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Tight Oil, Canada’s Pipeline Capacity & The Trans Mountain Pipeline’s Feasibility

By Roy L Hales

Last March I interviewed internationally recognized energy expert David Hughes at his home on Cortes Island. Publication of this story was delayed, in part, because of a six minute segment in which he discussed some of the issues raised in his newly published report Will the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tidewater Access Boost Prices and Save Canada’s Oil Industry? However we touched upon a wide range of subjects, including Tight Oil, Canada’s Pipeline Capacity & the Trans Mountain Pipeline’s feasibility.

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Horgan Urges BC Hydro To Not Finalize Contracts

By Roy L Hales

Though Christy Clark’s government recklessly spent close to $2 billion of taxpayer’s money trying to push the proposed Site C Dam beyond the point of no return, their days in office may be ending. More than 57% of British Columbians voted for parties that want to see this project either reviewed, or stopped. The NDP leader does not yet possess the authority to give the utility orders, but John Horgan urges BC Hydro to not finalize contracts.

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Cortes Island’s Emergency Preparedness & Awareness Weekend

By Roy L Hales

Cortes Island Volunteer Fire Captain Eli McKenty received the page at 8 a.m.  There was a fire at the Recycling Center on Squirrel Cove Road. As the island’s fire chief was not available, McKenty was in charge. He had, as yet, little indication of what lay ahead. Never-the-less, while he was waiting for his crew to assemble, McKenty received word that one of the recycling centre’s staff called. The  flammable shed storage is burning and there is sounds of explosions. The staff member called 911 and was fighting the fire. McKenty alerted the ambulance and, as a precaution alerted an elite provincial fire fighting unit that it might be needed. Arriving on the scene some 40 minutes later, he discovered the fire had already spread to the trees. If this were an actual event, tomorrow’s newspaper headlines would probably say something like “Cortes Island Fire Leads To Mass Evacuation“. In reality, this table talk was one of the components of Cortes Island’s Emergency Preparedness and & Awareness Weekend.

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What Should You Do When Encountering Downed Power Lines?

By Roy L Hales

Ever wondered what to do in an emergency situation? Cortes Island’s Emergency Preparedness and Awareness Fair was an excellent venue  to ask the experts.  At the BC Hydro booth, I asked, Hannah Wilson and Katherine Macdonald, “What should you do when encountering downed power lines?”

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What Does The NDP-Green Agreement Mean?

By Roy L Hales

Though still nominally premier, Christy Clark knows her government’s days are numbered. If she doesn’t resign, the BC Liberals will be toppled by a non confidence motion when the provincial legislature reassembles in June. Clark intends to continue as Leader of the Opposition. So what does the NDP-Green agreement mean for British Columbians?
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British Columbia’s Fight For Sustainable Logging

By Roy L Hales

When Island Timberlands arrived in 2012, they found Cortes island residents waiting behind a blockade. The Vancouver Observer sent a young film maker to cover the story, but Daniel Pierce found more than just another clash between a logging company and local environmentalists. He is still documenting British Columbia’s fight for sustainable logging.
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British Columbia Is Ready For Wave Energy

By Roy L Hales

Since 2001, there have been several inquiries into the plausibility of harnessing the wave energy off Vancouver Island. So far, projects were rejected because of the associated costs. A new report from UVic’s West Coast Wave Initiative (WCWI) suggests British Columbia is ready for wave energy.

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The Many Faces Of Powell River

By Roy L Hales

For many, the most visible aspect is two cloud-like pillars ascending into the stratosphere. Others principally know Powell River from the BC Ferry terminal, which they use en route to other destinations. I recently explored some of the many faces of Powell River.

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Studies Find Canada’s Methane Emissions Drastically Underreported

By Roy L Hales

Some consider natural gas preferable to other fossil fuels “because it emits 50-60% less carbon dioxide (CO2) during combustion.” But over the course of its’100-year lifespan natural gas’ primary component has “a radiative forcing greater than 30 times that of CO2.”1 According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “Methane is responsible for 25% of already observed changes to Earth’s climate.” Two new studies find Canada’s methane emissions drastically underreported.

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  1. Emmaline Atherton et al, “Mobile measurement of methane emissions from natural gas developments in Northeastern British Columbia, Canada“, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., doi:10.5194/acp-2017-109, in review, 2017, p 2

Sampling A Slice Of Nature At Cliff Gilker Park

By Roy L Hales

There is a little spot of Eden just outside of Gibsons. A 7-kilometre-long network of trails guides visitors along Roberts Creek and through the old growth forest. Sampling a slice of nature at Cliff Gilker Park can be an afternoon’s experience, or a short relaxing walk.

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