Tag Archives: Mayor Derek Corrigan

Why Do the Liberals Push Site C?

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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McKenna Asks Canadians To “Trust Us”

The ECOreport looks at the pan Canadian Climate Team & how, not actually using these words, McKenna asks Canadians to “trust us.”

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The first meeting of what Environment Minister Catherine McKenna calls our “pan-Canadian team on Climate Change” is now over.  She has been closeted with environmental ministers from the provinces and territories, McKenna called it “the most positive meeting that has taken place in a very long time. Though short on details,  the Minister said “We all know we have to act together”and alluded to “real opportunities” in the clean tech sector. To distill her message down to the two words which she did not actually use, McKenna asks Canadians to “trust us.”
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The Battle Against BC’s Pipelines Continues

The ECOreport looks at how, despite the change of Government, the battle against BC’s pipelines continues

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Prior 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.

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When Will The Big Spill Happen?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are currently 18 coastal fossil fuel projects planned for southwest British Columbia and Washington’s Puget Sound. A joint  study, from the FRIENDS of the San Juans and San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping, calculated this will bring another 5,300 marine transits a year through the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  According to Stephanie Buffum, Executive Director of Friends of the San Juans, “Neither Canada nor Washington is looking at the potential impacts of this cumulative increase.” She is not the only one wondering when will the big spill happen?

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The fight to keep coal from Fraser Surrey Docks

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1As the people of Washington and Oregon turn their back on new coal port proposals, producers have turned to British Columbia. Neptune Terminals’ coal port capacity, in North Vancouver,  was doubled, without any public consultation and the city’s request for a health impact assessment was ignored. Resistance to the proposed coal terminal at Fraser Surrey docks was more determined. The  Port Authority carried out assessments before approving the project, but there has been grounds for believing the project was decided upon long before the  official outcome. Ecojustice has undertaken this case on behalf of Voters Taking Action Against Climate Change and Communities and Coal. This morning I’m interviewing Ecojustice lawyer Karen Campbell about the fight to keep coal from Fraser Surrey Docks

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BC says NO to “Canadian Energy Strategy”

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1According to the Globe and Mail, Canadian Premiers are about to sign an agreement that would fast track pipeline projects. The 34-page-report describes how to deal with the opposition  Energy East, Kinder Morgan, Northern Gateway and Keystone XL faced from  environmental groups and First Nations.  It suggests that red tape be cut down, so decisions can be quicker. If the initial responses from community leaders an indication, BC says NO to “Canadian Energy Strategy”.
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Premiers About To Fast Track Pipelines

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In response to a Globe & Mail a story about Canada’s Premiers about to fast track pipelines:

“Canada’s premiers are poised to sign an agreement to fast-track new oil sands pipelines while watering down commitments to fight climate change.”

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NEB Says Kinder Morgan Does Not have to Answer

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The NEB says Kinder Morgan Does not have to answer British Columbia’s questions about responding to an oil spill.  The province’s motion concerning redactions to the Emergency Management Program (EMP) documents because “sufficient information has been filed from the existing EMP documents to meet the Board’s requirements at this stage of the process”.

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Burnaby’s Mayor Compares BC To a Banana Republic

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe coal terminals in BC’s Lower Mainland are being enlarged to handle a great deal more cargo. The capacity of Neptune Terminals, in North Vancouver, has doubled. Westshore Terminals, in Delta, has applied to make a $230 million “upgrade.” It has yet to be seen if a new coal terminal will go in at Fraser Surrey Docks. Just before Burnaby’s council passed a resolution showing their opposition to the proposal, Mayor Derek Corrigan commented that BC is turning into a Banana Republic.
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