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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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70% Of Canadians Want A Clean Energy Transition ASAP

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

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Though  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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BC’s First Geothermal Power Project Could Be Weeks From Drilling

The ECOreport looks behind the news that  BC’s First Geothermal Power Project Could Be Weeks From Drilling

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Though 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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Poll Shows British Columbians Support Pausing Site C

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 Site C Mystery

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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BC Hydro Ratepayers Association Seeks Judicial Review of Site C Fisheries Permit

The ECOreport reposts BC Hydro Ratepayers Association Seeks Judicial Review of Site C Fisheries Permit

Press Release from the BC Hydro Ratepayers Association

Vancouver, BC, Sept 21, 2016 – The BC Hydro Ratepayers Association has filed for a Judicial Review of a fisheries permit related to the controversial Site C dam, arguing that the impact of the megaproject on the environment and on First Nations rights was not adequately justified before the permit was granted.
The permit or “Authorization”, issued in late August by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, “authorizes BC Hydro to conduct specified works and activities likely to result in serious harm to fish.” Environmental assessments of the Site C dam predict the project will cause the extinction of local populations of Arctic Grayling, a 90% reduction in the population of Mountain Whitefish, and substantial reductions in populations of already threatened Bull Trout.

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Solidarity Protests Against Site C Reach Montreal

The ECOreport looks at how the Solidarity Protests Against Site C Reach Montreal today & Ottawa Tomorrow

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMA dozen creative actions were held in  British Columbia Saturday. Most were in Vancouver, where 70 volunteers helped organize events like a “Yoga-thon,” “Guerrilla” Chalk mural and “Drums for the Peace” ceremony. There also events in Victoria, Kelowna and Fort St John. Today, in time for the opening  of the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations’ court case, the solidarity protests against Site C reach Montreal.

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Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan

The ECOreport posts news from the Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan en route to Montreal

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe Canadian and British Columbian governments may wish to ignore perceived treaty violations of the Site C Dam project,  but this determined group of people will not let them. Their bus left Ken and Arlene Boon’s farm, in the Peace River Valley, Monday. They want to be present when a Federal judge hears the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations argue that this BC Hydro project infringes on their constitutionally protected rights to hunt, fish and trap the lands that will be submerged. The Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan will arrive in Montreal Sunday.

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The Developing World Leapfrogging Western Technology

The ECOreport interviews a well travelled consultant about reports of the Developing World Leapfrogging Western Technology

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMMuch of the planet does not possess the extensive financial, power, communications and automotive infrastructures that are commonplace in the West. This was a serious handicap throughout the 20th century. But as the planet transitions into new technologies,  there are reports of the developing world leapfrogging western technology to lead the way into a more sustainable future.

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Site C Will Submerge Needed Agricultural Lands

The ECOreport reviews the evidences as British Columbia enters the post peak agricultural world at the onset of climate change:  Site C will submerge prime agricultural lands

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMBritish Columbia grows less than half of the fresh produce it needs. Much of what we consume comes from California. The ongoing drought conditions, and a weak loony, have sent vegetable prices spiralling 11.7% this year.  Fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables are becoming an occasional luxury for some middle-low income B.C. families. Though this will only worsen worse as global temperatures continue to rise, the government of BC is far more preoccupied with the get-rich promise of mega-energy projects. Once it is completed, Site C will submerge prime agricultural lands.

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