Forestry

18/05/24
Author: 
John Woodside
Ontario Premier Doug Ford takes part in a press conference at Ottawa City Hall on Monday, April 29, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

May 16, 2024

To help Enbridge lock gas customers in for decades to come, Premier Doug Ford's government on Wednesday overrode Ontario’s independent energy regulator and passed the Keeping Energy Costs Down Act.

24/04/24
Author: 
Ben Parfitt
Thousands of logs and mountains of wood chips await conversion to wood pellets at the Drax pellet mill at Houston in north-central BC. Photo via Stand.earth.

Apr. 24, 2024

And what needs to change to protect the environment and jobs.

28/03/24
Author: 
Richard Fidler
bus lane photo - from https://freetransitottawa.ca/

Mar. 20, 2024

Free Transit Ottawa (FTO) organized a public meeting on March 18 on the theme “Fighting Climate Change: Beyond the Carbon Tax.”

The event was cosponsored by a range of local climate-justice movements: Ecology Ottawa, Horizon Ottawa, Justice for Workers, Fridays for Future and CAWI (City for All Women Initiative).

13/03/24
Author: 
Natasha Bulowski
Active logging of old-growth trees near Babine Lake, B.C. Photo provided by Conservation North

Mar. 13, 2024

Two new reports find B.C.’s old-growth forests are still on the chopping block despite claims to the contrary by the provincial government and a U.K.-based corporation.

Government data leaked to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) shows B.C.’s Ministry of Forestry rejected more than half the proposed logging deferrals recommended by an expert panel with a mandate to protect important old-growth forests.

12/03/24
Author: 
Elizabeth Thompson
A wildfire burns near a home in the city of Kelowna, B.C., on Aug. 18, 2023. An internal RCMP report warns that a series of geopolitical and national threats — including climate change — will test the ability of governments and police services to protect Canadians in the coming years. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Mar. 10, 2024

Canada faces a series of 'crises' that will test it in the coming years, RCMP warns

Report examined 'shifts in domestic and international environments' that could affect policing

The "crises" rocking national and international affairs are likely to get worse over the next few years and could have a significant effect on the federal government and Canada's federal police force, says an internal report prepared for the RCMP.

11/03/24
Author: 
Ian Urquhart
Firefighting personnel battle wildfires across British Columbia. Photo supplied by Flickr/Government of B.C.

Mar. 5, 2024

For a generation now, governments have played a dangerous, costly game with wildfire in British Columbia. Government must do many things to win this game. It must prevent wildfire outbreaks, put fires out and help communities recover from the aftermath. Unfortunately, wildfire is in first place.

Climate change is the biggest culprit here. It has pushed B.C. across the threshold to a new reality. Wildfires are now more frequent, intense and costly.

11/03/24
Author: 
Gavin McGarrigle, Scott Lunny and Kelly Johnson
Halting the export of raw logs and adding value-added manufacturing in BC is one step to preserving jobs and strengthening communities. Photo by David Stanley via Flickr, Creative Commons licensed.

Mar. 11, 2024

After years of decline, it’s time for a united effort to help workers and communities.

11/03/24
Author: 
Nick King

Mitigate Crises Now--Future Societies Might Be Less Capable

Mar. 11, 2024

Background to ‘Pre-Polycrisis’ Hazard Mitigation

08/03/24
Author: 
Ben Parfitt
An old-growth forest on Nootka Island, before it was logged. Several more such forests on the island off Vancouver Island’s northwest coast could soon be logged, according to a map by BC’s Ministry of Forests. Photo courtesy of CCPA.

Mar. 7, 2024

Leaked data reveals a Forests Ministry biased in favour of big-tree logging, defying its science advisory panel in granting deferrals.

08/03/24
Author: 
Brent Jang
One of the massive modules to liquefy natural gas at the LNG Canada plant in Kitimat.Nelson Bennett, BIV

Mar. 7, 2024

Revenue from forestry has topped natural gas royalties in 12 of the past 13 fiscal years, but the sector will likely play a supporting tole in the foreseeable future with reduced timber supplies

The natural gas industry is poised to take centre stage in British Columbia’s economy and overtake the forestry sector as the largest contributor to the province’s resource revenue.

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