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The Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation Says No To Ajax Mines

The ECOreport looks at the reasons the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation Says No To Ajax Mines

By Roy L Hales

The mining sector may be struggling, but it is still big business in British Columbia. According to the Northern Miner,mining is “one of the hottest sectors of the Canadian stock market.” At the beginning of this year, there were 702 British Columbia based mineral exploration and mining companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSXV exchanges. Some of the A BC Liberal party’s biggest campaign contributors are mining companies. Though KGHM Ajax Mines is not one of them, having forked out a mere $55,450,1 a new mining start would definitely bolster Premier Christy Clark’s image within the industry. Only there is more at stake than money when it comes to a proposed 2,500-hectare open-pit copper and gold mine on the outskirts of the city of Kamloops. This is an area that local first nations consider sacred and after careful deliberation, the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation says no to Ajax Mines.

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  1. KGHM AJAX MINING INC’s donations to the BC Liberal Party: 2013/03/01 – $2,000.00;  2013/12/31 – $10,000.00; 2014/03/28 – $1,000.00; 2014/03/28 – $2,000.00; 2014/04/14 – $400.00; 2014/07/04 – $250.00; 2014/07/04 – $250.00; 2014/10/10 – $10,000.00 ; 2015/03/06  – $2,000.00 ; 2015/04/10 – $5,000.00 ; 2015/06/19 – $2,000.00; 2015/11/20 – $20,000.00 ; KGHM INTERNATIONAL’s donations to the BC Liberal Party:  2015/02/13 – $550.00

Do The Pacific Coast’s Climate Leaders Mean Business?

As the Governor’s of Washington, Oregon and California join with BC to sign a new climate plan,The ECOreport asks do the Pacific Coast’s Climate Leaders mean business?  

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On June 1, 2016, the Governors of Washington, Oregon and California joined British Columbia’s Environment Minister and representatives from six West Coast cities, in the Borgia Room of San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel, to sign what history may show was a key milestone in the struggle to mount a concerted defence against the ravages of global temperature rise. The 2016 Pacific Coast Climate Leadership Action Plan has a strong emphasis on issues like ocean acidification; the integration of clean energy into the power grid; “support for efforts by the insurance industry and regulatory system to highlight the economic costs of climate change; and so-called “super pollutants” (also known as short-lived climate pollutants).” This sounds good, but do the Pacific Coast’s “Climate Leaders” mean business?

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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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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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BC Says It Cannot Support Kinder Morgan Pipeline

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe province of British Columbia was not able to respond in time to be part of Monday’s broadcast, “Bitumen Sinks & Is Almost Impossible to Clean Up.” However a Ministry of Environment spokesperson emailed and BC says it cannot support Kinder Morgan Pipeline at this time.

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Is BC Ready For A Major Oil Spill?

The ECOreport looks into a major concern behind the pipeline controversy, is BC ready for a major oil spill?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIf all the proposed fossil fuel projects (Coal; Oil & LNG) in British Columbia and the Puget Sound are approved, another 5,300 marine transits could be passing through the strait of Juan de Fuca every year. This would appear to greatly increase the possibility of an accident. Is BC ready for a major oil spill?

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To Demonstrate Their Ownership Of Madii Lii

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It has been fourteen months since the Luutkudziiwus chiefs declared their land closed to all LNG traffic and other unauthorized industrial activity. Hereditary Chief Nola says Madii Lii camp was built to “stop the injustice that is being perpetrated on our people.” In the face of agressive actions spearheaded by the government of British Columbia, the house of Luuktkudziiwus needed to demonstrate their ownership of Madii Lii.

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What would make BC Reject the NEB Process?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Thirty-five more participants walked out of the National Energy Board hearings, on the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline Project, last week. Like Former BC Hydro CEO Marc Elieson and former ICBC President and CEO Robyn Allan before them, they are calling the whole process a sham. After interviewing two of them, I zipped off a list of questions to the Ministry of Environment. Most of them pertain to the idea of putting oil pipelines in in provincial parks, but in the Q&A that follows a Ministry spokesperson also answered what would make BC reject the NEB process?

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Another 35 participants Left The NEB Hearings

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There have been complaints about the flawed National Energy Board (NEB) Hearings, on the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), from the beginning. Former BC Hydro CEO Marc Elieson withdrew last fall, calling the proceedings “a farce and this Board truly a industry captured regulator.” When former ICBC President and CEO Robyn Allan left, last May, she said the panel is “not an impartial referee…the game is rigged.” This morning, another 35 participants left the NEB hearings.

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What Has The Under2 MOU Changed?

Fossil Fuel Development Continues Unabated On The West Coast

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Are the drought conditions spreading throughout the West Coast connected to climate transformation? States of emergency have been declared in California, Washington and parts of Oregon. Though British Columbia has not experienced this, a recent computer simulation predicted 80% of its glaciers could disappear over the next decade. This entire region responded by joining with eight other states, on three continents, in a pact to tackle Climate Change. Yet the development of fossil fuel continues, so what has the Under 2 MOU changed on the West Coast?

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