Alberta Politics: The Alberta NDP’s Sour Grapes Strategy will only strengthen Coastal B.C.’s nearly universal opposition to pipelines

PHOTOS: Grape vines grow in B.C.’s beautiful Okanagan Valley, one of the prime wine producing regions of the world (Photo: Kelowna Wine & Cuisine Flickr, Creative Commons). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, B.C. Premier John Horgan, and Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney. With Alberta’s Sour Grapes Strategy, the official boycott of wine from British Columbia ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: BC Wine Ban 2018: Notley picks her Mission Hill to die on

If you are an Albertan who enjoys British Columbia wines, now is the time to rush to your privately-owned and operated liquor store to purchase your favourites before it is too late. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley opened up a new front in the Great Constitutional Pipeline War of the Rockies today when she announced that ...

Alberta Politics: The bitumen hits the fan in Alberta and Ottawa as British Columbia moves to restrict pipeline and rail flow

PHOTOS: B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman, foreground, with members of his environment and climate change strategy council last fall (Photo: Province of British Columbia). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan (Photo: Wikimedia Commons). I’m not going to try to go all legal scholarly on you, dear ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Mni Wiconi: Water is life, more than ever

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 These simple and profound words, “Water is Sacred,” have become a call to action in North Dakota. Since April 2016, thousands of people have gathered there to protect water from “the Black Snake,” the Dakota Access pipeline proposed to bring oil under the Missouri River. After a year of work on the RELAW ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Mni Wiconi: Water is life, more than ever

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 These simple and profound words, “Water is Sacred,” have become a call to action in North Dakota. Since April 2016, thousands of people have gathered there to protect water from “the Black Snake,” the Dakota Access pipeline proposed to bring oil under the Missouri River. After a year of work on the RELAW ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC NDP Has Just A Short time To Recalibrate And Drop Their Pro Fracking — Pro LNG Positioning

Independent Political Blogger Listen to former BC NDP Premier Mike Harcourt speak common sense on the Site C Dam and the need to diversify and focus on alternative energy options. The BC NDP’s Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: WTF is going on in the USA, and excuse me, Canada as well?

The Standing Mountain Sioux Nation have a treaty over the lands where the Dakota Access Pipeline (DPL) is approved to be built, yet the state of North Dakota police, national guard, and police forces Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: North Dakota Prosecutor Seeks “Riot” Charges Against Amy Goodman For Reporting On Pipeline Protest

This is both a disturbing and significant development that underlines the dysfunctional state of justice in the USA. It smacks of the state government accommodating the oil and gas forces while simultaneously slapping any journalists Read more…

Environmental Law Alert Blog: What are we going to do about Site C?

Monday, August 15, 2016 As the Site C dam project forges ahead, West Coast's RELAW Project Manager Maxine Matilpi considers difficult questions about the future of the Peace River Valley and the Indigenous communities fighting to preserve their territories.     It's the end of the day and our shared office is hot and stuffy. ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: What are we going to do about Site C?

Monday, August 15, 2016 As the Site C dam project forges ahead, West Coast's RELAW Project Manager Maxine Matilpi considers difficult questions about the future of the Peace River Valley and the Indigenous communities fighting to preserve their territories.     It's the end of the day and our shared office is hot and stuffy. ...

Cowichan Conversations: ‘No Need for Site C’: Review Panel Chair Speaks Out Against Dam in New Video

How many times have you been surfing the net, found something of interest that you meant to return to and then forgot? This story by Emma Gilchrist is one of those. It is a most Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Climate change and the inevitable collapse of the over priced housing market

The ever increasing housing prices in Greater Vancouver and to a somewhat lesser extent Greater Victoria will eventually fall to the physical reality that what goes up must come down. The hot market cannot last Read more…

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Addressing cumulative effects in BC’s north

Monday, May 30, 2016 Today, in conjunction with the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research (NWI), West Coast Environmental Law is releasing our report Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment for Northern British Columbia: The Case and Opportunity.  The report offers an intimate glimpse into the hearts and minds of northern residents as they face a multitude of ...

Cowichan Conversations: Corky Evans: How You can help save the ALR in 5 min

This call from Corky to help save our farmland is one to be heeded. Originally posted in the Commonsense Canadian it is followed by a Damien Gillis piece with Harold Steves, a Richmond councillor and Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Death in the Peace-Wildlife Devastated

It’s well worth it to pause for a moment, read this devastating report, think on it, and if if grabs you as it did me, demand to see your MLA & MP, and raise Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Horgan Stuck Between A Rock and a Hard Place- Premier Notley Sells out the BC NDP!

We are at a crossroads. The old way got us here. Time to discuss, consider, debate and find new ways to manage our energy needs in a way that does not contribute to climate change. Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Manitoba PC’s Thump the NDP – Whither Today’s NDP!

By Éric Grenier, for CBC News The Manitoba Progressive Conservatives under Brian Pallister won a majority government in a historic fashion Tuesday night, putting up some of the biggest numbers by any party in Read more…

Left Over: BC Voters: Clean Up Your Act..

B.C. Energy Minister says clean power projects aren’t the priority JUSTINE HUNTERVICTORIA — The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 10:21PM EST Premiers’ exclusive fundraisers violate conflict of interest rules, says Democracy Watch Charging $10,000 for exclusive access to premiers violates Canada’s conflict of interest laws, says group By Mike Laanela, CBC News Posted: Apr 01, ...

Left Over: Keeping Up with Kristy Klark & Justin Kardashian….

With Site C, LNG Trudeau govt already breaking promises to First Nations, environment Posted March 21, 2016 by Damien Gillis in Energy and Resources While we have some cause  celebrate here on  Vancouver Island due to the BC  Supreme Court  response to the  contaminated  soil issue at Shawnigan Lake,  there is little to celebrate elsewhere ...

Cowichan Conversations: Steves–BC Doesn’t Need Site C Dam

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger It is incredible that our BC Liberal government, prodded along by the foreign owned LNG corporations, are still pushing ahead with building a massive Site C Dam. We do not need Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Give Peace a Chance – Save The River – Save The Farmland!

The Social Media is flowing with musical pushback against destructive people, like Steve, and ignorant projects like the Site C Dam proposal. The artists, musicians and comedians are jumping in and that is a good thing!

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Site C legal challenges expose flaws in federal and BC environmental assessment processes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Four legal challenges to last month’s approvals of BC Hydro’s proposed Site C dam demonstrate the risks associated with the erosion of legal mechanisms for meaningful public participation, transparency and accountability in environmental assessments under British Columbian and Canadian federal law. The federal and provincial decisions to approve Site C, an ...

Cowichan Conversations: Super Industrial BC

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Positively Political Rafe Mair is back in the saddle and zoning in on issues of significance to all British Columbians. Mair is calling out to BC NDP Leader John Horgan to stand up to the powerful oil and gas corporations, in part because if he won’t, who will? Horgan is our best option ...

Cowichan Conversations: Climate Change is Here Now

Richard Hughes-Political as hell! Climate change is happening and has been happening for some considerable time. The Climate Deniers have gone to great lengths attempting to convince us that it is not true. In spite of their efforts it is now a part of our consciousness and although we know that irrefutable evidence points to ...

Cowichan Conversations: It is Time for the BC NDP to Clean House. No More Reviews are Needed.

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger I have been a member of the BC NDP since the early 70′s. Like so many others I have been on a full tour of duty including a ‘Mission Impossible’ run to be the Malahat Juan de Fuca MLA back in 2001. Today we face yet another leadership crisis following the mind ...