Northern Gateway Pipeline Pricetag: Enbridge CEO Lauds Alberta-B.C. Deal, Updating Price
CP | By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian PressPosted: 11/06/2013 11:20 am EST | Updated: 11/06/2013 4:02 pm EST
I applaud the NDP for standing against the encroachment and destruction of a pipeline, and the only reason Crusty got elected is that she made noises about being against it…not the other way around…who writes these articles analysing the election as lost because the NDP didn’t support the pipeline..hogwash~! Now that she’s shown her true colours by sucking up to Redford and Alberta, those who voted for her (or didn’t vote because they (Read more…)
As part of our continuing series of commentaries celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mel Watkins’ classic article, “A Staple Theory of Economic Growth,” we present the following commentary by Marc Lee, economist with the B.C. office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Marc considers the implications — both economic and environmental — of the current infatuation with export LNG in his province.
LNG: BC’s Quest for a New Staple Industry
Marc Lee, Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
In British Columbia, the top economic priority of the provincial government is the development of a new liquified natural gas (Read more…)
An oped published in the Vancouver Sun:
When delegates attend Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste conference on Wednesday, they will hear from innovators and big thinkers about how to radically redesign waste out of our economy. Ideas will be presented to aggressively reuse, repair and maintain what we consume, and for composting and recycling to keep all materials flowing in a “closed loop.”
The topic of zero waste is full of exciting ideas for rethinking and reducing our ecological footprint. Unfortunately, Metro Vancouver is not walking its zero waste talk. While Metro has issued a Zero Waste Challenge, has a (Read more…)
On another note, who says there aren't any jobs in the resource industry for arts students? #GatewayPoems http://t.co/en4G6ffhLS— Adam Stirling (@Adam_Stirling) October 16, 2013
If you want the #KXL, you may as well burn in hell, because it’s bringing hell to earth. When you’ve lost you learn its worth.
Petrostate? Don’t be irate. The ground will lactate- oil, as Mother Earth births new #climate, new organisms. #Evolution, baby.
Strait is the Gate And narrow is the Way Which leadeth unto heavy oil markets in China #GatewayPoems— Andy Skuce (@andyskuce) October 16, 2013
In a province in Canada, (Read more…)
Unemployed Doctors? 1 in 6 New Specialists Can’t Find Work, Study Says
CP | By Helen Branswell, The Canadian PressPosted: 10/10/2013 12:01 am EDT | Updated: 10/10/2013 10:01 am EDT
Not too surprising, I live on Vancouver Island where there are two (2) dermatologists for the entire island, with many hundreds of thousands of residents in two main areas, hours from each other..Places like Lake Cowichan boldly trumpet a nurse arriving, when what they really need are doctors (their last one is retiring…) There aren’t enough specialists here, there aren’t enough GPs here, and we are being underfunded to death by an uncaring (Read more…)
This is the text of remarks I made today to Vancouver city council on divestment. Earlier this year, Council requested that staff report back on how the city’s financial investments align with the city’s mission and values, and various ethical programs like the city’s purchasing policy and the greenest city initiative. So the meeting was essentially about the contents of the staff report.
The outcome of the meeting was a small victory for divestment. Council recommended:
THAT the City Clerk be instructed to notify the Municipal Pension Board inwriting of City Council’s position on responsible investing and encourage the Municipal (Read more…)
Northern Gateway pipeline to be running by 2018, says Enbridge Project will be approved in 2014 and moving oil by 2018, company says
The Canadian Press Posted: Oct 02, 2013 6:46 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 02, 2013 7:44 AM PT
Fascinating, isn’t it, how these oily creeps assume that they are winning the fight…the fight hasn’t even begun, though Harpo and his puppeteers might argue the opposite..
Here we are, some of us believing that the ‘talks’ are ongoing, that nothing has been truly decided, and here they go spouting their words of smug acceptance, as if the discussion were (Read more…)
Harper cabinet readies major B.C. pipelines push B.C. First Nations leaders to meet with key federal officials Sept. 23 in Vancouver By Chris Hall, national affairs editor, CBC News Posted: Sep 12, 2013 6:03 PM PT Last Updated: Sep 13, 2013 7:21 AM PT
We are ready for whatever BS ol’ Emperor Steve and the Klown Circus is ready to throw at us..what an ego! He prorogues for the nth time and then expects to sail into BC and ‘charm’ us into acceptance? That is a pathetic joke, and he will NOT succeed..we are prepared (Read more…)
The news of UBC Sauder Business School students chanting about rape of underage girls during a FROSH week event has generated much outrage. As it should.
While the chant might seem like an isolated incident, it is not. The recent rape chant scandals in UBC and in St Mary’s University in Halifax are evidence of systemic sexism that permeates our educational institutions from coast to coast. Sexism doesn’t end with Orientation week, and people don’t naturally grow out of it when they leave university.
Sexism is pervasive in our workplaces and across all levels of society
All women are affected. (Read more…)
The Canadian government is spending our tax money on Enbridge’s impossibly risky scheme that will ruin BC’s coast.
“Documents obtained from Environment Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans reveal that at a time when core science is being cut across the Government of Canada, tax dollars are being spent to do Enbridge’s homework for them,” said Andrew Weaver.
The Federal Government is moving forward over the next two years with a $100 million plus, ‘Complementary Measures Project’ (now called ‘World Class’) to research and model the complex waterways in the Kitimat and Hecate Straights region. In essence this (Read more…)
CMA poll finds golden years filled with ‘anxiety’ Poll backs national plan on seniors’ health care CBC News Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:53 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 19, 2013 11:00 AM ET
Considering this is the pro-privatization of the medical system – CMA, rather like a certified (or certifiable) Fraser Institute, it’s hard not to laugh at these patently obvious stats..of course we are anxious, but it is successive so-called Provincial and Federal ‘Liberal’ and Con governments that have gutted senior’s services to the point that we have to wonder if it will one day lead, as (Read more…)
For the “You Read It Here First” file, I wrote on Friday:
Toronto Centre needs a candidate with a track record of advancing more substantive and more progressive positions on economic issues. Specifically, the NDP should nominate someone who can take on Freeland regarding inequality and what to do about it.
Today, Linda McQuaig announced her candidacy for the NDP nomination for the upcoming federal by-election in Toronto Centre. She is no stranger to the Progressive Economics Forum, having made several appearances on this blog and having once helped adjudicate our student essay contest.
If vitriol on Twitter (Read more…)
Inspired by similar lists of diverse secular thinkers, I thought I’d put out there a compilation of some rising secularists – both thinkers and activists – who break the mould in British Columbia.
Alive Does not identify as white (i.e. Caucasian/European) and male Is either an active atheist/skeptic/humanist or their work demonstrates a commitment to human rights and secular values Was born in, lived in, or presently lives in British Columbia
Feel free to add your own in the comments. Names are alphabetical by last name. Not all of the below are officially atheist/humanist but they (Read more…)
Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger
The pollution in Northern Alberta attributable to ‘Fracking’ and Tar Sands’ Operations is out of control.
The latest seemingly unstoppable spill of significance is devastating wildlife and the environment. They cannot stop it.
Nothing is being done and it seems obvious that the politicians first concern is to serve the industry, while lying their asses off to cover or minimize the damage to the local inhabitants, wildlife, farmland, rivers, lakes and streams.
Oil spills at a tar sands operation are situated on the traditional territory of the Beaver Lake Cree First Nation. The spill has been going (Read more…)
Statistics Canada recently released new data on the incomes of Canadians and it shows two worrisome trends continuing through the economic recovery:
BC has the highest poverty rate in Canada and the highest child poverty rate (tied with Manitoba); and Ordinary families haven’t had a raise since 2008 – family incomes in the middle continue to stagnate (more on this tomorrow).
Both of these tell us that we’re doing a lousy job at sharing prosperity, leaving too many people behind and in the process undermining our future economic health.
So far, only the poverty statistics have generated much media coverage, (Read more…)
BC Ferries refuses woman 10 cents short on ferry fare Company spokesperson says the rules are the rules CBC News Posted: Jun 24, 2013 8:46 AM PT Last Updated: Jun 24, 2013 8:45 AM PT
Was there no one in the line – up to give/loan this woman a single dime? Is the fare taker, a well paid union employee (as I once was) so heartless that she wouldn’t cough it up herself? This is really pathetic…why not have a small coin box for just these situations (like most retail stores do) so that no one has to (Read more…)
Bad landlords face licensing crackdown
With multiple tenants crammed into decrepit properties, one London borough is taking direct action
Lisa Bachelor The Guardian, Friday 14 June 2013 14.46 BST
Here in British Columbia, Canada, especially in Vancouver (and I suspect, any other major city in the country) such criminally sub-standard crowding exists alongside single family dwellings, looming over-priced condos and other assorted attempts to eke out a way to exist amid inflated costs and lousy pay… The local and Federal governments, in both British and Canadian cases, is to blame, even indirectly, for creating the conditions for the (Read more…)
Justin Trudeau is popular? It doesn’t matter.
The federal Liberals are still extremely behind in the polls. The last three major polls conducted, with 100% accuracy, show the Liberal Party is far behind the Conservatives and in fact the Grits are at their lowest level of support in Canadian history. Those polls were of course conducted in the last three general elections and they are the only ones that matter.
A lot of Liberals will take refuge in a new opinion poll out that shows their party with an incredible lead, 44% to the Conservatives’ 27%, with the NDP even (Read more…)
Holmes Hydro can proceed without environmental assessment The Canadian Press Posted: May 18, 2013 1:30 PM PT Last Updated: May 18, 2013 2:19 PM PT And this is our BC Supreme Court? Bought and paid for…disgusting display of arrogance and ignorance..the Court must have been stacked with Albertans, because no BC judge in his or her right mind would use an excuse like convenience and economic ‘hardship’ to ignore an environmental assessment..really, tell us, what will it take to get this Province to stand up for itself? To protect the beauty we have, to maintain our coastlines and (Read more…)
Middle Schools Closed In Cowichan Valley, School Bus Fees Implemented
CP | By The Canadian PressPosted: 05/16/2013 10:48 am EDT | Updated: 05/16/2013 11:14 am EDT (found in Huffington Post)
And this action was signed off on instantaneously, about 2 seconds after the results of the dismal election were announced…viva the People’s Republic of Vancouver Island! If ever we needed to separate and form our own Province, this should make it obvious…. and watch those ’environmental impact’ studies get fast-tracked for a pipeline through our Province..let’s get ready for the fight if our lives, folks,for our beautiful interior and coastline…because nothing else (Read more…)
Once the disappointment over the BC election isn’t so painful, there’s something that needs to be talked about regarding polling. This is a quick, stream-of-consciousness post, and I plan on writing more later.
While Mario Canseco of Angus Reid said, this morning, that it’s not a “methodology” problem, I think it is. Forum Research, while still off, was the closest to the results, with a survey sample of about 1,100 using telephone voting. Angus Reid, Ekos, Ipsos, etc., all used web-based voting with samples of about 800, and were wildly off.
The polling firms claim that web panels can (Read more…)
By now the entire country knows what happened here in BC…the re-election of the Provincial Liberals (or Con-Lites) …to say that I am depressed is to state the case in an all-too delicate way.
If I can derive any tiny bit of satisfaction from the election, it is that… a) my old home riding, Kitsilano in Vancouver, did not elect Christy Clark as their MLA – and this is Gordon Campbell’s old riding, where we fought long and hard to unseat him (unsuccessfully, I should add)… and b) Vancouver Island, my current home base, stubbornly true to form, went (Read more…)
Christy Clark is unstoppable.
She became Liberal Leader with only the support of one MLA. Members of her caucus criticized her. 17 of them fearing defeat didn’t run for re-election. Practically every pundit and journalist thought Clark was going to lose and so did every single polling firm. But last night she won.
Not only did she turn around a failing election campaign, Clark turned around a failing party.
Her predecessor with an approval rating of only 9% was the least popular Canadian politician in the last 40 years. The poorly implemented Harmonized Sales Tax had mobilized over 700,000 British (Read more…)
Christy Clark had as much chance of winning BC’s election today as Canadian politics has gender equality, and that’s close to zero.
With six female premiers, soon to be five, Canada looks like a pretty equitable place, but just as with Christy Clark’s chances on election day, looks can be deceiving.
For instance, on the face of it, British Columbia looks like a province of better gender representation, Christy Clark wasn’t its first female premier after all, Rita Johnston received that honour back in 1991. But considering the similarities between Johnston and Clark, what is clear is not gender equality, (Read more…)