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We'll Never Know How Much Kinder Morgan Spent In B.C. Municipal Race

DeSmog Canada | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

While voters will someday know how much non-profits including Dogwood Initiative spent during the election, as it stands it will forever remain a mystery how much oil giants such as Kinder Morgan have pumped into advertising during this year's municipal campaign.

Avalanche Risk At Proposed B.C. Ski Resort Raises Red Flags

DeSmog Canada | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

"Where are they going to park the cars? You're not going to park them in the middle of an avalanche zone."

Jumbo Glacier Resort Symbolizes All That's Wrong With B.C. Politics, Economy

DeSmog Canada | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

It is time for Premier Clark to stop the Jumbo Glacier Resort gravy train and bring accountability and sanity to the situation once and for all.

B.C. Has World's Best Clean Fuel Rules. Guess Who's Trying to Weaken Them?

DeSmog Canada | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

One of British Columbia's most effective climate regulations is at risk.

Time Running Out For Ambitious B.C. Ski Resort

DeSmog Canada | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

After 24 years of controversy, a vital deadline is looming for Glacier Resorts Ltd., which by next month has to prove to B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Office that significant progress has been made on the billion-dollar plan to build a 6,300-bed resort on Crown land in the glacial wilderness, 55 kilometres west of Invermere.

When It Comes to Jumbo Glacier Resort, All Questions Lead Back To Powerful Minister

DeSmog Canada | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

"One of the mysteries is why he has got his nose in it at all," said B.C. MLA Norm Macdonald, adding that people worry about publicly criticizing powerful minister Bill Bennett. "This is complete insider stuff. It's a remote corner of the province and they're getting away with stuff no one would get away with anywhere else... Everything about it feels like cronyism at its worst."

'The Wild Frontier Mentality Isn't Working'

DeSmog Canada | CAROL LINNITT | Posted 09.26.2014 | Canada Alberta

Alan Ernst and his wife Madeline were world travellers for most of their adult lives. So when they decided to settle down, they gravitated back to ...

Harper's New Climate PR Campaign Is Downright Orwellian

Carol Linnitt | Posted 09.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Facing criticism in the lead up to the U.N. Climate Summit, which prime minister Stephen Harper did not attend, the Harper Government released a new public outreach campaign through Environment Canada. Already critics are pointing to the apparent disparity between the Environment Canada campaign and Canada's waning reputation on the international stage.

5 Reasons B.C. Should Say No To The Site C Dam

DeSmog Canada | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Does Site C make sense for the people of B.C.? There are five key reasons why it's not.

Canada's War on Science Brings Us International Shame

Carol Linnitt | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Canada's so-called "War on Science" has made international headlines, especially after deep funding cuts led to the closure of some of Canada's most important research centres. Thousands of federal scientists from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as well as Environment Canada have lost their jobs as a result of the cuts. Since 2006 the Harper government has introduced strict communications procedures that prevent scientists from speaking freely about -- and at times even publishing -- their research.

B.C. Can Expect More Mount Polleys

Carol Linnitt | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carol Linnitt

The industry needs productive, safe, and enabling parameters to work within, and British Columbians deserve to rest assured that our business leaders and elected representatives are engineering those limits properly -- with a foundation much stronger than that of the Mount Polley tailings pond.

Fracking Waste Illegally Dumped in Dawson Creek Water Treatment System: Official

Carol Linnitt | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carol Linnitt

"The situations we've encountered in every case has been an independent contractor to a company who signs on to a company [saying] they will dispose of the waste in an appropriate manner...and then behave badly, try to save themselves some money by coming to our dump instead of going to the proper spot."

Fancy a Swim in Sewage? Take a Dip in Ottawa River After It Rains

DeSmog Canada | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

In 2012, when Gatineau beaches were tested 12 times, the Parc Moussette beach received a D rating three times. In 2013, with eight test dates through the summer, the same beach was posted as unsafe for swimming once and this year. Health Canada estimates that, at the D-grade level, about 100,000 Canadians a year get sick from swimming in polluted waters.

BC Nature Files Legal Challenge Against Northern Gateway Pipeline Approval

Carol Linnitt | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carol Linnitt

"In the lawsuit filed today, we argue that due to fundamental flaws in the JRP's report, Cabinet was deprived of the legal authority to make a final decision on the pipeline," Chris Tollefson, ELC executive director and lawyer for BC Nature, said.

New Poll: Canadians Think Oilsands Contribute Way More to the Economy Than They Actually Do

Carol Linnitt | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada Business
Carol Linnitt

According to the poll, conducted by Environics and commissioned by Environmental Defence, 41 per cent of Canadians believe the importance of the oilsands to the economy is six to 24 times higher than it actually is. And a full 57 per cent of Canadians overestimate the value of oilsands to the country's economy.

Fears of Cost Overruns, Flooding of Peace Valley Loom on Eve of Site C Dam Report

DeSmog Canada | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Opponents of the proposed Site C dam are hoping a report from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency panel, to be released Thursday, will emphasize potential environmental damage from the massive dam and persuade the federal and provincial governments that the project should be scrapped.

Can University Of Victoria Lead The Way On Divesting Fossil Fuels?

Carol Linnitt | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carol Linnitt

"If you can believe it, my faculty pension has no ethical screens. We can invest in arms, tobacco, and so on. It's outrageous, really. But of all places in society, the university is well-positioned to lead, to find creative solutions to these complexities."

Killing B.C. Environmental Reviews 'Not In The Public Interest'

Carol Linnitt | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carol Linnitt

"Environmental assessments are supposed to allow the public and regulators to better understand and avoid potential risks. Removing the requirement for an environmental review is not in the public interest," said lawyer Jessica Clogg.

People Without Educational Expertise Shouldn't Draft Educational Policy

DeSmog Canada | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

The answer seems to be found in that old abysmal gap between policy-makers and practitioners. Why is anyone without educational expertise drafting educational policy? The actual question of who decides upon curriculum is nothing new: even the role and qualifications of teachers in this process is a contested matter.

New Law Officially Opens B.C. Parks To Pipelines, Drilling

Carol Linnitt | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carol Linnitt

"The government has sent a clear signal that it is open to having pipelines cut through our globally renowned protected areas," said Al Martin of the B.C. Wildlife Federation. "The Act will now allow industrial expansion in some of B.C.'s most beloved parks, placing them at risk."

B.C. Shellfish Die-Off Illustrates A Future We Must Avoid

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

By continuing to promote the extraction and export of coal, tar sands, and fracked gas instead of sustainable sectors in B.C., our government is making a political choice to prioritize short-term profits over renewable industries. Let's work together to develop a smart and creative strategy to transition away from fossil fuels and toward a low carbon economy

A Short History of Joe Oliver, Canada's New Finance Minister

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

Joe Oliver, Canada's new federal Minister of Finance, made quite a name for himself during his tenure as Minister of Natural Resources. With Oliver moving to the helm of the country's finances, perhaps it's time to take a look back over his notable career. Is Oliver's selective use (and misuse) of the facts restricted to the oilsands?

Enbridge Covers Northern B.C. With Ads Before Kitimat Northern Gateway Vote

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Enbridge's ad spend on the Kitimat vote so far is more than three times what the company would be allowed to spend in an electoral district during a provincial election. During a provincial election or initiative vote, Elections BC restricts how much companies and other third-party advertisers can spend -- but no such rules apply to the April 12 plebiscite.

Is Canada Really An 'Energy Superpower'?

Carol Linnitt | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada
Carol Linnitt

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver attended the East Coast Energy Conference last week, where he said: "Canada is emerging as a 21st century energy...

Is There Room For Big Oil In Alberta Classrooms?

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Alberta
DeSmog Canada

"It's time that the Alberta government realizes that what's good for the oil industry isn't what's good for the rest of Alberta and especially not our children. While oil may run our cars for now it shouldn't run our government or our schools. Ever."