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Lax Kw’alaams hereditary leaders voice support for oil tanker ban PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
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
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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Posted by Joan Russow   
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
'Science is being ignored:' prominent Alberta professor sides with B.C. on pipeline PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 15:10

David Schindler

David Schindler was awarded an Alberta Order of Excellence in 2008 for his work protecting fresh water resources in Canada and around the world and has advised the provincial government on oil spill clean-ups in the past. (University of Alberta)

Notley announced a provincial boycott on all imports of B.C. wines and cut off talks to purchase $500 million worth of electricity from B.C, escalating the inter-provincial spat over the pipeline.

He mentioned a Royal Society of Canada study from 2015 that lays out the unknowns when it comes to the transport of bitumen and said that many of the issues raised then have still not been addressed.

In particular, he said, he is concerned with oil spills during colder months.

"We still don't know how to get bitumen out from under the ice," he said. "If it goes in to one of the major salmon rivers crossing B.C., we will just sit by and helplessly watch it go downstream."

Climate change commitments 

It's not just scientific research and answers that are lacking, Schindler says, but also commitment to promises during the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris.

"From what I see, we are not taking this commitment very seriously at all," he said. "We are taking a very 'head in the sand' approach to the problem."

  • NEB clears Trans Mountain to begin pipeline tunnel work at Burnaby Mountain

He says ventures to more renewable sources of energy, particularly geothermal, and away from the oil and gas industry are key to moving forward.

"If this were the beginning of the 20th century, we'd probably be protecting the buggy manufacturers and telling people 

Ecology professor argues the interprovincial dispute is being driven by politics, not science

By Clare Hennig, CBC NewsPosted: Feb 19, 2018 3:35 PM PT Last Updated: Feb 19, 2018 3:35 PM PT

Despite the tough stance from Alberta Premier Rachel Notley about Kinder Morgan Canada's pipeline expansion, a prominent Alberta academic is taking British Columbia's side in the dispute.

David Schindler, professor emeritus of ecology at the University of Alberta, says he thinks B.C.'s concerns about the Trans Mountain pipeline are legitimate.

The issue is one of science and not politics, he argues.

"Somehow, science is being ignored in all this," he told CBC. Early Edition Stephen Quinn. "I think the questions [about spills] are very legitimate."

The National Energy Board recently announced that construction of the TransMountain pipeline expansion can go forward on Burnaby Mountain, but the B.C. government says it will restrict any increase in bitumen shipments until further study is conducted on spills.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 19:25
1993 submitted to CORE Statement of Expectations and Obligations PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 15 February 2018 10:59


Conservation and Ecologically Sound Practices

From the archives


By Joan Russow Sessional Lecture,

Global Issues in Environmental Studies Program

Universityof Victoria

Humanity stands at a defining moment in history.  We are confronted with a perpetuation of disparities between and within nations, a worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy, and the continuing deterioration of the ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being. ... (1.1 Preamble, Agenda 21)


Statement of Obligation 

Conservation and Ecologically Sound Practices


"Maxim of Equity:  Equity imputes an intention to fulfill an obligation." (Snell’sEquity 1990)

Canada has made international commitments, and the public can impute an intention to fulfill these obligations (Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties)


Biological diversity is being significantly reduced by certain human activities, (preamble, Convention of Biological Diversity)

• Importance of biological diversity for evolution and for maintaining life sustaining systems of the biosphere, (preamble, Convention of Biological Diversity)

• Conservation of biological diversity is a common concern of humankind, (preamble, Convention of Biological Diversity)

• This natural wealth is being eroded at an unprecedented rate, because of the rapid growth in human numbers, the uneven and often excessive consumption of natural resources, mistaken and socially harmful styles of development, global pollution and defective economic regimes, so that the future of humanity is now threatened (Caracas declaration)

• Many people must modify their styles of living and the world community must adopt new and equitable styles of development, based on the care and sustainable use of the environment, and the safeguarding of global life-supporting systems (Caracas declaration)

Lets Party During BC Wine and Cheese Week PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Dragonslayer   
Monday, 12 February 2018 18:25

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley recently attacked the innocent bystander (BC Wine Industry)  because of an unrelated issue about the Kinder Morgan pipe line. 

She went even further by pulling out the Russian playbook and suggested that If BC didn't do what she wants that she would encourage BC residents to vote against the BC NDP in BC byelections.   Blackmail and election tampering for sure.   Maybe she broke the law?  Ya think?

I would like to invite all those thirsty Albertans to come visit us in BC.  Open up the summer cottage and throw wine and cheese parties.  Perhaps we could convince Premier Horgan to declare a wine and cheese holliday so we could all take a day to tie one on.   Oh what the heck...Lets just make it a week and we can super charge our wine industry.  We might even end up with a stimulated cheese industry.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 February 2018 18:50
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