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QUESTIONABLE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF SALMON AQUACULTURE PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 31 May 2015 13:39

ASK NOT WHETHER BUT HOW: QUESTIONABLE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF SALMON AQUACULTURE

MEDIA RELEASE AUGUST 26, 1997

update from 1996 Submission

 

Dr. Sheila Wynn reported on the radio today that they were not asked to determine in the Salmon Aquaculture Review  "whether but how". A genuine environmental impact assessment of a proposal, an activity or a project has to also determine whether the project under review should proceed.

 

An important distinction has to be made between  a "genuine  environmental impact  assessment " and "a project review". A "genuine environmental impact assessment is precautionary/harm preventive based on principles. A precautionary assessment  attempts to prevent environmental degradation  and   to determine whether the project should be allowed to proceed; thus the outcome of a precautionary assessment could be a decision to prevent the project from  proceeding. On the other hand a "project review" is harm-mitigative based on an arena of competing interests. A project review attempts to "balance" different competing interests. And to mitigate environmental impacts; thus the outcome of a project review tends to be that the project will be permitted with mitigative measures to address potential environmental impacts.

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Massive support granted to anti salmon farming expansion PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 29 May 2015 07:26

 

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petition against salmon farming industry expansion plans in British Columbia (BC) signed by over 100,000 supporters has been issued to be presented legislature.

According to the media release received by FIS.com, this call on the BC government to halt federal government and BC salmon farming industry plans to expand open-net salmon farming in BC waters has received the endorsement through a letter addressed to Premier Christy Clark of more than one hundred conservation organizations, industry associations, independent business owners and the Tofino‐Long Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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SUBMISSION ON BILL 24: THE AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION ACT PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 25 May 2015 08:29

ByJoan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research ,2014

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With the proposal to reduce the ALR, BC  government`s own commitments seem  to be ignored and  the bill is out of sync  with the important considerations, principles and directions of the global community  With bill 24 the BC government  will be negligent in its defying  of the precautionary principle and in  its moving towards food insecurity  and  towards lack of food sovereignty. BILL 24 has also been conceived with little regard for the rights on future generations. 

 
Enclosed submission to  MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE Re bill 24
Last Updated on Monday, 25 May 2015 08:47
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Port Metro wants Massey bridge higher to allow biggest LNG tankers: documents PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 24 May 2015 16:12

 

 

Greater cost of taller bridge will up for ‘public discussion,’ province says

 
 
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Port Metro wants Massey bridge higher to allow biggest LNG tankers: documents
 

Rendering of a proposal for a bridge over the Fraser River to replace the George Massey Tunnel.

Port Metro Vancouver wants the province to build a higher bridge when it replaces the Massey Tunnel to allow taller LNG tankers to travel up the Fraser River, according to documents obtained by an environmental group.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 May 2015 16:15
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COMMENT: SITE C DAM PROJECT NEEDS TO BE RECONSIDERED PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 17:00
 
RAY DEMARCHI AND , ROSS PECK / TIMES COLONIST 
MAY 20, 2015 07:41 AM
 
 
 
Why is British Columbia continuing its outdated role in international trade as a hewer of wood and a drawer of water, exporting our natural wealth while depleting our resources and impairing our environment? Is it because we need the jobs or is it because B.C. Hydro has the desire to build its last major hydroelectric dam?
 
Instead of using our abundant, inexpensive and readily available natural gas to generate electricity, we are choosing to export it while proposing to flood yet another of our limited inhabitable, arable valleys.
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COMMENT: SITE C DAM PROJECT NEEDS TO BE RECONSIDERED PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 16:56

BY RAY DEMARCHI AND , ROSS PECK / TIMES COLONIST 

MAY 20, 2015 07:41 AM

 
 

Why is British Columbia continuing its outdated role in international trade as a hewer of wood and a drawer of water, exporting our natural wealth while depleting our resources and impairing our environment? Is it because we need the jobs or is it because B.C. Hydro has the desire to build its last major hydroelectric dam?

Instead of using our abundant, inexpensive and readily available natural gas to generate electricity, we are choosing to export it while proposing to flood yet another of our limited inhabitable, arable valleys.

Generating power from natural gas has many benefits, including the ability to produce electricity close to the area of need. Such onsite generation could save much of the significant “line-loss” of electricity that occurs between the Peace River projects and the Lower Mainland. Natural-gas electrical generating plants are scalable, meaning they can produce electricity on demand not only where but also when it is most needed.

Whether or not hydroelectricity generated from flooded valleys qualifies as clean energy is a matter of debate. Reservoirs release an abundance of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from drowned soils and forests. In addition, human-health considerations such as methylmercury contamination of fish and other food-chain effects further erode the credibility of “clean hydro.”

First Nations in the Peace Region continue to be affected by an onslaught of industrial development that is causing unsustainable cumulative environmental impacts.

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Vancity mutual fund drops fossil fuel companies PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 00:00

BY BRUCE CONSTANTINEAU, VANCOUVER SUN

 

 
Vancity mutual fund drops fossil fuel companies
 

Oil sands projects will no longer in the portfolio of the IA Clarington Global Equity SRI Fund — which uses Vancity subsidiary Vancity Investment Management as a sub-advisor.

Photograph by: TYLER BROWNBRIDGE , Remote

Vancity has developed what it calls Canada’s first mutual fund that won’t invest in companies associated with fossil fuel production.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:11
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B.C.'s Wolf Cull Is Unscientific, Unethical and Unwarranted PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 18 May 2015 06:40

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http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/chris-genovali/bc-wolf-cull_b_7261320.htmlExecutive Director, Raincoast Conservation Foundation

 

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Raincoast Conservation Foundation has launched a billboard information campaign addressing the inhumane slaughter of wolves that is occurring at the hands of the province of British Columbia. For at least the next five years, the B.C. government intends to kill hundreds of wolves by means of aerial gunning in the South Selkirk and South Peace regions of the province. The province is marketing the slaughter as a conservation plan to "save endangered caribou." The provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations recently announced the first phase of the killing has been completed with an initial body count of 84 wolves.


This unscientific, unethical, and unwarranted wolf cull is a consequence of industrial logging and other human activity, which have transformed the caribou's habitat into a landscape that can no longer provide the food, cover, and security these animals need to survive. Rather than address the real problem, i.e., the destruction of life sustaining caribou habitat, the B.C. government has chosen to scapegoat wolves. The aim of Raincoast's billboard campaign is to bring attention to that deplorable decision.

Brad Hill, a biologist and professional photographer, provided the wolf image for the billboard campaign. Hill, who has been an outspoken critic of the B.C. wolf cull said, "Everyone wants to save endangered or threatened mountain caribou populations, but killing wolves for a few years -- or even decades -- won't save the caribou. All mountain caribou in B.C. exist in multi-predator ecosystems and the best science has told us that wolves invariably account for a minority of the total predation. Killing wolves to save caribou makes no sense in the long or short term. The wolf cull is little more than a transparent attempt by the government to appear to be doing something to save caribou, while avoiding the true heavy-lifting needed to adequately protect and restore caribou habitat."

Across the political spectrum in B.C. there is a stunning amount of ignorance regarding wolf (and ungulate) biology and ecology. Whether motivated by scientific illiteracy or partisan opportunism, or in some cases both, individual politicians from all three provincial parties represented in the B.C. legislature have expressed varying degrees of support for the cull, ranging from fervent to lukewarm.

This politicization of wolf management, and associated willful neglect of the best available science, has become ingrained and institutionalized within the provincial government bureaucracy responsible for the management of large carnivores. The result is the ongoing persecution of B.C.'s wolves by way of a seat-of-the-pants, shoot-first-ask-questions-later approach toward the species. The conservation group Wolf Awareness Inc. has just attained the B.C. government's operational plan for the South Peace wolf cull through a Freedom of Information request. Reading through the document, "Experimental Wolf Reduction to Enhance the Recovery of Threatened Caribou Herds in the South Peace," provides insights into the truly experimentalnature of the wolf cull, as the title indicates, and confirms what critics have been asserting all along; slaughtering wolves to ostensibly protect caribou has no basis in scientific fact and is a desperate, and ultimately futile, attempt to compensate for the devastating impacts of habitat destruction.

But the current wolf cull is only part of that aforementioned persecution; more than1,000 wolves have been killed, the overwhelming majority for "recreational" purposes and by resident trophy hunters. This staggering annual mortality is being directed upon a wolf population that, according to B.C. government estimates, approximately numbers half that of the provincial grizzly bear population.

In their recently published paper in the scientific journal Biological Conservation, "Witnessing extinction -- Cumulative impacts across landscapes and the future loss of an evolutionarily significant unit of woodland caribou in Canada," wildlife biologists Chris Johnson, Libby Ehlers, and Dale Seip state that "Habitat change is a major driver of species distribution and persistence, but there have been few recorded extinction events for terrestrial mammals across Canada. Currently, we are observing the decline, extirpation, and perhaps extinction of several evolutionarily significant units of woodland caribou." The authors conclude "The rapid decline of caribou across the South Peace region suggests that there is an immediate need for habitat protection and restoration...Legislated recovery of caribou across the South Peace region is made difficult by the occurrence of resource industries...These industries, and their footprint on the landscape, will expand in the future with impacts for caribou habitat and the persistence of those subpopulations."

As Raincoast's first wolf cull billboard in Greater Victoria states, habitat destruction endangers caribou -- not wolves.

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"Wolves are scapegoated for the decline of caribou in a morally and scientifically bankrupt attempt to protect Canada's industrial sacred cows: oil and gas, mining, and forestry. The relentless destruction of forest wilderness via industrial development has conspired to deprive caribou of their life requisites, while exposing them to levels of wolf predation they did not evolve with and are incapable of adapting to," said Raincoast senior scientist and renowned large carnivore expert Dr. Paul Paquet. "Yet, governments habitually favour the destruction of wolves over any consequential protection, enhancement, or restoration of caribou habitat. As a result, caribou are on a long-term slide to extinction; not because of what wolves and other predators are doing but because of what humans have already done."

Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 06:46
 
Vancity mutual fund drops fossil fuel companies PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 30 April 2015 20:23

 

 

Credit union members want to put money ‘where their heart and values are,’ spokesman says

 
 


 
 
Vancity mutual fund drops fossil fuel companies
 

Oil sands projects will no longer in the portfolio of the IA Clarington Global Equity SRI Fund — which uses Vancity subsidiary Vancity Investment Management as a sub-advisor.

Photograph by: TYLER BROWNBRIDGE , Remote

Vancity has developed what it calls Canada’s first mutual fund that won’t invest in companies associated with fossil fuel production.

“Our members have been asking for something like this for a while now,” Vancity chief operating officer Rick Sielski said in an interview.

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B.C. farmland lost to tree planting for carbon credits is a frightening loss PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 19 April 2015 12:11

BY  MARK HUME

During a tour of the province, the MLA has been hearing about the practice from ranchers and farmers who are worried about the loss of food productivity and who say they are being outbid for good farmland by large, foreign corporations.

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