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The Rich & Connected Appear To Run British Columbia

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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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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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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John Horgan’s PowerBC plan will create jobs

The NDP released a plan incorporating clean tech solutions &  energy efficiency projects.  John Horgan’s PowerBC plan will create jobs and save money

Press Release from BC’s New Democratic Party

Burnaby — B.C. New Democrat leader John Horgan today launched PowerBC, a sweeping energy plan that creates jobs in every community in B.C. while protecting families and businesses from runaway Hydro bills.

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This Time, BC Counts

Rate Mair’s latest analysis of the 2015 election: Mulcair & Trudeau are both coming on strong, Elizabeth May shines and this time, BC Counts

Originally Published on The Common Sense Canadian 

By Rafe Mair

Churchill once stated that the best time to predict events was after they had happened and I think he was probably right.

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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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Fassbender rejected the BC teacher’s offer to go to binding arbitration

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIn a press release issued Saturday, BC’s Minister of Education Peter Fassbender rejected the BC teacher’s offer to go to binding arbitration because “the BCTF made it clear that they would insist on several preconditions – preconditions that would effectively tilt the entire process in the BCTF favour.”

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Business is not back to normal at the Mount Polley Mine

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though Ministry of Environment staff report that water samples are very close to historical levels, business is not back to normal at the Mount Polley Mine.

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Can Christy Clark’s Government be trusted?

In the wake of the Mount Polley Disaster, the ECOreport asks  can Christy Clark’s Government be trusted? 

Questions arising from the Mount Polley tailings pond breach: 

  • Is BC’s Liberal government in the pockets of industry?
  • Can large corporations be trusted to place public safety ahead of profits?
  • Does the Federal Government have any responsibility for this?
  • Can Christy Clark’s government be trusted? 

“How come no one has to resign?” writes Rafe Mair. “This is a colossal screwup by the government of British Columbia. Is no one to blame? Whatever happened to the notion of ministerial responsibility?”

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On August 4,  the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond breached, discharging 4.5 million cubic metres of metals-laden fine sand into the surrounding lakes and rivers. Even as Interior Health lifted the “do not use water advisory” for communities north of where the Quesnel River narrows, questions  of government incompetence are surfacing.

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Does BC Really Need a “Fracking” Dam on Site C?

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMOne of the first questions that needs to be addressed, in regard to the proposed dam at site C on the Peace river, is why BC needs to be embark upon a $7.9 billion project at this time.
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