Environment

The kind people are thirsty

The kind people are thirsty

A reader's suggestion for a future blog topic was to highlight how climate change is impacting the Saanich Peninsula and the Gulf Islands. The name of this geography, including the ocean in between, is W̱SÁNEĆ. This is the setting of many of my stories.As the request settled into the back of my mind, mixing and churning over, I began paying...

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Defending ancient trees: It’s in our fibre

Defending ancient trees: It’s in our fibre

Tension is growing in the forests across British Columbia so I thought it was appropriate to reflect on my work in the Spring session of the legislature standing up for our most treasured ancient creatures. Fresh images of devastating clearcuts hacked from the valley walls of Schmidt Creek, Naka Creek, Tessium Creek and Upper Tsitika Watersheds...

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Grab a paddle and pull with us!

Grab a paddle and pull with us!

Last weekend we spent a few days in Bamfield. The family weekend on the west coast was a gift from my mom and Tex.It was nice to see my kids, niece and nephews away from their screens and on the dock fishing for piling perch and rock crab. The devices have a way of devouring us these days much the same way as the docks at the Brentwood Inn or...

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The trifecta: Big bears, big fish and big trees

The trifecta: Big bears, big fish and big trees

A few months ago, I wrote on the whiteboard in my office boardroom "big bears, big fish and big trees." Those words have been there ever since. They are three world-famous icons of British Columbia. In a previous post, I said that we are still acting like a resource colony. My critique of our decision-making process is that we have a culture in...

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Speaking to our old-growth forests

The BC Green Caucus is committed to changing the current BC NDP approach to managing old-growth forests. These ancient creatures are the largest and oldest on earth. They are a non-renewable resource and while the Minister of Forests claims that his Ministry is developing a management plan they continue to auction of...

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Closing doors better left open

Closing doors better left open

Why do we close doors that are better left open?This question came up in a recent coffee chat with a friend who works at an environmental non-government organization (ENGO). The question was why ENGO's limit their advocacy to only certain political parties? (So much fodder for future posts!)Individuals also do this. We are intensely tribal. We...

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Debating the climate emergency

BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver called for an emergency debate in the BC Legislature to respond to the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations (http://www.ipcc.ch/) "on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global...

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Trans Mountain needs another intervention!

Trans Mountain needs another intervention!

Following significant discussion with my BC Green Caucus colleague Andrew Weaver, and our legislative staff, we have decided to intervene in the latest effort of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to expand the Trans Mountain Pipeline. All this, without following through on his promise to ensure the project would be considered by a new National Energy...

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Trans Mountain needs another intervention!

Federal Court of Appeal quashes Trans Mountain approval

I am relieved that the Federal Court of Appeal has quashed the Justin Trudeau Liberal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project. As an individual intervenor in the National Energy Board review of the proposal, I have been an outspoken critic of their process for the past four years. It was a terribly flawed process on...

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BC Green Caucus responds to Ajax mine decision

BC Green Caucus responds to Ajax mine decision

B.C. GREEN CAUCUS For immediate release December 14, 2017 B.C. Green Caucus respond to Ajax mine decision VICTORIA, B.C. - Today the B.C. Green Caucus responded to the news that the B.C. Government decided not to issue an environmental assessment certificate to the KGHM Ajax Mining Project. “We are happy that government is following the...

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