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Christy Clark’s Liberals Attack Vancouver’s Attempt To Limit Emissions

The ECOreport looks into why Christy Clark’s Liberals attack Vancouver’s attempt to limit emissions

By Roy L Hales

The future of Vancouver’s new Green Building Rezoning Policy is already uncertain. As of this morning, there is an emissions cap on all new construction and buildings applying for rezoning. There are several ways developers “can meet the energy efficiency and emissions targets (50 per cent decrease in GHGs).” They can use “better insulation, thicker windows, and better design, as well as opting for renewable energy.” However the largest cause of the city’s emissions is natural gas and so  Premier Christy Clark’s Liberals attack Vancouver’s attempt to limit emissions.

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What do BC’s Fossil Fuel Companies Get For their Campaign Contributions?

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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Poll Finds Opposition To Site C Growing

The ECOreport looks at how even though the information is manipulated, a Poll Finds Opposition to Site C growing

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1More than 1,000 British Columbians participated what appears to be more off a spin exercise than a “poll.” Though critics constantly point to the lack of need, respondents to the BC Hydro commissioned survey were asked if they supported the dam “to help meet the rising demand for electricity in B.C.” Despite this, unconditional support for the controversial project has dropped to 49%. The poll finds opposition to Site C growing.

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The Best Paddle For The Peace Ever

The ECOreport publishes an invitation to attend the best Paddle For The Peace ever

By Andrea Morison

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Our campaign to protect the Peace River Valley from the unnecessary and destructive Site C dam grows bigger and stronger daily! As part of our work to continue to build awareness about the issues of concern associated with this project, we invite you to join us at our 11th Annual Paddle for the Peace on July 9, 2016 near Fort St. John, BC.

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Four Transboundary Mines Risk Repeating Mount Polley Disaster

The ECOreport reposts a call to include Mount Polley investigation recommendations in mining code:  Four Transboundary Mines Risk Repeating Mount Polley Disaster

Originally Published on MiningWatch Canada

Juneau, AK; Ottawa, ON; Washington, D.C. – In the midst of deliberations over the British Columbia Mining Code, an international coalition today released Post-Mount Polley: Tailings Dam Safety in British Columbia, a new analysis revealing that four major BC mine projects in the Alaska/British Columbia transboundary region fail to implement the recommendations of the Mount Polley expert panel, risking similar mine waste containment disasters. The Mount Polley mine disaster, considered the worst mine disaster in Canadian history, occurred in August 2014, releasing over 25 million cubic metres of mine waste into the Fraser River watershed.

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Former Peace River Regional District Director Arrested at Site C

The ECOreport looks into why A Former Peace River Regional District Director arrested at Site C yesterday.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A Former Peace River Regional District Director arrested at Site C yesterday. Arthur Hadland told the Alaska Highway News that the B.C. Government is “treating us like a colony here. I think there’s a gradual awakening to the fact we’ve got a public utility that’s out of control.” He was one of three people arrested for blocking the entrance to the construction site Wednesday.

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Trudeau Has Yet To Intervene On Site C

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere has been marked opposition to the proposed Site C dam since the B.C. Public Utilities Commission turned this Peace River project down more than thirty years ago. Dr. Harry Swain, former Chair of the Site C Joint Review Panel, and Richard Bullock, former Chair of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), have become some of the project’s most outspoken critics. Peace Valley Landowner Association President Ken Boon recently informed Canada’s new government of this, when he asked for their help, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has yet to intervene on Site C .

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Does BC Need the Electricity?

Gwen Barlee of the Wilderness Committee Says the Private Sector is Bleeding BC Hydro Dry

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMBritish Columbian politicians held out promises for the development of renewables, when the Meikle wind project was announced two months ago. The Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennet, said, “Independent power projects continue to play an important role in powering our province. Our decision to proceed with Site C provides a firm energy source that will support the integration of more wind energy projects in the future.” To which Mike Bernier, the MLA for Peace River South, chirped in, “the energy sector is providing employment and economic opportunities.” One of the headlines in the March 2015 North American Windpower states, “BC Wind Industry Seeks Clear Signal.” The same statement could be asked by the geothermal, solar, and river diversion projects – but does BC need the electricity?

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BC Utilities Commission will not Review Site C

The following story is a response to two motions the UBCM passed on Sept 25. Energy Minister Bill Bennett told Alaska Highway News that BC Utilities Commission will not Review Site C

Originally Published on the Alaska Highway News 

By William Stodalka

Despite increasing pressure from British Columbia’s municipalities, provincial Energy Minister Bill Bennett said last week he is sticking by his decision not to refer the Site C dam to the B.C Utilities Commission.

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BC’s First Commercial Solar Project is Operational

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1This is going to be what some of my colleagues call a “puff piece.” More critical evaluations may follow; this is a time to celebrate. Though SunMine has actually been feeding the grid since June 22nd, the city of Kimberley just made the official announcement. BC’s First Commercial Solar Project is operational.

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