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June 2011

Bargain basement prices on BC public lands?

27 June, 2011

Attention Alpine Resort developers!  Beautiful Public B.C. mountain real estate for only $5,000 an acre plus the cost of timber!  Seems like a good deal.  For ten years after signing an agreement with the province, the developer of an alpine resort can buy public lands at these prices, which the province says reflects fair market value.  But are British Columbians getting their money's worth, or are we subsidizing the growth of an unsustainable industry?

Attention Alpine Resort developers!  Beautiful Public B.C. mountain real estate for only $5,000 an acre plus the cost of timber 

Treaty 8 First Nations appeal to the UN to intervene against proposed Site C Dam

21 June, 2011

Treaty 8 First Nations have taken their struggle against the proposed Site C Hydroelectric Dam on the Peace River into the international arena by appealing to the United Nations to intervene against the BC government to protect their interests.  The appeal was issued in New York last month at the 10th annual session of the UN Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues.  Chief Liz Logan, representing the Treaty 8 Tribal Association (T8TA) was granted a rare 30-minute meeting with Special Rapporteur James Anaya to address the likely impacts that Site C would have on Treaty 8 First Nations’ health and way of life.

Treaty 8 First Nations have taken their struggle against the proposed Site C Hydroelectric Dam on the Peace River into the international arena by appealing to the United Nations to intervene against the BC government to protect their interests.  The appeal was issued in New York last month at the 10th annual session of the UN Permanent Forum of Indigen

Are we protecting our Water?

21 June, 2011

A shocking story from Mark Hume in the Globe and Mail on June 12th reveals an "epidemic" of violations of BC's Water Act.  West Coast looks at the problems with BC's enforcement of the Water Act that have led to this sad state of affairs. 

A shocking story from Mark Hume in the Globe and Mail on June 12th reported on a BC Government study on widespread non-compliance with the BC Water Act:

Atmospheric Trust Litigation

14 June, 2011

Do the governments of the world have a legal duty to protect the atmosphere?  On May 4th, a group of children and young adults filed lawsuits against all 50 U.S. states and the Federal government for their failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Their strategy is to have the atmosphere recognized as a public trust held by the state. If they can succeed, they will empower the courts to compel governments to reduce their jurisdictions’ carbon footprints.

Do the governments of the world have a legal duty to protect the atmosphere?

More than 35 years protecting BC’s Coast

8 June, 2011

In celebration of World Oceans Day, we’re trying to raise $5000 to help West Coast protect BC's Coast from the Supertankers associated with the proposed Enbridge Pipeline.  But our efforts to protect BC's Coastline goes way back.  Find out how we've been working to protect our Coast for more than 35 years. 

We can’t eat crude.

Fines, jail time and polluters

3 June, 2011

A recent environmental conviction in Abbotsford raises serious questions about environmental sentencing in BC and Canada.  Where polluters are handling hazardous wastes or carrying on other business practices that could easily harm human health and entire ecosystems, failing to comply with the law is a big problem, and should be treated as seriously as we treat criminal offences. 

A recent story in the Abbotsford News caught my eye - Environment Industry Association critical of $20,000 fine for Abbotsford man.  The story relates to the sentencing of Ed Ilnicki for three charges related to failing to follow the BC Ministry of Environment’s orders to provide information about alleged hazardous waste he was storing at his place of business.

Report from the Leg

1 June, 2011

We’re most of the way through the Spring 2011 sitting of BC’s Legislature – the first under Premier Christy Clark and Opposition Leader Adrian Dix.  What have our elected officials been doing for the environment?  Actually, given how short the sitting, there’s been a surprising number of environment-related laws introduced.

We’re most of the way through the Spring 2011 sitting of BC’s Legislature – the first under Premier Christy Clark and Opposition Leader Adrian Dix.  What have our elected officials been doing for the environment?

Actually, given how short the sitting, there’s been a surprising number of environment-related laws introduced.