This pipeline shall not pass

Our federal and provincial governments have failed to stand up for the people of BC. We may have seen it coming, but that doesn’t change how it makes us feel. Betrayed. Heartbroken. Angry. Yes, all those things. But most of all, resolute. The people of BC will never let this pipeline be built. We will not … Continue reading



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Kinder Morgan panel meetings reveal overwhelming opposition

The final numbers are in, and it’s bad news for Kinder Morgan. In the depths of summer, over 1700 British Columbians came out to the federal government’s panel meetings on the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project – and over 91% of speakers were firmly opposed. Speaking passionately and eloquently, from Kamloops to Victoria, determined … Continue reading



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It’s crunch time on Kinder Morgan

Brace yourselves. After three long years, the National Energy Board will issue its recommendation on the Kinder Morgan pipeline later this week. Since the regulator has rubber stamped every oil pipeline it has ever assessed, the NEB is widely expected to recommend a ‘yes’ on Kinder Morgan, with a laundry list of conditions attached. Before … Continue reading



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Pipeline review overhaul: what does it mean for Kinder Morgan?

This week the federal government announced an extension to its review of the Kinder Morgan project, which we have all been calling for since the election. The extra steps imposed will include assessing direct and upstream greenhouse gas emissions from the proposed pipeline expansion, talking to affected communities, and carrying out additional consultation with First … Continue reading



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Kinder Morgan hearings: showdown in Burnaby

After two years and thousands of pages of evidence, the final stage of the National Energy Board review of the Kinder Morgan pipeline has arrived, with oral hearings taking place in Burnaby and Calgary this month. It’s a chance for intervenors like GSA to make our case directly to the panel as to why this project should … Continue reading



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All we want for Christmas is… a fair Kinder Morgan hearing

Our new federal government has been sending some mixed signals about what it plans to do about the Kinder Morgan pipeline review. On the campaign trail, Prime Minister Trudeau promised to fix the broken pipeline review process, and redo the Kinder Morgan hearings. Now, on the one hand, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr is saying that the project won’t have … Continue reading



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The power of hope

It feels just a little bit brighter. The elections results of October 19th have brought to an end a period of great darkness for civil society.  If that sounds melodramatic, I can tell you from direct experience it is not. Deemed enemies of the state, attacked, tied up in administrative burdens so we could be … Continue reading



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Ladysmith rallies on derelict vessels

When you visit Ladysmith Harbour, you’ll see a place of great beauty and activity – but you will also find a number of problem boats in various stages of decline. In one short stretch of beach there are four derelict vessels grounded and decaying, plus several more floating and at risk of becoming derelict. The … Continue reading



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A tale of inaction – signifying nothing good for the orca

The news we received last week was troubling.  A young female southern resident orca was found dead in the Strait, the 4th death in a year for a population that now only numbers 77 individuals. Today we found out that this orca was pregnant with a full-term fetus and the bad news is doubled. Photo: … Continue reading



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Another environmental disaster – how do we say “enough”?

As I read article after article about the recent tailing ponds breach at the Mount Polley copper and gold mine, I am overwhelmed with the facts and the many more questions that the incident has left us .  What we know is that 10 billion litres of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of metals-laden … Continue reading



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