Mary Polak

Namu, B.C.: The Province Needs To Do More

Adam Olsen | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

For years British Columbians and Canadians have demanded that our governments do something about marine waste. The fish cannery in Namu, B.C. is the latest of many slow-moving environmental disasters.

5 New Year's Resolutions For B.C.'s Politicians

Dermod Travis | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

In the spirit of giving, here are five ideas for B.C.'s politicians to consider as they set their resolutions for 2015.

Proposed B.C. Ski Resort In Avalanche Zone: B.C. NDP

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada British Columbia

INVERMERE, B.C. - The B.C. New Democrats and governing Liberals can't agree on whether the day lodge for the New Jumbo Glacier Resort is being built i...

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

DeSmog Canada | Posted 12.21.2014 | 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."

B.C. LNG Emissions Law Greenest In World: Environment Minister

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - New legislation introduced in British Columbia requires liquefied natural gas plants to meet emission standards or face penalties and makes...

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

DeSmog Canada | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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.

Proposed Massive B.C. Dam Granted Environmental Assessment Approval

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - The proposed $7.9-billion Site C hydroelectric dam on the Peace River cleared major environmental hurdles Tuesday as the federal and Britis...

Time Running Out For Ambitious B.C. Ski Resort

DeSmog Canada | Posted 12.07.2014 | 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 12.06.2014 | 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."

What B.C.'s Proposed Woodfibre LNG Plant Means

Dermod Travis | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

The next election is in 2017. You suspect that voters might want to see a little something for all the hype before then, so what to do? Well, take one of the proposed projects and slam the pedal to the metal. And by all accounts, that project is the proposed Woodfibre LNG plant in Squamish.

Petition Against B.C. Parks Law Hits 166,000

CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's environment minister disputes environmentalists' claims that a new law threatens the future of provincial parks by allo...

B.C. Has 70 Questions For Kinder Morgan

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The British Columbia government has questions for Kinder Morgan about the proposed expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline through the pr...

Minister Warned Of LNG Emissions

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia Environment Ministry staff have warned their minister that the province's dreamed-of liquefied natural gas industry poses...

Environment Minister Backtracks On Assessments

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

FORT NELSON, B.C. - British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak has done a complete turn around on a decision that would have exempted most of th...

B.C. Quietly Drops Environmental Requirement

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government is exempting about 99 per cent of the natural gas produced in the province from automatic environmental assessment rev...

Did Kinder Morgan's Illegal Permit Lead To Rewrite Of B.C. Park Act?

Andrew Gage | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Gage

Before Bill 4, any research done in a park had to be "necessary for the preservation or maintenance of the recreational values of the park involved." But as we've recently learned, pipeline giant Kinder Morgan has, with a permit from the B.C. government, been conducting research in B.C. parks for their pipeline expansion project since November 2013, four months before Bill 4 was introduced.

Thousands Sign Petition To Kill B.C. Parks Law

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada British Columbia

An online petition asking the British Columbia government to repeal a law that critics say will open protected park areas to pipelines and drilling ha...

Is MMBC A Four-Letter Word For Small Business?

Mike Klassen | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

Small businesses that are already getting greener and cleaner could be responsible for thousands of dollars of fees that they must pass on to their customers. If you like to shop or eat in B.C., get ready to be walloped by new hidden taxes on everything from clothing to groceries.

B.C.'s Carbon Tax Takes Off

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's carbon tax will soon have two new American cousins, prompting Environment Minister Mary Polak to suggest B.C.'s groundbr...

Minister Won't Jump To Conclusions On Fuel Spill

CP | Kim Nursall, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A tanker truck driver took a wrong turn and drove past two "road closed" signs before the vehicle tumbled off the road, spilling 35,000 li...

Is B.C.'s Carbon Tax Going Up?

CBC | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. Minister of Environment Mary Polak says her government will stick to its promise to freeze the carbon tax for the next five years, despite a new ...

Clark Reveals New Cabinet Minsters

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's premier, who won a stunning election victory on bold promises of transforming the province's economy, announced her new...

New Rage Over Old Forum Posts Make Politicians Look Irrelevant

Graham Templeton | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Graham Templeton

B.C.'s election has featured a string of high-profile firings and disqualifications, and they've all left the attackers looking like irrelevant old-timers, relics of an era when it might have been possible to complain about forum posts and retain some shred of dignity. The Internet has given us the mudslinging equivalent of a nuclear standoff and mutually assured destruction has brought a continued ceasefire, perhaps then we can dispense with the winging and get on with the business of government.

Gay Liberal Staffer Resignation Reaction (TWEETS)

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. Liberal staffer Todd Hauptman has quit the party over gay rights issues, leaving Langley incumbent Mary Polak without a campaign manager one week...

Gay B.C. Liberal Staffer Quits

CBC | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The campaign manager for B.C. Liberal candidate Mary Polak has stepped aside because of what he says are concerns with anti-gay sentiments from voters...