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by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Jan 31 2018

Recent changes to the board of the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) have prompted some questions as to why it has been so long since a Castlegar resident sat as a director, despite the significant impact the dams have had on this community (see story about board changes by clicking here...

by Dick Cannings MP on Tuesday Jan 30 2018

In mid-January I attended the British Columbia Natural Resources Forum in Prince George.  This is one of the biggest gatherings of resource companies, government leaders and nongovernment organizations in Canada, and is always a good place to hear the latest news from that sector.

I was happy to see federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr there, as I’d urged him last year to...

by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on Sunday Jan 28 2018

By Bob Williams

There was a time when securing a good-paying forestry job in British Columbia was not just an option but an expectation for many.

This was a time when the provincial government took an active role in managing our public forests and overseeing the activities of private companies whose workers cut trees, milled wood and made pulp.

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by Contributor on Wednesday Jan 24 2018

Editor's Note:  We’ve been hearing about “professional reliance” recently. In response to the provincial government’s invitation to the public to provide input on professional reliance, Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore sent a letter which is reproduced at the bottom. The deadline for submitting input was January 19th, so it’s too late to send more now...

by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on Wednesday Jan 24 2018

BC must dramatically change how forestry is managed and governed if it hopes to reverse today’s troubling trends, says Bob Williams, who served as the province’s forest minister in the early 1970s, in a new report for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Williams says it is essential to shift decision-making away from unaccountable transnational forestry corporations to regional...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Jan 17 2018

Brazil has flooded large swaths of the Amazon for hydro dams, despite opposition from Indigenous Peoples, environmentalists and others. The country gets 70 per cent of its electricity from hydropower. Brazil’s government had plans to expand development, opening half the Amazon basin to hydro. But a surprising announcement could halt that.

In an interview with O Globo, Mines and...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jan 17 2018

In today’s interconnected world, it is easy to see how your hard-earned money can end up going towards projects and businesses all around the world. In 2013, British Columbians contributed $4.5 Billion of new monies into their RRSPs, much of that money disbursed outside the Province and Canada.

Imagine what an impact we could have...

by Sara Golling on Monday Jan 15 2018

Anyone who is paying any attention at all knows that plastic pollution is a huge problem for life on earth.  Plastic litter floods into rivers, washes into the sea, chokes beaches and wildlife, breaks down into micro-particles that pollute our waterways and our drinking water; it migrates into the ocean, where it either ensnares marine life or starves them or poisons them. And far too...

by The Fraser Institute on Sunday Jan 14 2018

More than 90 per cent of Canadian families with children will pay higher taxes once the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) tax increases are fully implemented, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The first of seven increases to the CPP tax, which all workers must pay, will start this time next year.

“The...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Jan 10 2018

My parents were born in Vancouver — Dad in 1909, Mom in 1911 — and married during the Great Depression. It was a difficult time that shaped their values and outlook, which they drummed into my sisters and me.

“Save some for tomorrow,” they often scolded. “Share; don’t be greedy.” “Help others when they need it because one day you might need to ask for their help.” “Live within your...

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