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DEFENDING OUR OCEANS PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 05 April 2018 11:19

DEFENDING OUR OCEANS

 

By Murray Rankin, MP. Victoria

First published in Oak Bay News, April 4

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Spanning three oceans, Canada’s coastline is the longest in the world. Sadly, our oceans are increasingly threatened by rising temperatures, acidification and pollution. The impacts on humans, wildlife and the environment could be disastrous. 

 

The University of Victoria’s  Ocean NetworksCanada monitorsthe country’s coaststo gather real-time data for scientific research.  This research helps communities, governments and industries make informed, evidence-based decisions to promotebetter ocean management, disaster mitigation and environmental protection.

 

While we know that human activity has already caused significant changes in our oceans, important questions remain unanswered. How will marine ecosystems respond to increasing ocean acidification? How does the depletion of oxygen in coastal waters affect ecosystem services? What are the long-term effects of marine plastic pollution? These are of the questions Canadians need to address. Thankfully, organizations like ONC are working to answer them.

 

One concern right here at home is plastic pollution. A recent report by UVic's Environmental Law Centre revealed that there are over 3,000 particles of plastics per cubic metre of seawater in the Strait of Georgia.  It’s estimated that 90 percent of seabirds have plastic in their stomachs. Research like this has a big impact. In 2015, one of my NDP colleagues, Brian Masse, introduced a motion to ban harmful plastic microbeads in consumer products. I'm pleased to say that after years of effort that ban will go into effect on July 1 this year.

 

Plastic microbeads are just one of many pollutants that find their way into our oceans, but they're a good example of how scientific research and evidence-based decision making can yield progress.

 

Unfortunately, a larger threat is looming. Despite the risks and against public opposition, thePrime Ministeris still championing theKinder MorganTrans Mountain oil  pipeline and tanker project as being in the “national interest.” I fail to see how it can be in the national interest to retain the Harper government's emissions targets, refuse to adequately consider the project's upstream and downstream impacts, and dismiss the environmental and economic disaster that our coast would suffer in the wake of a major spill from a bitumen tanker.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 April 2018 11:45
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B.C. recruits noted constitutional lawyer for court action over Trans Mountain expansion PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 06:45

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/trans-mountain-kinder-morgan-court-joseph-arvay-1.4573634

B.C. recruits noted constitutional lawyer for court action over Trans Mountain expansion

Joseph Arvay has made arguments in several headline-grabbing court cases

By Liam Britten, CBC News Posted: Mar 12, 2018 10:12 PM PT Last Updated: Mar 12, 2018 10:12 PM PT

Joseph Arvay will be developing a reference case on behalf of the B.C. government as to whether or not the province can restrict bitumen exports.

Joseph Arvay will be developing a reference case on behalf of the B.C. government as to whether or not the province can restrict bitumen exports. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A high-profile constitutional lawyer will represent British Columbia in an upcoming court action over Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The province announced Monday that Joseph Arvay has been appointed external counsel for B.C. in a reference case that could establish whether or not B.C. can restrict bitumen transported through the province.

A reference case is where the court is asked to weigh in on a particular legal matter, often when the constitution or division of powers between the federal and provincial governments is involved.

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Opponents of Kinder Morgan pipeline call out media's false equivalency in coverage of demonstrations PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 12 March 2018 20:58

by Charlie Smith  Georgia Strait

on March 12th, 2018 at 4:32 PM

 

  • This was the scene in Burnaby on Saturday (March 10).
 
  • This was the scene in Burnaby on Saturday (March 10). Mike Hudema

There's an unusual clarification at the bottom of a recent CBC News web story about two pipeline demonstrations in Metro Vancouver.

"A previous version of this story gave coverage to the pro-pipeline rally that was disproportionate based on the number of people who attended it," the tagline states. "The story has been updated to more accurately reflect both sides of the debate."

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Lax Kw’alaams hereditary leaders voice support for oil tanker ban PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 16:50

 

Lax Kw’alaams hereditary leaders voice support for oil tanker ban

 

 

A group of North Coast First Nation hereditary leaders says it is in full support of the federal government’s proposed oil tanker ban.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 February 2018 16:55
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First Nations say they've secured major work stoppage on Site C dam in advance of injunction application PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 14:56
Charlie Smith - February 26th, 2018

West Moberly Chief Roland Willson says "B.C. Hydro wouldn’t send their contractors home and shut down work for the next six months unless their back was against the wall. - Roland Willson

Many assumed the $10.7-billion Site C dam was a done deal when Premier John Horgan announced in December that B.C. Hydro would complete the project.

That perception was reinforced less than when the Crown utilitychose its preferred proponent for the generation station and spillways civil-works contract.

Moreover, the International Union of Operating Engineers, which strongly supports the Site C dam, donated $123,520 to the NDP before the 2017 election.

It left little doubt in the minds of most media commentators that nothing could stop the project.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 March 2018 17:11
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