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How Woodfibre LNG Illustrates What This Election Is About

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It has been a year since Propeller Strategy drew up a declaration opposing the proposed Woodfibre LNG plant and LNG tanker traffic in Howe Sound. The key phrase is “I reject the proposed project until government and industry can provide clear information, science and assurance that I can trust, along with a meaningful, citizen-based, decision-making process.” The picture at the top of this page illustrates one of the key issues. LNG tankers would be p[ass at is a public beach. This project ignores the recommended distances between the tanker and shore, set out by the industry’s own organization, the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO). Propeller Strategy has been questioning the candidates through-out this election and their most recent survey shows how Woodfibre LNG illustrates what this election is about.

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How the 2015 Election Will Change Canada

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Future generations will probably look upon this upcoming election as a turning point in our nation’s history. Prior to the advent of Stephen Harper, few Canadians realized the degree to which our country is an elected dictatorship. With the support of a mere 39% of the population, the Prime Minister can rip up carefully prepared environmental legislation and trample on the rights of major cities like Vancouver and Burnaby. Observing the extent to which Harper’s Conservatives are attempting to transform Canada into a Petro-state, some may ask if they are simply corporate shills. History will undoubtedly be kinder, as their true motivations come to light.  It is never-the-less time to examine how the 2015 election will change Canada.  Continue reading How the 2015 Election Will Change Canada

The Expertise Needed To Build Canada’s Renewable Sector

Alison Thompson, the NDP Candidate for FootHills Alberta 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There is refreshing news coming out of Alberta, for those of us who feel a little uncomfortable with the vagueness of the New Democratic Party’s energy policy. Their new candidate Alison Thompson, has been working in the energy sector for twenty years. She became the Chair of the Canadian Geothermal Association (CanGEA) in 2007, but never lost contact with the gas and oil sector. She’d like to put some of those unemployed drillers to work on geothermal sites. The NDP candidate for Foothills, Alberta, has the expertise needed to build Canada’s renewable sector.
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Potential For A Four Way Race

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1While it is not surprising to find Canada’s three major parties virtually tied, this week’s Nanos poll continued an often overlooked trend. When respondents ranked their “two current local preferences,” the Green party scored 27.7%. They have been consistently receiving 25% to 30% ratings for a year. It is easy to see why Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair do not want Elizabeth May to take part in leadership debates. There is potential for a four way race.

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The NDP candidate for North Island-Powell River

The ECOreport interview with Rachel Blaney, the NDP candidate for North Island-Powell River

(story reprinted from Aug 26, 2015) 

Roy L Hales
Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1For the past two decades, the majority of British Columbia’s MPs have been Conservatives. Recent polls show that is about to change. The New Democratic Party (NDP) is poised to take over as many as 23 seats in the Federal election this October. One of the important political battles will be fought by Rachel Blaney, the NDP candidate for North Island-Powell River.

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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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Conservatives Could Be Eliminated in BC

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Stephen Harper’s Conservatives failed to get more than 24% in any of the four ridings polled by Insights West. The clear majority (i.e. – more than 50%) of respondents voted against them in every riding. This is another illustration of what could happen, IF the left united. The Conservatives could be eliminated in BC.

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Cabinet Removes Land from Agriculture for the Site C Dam

Is Doublespeak Government Policy in British Columbia?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In addition to being one of the province’s most promising agricultural areas, the Peace River Valley sits on the Montney shale formation and location of the proposed Site C Dam. A Ministry of Agriculture spokesperson recently informed the ECOreport that the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) makes the decisions regarding land zoned for agricultural use . “The ALC is an administrative tribunal – arm’s length from government – and government does not interfere in that independent decision-making process.” He did not mention the fact two weeks prior to our interview, Cabinet Removed Land from ALC for the Site C Dam.

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