When the Cortes Island Business and Tourism Association (CIBATA) was launched, it faced some tough challenges. Some believe Cortes is still stuck in the seventies and many residents would like to preserve that. Yet there is a need for the same business sectors you find everywhere else: retail, health, building and trades, tourism medical marijuana, aquaculture, learning / professional development and social profit. On February 24, CIBATA will be unveiling the draft of Cortes Island’s Local Economic Action Plan at the Klahoose Multipurpose Building, between 10 AM and 4 PM. In this morning’s program the association’s President, Colin Funk, talks about economic development while preserving Cortes’ core values.
Prior to the election, Justin Trudeau made many promises. He was going to stop the Northern Gateway pipeline project. He was going to redo the National Energy Board (NEB) process and that “applies to existing projects.” The NEB will not make a decision on Kinder Morgan’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion early in 2016. Kinder Morgan will have to go through a new process, which will require obtaining support from communities and First Nations. Trudeau was elected over a week ago. The battle against BC’s pipelines continues.
Alberta is Stephen Harper’s home province, home to the oil sands and uses more coal fired electricity than all the rest of Canada combined. With oil prices dropping to $40 a barrel, people in Calgary and Fort McMurray are losing their jobs. This is not where one would expect much support for renewable energy, but a new poll from EKOS Research discovered most Albertans want cleaner energy.