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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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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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The Disconnect Between Canada’s Climate Words & Fossil Fuel Investments

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmA year has passed since the World proclaimed its’ resolve to keep the average global temperature rise below 2 degrees. The Canadian government appears to be green lighting the expansion of our emissions heavy fossil fuel sector through the addition of Woodfibre LNG terminal, Pacific Northwest LNG terminal and at least one more pipeline to carry diluted bitumen to the West Coast. (Natural Resources Minister Jim Car says that the now expected U.S. approval of the Keystone XL pipeline does not change the fact Canada needs more access to Asian markets.) They are expected to approve the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would tripple the tanker traffic flowing past the city of Vancouver, on December 19. The hearings for an even larger project in eastern Canada, Energy East, have been temporarily on hold since the entire panel had to recluse itself because “their participation in these meetings may have created an apprehension of bias which could undermine the integrity and the credibility of the Board’s decision making process.” Despite the fact emissions from the gas and oil sectors are one of the principal contributors to our rising emissions, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says “there is no turning back” in the fight against climate change. At the press conference following the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) at Marrakech, she was confronted about the  disconnect between Canada’s climate words & fossil fuel investments.

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The Politics Of Quid Pro Quo

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmAnyone trying to understand the “why?” of some (seemingly stupid) political actions should read David Mason’s recent column in the Globe and Mail.  His explanation of the Canadian Government’s approval of the $36 billion (CAN) Pacific NorthWest LNG project, on Lelu Island in British Columbia, boils down to the politics of quid pro quo.

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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

Lelu Island Could Become Canada’s Largest Carbon Polluter

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOne of the smartest things Premier Christy Clark’s government has done was ask Matt Horne, of the Pembina Institute, to join BC’s Climate Leadership Team last year. The credibility they gained from that single act opened the door to new possibilities. Unfortunately that door appears to have shut . Premier Clark chose to ignore the suggestions made by her Climate Leadership Team. Yesterday  Horne has released a statement that the proposed LNG facility on Lelu Island could become Canada’s largest carbon polluter.

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Scientists Condemn The Flawed Review Process For Lelu Island

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere are more than 130 of them, from Alaska, Russia, the West Coast as far south as California and east to the Atlantic coast. Their joint letter refers to “Misrepresentation,”  “lack of information” and “Disregard for science that was not funded by the proponent.” Scientists Condemn The Flawed Review Process For Lelu Island, at the mouth of British Columbia’s Skeena River, as “a symbol of what is wrong with environmental decision-making in Canada.”
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Lelu Island’s Environmental Assessment Disgusting

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAfter months of waiting, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has released the report that could determine the fate of one of the world’s largest salmon runs. Petronas wants to build an LNG terminal on Lelu Island, beside the eelgrass bed where 88% of the Skeena’s juvenile salmon feed. Though  Simon Fraser University reported that the “proposed development in these areas will threaten the fisheries that depend on these fishes,” the newly released draft Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) study disagrees.  Both Environmentalists and First Nations leaders find Lelu Island’s environmental assessment disgusting.

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Pacific Northwest LNG Apologized

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Two days ago, the ECOreport ran a story that pointed out the Pacific Northwest LNG (PNW LNG) omitted much of the eelgrass when they distributed a map of Flora Bank. This is important because that eelgrass has long been recognised as one of the most important juevenille salmon habitats on the West Coast. The map was published in several northern newspapers. Since then, Pacific Northwest LNG apologized, sort of.
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BC May Not Build Any LNG Terminals

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Two years ago, Premier Christy Clark’s government seemed to be on course to have three LNG terminals underway by 2020. There was talk of five. Now BC may not build any LNG terminals.

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