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Sorry Globe and Mail, BC Does Not Want Pipelines

The ECOreport reposts a response to OP-ED stating it is BC’s Patriotic duty to accept Kinder Morgan’s pipeline – Sorry Globe and Mail, BC Does Not Want Pipelines

Originally Published in the Common Sense Canadian

By Rafe Mair

I simply couldn’t believe Gary Mason in Friday’s Globe and Mail In his article entitled “Sorry Vancouver: The rest of Canada needs pipelines”. I urge you to read the article so that if I misrepresent Mr. Mason you will see it for yourself.

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Canada Approved Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline Expansion

The ECOreport looks at responses after Canada approved Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Alberta Premier Rachel Notley applauded the Prime Minister’s “extraordinary leadership.” Peter McCartney of the Wilderness Committee calls it “a betrayal of promises made in the last election to act on science, gain public approval and respect Indigenous rights.” There are already 7 legal challenges of this project underway, and more will follow. The government of Canada approved Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion, “subject to 157 binding conditions.”

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Protesting Anticipated Approval of Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline Expansion

The ECOreport looks at reports of the thousands protesting anticipated approval of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion.

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1As decision time approaches, most of us know the government of Canada to enable the flow of more diluted bitumen through the most populated region of British Columbia. The cost, in terms of the Liberal party’s political future in this province, could be great. A recent Insights West poll found that 64% of the people who voted for them in the last election oppose the pipeline. One of their own MP’s made the public appeal, “I ask you to listen to the collective wisdom of British Columbians.” Thousands are protesting anticipated approval of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion.

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Vancouver’s Bike Share Passes 100,000 Rides

The ECOreport reposts news that, after three month in operation, Vancouver’s Bike Share Passes 100,000 Rides

Originally Published on the City of Vancouver

“With 50% of trips in Vancouver made by walking, cycling and transit, Mobi is being used just as we expected – for short, one-way trips that make our active transportation network more convenient and fun,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson.

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Vancouver Plans For 21st Century Sea Level Rise

The ECOreport reposts an announcement of how Vancouver Plans For 21st Century Sea Level Rise

Originally Published on the City of Vancouver

Despite our best efforts to locally mitigate the impacts of climate change, scientists project that sea level rise will pose a significant challenge to coastal cities across the world over the next century and beyond.
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2015/16: A Milestone Year For Vancouver

The ECOreport reposts an announcement of goals achieved, a milestone year for Vancouver

Press release from the Mayor of Vancouver

This has been a milestone year for Vancouver becoming the greenest in the world by 2020, through our Greenest City Action Plan. In 2016, we’ve achieved:
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Taxing Vancouver’s Empty Homes

The ECOreport looks at a partial solution to the housing crises, taxing Vancouver’s empty homes

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMVancouver’s real estate values have skyrocketed 280% since 1986, while wages have only increased 7%. A new report shows the affordability crises impacts both renters and homeowners. The average westside home was selling for $1.4 million last May. Though 10,800 housing units have been empty for more than a year, 1 only about 337 available as rentals. 2 This suggests that speculators own many of the vacant units. City staff recommend taxing Vancouver’s empty homes.

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  1. Policy & Regulatory Steps for Reducing Empty Housing, City of Vancouver Administrative Report, June 16, 2016, p 2
  2. ibid, p 3

Open Letter Opposing Kinder Morgan’s Expansion

The ECOreport reposts an open letter from the Mayor of Vancouver & three First Nations leaders to the Government of Canada, Opposing Kinder Morgan’s Expansion 

From: Mayor Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver; Chief Maureen Thomas, Tsleil-Waututh Nation; Chief Ian Campbell, Squamish Nation; Councillor Howard Grant, Musqueam Nation

To: The Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister; The Honourable James Gordon Carr, Minister of Natural Resources; The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change; Mr. Tony Penniket, Ministerial Panel member; Ms. Kim Baird, Ministerial Panel member; Dr. Annette Trimbee, Ministerial Panel member

In late May, 2016, the National Energy Board (NEB) recommended that the Governor In Council approve Kinder Morgan’s proposal to expand its Trans Mountain Pipeline (TMP).
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Vancouver Talking Pipelines With Trudeau

The ECOreport looks at the news  the Mayor & First Nations leaders have gone to Ottawa, Vancouver Talking Pipelines With Trudeau

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1With Alberta’s economy stalling,  Premier Rachel Notley “needs” a pipeline to transport diluted bitumen from the oil sand to export terminals on the coast. She is “interested in both the proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain line,” through British Columbia’s most populated area, and an Energy East pipeline to the Atlantic Coast.” According to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, her pitch to the federal cabinet members on retreat in Banff received a standing ovation. Only the proposed Trans Mountain expansion is not popular in B.C. and now there is news of Vancouver talking pipelines with Trudeau.
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Bicycles Triumphed Over Cars And Transit

The ECOreport looks at how bicycles triumphed over Cars and transit in Vancouver’s Share the Road Challenge

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Vancouver just held its’ Eighth Annual Share the Road Challenge. There were 13 teams, each composed of someone driving a car, someone with a bike and someone using transit. They started from different locations throughout Vancouver and North Vancouver, anywhere from 2.4 to 10.4 kilometres from the finish line at the downtown London Drugs. The distance did not matter, as long as each team started from the same point, because this was a race to see which form of transportation moved through rush hour traffic faster. This was the first year in which all the bicycles triumphed over cars and transit .

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