British Columbia

Emma Gilchrist
Blueberry territory sits on top of the Montney formation, one of the largest natural gas deposits in the world. The ruling concluded that the province failed to adequately consider the impacts of development on the nation's Treaty Rights. Photo: Garth Lenz / The Narwhal

June 30, 2021

The B.C. government breached its obligations under Treaty 8 by permitting forestry, oil and gas, hydro and mining development, the B.C. Supreme Court has ruled

The B.C. government breached the Treaty Rights of the Blueberry River First Nations, says a new provincial court ruling that could have sweeping implications for oil, gas, forestry and hydroelectric development in the northeastern part of the province.

Ed Struzik

Five days after wildfire destroyed the town of Lytton in British Columbia killing two people and injuring several others, officials were still trying to account for some residents who were missing. No one apparently saw the fire coming. When they saw smoke, according to Mayor Jan Polderman, it took all of 15 minutes before the whole town was ablaze.

Nelson Bennett
Roads and pipelines for natural gas wells stitch the countryside in the Fort St. John-Dawson Creek area -- one of the many cumulative impacts that made up First Nation's treaty infringement claim. | Google Maps

June 30, 2021

BC infringed treaty, must stop approving industrial development in natural gas heartland

The B.C. Supreme Court has found the B.C. government infringed the Blueberry River First Nation’s treaty rights by allowing decades of industrial development in their traditional territory.

The ruling will likely have significant impacts for industries in that region, notably the natural gas industry, as the court says the province may no longer authorize activities that would continue to add to the cumulative impacts that breach Treaty 8.

Eric Holthaus
‘People rest at the Oregon Convention Center cooling station in Oregon, Portland on June 28, 2021, as a heatwave moves over much of the United States’ Photograph: Kathryn Elsesser/AFP/Getty Images

June 30, 2021

The unprecedented heatwave in the Pacific north-west risks becoming the new normal if we don’t act now

On Sunday, the small mountain town of Lytton, British Columbia, became one of the hottest places in the world. Then, on Monday, Lytton got even hotter – 47.9C (118F) – hotter than it’s ever been in Las Vegas, 1,300 miles to the south. And by Tuesday, 49.6C (121F).

Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
Commercial salmon fishing — once the cultural and economic backbone of coastal B.C. — will be significantly diminished to protect the salmon, the federal government announced Tuesday. Photo by Marc Fawcett-Atkinson

June 29th 2021

Commercial salmon fishing will be closed in most of coastal B.C. this year and into the foreseeable future to save the West Coast's critically low fish stocks, the federal government announced Tuesday.

Christopher Cheung
Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is one of the hottest neighbourhoods in the city due to its lack of green space and abundance of pavement. Map from Urban Forest Strategy, 2018 update, City of Vancouver.

June 29, 2021

The ‘heat dome’ reminds us, once again, how access to cooling urban forests is concentrated in wealthier areas.

We all know about wealth inequality in expensive Vancouver. But there’s also inequality when it comes to who has the shade, and who’s left to scorch in the sun. In fact, this shady inequality is baked into the landscape of the city itself.

Chris Arsenault

Increasing number of lawsuits target government over climate policies, report says

Michelle Gamage
Environmental organization DogwoodBC put up a billboard at the Vancouver intersection of Main Street and Second Avenue to raise awareness about BC’s fossil fuel subsidies and the upcoming provincial review of its royalties. Photo by Michelle Gamage.

June 25, 2021

Government says its upcoming royalty review will ensure ‘a fair return on our resources.’


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