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Vancouver Island Poll Suggests Greens Could Pick Up 1-2 Seats

THE ECOreport looks at BC’s 2017 election, Vancouver Island poll suggests Greens could pick up 1-2 seats.

By Roy L Hales

Green Party Andrew Weaver received an incredible surprise when he heard the results of Check TV’s online election survey two days ago.  The Vancouver Island poll suggests Greens could pick up 1-2 seats.

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Who Really Killed BC Hydro?

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED by one of British Columbia’s most thought provoking former provincial cabinet ministers: Who Really Killed BC Hydro?

Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian

By Rafe Mair

This is the story of the death of our province’s once greatest institution, BC Hydro. Though the public power utility began its life under Socred Premier WAC Bennett in 1961, the story of its demise starts circa 2001, under the newly-minted Liberal administration of Gordon Campbell.

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Petition to stop Site C

The ECOreport reposts the public announcement of a place where British Columbians can voice their opposition: A  Petition to stop Site C 

Press Release from Andrew Weaver, Leader of the BC Green Party

You may have already heard. The federal Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans just approved permits for the Site C Dam, which means construction could begin within 90 days. In other words, this is your very last chance to stop Christy Clark from taking Site C past the point of no return. Our BC Greens team is taking this head on, so I need 1 thing from you right now: Sign and share our petition to stop Site C before the Premier pushes it past the point of no return.

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Can Canada Build More Pipelines? Or LNG Facilities?

The ECOreport asked scientists, environmentalists, politicians and spokespersons from the Governments of Alberta, BC and Canada: If we want to limit climate change, can Canada build more pipelines?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In a recent interview with the ECOreport, Simon Fraser University Climate Scientist Dr, Kirsten Zickfeld described Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s idea of fighting climate change while expanding the oil sands and building new pipelines as “delusional.” There is only a finite amount of carbon we can release into the atmosphere and if we hope keep the global temperature rise to 2 degrees C. We are already close to 1.5 degrees and may pass that threshold this year. Even if we do not build any new fossil fuel infrastructure, Canada will exhaust “its’ fair share” of carbon emissions by 2030. These were quite strong statements, so I asked a couple of other scientists – as well as environmentalists, politicians and government spokespersons – Can Canada build more pipelines? Or LNG facilities?
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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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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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Over 70 BC Leaders are calling on Trudeau to Reject Lelu Island LNG

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAccording to Greg Horne, of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, there has never been “such widespread and unprecedented agreement” regarding LNG before. The elected Lax Kw’alaams Band Council, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and leaders from Gitxsan, Gitanyow, Wet’suwe’ten, Tsimshian, Fort Nelson and Salteau First Nations were all signatories. So were Dr. David Suzuki, Dr. Wade Davis, Dr. Alexandra Morton, and Dr. Barb Faggetter. Over 70 BC leaders are calling on Trudeau to reject Lelu Island LNG.

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BC’s LNG Project Agreements Act Passed

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1As expected, Premier Christy Clark’s Liberal party used their majority to push the legislation through. The only MLA actually opposing natural gas development is the Green Party’s Andrew Weaver, who insists the province cannot develop LNG & curtail emissions. BC’s LNG Project Agreements Act passed.

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BC says NO to “Canadian Energy Strategy”

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1According to the Globe and Mail, Canadian Premiers are about to sign an agreement that would fast track pipeline projects. The 34-page-report describes how to deal with the opposition  Energy East, Kinder Morgan, Northern Gateway and Keystone XL faced from  environmental groups and First Nations.  It suggests that red tape be cut down, so decisions can be quicker. If the initial responses from community leaders an indication, BC says NO to “Canadian Energy Strategy”.
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Bill 30: A Deal Born of Desperation

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The BC legislature is debating Bill 30, the Liquefied Natural Gas Project Agreements Act, today.  Premier Christy Clark claims this legislation will “give business certainty and keep British Columbia competitive; to ensure British Columbians see the benefits of the resource they own; and to ensure we build the cleanest LNG facilities in the world.” Critics have another name for Bill 30: a deal born of Desperation.

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