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NDP’s Economic Record FAR Better Than BC Liberals

The ECOreport reposts an OP=ED, the NDP’s Economic Record FAR Better Than BC Liberals

Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian

By Damien Gillis

Many people are ready for a change in Victoria. Christy Clark is one of the least popular candidates for premier in BC history and, after 16 years of scandal-filled rule, her Liberal Party has tried British Columbians’ patience to the extreme. Yet every day on social media, I run across a familiar refrain: “Better than going back to the NDP’s lost decade.” Clearly, that narrative is so deeply embedded that it threatens to keep the NDP out of government yet again.
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How The Liberals Ran BC Hydro’s Debt Up 1337%

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed about government mismanagement,  How The Liberals Ran BC Hydro’s Debt Up 1337%

Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian

By Rafe Mair

I start this exercise with a couple of general comments.

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Sorry Globe and Mail, BC Does Not Want Pipelines

The ECOreport reposts a response to OP-ED stating it is BC’s Patriotic duty to accept Kinder Morgan’s pipeline – Sorry Globe and Mail, BC Does Not Want Pipelines

Originally Published in the Common Sense Canadian

By Rafe Mair

I simply couldn’t believe Gary Mason in Friday’s Globe and Mail In his article entitled “Sorry Vancouver: The rest of Canada needs pipelines”. I urge you to read the article so that if I misrepresent Mr. Mason you will see it for yourself.

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Entering the Incomappleux

The ECOreport reposts Damien Gillis’ description of his documentary film about entering the Incomappleux Valley

Originally Published on Common Sense Canadian

By Damien Gillis

How do we value wilderness? What metrics should we apply to an 1,800-year-old tree, or the tiny lichens that make their home on it? What numbers do we input into our calculator – ecosystem services rendered, tonnes of carbon sequestered, cubic metres of merchantable timber, jobs created? These are the questions that came to mind while filming my latest documentary, “Primeval: Enter the Incomappleux”, deep in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains in BC’s Kootenay region.

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Who Really Killed BC Hydro?

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED by one of British Columbia’s most thought provoking former provincial cabinet ministers: Who Really Killed BC Hydro?

Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian

By Rafe Mair

This is the story of the death of our province’s once greatest institution, BC Hydro. Though the public power utility began its life under Socred Premier WAC Bennett in 1961, the story of its demise starts circa 2001, under the newly-minted Liberal administration of Gordon Campbell.

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New Video Reveals The Risks Of Using LNG tankers

The ECOreport reposts New Video Reveals The Risks Of Using LNG tankers

Originally published on the Common Sense Canadian

A new, short video illustrates in vivid detail the dangers posed by plans to run LNG tankers through narrow, densely populated coastal waterways in places like Howe Sound, Saanich Inlet, Prince Rupert and Kitimat. Drawing on data and studies from global leaders in the field of LNG tanker safety, the video superimposes tanker danger zones over planned shipping routes, demonstrating how many coastal communities would face death, injury and property damage in the event of a mishap.

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Post Media’s Partnership With CAPP

The ECOreport reposts a preliminary exploration of Post media’s Partnership with CAPP and what that means to the newspapers like National Post, Vancouver SUN and Vancouver Province

Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian

We will work with CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers) to amplify our energy mandate and to be a part of the solution to keep Canada competitive in the global marketplace. The National Post will undertake to leverage by all means editorially, technically and creatively to further this critical conversation. – Douglas Kelly, Publisher, National Post

By Rafe Mair

The National Post is, of course, the flagship of the Postmedia chain of newspapers, Canada’s largest, which includes the Vancouver Sun and the Vancouver Province. This statement of policy by Mr. Kelly was followed by lengthy memoranda of agreement as to just how Postmedia and CAPP would cooperate.

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To Come Back, The Conservative Party Must Return

Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian

By Rafe Mair

Can the Conservative Party come back?

Of course, but to come back, the Conservative Party must return.

Sound confusing?

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The Postmedia Press’ Partnership With Industry

The ECOreport reposts a story about the press’ silence about BC Hydro’s $9.4 billion debt &  problems with LNG development. The Postmedia Press’ Partnership With Industry

Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian

By Rafe Mair

Yesterday in my email inbox, the chickens began to come home to roost for Postmedia – the Canadian newspaper chain.

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Is BC Hydro Already Breaking Promises at Site C?

The ECOreport reposts a story of the Peace River, there are reports of lacking permits and destroyed eagles nests. Is BC Hydro Already Breaking Promises at Site C?

Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian

By Damien Gillis

BC Hydro’s clearcut logging this past weekend at the location of the proposed Site C Dam appears to have broken a promise about care for active eagles’ nests and may have lacked federal permits, critics charge.

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