Tag Archives: Dogwood Initiative

BC Should Return Kinder Morgan’s Campaign Donations

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed about perceived corruption in government, BC should return Kinder Morgan’s campaign donations

Press Release from Dogwood

Today a coalition of public interest and environmental groups released an open letter to the Liberal Party of British Columbia asking them to return the more than $771,168 that Kinder Morgan, its shippers and allied pipeline and petroleum associations contributed before their pipeline proposal was approved.
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What BC’s Fossil Fuel Companies Get For their Campaign Contributions

The ECOreport looks at a new study that shows, What BC’s fossil fuel companies get for their campaign contributions

By Roy L Hales

Fossil fuel companies pumped more than $5.1 million into British Columbia’s elections between 2008 and 2015. 92% of that money was given to the BC Liberal party, which was in office through-out that period. The remainder went to the leading opposition party, the New Democratic Party (NDP). A new report from the Centre for Policy Alternatives, MAPPING THE POLITICAL INFLUENCE examines the funds and lobbying data to get answers. So what do BC’s Fossil Fuel Companies Get For their Campaign Contributions?

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Canada Approved Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline Expansion

The ECOreport looks at responses after Canada approved Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Alberta Premier Rachel Notley applauded the Prime Minister’s “extraordinary leadership.” Peter McCartney of the Wilderness Committee calls it “a betrayal of promises made in the last election to act on science, gain public approval and respect Indigenous rights.” There are already 7 legal challenges of this project underway, and more will follow. The government of Canada approved Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion, “subject to 157 binding conditions.”

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Trudeau Selling Canada Out

The ECOreport looks at the approval of Pacific Northwest LNG and concludes this is another example of Trudeau Sellling Canada Out

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmEven Canada’s public broadcaster, the CBC, was critical of the government’s approval of Lelu Island.  Environment reporter Margo McDermid called the Pacific Northwest LNG project the “first real test of the Liberal’s approach to the environment and energy.” Her colleague, Chris Hall, added that approving this project “is going to put an enormous amount of pressure on Justin Trudeau to explain how approving a project that will generate millions of tons in greenhouse gas emissions can also help them meet (the) climate change targets they agreed to in Paris.”1 Few doubt that Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister started out with good intentions. The Globe and Mail recently called Trudeau’s attempt to please environmental groups and the fossil fuel sector “mission impossible.” For many environmentalists, the honeymoon lasted for around three months. This is just the latest example of what many perceive as Trudeau selling Canada out.

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  1. The National, January 27, 2016

BC Reacts To The NEB’s Pipeline Recommendation

The ECOreport looks at how BC Reacts To The NEB’s Pipeline Recommendation

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAs everyone expected, the National Energy Board (NEB) has recommended that the Canadian Government approve Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion through the most populated area of British Columbia. The NEB believes the likelihood of a major oil spill “very low,” but “the potential significance” of such a spill “very high.” Kinder Morgan would be required to post calculations of the emissions from all industrial activities and those created during construction of the 1150 km (715 miles) pipeline. If the Trudeau Government agrees and the project goes forward, the number of tankers carrying diluted bitumen out of the Greater Vancouver area could increase from 1 or 2 a week to 10. These are some of the ways BC reacts to the NEB’s pipeline recommendation.
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Poll Calls On BC’s Government To Put Citizens First

The ECOreport looks at Dogwood Initiative Poll calls on BC’s Government to put Citizens First

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMA new Insights West poll found that found that 86% of British Columbians would support a ban on corporate and union donations before the next election. Only 32% of the respondents believe the government represents their interests.  The top three perceived influences were: corporations (by 90% of respondents), lobbyists (60%) and foreign investors (58%). The Poll calls on BC’s Government to put citizens first.

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Poll Shows Harper Trailing In 7 Key BC Ridings

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1With only five days left until the election, a new poll commissioned by the Dogwood Initiative shows the NDP losing the lead it had only a month ago, while both the Conservatives and Liberals surging ahead. Mario Canseco, of the market research company Insights West, says “it is a very close race,” but the poll shows Harper trailing in 7 key BC Ridings.

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Opposition To Enbridge Has Only Gotten Stronger

The ECOreport reposts a story from the Pull-together campaign: Opposition To Enbridge Has Only Gotten Stronger

Press Release from Sierra Club BC

VANCOUVER – Today, on the eve of the one year anniversary of the federal government’s decision to greenlight Enbridge Northern Gateway, the controversial pipeline project faces increasing public opposition and an uncertain legal footing given the issue of title and rights across Canada. This potent combination has people donating hundreds of thousands of dollars toward First Nations to challenge the project in Canadian courts. No one has budged in the past year, opposition to Enbridge has only gotten stronger.

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Four Key BC Ridings Would Switch To The NDP

The Second Poll that Shows The NDP May Replace Conservatives

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A New poll shows that four key BC ridings would switch to the NDP  if an election were held today. The Dogwood initiative commissioned  Insights West to carry out a telephone survey of +300 voting-age adults, in four ridings, during May 8-11 . This is the second poll this month to suggest the New Democratic Party may be the province’s new party of choice.
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SOOKE STANDS FIRM – Face to face with Kinder Morgan

From the BC Sustainable Energy Association

By  Terry Dance-Bennink

I thought you’d find this interesting. It was quite a meeting last night – polite but passionate – and Sooke Council and the entire audience stood firm! Here’s my synopsis.

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