The ECOreport looks at the latest provincial election polls: NDP in lead; BC Liberals slipping; BC Greens gained 4 percentage points
By Roy L Hales
The results of Mainstreet Research’s March 18-20 poll are out. Though the New Democratic party (NDP) is still well out in front, both they and the BC Liberals have fallen back 2 percentage points. This week’s surprise is that the BC Greens have gained 4 percentage points in terms of decided and leaning voters.
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The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed about perceived corruption in government, BC should return Kinder Morgan’s campaign donations
Press Release from Dogwood
Today a coalition of public interest and environmental groups released an open letter to the Liberal Party of British Columbia asking them to return the more than $771,168 that Kinder Morgan, its shippers and allied pipeline and petroleum associations contributed before their pipeline proposal was approved.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about Site’s C’s real force of YES:
Yes, save the farmland;
Yes, save the forests;
Yes, save the money,
Say NO to the proposed Site C Dam
By Roger Bryenton
Why is BC Hydro building the Site C hydro-electric project, flooding valuable farmland along our Peace River Valley in north-east BC, destroying forests needed for carbon sequestration to help offset climate change, and eliminating fish that the First Nations rely upon for an essential food?
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The ECOreport looks at a new study that provides answers, What do 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 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, 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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Given that we do not need the energy, the environmental damages are enormous and we appear to be breaking a treaty, the ECOreport asks: “Why Do the Liberals Push Site C?”
(Originally Published Feb 28, additional information added under “SNC Lavalin” on March 5, 2015)
By Roy L Hales
According to a recent report from the University of British Columbia, “Site C has more significant adverse environmental effects than any project ever reviewed under the history of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, including impacts on dozens of species, aquatics, vegetation, wildlife, Aboriginal use of lands and resources, and cultural heritage.” The British Columbian and Canadian governments are most likely breaking treaty #8, which gave local first nations usage of the land that will be submerged. BC Hydro has not properly evaluated less destructive, and far less expensive, alternatives like geothermal energy. We won’t need the power for decades, if ever. Yet retiring Energy Minister Bill Bennett says “Site C is probably the most important thing” he has been associated with and Premier Christy Clark vows to push this project beyond the point where a future government could reverse her decision. So why do the Liberals push Site C?
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The ECOreport reposts a story about BC’s upcoming election, the gas industry pumps $1 million into Clark’s campaign chest
Originally Published on the Wilderness Committee
VANCOUVER – Research from the Wilderness Committee has revealed shocking details of how, since the last provincial election, fracking, gas pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) companies have donated over one million dollars to the BC Liberals.
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The ECOreport reposts an update from the Pembina Institute, British Columbia’s Green Buildings
Originally Posted on the Pembina Institute
By Karen Tam Wu
France was a hub of the Renaissance, an era that saw landmark buildings built in Paris, including parts of the Louvre. So it’s fitting that the UN climate conference in Paris will host the inaugural Buildings Day. This is an important opportunity to chart a new course for how we can all use energy more efficiently within our homes and buildings.
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The ECOreport looks at stories of the a corrupt political process, the rich & connected appear to run British Columbia
By Roy L Hales
More than a week has passed since the New York Times carried the story. The author, Dan Levin, told Global News, “If this were in Russia or China or the Balkans or some developing-world country, it would just be written off as nepotism or corruption, but here (in British Columbia), because it’s not illegal, it seems to just get a pass.” Corporate and union donations to political parties are banned in Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alberta and Ontario, but not in British Columbia. NDP MLA David Eby believes the corruption runs much deeper than the $50,000-a-year “commission” Premier Clark receives from her party’s campaign chest. The rich & connected appear to run British Columbia.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about BC’s upcoming provincial election, $718,918 reasons Christy Clark said ‘yes’ to Kinder Morgan
Originally posted on the Dogwood Initiative
VANCOUVER – After formally opposing the Trans Mountain expansion proposal at National Energy Board hearings last January, Christy Clark’s BC Liberal government has reversed its position, embracing Texas-based Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and oil tanker proposal.
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