Last week the B.C. Liberal government approved the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project. They have stated that Kinder Morgan has met their five conditions and have added 37 new conditions with their approval. From the National Energy Board hearings, to the recent to governmental approval, the process was problematic right from the start. It was nothing more than a public relations exercise.
Adam Olsen was born in 1976 in Victoria, B.C. and was raised on the Tsartlip First Nation. He is a husband, father, entrepreneur and politician. Adam and his wife Emily are raising their two small children, Silas and Ella, on the same property where he grew up. Adam is the B.C. Greens candidate in Saanich North & the Islands and Spokesperson for Intergovernmental Relations.
I am profoundly disappointed with the federal government's approval of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project. As an intervenor in the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings, I witnessed first hand that the process was fundamentally flawed.
12/08/2016 11:46 EST
When a corporation or union donates tens of thousands of dollars to a political party, you can bet that they are having an influence in what that party says or does. How else could they justify the investment? In our province, this is truly egregious but the B.C. Liberal government scoffs at anyone who suggests it needs to change.
12/02/2016 09:21 EST
I wish the Malahat First Nation luck in developing economic capacity in their community, but I will not support LNG in the Saanich Inlet. Furthermore, I do not support the "sellout" of British Columbia by the B.C. Liberals or inability of the B.C. NDP to take a clear position as they search for whatever position appears to be politically popular.
08/24/2015 07:02 EDT
The provincial government owes it to all British Columbians who have invested 22 years and over $600 million in the treaty process to be open and transparent about your in-camera decisions.
03/27/2015 01:35 EDT
It is commendable that your government has balanced three consecutive provincial budgets, but British Columbians (and our children in particular) are hardly better off because of it.
03/18/2015 05:54 EDT
At this moment in time, all we really know is that the status quo in our mining industry cannot go on.
02/06/2015 06:15 EST
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.
01/14/2015 02:03 EST
The report is straight to the point -- a decade's worth of backward ferries policy is damaging the provincial economy. Frankly, for a government that is desperate for economic investment and job creation, their decisions are puzzling.
09/19/2014 02:35 EDT
This site is a well-documented archaeological site with many burial cairns. Today, the cairns are covered with plywood boxes to protect them from the construction. The boxes are spray painted with a happy face and loaded down with building debris, tools and scrap materials. This makes a mockery of the dead.
07/29/2014 03:20 EDT
The situation on Grace Islet illustrates a bigger problem with aboriginal and non-aboriginal relationships in British Columbia and Canada. A fundamental inequity exists -- kick over a grave marker in Ross Bay Cemetery and there is public outrage; propose a house above First Nations burial cairns and, as long as you follow "due process," it's given the green-light.
06/26/2014 03:06 EDT
With the federal government decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline looming, this year's World Oceans Day takes on even greater meaning for B.C. Anyone who has lived on our coast knows how important our oceans and our beaches are to our lifestyle, our economy and our identity as British Columbians.
06/08/2014 03:35 EDT
Let's focus on an arbitrated contract that will get us through the next two to three years, but keep the mediator around for that period and require all three parties continue meeting until they can reconcile their differences and drastically improve the quality of their negotiations.
05/25/2014 12:41 EDT
If the B.C. Liberals move forward with Site C they are locking British Columbians into huge, long-term debt while stifling innovation in energy production and transmission for another generation.
05/18/2014 01:50 EDT
With a federal decision on Northern Gateway imminent, this vote in Kitimat sets the tone. If the Canadian government supports the project, Premier Christy Clark will be facing a challenge to similar to the one Kitimat's leadership stared down on Monday night.
04/16/2014 05:51 EDT
The government of B.C. has introduced Bill 24, the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) Amendment Act. Despite the lack of formal public consultation, we have an opportunity to make our voices heard before this bill gets passed.
04/05/2014 02:41 EDT
Despite the fact that the Tsilhqot'in and Secwepemc are opposed to the New Prosperity mine, the B.C. Liberal government continues to support the project. This is both profoundly troubling and inconsistent with their commitments to First Nations.
03/07/2014 01:15 EST
This current core review is not about the best interests of agriculture; rather it is about freeing thousands of hectares of agricultural land from the Agricultural Land Commission, opening once preserved lands to non-agricultural development opportunities, especially natural gas development.
01/29/2014 03:33 EST
The Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan pipeline proposals plan to significantly increase heavy oil tankers to Asia and both governments have promised "world-class" oil spill response on land and in the water. British Columbians are skeptical about this commitment. Stories like the sinking tug near Squamish are regularly in and out of the media reminding folks that nothing has been done. There is nothing "world-class" about the provincial-federal response to marine-based environmental concerns in the past.
01/24/2014 05:24 EST
Nearly 20 per cent of British Columbians live on the coast, generating over 35 per cent of the revenue to the provincial coffers. Yet when compared to the billions of dollars of investments the provincial government has made in the Lower Mainland alone in recent years, BC Ferries are woefully underfunded. As a consequence, people, businesses and economies that rely on the ferry service suffer.
01/13/2014 01:50 EST
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