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Protesting Anticipated Approval of Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline Expansion

The ECOreport looks at reports of the thousands protesting anticipated approval of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion.

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1As decision time approaches, most of us know the government of Canada to enable the flow of more diluted bitumen through the most populated region of British Columbia. The cost, in terms of the Liberal party’s political future in this province, could be great. A recent Insights West poll found that 64% of the people who voted for them in the last election oppose the pipeline. One of their own MP’s made the public appeal, “I ask you to listen to the collective wisdom of British Columbians.” Thousands are protesting anticipated approval of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion.

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Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan

The ECOreport posts news from the Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan en route to Montreal

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe Canadian and British Columbian governments may wish to ignore perceived treaty violations of the Site C Dam project,  but this determined group of people will not let them. Their bus left Ken and Arlene Boon’s farm, in the Peace River Valley, Monday. They want to be present when a Federal judge hears the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations argue that this BC Hydro project infringes on their constitutionally protected rights to hunt, fish and trap the lands that will be submerged. The Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan will arrive in Montreal Sunday.

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Site C Will Submerge Needed Agricultural Lands

The ECOreport reviews the evidences as British Columbia enters the post peak agricultural world at the onset of climate change:  Site C will submerge prime agricultural lands

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMBritish Columbia grows less than half of the fresh produce it needs. Much of what we consume comes from California. The ongoing drought conditions, and a weak loony, have sent vegetable prices spiralling 11.7% this year.  Fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables are becoming an occasional luxury for some middle-low income B.C. families. Though this will only worsen worse as global temperatures continue to rise, the government of BC is far more preoccupied with the get-rich promise of mega-energy projects. Once it is completed, Site C will submerge prime agricultural lands.

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BC’s Supreme Court Gave BC Hydro An Injunction

The ECOreport examines how treaty obligations were ignored and BC’s Supreme Court Gave BC Hydro An Injunction

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe province’s  Supreme Court granted B.C. Hydro an injunction to remove local farmers and First Nations from 216 hectares they wish to clearcut at Site C. The protestors have been occupying Rocky Mountain Fort Camp, in shifts, since December. They have until midnight to leave.

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Bringing COP 21 Home To Canada

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThough she is still vague as to how things will come about, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has been spreading hope around Paris.  Her emphasis on the need to enshrine “the importance of respecting human rights, including the rights of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples” in the Climate Change Agreement begs the question what about Canada. McKenna responded this morning, in a press conference where she talked about bringing COP 21 home to Canada
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Possible Invasion of the Unist’ot’en Camp

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Unist’ot’en’s threat, to corporate interests, started in 2009, when they erected a “soft blockade” to prevent seven proposed pipelines from crossing their unceded traditional territory. This conflict has escalated. Earlier this month five Unist’ot’en chiefs signed a declaration stating they were, “Exercising our unbroken, unextinguished and unceded right to govern and occupy these lands, the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation have enacted the Unist’ot’en Declaration as official statement and law governing Unist’ot’en territory… ” Now there are rumours that police officers have booked rooms in Smithers and Burns Lake in preparation for a possible invasion of the Unist’ot’en Camp.

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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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BC Should Hold A Plebiscite On Site C

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Such large segments of the province’s population have made their opposition to the proposed Site C Dam known, that this has become a defining moment of our “democracy.” Premier Christy Clark appears to be willfully ignoring the will of the people. She saw fit to put Vancouver’s $2.5 billion worth of transit improvements to a vote, doesn’t a $9 Billion dam doesn’t merit the same direct democracy? If her government truly believes it is acting in the public’s interest, BC should hold a plebiscite on Site C.

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Pressure Against BC’s Fish Farms is Mounting

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1After two years of legal proceedings, on May 6 Federal court ruled that the government cannot delegate its responsibilities, to protect BC’s wild salmon stocks, to the province’s fish farms. According to the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans, as many as 120 licenses, due for renewal this year, could be affected. Ecojustice filed on behalf of biologist Alexandra Morton in May 2013, after learning that salmon infected with infected with the piscine reovirus (PRV) were put into an open pen fish farm in Shelter Bay, BC. The owners, Marine Harvest Canada, claim “there no evidence” the fish they transferred were unhealthy. Morton has evidence to the contrary and, since her legal victory, the pressure against BC’s fish farms is mounting.

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BC May Break A Treaty If They Build The Site C Dam

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are many reasons to oppose the proposed Site C dam. It will flood what is reputedly some of the province’s most promising farmland. Most of the inhabitants of the Peace River Area, where the dam would be built, oppose the project. There are alternative energy sources, such as geothermal, which BC Hydro has not explored. The most serious objection, however, is BC may break a treaty if they build the Site C Dam.

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