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Weaver says 44 members voting the same way could create stability. (CBC) PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 19:34

By Joan Russow

 

This is wonderful news for the citizens of British Columbia

 

 Last night I gave  the following presentation on a panel:

 

I have done a content analysis of the platforms of the NDP and the Green Party

First, I would like to discuss five key issues; proportional representation, electoral finance reform, party status, Kinder Morgan and Site C; then I will refer to other core elements in the platform.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 May 2017 04:30
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Elections B.C. probes Liberal Party fundraising PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 06 March 2017 08:17

KATHY TOMLINSON The Globe and MailPublished Sunday, Mar. 05, 2017 9:35PM ESTLast updated Monday, Mar. 06, 2017 7:56AM ES=
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/elections-bc-probes-liberal-party-fundraising/article34210991/

The B.C. Liberal Party said it will revamp its website immediately, to remind donors they can’t donate on behalf of others. (CHAD HIPOLITO/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

 


The governing Liberal Party in British Columbia is under investigation for its fundraising practices by Elections B.C., after The Globe and Mail revealed lobbyists are illegally funnelling money to the party – routinely – on behalf of corporate and special interests.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 March 2017 15:15
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Kinder Morgan is short on cash, and desperately needs investors PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 February 2017 19:01

News just broke that Kinder Morgan is short on cash, and desperately needs investors to back their Trans Mountain project -- a dirty tarsands pipeline that would threaten BC’s coast with oil spills and facilitate a massive increase in climate pollution from the tarsands. [1-3]

They've hired TD Bank to broker talks with pension funds and banks, searching for backers to bail out their struggling pipeline plan. [4]

TD invests millions in branding themselves as a friendly and socially responsible bank, and they don't want their brand associated with environmental destruction.

A massive petition could show TD that supporting the Kinder Morganpipeline could damage their brand and cost them customers. IThe company won't do anything that they think will hurt their bottom line, so if we can make this campaign huge, it could work.

TD is meeting investors on behalf of Kinder Morgan right now, so we need to act fast. Will you sign the petition asking TD to immediately stop helping Kinder Morgan find investors to bail out their tarsands pipeline project?

Sign the petition now

The pipeline would be a disaster: oil spills in salmon streams, massive tankers on BC's fragile coast, and a huge surge of climate pollition. KinderMorgan admits the project would create only 50 permanent jobs, and economists say the pipeline isn’t even needed. [5-6]

But Kinder Morgan's weak financial position could be their achilles heel. They're relying on TD to help find backers for their risky pipeline and tanker scheme and if we convince TD to pull out, it would leave Kinder Morgan scrambling -- creating costly delays they simply can't afford 

The pipeline has already been approved by the federal and provincial government, and this is one of the few avenues we have left to stop the project. So what do you say, joanrussow. Will you sign the petition calling on TD to pull out of their contracts with Kinder Morgan?

We've seen banks give into the pressure of campaigns to stop pipelines before. Just last November, indigenous activists in Norway convinced Norway’s largest bank to divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline. It worked in Norway, and it could work here -- but only if thousands of us sign the petition now. [7]

http://www.leadnow.ca/tell-td-stop-supporting-kinder-morgan/

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Site C PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Sue Hiscocks   
Friday, 18 November 2016 14:26

Two years ago, the government promised energy-intensive LNG projects electrical rates at $83.02 per megawatt hour.


Now Clark has offered LNG developers a stunning give-it-away rate of $53.60. That is $30 below the original quote and about half the expected $100-plus cost of a megawatt-hour from the $9-billion Site C dam. That dam will raise electricity prices so Clark can give away our tax money to tar sands LNG developers and US consumers.*


So aside from stealing native land, destroying native sacred burial sites, putting BC food and water security at risk and ignoring public wishes, Clark is going to steal BC taxpayer money and give it to Alberta tarsands companies, LNG companies and the US.  Why is she not in jail?

 

* the Tyee http://www.thetyee.ca/Opinion/2016/11/10/BC-LNG-Fraud/

Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2016 14:35
 
Unmasked: The face of Anonymous activist shot dead by RCMP PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 15 July 2016 11:30

James McIntyre a 'gentle, innocent' who loved model trains, concerned by Site C

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News Posted: Jul 14, 2016 6:00 AM PT Last Updated:

Jul 14, 2016 6:26 AM PT

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/anonymous-activist-was-gentle-innocent-metis-man-says-cousin-1.3677750

 

 

The first glimpse of the face of the masked Anonymous 'comrade' shot dead by RCMP is this yearbook photo of James McIntyre from 1979.

The first glimpse of the face of the masked Anonymous 'comrade' shot dead by RCMP is this yearbook photo of James McIntyre from 1979. (Contributed)

One year after a masked man linked to Anonymous was shot dead byRCMP in northeastern B.C., a relative wants to reveal the true face of James McIntyre.

McIntyre, 48, was killed on a sidewalk by officers responding to a call about a disturbance at an open house for BC Hydro's controversial Site C dam project in Dawson Creek on July 16, 2015.

"Jim didn't deserve to die in a brutal manner," said McIntyre's cousin, Keith LaRiviere, Sr. "The man lying on the ground was not a criminal. He was a victim of police violence."

'Gentle' introvert loved model trains

LaRiviere described the cousin he grew up with as a gentle, innocent, intelligent man who stuttered, rarely conversed with people and loved model trains.

"He didn't go out and play. He didn't join the baseball team with us. He didn't drink. He didn't have a girlfriend. He didn't drive a car. He wouldn't cross the road except at a crosswalk," said LaRiviere. "He was soft."

Métis concerned for the land

LaRiviere said McIntyre's "isolation and huge brain" drew him to computers and helped him connect online with model train enthusiasts across the United States. 

 

He was concerned about the Peace country being destroyed by another dirty project.- James McIntyre's cousin

 

He said he and his Métis cousin shared a concern for "the soil and our ancestral values."

But he said he had no idea McIntyre was an activist with the online activist group, Anonymous

​After Anonymous claimed McIntyre as a comrade and threatened to avenge his death, the Dawson Creek man made international headlines. Until then, McIntyre had made the local newspaper just once for winning an employee award as a dishwasher.

LaRiviere said McIntyre thrived at his work in the dish pits in a local restaurant and casino, since it was a work station he could run alone.

Despite his introverted nature, McIntyre was extremely close with family, always sitting quietly at family gatherings, and only moving in to his own apartment a few years ago, said LaRiviere.

McIntyre's family has asked for privacy and until now, McIntyre's life — and death — were a mystery.

'This is an environmental issue'

Now, LaRiviere is breaking that silence.

Keith LaRiviere at Paddle for the Peace protest

James McIntyre's cousin, Keith LaRiviere, took part in a Paddle for the Peace protest near the Site C dam last weekend. McIntyre was shot dead outside a Site C open house in Dawson Creek one year ago. (Facebook )

"It's not just a family issue, this is an environmental issue," said LaRiviere.

LaRiviere said his cousin was concerned about the impact of the controversial Site C dam on local First Nations and landowners.

"He was worried about the Peace country being destroyed by another dirty project," said LaRiviere. "If that's Jim's message, don't stifle his voice."

 

Masked man had a knife 

 

Initial reports to BC's police watchdog alleged McIntyre was shot after a man with a knife "approached officers in an aggressive manner" outside a Site C open house in Dawson Creek on July 16, 2015.

Witness Mike Irmen said the man who was shot was wearing a mask, similar to the Guy Fawkes mask often used by Anonymous and refused to throw away his knife, even as he lay bleeding.

LaRiviere  believes his cousin was at the Site C meeting to make a statement, not to hurt anyone.

"Making a statement with that mask makes all the sense in the world to me for Jim, because he was alone in his life," said LaRiviere. 

RCMP declined to comment, as the fatal incident is still being investigated by B.C.'s police watchdog.

Watchdog's review wraps up

"The bulk of the investigative work is complete," said Marten Youssef, the Independent Investigation Office's manager of strategic communications. Youssef said an internal review of the investigation still needs to be completed. Until then, there's no official information about what happened or whether RCMP officers acted appropriately. 

Youssef says he's aware of reports of Anonymous' interest in the case. But he says that's had no bearing on the IIO investigation.   

McIntyre's cousin isn't sure the truth about what happened — and why —  will ever come out.

"The truth is with Jim," said LaRiviere. "The truth is with a dead man." 

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 15 July 2016 11:39
 
SQUAMISH NATION TAKES KINDER MORGAN TO COURT PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 16 June 2016 19:13

 SQUAMISH NATION TAKES KINDER MORGAN TO COURT; CHIEF IAN CAMPBELL COMMENTS

Posted on June 16, 2016 by Leah Newman

NORTH VANCOUVER — Just minutes ago, the Squamish Nation filed an application in the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver. See Chief Ian Campbell comments below

“The Squamish Nation is stunned that the NEB has recommended that the Kinder Morgan expansion project be approved by the federal government — without first properly consulting the Squamish Nation on the impacts of the project on its aboriginal rights and title. Nor assessing the project through a real environmental assessment process.

 As a result, the Squamish Nation has no other choice but to challenge the NEB recommendation — by going to court.

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SQUAMISH NATION TAKES KINDER MORGAN TO COURT PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 16 June 2016 19:05
SQUAMISH NATION TAKES KINDER MORGAN TO COURT; CHIEF IAN CAMPBELL COMMENTS Posted on June 16, 2016 by Leah Newman NORTH VANCOUVER — Just minutes ago, the Squamish Nation filed an application in the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver. See Chief Ian Campbell comments below “The Squamish Nation is stunned that the NEB has recommended that the Kinder Morgan expansion project be approved by the federal government — without first properly consulting the Squamish Nation on the impacts of the project on its aboriginal rights and title. Nor assessing the project through a real environmental assessment process. As a result, the Squamish Nation has no other choice but to challenge the NEB recommendation — by going to court. To this end, on June 16, 2016 the Nation filed an application with the Federal Court of Appeal to address the breaches of the Crown’s constitutional duties to consult the Squamish Nation, to properly assess the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the project and the lack of procedural fairness. – In its application, the Nation is asking the court to quash the NEB decision. That it be referred back to the NEB for reconsideration. The Squamish Nation categorically rejects the NEB report. We simply can not — will not — approve it for the following reasons: – We’re stunned to learn that the NEB finds that any risk of an oil spill in Burrard Inlet is acceptable — when the risk of valuable marine habitat destruction is so high. – In its own research the NEB Board admits that the heavy oil may sink in certain circumstances and potentially fouling the shoreline of Burrard Inlet. And further, that this heavy oil may be resistant to biodegradation and cleanup. – Both Trans Mountain and Environment Canada state that additional research is needed to understand the fate and behavior of dilbit spills. The NEB does not ahve the scientific data is needs to make a decision on this project. – How can the NEB make a recommendation to approve without fully consulting the Squamish Nation on the project? A promise of further studies give us no comfort. We need to understand the impacts now before we can make an informed decision on this project. Therefore NEB is, in essence, making a recommendation to approve the project without fully taking into account our aboriginal rights and title. –This past December, Prime Minister Trudeau talked to First Nations about becoming working partners — about renewal and reconciliation. If that is true — beyond fine words and lofty rhetoric — we need the Prime Minister and his government to meet with us about saving Burrard Inlet — now.”
 
BC Hydro Paying Millions to Independent Power Producers to Not Produce Power Due to Oversupply PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 16 April 2016 17:25

EXCLUSIVE:

Judith Lavoie • Desnog

http://www.desmog.ca/2016/04/05/b-c-hydro-paying-independent-power-producers-not-produce-power-due-oversupply

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 17:06

Transmission lines

 

A state-of-the-art gas thermal power plant in Campbell River sits idle 90 per cent of the time, but — under a contract that runs until April 2022 — BC Hydro is paying about $55-million a year to ensure emergency power is available if needed, DeSmog Canada has learned.
 
The Island Generation plant, with a 275-megawatt capability, meaning it is capable of powering about one-third of Vancouver Island homes, is owned by Capital Power Corp., and is fired up only for peak power demands or when there are problems with subsea cables from the mainland that usually power Vancouver Island.
 
The company only incurs minor expenses as there is a skeleton crew of about 14 people and few maintenance problems, meaning it is similar to being paid for parking a vehicle in a garage, said a former employee.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 April 2016 12:21
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BC Hydro seeks injunction against Site C protesters PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 25 February 2016 08:51

BC Hydro seeks injunction against Site C protesters

David Suzuki, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip rally in opposition to controversial project

CBC News Posted: Feb 22, 2016 12:07 PM PT Last Updated: Feb 22, 2016 12:26 PM PT

A handful of protesters rally outside B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver in opposition to BC Hydro's controversial Site C project.

A handful of protesters rally outside B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver in opposition to BC Hydro's controversial Site C project. (CBC)

BC Hydro is seeking an injunction today in B.C. Supreme Court as it looks to end to the protest against its controversial Site C dam project.

The Crown corporation says the injunction is necessary to keep the project on schedule and budget, and claims protesters have prevented contractors from completing their work. It is also seeking punitive damages and costs. 

Demonstrators have been camped out in a remote area near Fort St. John since Dec. 31.

David Suzuki at Site C protest camp

David Suzuki, third from the right, and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, centre, joined protesters at the Site C protest camp at Rocky Mountain Fort earlier this month. (Yvonne Tupper/Facebook)

Outside the court today, activist David Suzuki was joined by a handful of demonstrators calling on the province to abandon the project.

Suzuki says Ottawa's commitment to the Paris climate deal last December should give it reason to reconsider the future of Site C.

"It seems crazy to put farmland in the north under water when that valley can be the bread basket of the north. Food has to be grown much closer to where it is going to be consumed," he said. 

Suzuki was joined outside the courthouse by Grand Chief Stewart Phillip who also voiced his opposition. 

"It's very important wildlife habitat for the treaty people," Phillip said. "We intend to fight this fight on the land, in the courts, and through the political process. We stand in vehement opposition."

Site C protest

Protesters have camped out near the Site C dam project in northern B.C. since Dec. 31, 2015. (Yvonne Tupper)

 

Site C jobs in demand

Meanwhile in Prince George, organizers of a job fair for Site C say they're expecting hundreds of people to attend this afternoon.

Last week, 3,000 people lined up for hours at several Site C job fairs in northeastern B.C. The fairs allow applicants to speak with contractors who are hiring.

BC Hydro announced in December it would spend $1.75 billion to build the earthen dam, foundation, two diversion tunnels and spillways.

 
David Suzuki, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip lend support to Site C protesters PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 25 February 2016 08:01

By Online News Producer  Global News

 

 

 

WATCH: Environmentalist David Suzuki and Grand Chief Stewart Philip join a protest to stop the Site C dam project. John Hua reports, and Keith Baldrey looks at the debate raging in the B.C. Legislature.

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A prominent scientist and First Nations leader are lending their support to protesters opposing the construction of the Site C dam near Fort St. John.

Environmentalist David Suzuki and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, held a press conference this morning in support of a camp of protesters at the Rocky Mountain Fort on the Peace River, who have been blocking construction since the beginning of this year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 February 2016 08:39
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