by global competition, volatility, delays and cost overruns.

 

Once touted as an economic powerhouse, the liquified natural gas industry is on the rocks, according to a worldwide survey of LNG terminals from the Global Energy Monitor, a non-profit research group responding to climate change.

10/07/21
Author: 
Jocelyn Doll
Virginia Thompson spoke on the steps of City Hall July 7 to update the community about Old Growth Revylution’s upcoming actions. (Jocelyn Doll-Revelstoke Review)

Jul. 7, 2021

Old Growth Revylution has established a blockade 120 km north on the Big Mouth FSR

The group, which has hosted two protests against the logging of old-growth forests, announced today, July 7, that they have started a blockade on the Big Mouth Forest Service Road, around 120 km north of Revelstoke on Highway 23.

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