A province known for its breathtaking mountains, lakes, rivers and scenery should be treasured, valued and protected. Unfortunately under the B.C. Liberals everything seems to have a price tag, and the only thing worth protecting is corporations and profits.
"This case really does represent a situation where you have a regulator that has gotten too close to a powerful and well-resourced private interest that it is supposed to be independently regulating," said Chris Tollefson, lawyer for the University of Victoria's Environmental Law Centre.
In technical jargon this is called "Ecosystem Based Management" or EBM. Or to put more plainly: nature has limits and we must respect them.
April brought a fresh new proclamation for B.C.: get out and see the glaciers before they are forever confined to history.
The amount is broken down as $850,000 for the land and $4.6 million for the private owner, who had started to build a retirement home on the property.
So, what did Kinder Morgan tell Washington State that it refuses to tell B.C.?
"We're going to be doing this for the next five years."
I am curious though. I wonder what "international experts" could tell the Ministry of Education that teachers in B.C. do not already know about students and their needs?
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.
Some people might think that it is strange, but I feel very fortunate to have grown up in a house without cable television. My parents encouraged my brother and me to play outdoors, look at insects and listen to birds. My childhood experiences in the Okanagan definitely spurred my love of nature and, in my teens, I knew I wanted to pursue a career that involved being outdoors and conserving our "Beautiful B.C."