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Alberta oil and gas millions fuel BC Liberal machine PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 13:00

By Elizabeth McSheffrey

Jul 8th, 2015

http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/alberta-oil-and-gas-millions-fuel-bc-liberal-machine?page=0,2

 

The numbers are out and critics are questioning the priorities of the BC Liberals, whose pockets are full of oil and gas cash.  

 

 

As Premier Christy Clark recalls the B.C. legislature to expedite a controversial LNG project, aVancouver Observer special investigation reveals that the BC Liberal Party has received millions from Alberta-based oil and gas companies over the last 10 years, significantly more than the industry’s donations to the Alberta PCs. 

 

Encana, BC Liberals, Christy Clark, oil and gas, legislature, Pacific NorthWest

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Activists vow to defend B.C’s Walbran Valley from new logging plans PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 09:34

 

VANCOUVER — THE GLOBE AND MAIL

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/activists-vow-to-defend-bcs-walbran-valley-from-new-logging-plans/article24838800/

Last updated Sunday, Jun. 07, 2015 9:09PM EDT

Logging company Teal-Jones is looking to cut in the Central Walbran Ancient Forest, near hiking trails that lead to old trees, including the Castle Giant. (Shane Johnson)


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When the “war in the woods” was in full swing in British Columbia, one of the front lines ran through the Walbran Valley on southern Vancouver Island.

And now, after 24 years of relative peace, it may do so again as a dispute is set to spill out of the back rooms and into the forest.

For the past nine months, the Wilderness Committee has been in discussions with Teal-Jones Group, the logging company that holds cutting rights to a section of the Walbran Valley left unprotected when part of the area was set aside in 1991. But all that talk seems to have failed.

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B.C. First Nation says No to more than $1B in first stage of LNG vote PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 21:14

 

 

 

 
 
 

PORT SIMPSON, B.C. - The first of three votes on a natural gas benefit offer worth over $1 billion has been unanimously rejected by a First Nation on British Columbia's northwest coast.

All of the more than 180 eligible voters at a meeting in Port Simpson stood up to oppose the plan to build a liquefied-natural-gas pipeline and terminal in their territory, said Lax Kw'alaams band member Malcolm Sampson.

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Five Seriously Disturbing B.C. Political Donations PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 14:58

BY Emma Ghilchrist

Wed, 2015-04-15 10:06EMMA GILCHRIST
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The 2014 financial reports from B.C.’s political parties are out and my face hurts from all of the eyebrow raising.

Donations to political parties from corporations are banned federally, but here in B.C. — the wild west of political donations — the corporate cash is free-flowing.

Here are the Top 5 disconcerting revelations from this year’s disclosures. (Thanks to Integrity BC for drawing my attention to many of these.)

1) Let’s start with the $40,950 that accounting firm KPMG gave to the BCLiberals in 2014. KPMG is the company BC Hydro hired to “independently review” the costs of the $8.8 billion Site C dam. The B.C. government has pointed to theKPMG report to defend its decision to ignore an expert recommendation to send the project to the B.C. Utilities Commission for review.

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Heiltsuk First Nation claims victory over disputed herring fishery PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 03 April 2015 07:14
 
Ayla Brown, a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation in Bella Bella, protests outside the Vancouver offices of the DFO on Monday. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

 

A confrontation between the Heiltsuk First Nation and the federal government that threatened to erupt into a “war on the water” appears to have ended with the commercial fleet leaving the central coast, where the industry had been waiting for a disputed fishery to open.

“We’re pretty ecstatic here,” Carrie Humchitt, legal services co-ordinator for the Heiltsuk said Wednesday. “We’re just waiting for official confirmation, but we’ve received word through channels that all of the industry boats will be pulling out.”

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me» News» British Columbia Ayla Brown, a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation in Bella Bella, protests outside the Vancouver offices of the DFO on Monday. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail) Heiltsuk First Nation claims victory over disputed herring fishery PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 02 April 2015 17:32

VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail

Ayla Brown, a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation in Bella Bella, protests outside the Vancouver offices of the DFO on Monday. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

 

“We’re pretty ecstatic here,” Carrie Humchitt, legal services co-ordinator for the Heiltsuk said Wednesday. “We’re just waiting for official confirmation, but we’ve received word through channels that all of the industry boats will be pulling out.”

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Heiltsuk take over DFO office to stop herring fishery PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 30 March 2015 13:48

"We just say we want this to stop,” tearful 12-year-old Latoya Windsor told  DFO officers about the herring fishery, which is set to resume.

Heiltsuk DFO herring fishery protest Denny Island central BC coast April Bencze
Heiltsuk girl Latoya Windsor, 12, sobs to DFO officers to stop the herring commercial fishery in traditional waters on B.C. central coast. Photo by April Bencze of Pacific Wild on Denny Island on Sunday.

Heiltsuk tears and anger were cast at Department of Fisheries and Oceans officers standing on the front steps of the federal office on Denny Island Sunday afternoon, as band Elders, leaders, women and youth pleaded for the controversial herring fishery not to resume on the central B.C. coast.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 13:58
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Heiltsuk Nation occupies DFO office in face of expected herring fishery PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 29 March 2015 18:21

by Damien Gillis March 29, 2015 in First Nations

http://commonsensecanadian.ca/heiltsuk-nation-occupies-dfo-office-in-face-of-expected-herring-fishery/Heiltsuk Nation occupies DFO office in face of expected herring fishery


Heiltsuk Nation members confront DFO officers at Denny Island coast guard station (Pacific Wild)

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Tensions continue to escalate on the waters of the Great Bear Rainforest over a highly controversial herring fishery, as members of the Heiltsuk Nation are now occupying the local DFO office in opposition to a planned gillnet opening.

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PVLA raising money to offset legal fees in ongoing fight against Site C PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 02 March 2015 16:36
 
 
From today’s Energeticcity.ca
 
 
Site C is often protested by communities slated to be directly affected by the dam.Don Hoffmann
 
 
The Peace Valley Landowners Association (PVLA) is looking to raise $200,000 to help offset legal fees as they continue fighting B.C. Hydro’s Site C Dam in two court cases.
“The lawyers have given us a pretty good ballpark what they think it’s going to cost,” president of the PVLA Ken Boon says. “And that’s to get through both of our cases – the B.C. Supreme Court case and the Federal Court case.”
The PVLA has managed to raise $128,390 out of their $200,000 goal at the time of publication.
“We do have a ways to go, but we’re getting funding from far and wide,” Boon goes on to say. “..People realize this is it. We’re down to the crunch and down to the court case that says basically yes or no. There’s no other Plan Bs after this.”
The PVLA’s next Supreme Court date is April 20, 2015, while the Federal Court case is slated for July.
“That’s another way people can help,” explains Boon. “The more people we can have just sitting in the court room – a presence of supports there is important.”
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Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 13:10
 
PVLA raising money to offset legal fees in ongoing fight against Site C PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 02 March 2015 16:33
 
 
From today’s  Energeticcity.ca 
 
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Site C is often protested by communities slated to be directly affected by the dam.Don Hoffmann
 
The Peace Valley Landowners Association (PVLA) is looking to raise $200,000 to help offset legal fees as they continue fighting B.C. Hydro’s Site C Dam in two court cases.
“The lawyers have given us a pretty good ballpark what they think it’s going to cost,” president of the PVLA Ken Boon says. “And that’s to get through both of our cases – the B.C. Supreme Court case and the Federal Court case.”
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