Humpback whales were passing through our area long before the first people arrived. Whaletown is one of Cortes Island’s principle villages. Whaletown Road passes right through Squirrel Cove. There is a “Whaling Station Bay,” on Hornby and “Blubber Bay,” on Texada Island. Up until a few years ago, there have been no humpback whale sightings since 1871. This morning’s broadcast consists of a series of interviews about the humpbacks return to Cortes Island.
It wasn’t so long ago that Prime Minister Stephen Harper referred to the oil sands “ethical oil” as a very important source of economic growth. Given the Canada’s renewable energies sector came into being during his watch and the government spent more research and development money on them than any other sector during 2012, it could be said Harper is pursuing his own “all of the above” program. The comparison ends with industry. Harper has not seriously addressed Canadian emissions. While international attention has focused on Alberta’s oil sands, BC’s government is hoping to harvest a trillion dollar economy by pursuing natural gas, coal and tar sands crude interests. Canada’s climate inaction is a harsh contrast to US actions. Continue reading Canada’s Climate Inaction is a Harsh Contrast to US Actions→
Fifty one of BC’s faith leaders have written Christy Clark an open letter requesting she reconsider her decision to approve the expansion of coal facilities on Texada Island. This follows the discovery, last month, that the provincial government secretly approved a plan to expand for a tenfold to twentyfold increase of the material being exported to China. They wrote that coal is “the fossil fuel most directly linked to the rise of CO2 emissions in China” and “making money at the expense of the health and prosperity of the planet is wrong.” Continue reading 51 BC faith Leaders Against Texada Coal Port Expansion→