No Escaping B.C. Governments' Pre-Election Political Programming

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

The B.C. government is in the midst of saturating television shows and social media news feeds in the province with a multimillion-dollar back-patting advertising campaign in advance of the 2017 election. The B.C. Liberal party -- who clearly have money to burn -- is getting in on the act as well with mood-setting political ads.

190 Conditions On LNG Approval Put First Nations In Driver's Seat

Crystal Smith | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Crystal Smith

The federal government's approval of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project has been presented as a positive outcome for industry and government, and a negative one for First Nations. The simple truth is, not all First Nations are opposed to the project. In fact, many along the project's route are in favour, and here's why

We Need To Move From Climate Commitment To Climate Action

BC Council for International Cooperation | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Politics
BC Council for International Cooperation

We cannot spend tens of millions of dollars promoting a low carbon future while also spending tens of millions promoting extractives. With the Agreement in full force, Canada can pivot its approach to international assistance to reflect real policy coherence. We need to support small-scale, decentralized clean energy programs that promote pro-poor, gender sensitive projects.

4 Things Will And Kate Need To Know About B.C.

DeSmog Canada | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Don't get me wrong: B.C. truly is a glorious place -- the type of place you can fly over in a seaplane and easily think the wilderness will never end. But it's also one of the world's last frontiers and the race is on to cut down our old-growth forests, to send more oil tankers into our ports, to build natural gas plants in our salmon estuaries and to flood our rivers for megadams.

B.C.'s Climate Plan Subsidizes Fossil Fuels (Yes, You Read That Correctly)

DeSmog Canada | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

The hidden subsidies come on top of B.C. Premier Christy Clark's many concessions to the natural gas industry, including more than a billion dollars in royalty breaks, a freeze on the provincial carbon tax and taxpayer-subsidized promotion and marketing.

Liberals Mull Allowing Temporary Foreign Workers For LNG Projects

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Business

MaryAnn Mihychuk's officials told her it was inevitable that companies would need temporary foreign workers to proceed with energy projects in Western Canada.

B.C. Liberals' Long-Shot LNG Deal Was Fantasy After All

Dermod Travis | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

B.C. may still see an LNG plant, but as for that $1 trillion in economic activity and $100 billion prosperity fund the only step left is to call time of death. There's an upside for the government. The public never bought the hype in the first place.

What Climate Activists Conveniently Leave Out About B.C. LNG

Blair King | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

If consumers in Asia use British Columbian LNG, the global emissions will be 20 per cent lower than LNG from our competitors. If this LNG replaces coal, the global benefit is even greater as it will produce less than half the emissions of a comparable coal plant. In both cases, B.C. LNG is better for the planet than the alternatives.

Canada Must Win Race To Meet Asia's Soaring Demand For LNG

Susanne DiCocco | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Business
Susanne DiCocco

British Columbia is one of the jurisdictions racing to supply Asia with LNG. Because there are more LNG proposals under consideration than there are needs in Asia, this opportunity is a race against time, or more accurately, a race against hundreds of other projects around the world.

B.C. Government Masters The Art Of Political Spin

Dermod Travis | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Canadians have come to expect that politicians will take a few liberties with facts as they spin issues to suit their purpose. A master practitioner of the art form is the B.C. government, with spin that can be light in the accuracy department.

Scientists Urge Environment Minister To Reject 'Flawed' LNG Report

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada British Columbia

The report is "a symbol of what is wrong with environmental decision-making in Canada."

Canada Could Reap Billions From LNG. If It Ever Happens.

CP | Gemma Karstens-Smith | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Business

As a certain "Austin Powers" character might say, "7.4 BILLION dollars!"

Site C Dam Permits Were Quietly Issued During The Federal Election

DeSmog Canada | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Former prime minister Stephen Harper's government issued 14 permits for work on the $9-billion Site C dam during the writ period of the last election -- a move that was offside according to people familiar with the project and the workings of the federal government.

LNG Investments Will Have Long-Term Benefits For B.C.

Keith Sashaw | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Business
Keith Sashaw

Given the economic doldrums facing other resource-based sectors in B.C. with the collapse of oil prices and the malaise in the minerals and metals markets, the B.C. engineering community recognizes the importance of projects such as LNG Canada moving forward. For many firms, the development of an LNG industry will buffer the impact that the downturn of the resource sector is having.

'Mindless' Clark Slammed For LNG Comments

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada British Columbia

The premier was fielding questions about opposition to TPP, tax breaks for the mining industry, and environmental concerns over LNG projects.

5 Resolutions B.C. MLAs Should Ponder For The New Year

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

It's that time of year when many of us consider making a few resolutions for self-improvement. In the spirit of the season, it only seems fitting to suggest five resolutions for the British Columbia's MLAs.

True Climate Leadership Means Stepping Away From LNG

Eoin Madden | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Eoin Madden

90 per cent of all new wells drilled in B.C. that would supply the province's proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry will be fracked. Fracking demands massive amounts of freshwater, industrializes large areas of northeast B.C. and has major impacts on the climate. So, how is the B.C. government getting away with touting this industry as a "clean" energy resource?

Site C Dam 'Doesn't Make Sense' Says Former BC Hydro CEO

DeSmog Canada | Posted 08.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Former BC Hydro CEO Marc Eliesen says ratepayers will face a "devastating" increase in their electricity bills if the Site C dam is built

B.C. Finance Minister Heads To Malaysia To Woo Energy Giant

CP | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Travel and accommodation for the minister and his chief of staff will cost about $7,900.

The Premiers' Canadian Energy Strategy Doesn't Go Far Enough

David Suzuki | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

The premiers' Canadian Energy Strategy focuses on energy conservation and efficiency, clean energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. But details are vague and there's no sense of urgency. Although the language about climate change and clean energy is important, the strategy remains stuck in the fossil fuel era.

If The Pope Gets Climate Change, Why Can't B.C.?

Raffi Cavoukian | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Raffi Cavoukian

Forget the dirty money "jobs and billions" dreams Premier Christy Clark and her cabinet cronies sell. Their sleight of hand is clumsy, bad for B.C., bad for our planet and the children to come.

$82 Billion In Canadian LNG Ambitions May Not Be Needed: Report

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Business

A new report by the Carbon Tracker Initiative is throwing some cold water on Canada's liquefied natural gas ambitions.

What Will Aboriginal Title Rights Mean for LNG Development?

Ravina Bains | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Ravina Bains

First Nations in B.C., like the Lax Kw'alaams band, deserve greater clarity on what, if any, projects trump Aboriginal title rights. Companies looking to invest in B.C. deserve greater clarity on the willingness of the government to support projects on Aboriginal title land -- without the consent of First Nations.

B.C. Signs $36-Billion LNG Agreement With Malaysian Energy Giant

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada British Columbia

The project would be the largest capital investment in B.C.'s history.

Signs of Change Are Sweeping the Nation

David Suzuki | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

Recent events in Canada have shown not only that change is possible, but that people won't stand for having corporate interests put before their own. The people of Alberta did what was once thought impossible: they gave the NDP a strong majority. Voters in Prince Edward Island followed B.C. provincially and Canada federally and elected their first Green Party member, as well as Canada's second openly gay premier.