The ECOreport publishes the first part of a Conversation With Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island, about the upcoming election
By Roy L Hales
With British Columbia’s provincial election approaching, I decided to interview the candidates in my riding. Dallas Smith, who is attempting to capture this seat for the BC Liberals, has yet to respond to my emails. Green candidate Sue Moen and I will be talking soon. My conversation with Claire Trevena, MLA for Island North, took place on a bench overlooking the wharves at Heriot Bay, on Quadra Island.
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The ECOreport publishes a response to the National Post’s critique of the real Justin Trudeau
By Roy L Hales
The NATIONAL POST published a very cynical portrait of Canada’s Liberal government. Andrew Coyne wrote, “Every time you think you have plumbed the depths, every time you believe you have pierced the many veils of their duplicity, you are delighted to discover still another con wrapped inside the last — usually delivered by some smiling minister tweeting variations on ‘Better is Always Possible’ and ‘Diversity is Our Strength.’” Unlike the previous administration, which “never bothered to pretend they were anything other than grimly determined power-seekers,” the Trudeau people are using their perceived idealism as “a newer, slicker, con.” Coyne may be right, but I suspect this is not the real Justin Trudeau.
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The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed about government mismanagement, How The Liberals Ran BC Hydro’s Debt Up 1337%
Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian
By Rafe Mair
I start this exercise with a couple of general comments.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about Site’s C’s real force of YES:
Yes, save the farmland;
Yes, save the forests;
Yes, save the money,
Say NO to the proposed Site C Dam
By Roger Bryenton
Why is BC Hydro building the Site C hydro-electric project, flooding valuable farmland along our Peace River Valley in north-east BC, destroying forests needed for carbon sequestration to help offset climate change, and eliminating fish that the First Nations rely upon for an essential food?
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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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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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The ECOreport looks at a Clean Energy Canada poll on the national climate and clean growth plan, 70% of Canadians want a clean energy transition asap
By Roy L Hales
Though Donald Trump’s election casts a long shadow on energy matters, a new poll finds that it is making little impact on public opinion north of the border. Only 17% of the respondents think Canada should follow Trump’s lead and stick with fossil fuels. “If anything, this survey suggests that the new U.S. leader’s position actually makes Canadians more inclined to support clean energy here at home,” said Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada. They perceive the future in terms of a low carbon economy and 70% of Canadians want a clean energy transition asap.
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The ECOreport looks behind the news that BC’s First Geothermal Power Project Could Be Weeks From Drilling
By Roy L Hales
Though the provincial government has known about our massive potential since 1983. Two years ago the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) released a report stating British Columbia could develop geothermal for half the cost of hydro. Now, as pipelines and the controversial Site C Dam dominate the headlines, BC’s first geothermal power project could be weeks from drilling.
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The ECOreport reposts new data from Insights West, Poll shows British Columbians Support Pausing Site C
Originally Published on Insights West
Vancouver, BC — British Columbians want BC Hydro’s Site C dam sent for an independent review and support stopping construction on the project while alternatives are investigated, a new poll by Insights West has found.
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The ECOreport publishes the Site C mystery – No need, no market, no meaningful review and many alternatives that save fish, honour Treaty 8 rights, keep hydro rates from skyrocketing
Press Release from the BC Hydro Ratepayers Association
“Hydro’s demand forecasts are persistently and systematically wrong. There is no reason to believe that much new power, if any, will be required in the next 20 to 30 years [in BC]. But if there is, there are several alternatives available which are markedly less expensive and less damaging to Aboriginal interests, fisheries and the environment generally, than Site C.” – Dr. Harry Swain, former chair of the Joint Review Panel in an affidavit filed in Federal Court.
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