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Drought in northern and central B.C. has officials worried PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 08:23
 
 
 
B.C. lands ministry is asking for voluntary reductions in water use so fracking can continue.
The Canadian Press · Posted: Oct 10, 2018 10:35 AM PT | Last Updated: October 10
 
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Drought condition in central and northern regions of B.C. are at level 3. (file photo) (Dave Gilson/CBC)
 
Drought condition in central and northern regions of B.C. are at level 3. (file photo) (Dave Gilson/CBC)
The B.C. lands ministry is asking agricultural, municipal and industrial bodies in parts of central and northern British Columbia to voluntarily restrict their surface and groundwater water use because of especially dry conditions.
 
Despite rainfall over the past few weeks, stream flows in the Upper and Middle Fraser, Nechako, Peace and Central Coast regions are all experiencing "dry" level 3 droughts, while the Stikine and Skeena-Nass regions are at "extremely dry" level 4 droughts.
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New rules inside the B.C. NDP could limit the ability for some members to publicly criticize the NDP government of Premier John Horgan. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 15 October 2018 18:07
Rob Shaw
he Province
 
Published: October 14, 2018
 
Updated: October 14, 2018 6:00 PM PDT

New rules inside the B.C. NDP could limit the ability for some members to publicly criticize the NDP government of Premier John Horgan.

New rules inside the B.C. NDP could limit the ability for some members to publicly criticize the NDP government of Premier John Horgan. CHAD HIPOLITO / THE CANADIAN PRESS

 
New rules inside the B.C. NDP could limit the ability for some members to publicly criticize the NDP government of Premier John Horgan. CHAD HIPOLITO / THE CANADIAN PRESS
 
New rules within the B.C. NDP could limit people's ability to criticize the government and party policies.
VICTORIA — B.C.’s governing New Democratic Party has crafted new rules that could prevent some members and officials from publicly criticizing the decisions of Premier John Horgan’s government.
 
A draft of an internal NDP code of conduct, obtained by Postmedia News, shows it would require members of the party’s provincial executive and committees to sign non-disclosure agreements that forbid them from publicly disagreeing with party or government policies.
 
“Individuals agree that they shall, in all public statements (either written or verbal), promote the positions taken by the party through its duly constituted bodies and shall refrain from public criticisms of the party, its positions, or its elected officials,” reads the code of conduct. Any criticisms should be expressed only through internal channels, it reads.
 
The document also says all matters dealt with in party meetings are confidential and not to be discussed publicly.
 
The code is a draft, but could go before the NDP’s provincial council for a vote next month. It would apply to the provincial executive — which includes table officers and two representatives from each region of the province — and the NDP’s nine committees where members meet to discuss issues such as the environment, agriculture, women’s rights, youth, pride, people living with disabilities and Aboriginal representation.
 
Signed agreements could effectively act as gag orders for NDP members who disagree with the Horgan government’s decisions to approve the Site C dam, give tax breaks to the LNG Canada project and campaign in favour of proportional representation.
 
NDP officials argue the intention is not to silence people from speaking their minds, but instead to formalize what has been an implied obligation in the NDP constitution that
 
 
people who represent the party — especially on social media — do not criticize it or break with its positions in an official capacity.
 
“Individuals will still be individuals,” said NDP communications director Glen Sanford. “I think you know the NDP well enough to know there will always be robust discussions and our folks really don’t hold back on how they feel about things. That’s not going to change. The clarity that’s being looked for here is ensuring there’s procedures and lines of responsibility and accountability for people who are representing bodies of the party.”
 
Sanford said the party has already heard concerns from some members about the language used in the draft and the need to more explicitly state that people can still be critical of the party and government as long as they make clear it is their opinion.
 
The code of conduct, which also includes sections on conflict of interest and dispute resolution, is modelled after those used by federal political parties, unions and corporations, said Sanford.
 
Nonetheless, the code would be unique among B.C.’s political parties, where pressure to toe the party line is often real but usually unwritten.
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Ministers say salmon not being restored in Fraser River PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 07:13
 
 
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Commissioner Bruce Cohen addresses the media regarding the findings of the Cohen Commission into declining salmon on the Fraser River during a news conference in Vancouver on Oct. 31, 2012.
 
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MARK HUME
VANCOUVER
PUBLISHED MAY 21, 2014
UPDATED MAY 12, 2018
 
 
 
Almost none of the 75 recommendations B.C. Supreme Court Justice Bruce Cohen made on how to restore sockeye stocks in the Fraser River have been acted on by Ottawa, two federal ministers indicate.
 
Critics have long accused the government of failing to follow up on the $26-million Cohen Commission report in a meaningful way.
 
But it wasn't until Liberal MP Lawrence MacAulay recently asked detailed questions about which recommendations were adopted that the government verified the extent of its actions.
 
In written replies earlier this month, Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq states most of the Cohen recommendations "are directed solely" at the department of Fisheries and Oceans and only 10 were aimed at her ministry. Of those, seven were accepted and three, dealing with marine spills and pollution monitoring responsibilities, were rejected.
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Why Californians are worried about the Trans Mountain pipeline PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 02 October 2018 10:32

Oilsands exports are headed to the Bay Area, where protests are already gearing up

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Canadians might imagine Burnaby as the main site of protest against the Trans Mountain oil pipeline and tanker project, the Vancouver suburb marked as it is by dozens of peaceful demonstrations, arrests and  in recent years.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 October 2018 19:14
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Paddle for ?EL¸TOS and the Salish Sea! September 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 24 August 2018 10:02

Tsawout Chief and Council invite all relations in WSÁNEC and neighbouring communities to participate in the PADDLE FOR ?EL¸TOS and the Salish Sea, in support of Tsawout's claim to the island, also known as James Island.

 
 
 
The event is taking place on Sunday, September 2, 2018, beginning at 9:00 am at ?IX_E? (Cordova Spit) with a community breakfast, followed by a paddle around ?EL¸TOS (James Island) and then a feast in the Tsawout Gymnasium.
 
 
 
The history of use and occupation is significant combined with significant archaeological history. The island was part of the homelands and provided a rich, productive way of life as it was well supplied with plantlife and surrounded by a rich variety of saltwater food supply (fish/shellfish). When it was taken over as part the war efforts it was still occupied and people felt that the island would be fully returned once it was no longer required. However, the history shows that the Tsawout/WSÁNEC People were forced off the island and it then became privatized and was eventually sold.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 September 2018 20:28
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