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Brent Jang
Donald Wesley poses by a truck belonging to another reserve resident in the community of Lax Kw'alaams in northwestern British Columbia. (Brent Jang/The Globe and Mail)

A group of more than 20 hereditary chiefs and matriarchs in the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation is crying foul over an aboriginal leader whose battle against a B.C. liquefied natural gas project includes a lawsuit.

The group belonging to the Gitwilgyoots tribe of the Lax Kw’alaams is upset at Donald (Donnie) Wesley, alleging he doesn’t have the authority to act on behalf of the tribe.

Susan Bradley

Court says Aboriginal band denied important information during consultation

A Nova Scotia judge has quashed the decision by the province's environment minister to dismiss the appeal of a First Nation opposed to the Alton natural gas project.

The Sipekne'katik First Nation had argued the plan to flush out salt beds to create natural gas storage caverns near Stewiacke, and then pipe the diluted brine into the Shubenacadie River, posed a danger to the tidal waterway and its fish species.

Greg Knox

Dear Sir:

In his Jan. 17, 2017 BC Views online column, “Fake news is all around us,” Tom Fletcher accused our organization and others of spreading “fake news”. We have a number of questions for Mr. Fletcher.


Jessica Ernst burns off some of the methane that is in her well water in Rosebud, Alta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

The Supreme Court of Canada says an Alberta woman cannot sue the province’s energy regulator as part of her claim that hydraulic fracturing so badly contaminated her well that the water can be set on fire.

In a 5-4 ruling Friday, the high court rejected Jessica Ernst’s argument that a provincial provision shielding the regulator from legal action was unconstitutional.

Rafe Mair

The election is sufficiently near to develop a few axioms to carry us through the sea of a largely imponderable mass of horse buns that we’ll have to face. I suggest that the following are good starts to our defence mechanisms as our eyes and ears become mercilessly assaulted by heaps of political bullshit, endemic to all campaigns, this one having a master, or should I say mistress, of it?

We can assume the following:

Andrew Hudson
  • posted Jan 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM

posted Jan 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM

AltaGas will soon start building a liquid propane terminal south of Prince Rupert that is expected to

supply 20 to 30 Asia-bound ships a year.

Located on brownfield land on Ridley Island, the marine terminal will receive propane by rail and is expected to start

 shipping by early 2019.

Federal regulators approved the project in December.

James Munson

Jan 2, 2017 - As oil prices rose and fell, the federal government somehow wrestled a national agreement on climate change — with two notable exceptions. The fates of pipelines that had consumed public interest for years were drawn, while others were punted into the future. Canada’s beleaguered oil and gas industry faced an uncertain year with a new Liberal government in Ottawa, and 2017 looks like it will have its own share of big shifts.

Caitlyn Vernon

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley have cooked up a sweet deal. Trudeau and Notley get their pipeline to tidewater, while Clark gets federal approval for the Site C dam and the Petronas liquefied fracked-gas plant.

The three-way political backscratching has a high price, and the people of British Columbia will be paying it.

Rafe Mair
Justin Trudeau hasn’t learned much about BC in the time he lived here and from visits like this one to the central coast in 2014 (Flickr/Justin Trudeau)

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

Allow me to introduce myself. I am a lifelong, pretty old British Columbian who loves his province with the same passion I’m sure people in Trois Rivières love theirs. Your inferential calling BC’s patriotism into question because we will vigorously oppose your approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline demonstrates clearly that you’re quite unable to understand this, your connections to BC notwithstanding.

David Ball

Metro asked B.C. public figures for their resolutions for 2017 — and what keeps them hopeful after a year panned by many as a bit of a write-off.

Dec 30, 2016 - Ahead of New Year's Day, Metro asked several B.C. public figures and artists for some of their resolutions for 2017 — and what keeps them hopeful after a year that's been panned by many as a bit of a write-off.


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