The Drought’s Latest Victims

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1California’s drought spread across most of the West Coast this year. There have been reports of record high temperatures, water shortages and increased ravages from wildfires. The Drought’s latest victims are salmon.

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Feds & Waterboard Charged with Not Protecting Salmon

California’s regulators have allegedly not complied with the laws protecting salmon and other fish, which has led to Feds & Waterboard Charged with Not Protecting Salmon.

Originally Published on indybay.org & the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

A prominent sportfishing group today formally charged the state and federal governments with violating numerous laws protecting salmon, Delta and longfin smelt and other fish species during the California drought.

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Drought Conditions are harder on sockeye salmon

This year’s lack of snow melt and record-high water temperatures are more than an inconvenience to some non-humans. Drought Conditions are harder on sockeye salmon

Originally Published on UBC News

The hot, dry weather is hard enough on people — but it’s even harder on sockeye salmon. As UBC biologist Tony Farrell explains, this year’s lack of snow melt coupled with record-high water temperatures mean sockeye salmon heading to the Fraser River to spawn might not make it at all.

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BC Hydro Is One Year In Arrears

According to Eric Anderson, BC Hydro’s Sales Record and Financial Fitness do not Support Building the Site C Dam. BC Hydro Is One Year In Arrears.

By Eric Anderson

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The just released BC Hydro Annual Report for the year ending March 31, 2015 shows British Columbia sales (domestic only) were 3.4 per cent less than in 2014. The power demand volume over the same period, as measured in gigawatt hours (GWhrs), was 51,213, or about the same as it was a decade ago.

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Chilliwack releases Take Back this Land

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Most of us remember them from the 1970’s and 80’s when, according to Rolling Stone, “At their best, Chilliwack was the finest Canadian rock band, outrocking BTO and outwriting Burton Cummings…” Though the band has gone through several changes of membership, lead singer Bill Henderson remains. Together the Henderson girls, Chilliwack releases Take Back this Land.

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Confrontations Over The Site C Dam

An interview with Ken Boon, of the Peace Valley Landowner Association about the lawsuit and other developments. 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Some of local residents dropped by last Wednesday, when they saw BC Hydro clearing out an area in their gravel pit at Fort St John. They were told, “We’re making a parking lot for the protesters.” This was repeated to Ken Boon, who promptly drove over to the site. He saw the enlarged parking lot and  fencing. The President of President of the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA) was wearing a “Paddle for the Peace” hat, when he approached the security guards. Boon says they, “were pretty guarded in their answers.” This story is one of many illustrations of confrontations over The Site C Dam.

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Carbon Pollution Standards For Power Plants

CLIMATE CHANGE

AND PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ACTION PLAN
THE UNITED STATES IS LEADING GLOBAL EFFORTS TO ADDRESS THE THREAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE. PRESIDENT OBAMA IS TAKING THE BIGGEST STEP YET TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE BY FINALIZING AMERICA’S CLEAN POWER PLAN, WHICH SETS THE FIRST-EVER CARBON POLLUTION STANDARDS FOR POWER PLANTS.

A Fact Sheet  From the White House

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BC May Determine The Outcome

Canada Heads Into An October 19 Election

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The race is on. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has asked the Governor General to dissolve Parliament early, to launch what is expected to be the most expensive election in Canadian history. “Upwards of $700 million” could be spent on this campaign and a large chunk of the contributions to all parties will be claimed as tax deductions. According to Dr Maxwell Cameron, from UBC’s Department of Political Science, BC may determine the outcome.

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Singing “No Fracking Way” In Sacramento

Anti-fracking demonstrations in LA, San Francisco & San Diego And other Californian cities. The Raging Grannies were singing “No Fracking Way” in Sacramento

Originally Published in Indybay.org & the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

The Sacramento Chapter of “System Change Not Climate Change” held a protest, featuring the “Raging Grannies” singing their songs calling on the Brown administration to end fracking now, on August 1 at 11 am at the California Department of Conservation office in Sacramento.

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The Green Candidate for Powell River – North Island

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It has been two and a half years since Brenda Sayers came to national attention, as the leader of the “Hupacasath’s” court challenge of the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) with China. Sayers agrees they were leading the fight, but it was really a people’s struggle for all Canadians. They were not able to stop the Harper Government from making a secret deal which she says, “gives another country control over our resources, our labor laws and how how we protect our environment.” In the process, Sayers came into contact with Elizabeth May and the Green Party. Now she is the Green Candidate for Powell River – North Island.

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