Category Archives: Politics

BC Greens Gained 4 Percentage Points

The ECOreport looks at the latest provincial election polls: NDP in lead; BC Liberals slipping; BC Greens gained 4 percentage points

By Roy L Hales

The results of Mainstreet Research’s March 18-20 poll are out. Though the New Democratic party (NDP) is still well out in front, both they and the BC Liberals have fallen back 2 percentage points. This week’s surprise is that the BC Greens have gained 4 percentage points in terms of decided and leaning voters.

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BC Should Return Kinder Morgan’s Campaign Donations

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed about perceived corruption in government, BC should return Kinder Morgan’s campaign donations

Press Release from Dogwood

Today a coalition of public interest and environmental groups released an open letter to the Liberal Party of British Columbia asking them to return the more than $771,168 that Kinder Morgan, its shippers and allied pipeline and petroleum associations contributed before their pipeline proposal was approved.
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Trump Threatens The Environment, Health & Economic Development

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed, Donald Trump threatens the environment,  health & economic development

Press release from the Center for American Progress

By Carolyn Kenney

The first months of Donald Trump’s presidency have raised serious concerns about the new administration’s understanding of climate change and the associated security risks. President Trump’s vocal skepticism of climate change and his appointment of several prominent climate deniers to his Cabinet, along with deep proposed budget cuts to government activities aimed at slowing or adapting to climate change, could see the new administration do untold damage to the environment, human health and security, economic development, and international peace and stability.
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Canada’s Budget Props Up Failing Tar Sands Industry

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed critical of the 2017 budget, Canada’s Budget Props Up Failing Tar Sands Industry

Editor’s note: Canada is a Petro-state, whose currency fluctuates with the rise and fall of oil prices. This would not be a healthy situation even if fossil fuel emissions were not triggering climate change. The  government needs to develop other industries without collapsing our Petro-economy.

Press Release from the Wilderness Committee

While the federal government invests in moving Canada towards a low-carbon economy, Budget 2017 throws good money after bad in its attempts to prop up a failing tar sands industry.

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Vancouver Island Poll Suggests Greens Could Pick Up 1-2 Seats

THE ECOreport looks at BC’s 2017 election, Vancouver Island poll suggests Greens could pick up 1-2 seats.

By Roy L Hales

Green Party Andrew Weaver received an incredible surprise when he heard the results of Check TV’s online election survey two days ago.  The Vancouver Island poll suggests Greens could pick up 1-2 seats.

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What do BC’s Fossil Fuel Companies Get For their Campaign Contributions?

The ECOreport looks at a new study that provides answers, What do BC’s fossil fuel companies get for their campaign contributions?

By Roy L Hales

Fossil fuel companies pumped more than $5.1 million into British Columbia’s elections between 2008 and 2015. 92% of that money was given to the BC Liberal party, which was in office through-out that period. The remainder went to the leading opposition party, the New Democratic Party (NDP). A new report from the Centre for Policy Alternatives, MAPPING THE POLITICAL INFLUENCE examines the funds and lobbying data to get answers. So what do BC’s Fossil Fuel Companies Get For their Campaign Contributions?

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Why Do the Liberals Push Site C? (Updated)

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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Gas Industry Pumps $1 Million Into Clark’s Campaign Chest

The ECOreport reposts a story about BC’s upcoming election, the gas industry pumps $1 million into Clark’s campaign chest  

Originally Published on the Wilderness Committee

VANCOUVER – Research from the Wilderness Committee has revealed shocking details of how, since the last provincial election, fracking, gas pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) companies have donated over one million dollars to the BC Liberals.

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Trump Administration Needs To Be Watched

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED by a former senior analyst from the DOE, the Trump administration needs to be watched

Originally Published in the Fairfax Times

By Dr. Allan Hoffman

I voted for Hillary Clinton to become our next President because I thought she was a better choice than Donald Trump in temperament, experience, and policy. I also thought it was time to have a female president. I did this despite two serious misgivings about Clinton, her handling of the health insurance issue in the early days of her husband’s first term as President, and her failure to respond adequately to the seriousness of her decision to use a private email server while serving as Secretary of State. As a former government official I understand how frustrating dealing with the security systems in government can be, but poor judgements were made by Clinton and her staff, all of whom should have known better. Nevertheless, I was strongly offended by many of Trump’s statements during the Republican primary race and the general election, and saw no way to vote for a man I considered an uninformed and arrogant demagogue.

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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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