The Common Sense Canadian: Filmmaker exploring new vision for forestry with video series

In 2012, I took a fateful trip to Cortes Island – a northern gulf island three ferry rides away from Vancouver – to document the Cortes community’s fight to fend off an impending logging operation by coastal timber giant Island Timberlands. Community members took us deep into the woods privately owned by Island Timberlands and ...

In-Sights: Guest post: Paying for Information and Influence

I invited Chris Alemany, a councillor for the City of Port Alberni, to write of his effort to gain information about a subject of broad public interest. It is unfortunate the BC Liberal Government demands that concerned citizens pay exorbitant amounts for information that should be routinely available. What’s even worse is that often times, ...

In-Sights: Guest post: Paying for Information and Influence

I invited Chris Alemany, a councillor for the City of Port Alberni, to write of his effort to gain information about a subject of broad public interest. It is unfortunate the BC Liberal Government demands that concerned citizens pay exorbitant amounts for information that should be routinely available. What’s even worse is that often times, ...

In-Sights: A reader comments on forestry

Reader Ken Barry today submitted a comment to an article written last July – Log exports update. It reminds of a subject that’s close to my heart and, I think, an illustration of how wrong-headed the Liberals have been in natural resource policy. Here is Ken’s contribution: First off everyone should know there are no ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Tensions grow over plan to log Central Walbran Valley’s ancient forests

Surrey-based Teal-Jones Group was in BC Supreme Court in Vancouver last week in an attempt to extend its injunction (court order) against the Wilderness Committee and other activists working to protect old-growth forests in the Walbran Valley. Since November, independent activists have blocked several Teal-Jones logging operations in the Walbran. Teal-Jones asked the court to ...

In-Sights: BC lumber exports drop $46 billion over 9 years

These graphs are drawn from softwood lumber exports data published by BC Stats. My aim is to compare results in recent years to those from the desperate nineties when wild-eyed anti-business socialists governed British Columbia. The NDP administered BC for nine complete fiscal years, April 1992 to March 2001. I have compared that period to the ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Industrial logging threatens Port Alberni drinking water: Alliance

Since 2011, the Watershed Forest Alliance has been focused on protecting the last pockets of old growth on Island Timberlands’ private forestlands around Port Alberni, Vancouver Island. They are also pushing for an end to industrial logging in the community’s watershed, where the citizens of Port Alberni get their drinking water. But Island Timberlands has ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Jordan Brennan examines the close links between strong organized labour and improved wages for all types of workers: U.S. scholars have found that higher rates of state-level unionization help reduce working poverty in unionized and non-unionized households and that the effects of unionization are larger than macro performance ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Canfor, West Fraser overcut a million cubic meters of BC timber

Read this story from Peter Ewart on 250.org on the shocking overcut of non-pine timber by two forestry companies, Canfor and West Fraser, in northwest BC’s Morice Timber Supply Area. It is an outrageous amount.  According to a document from the Ministry of Forests that was recently brought to light in the provincial legislature, for ...

Left Over: Vancouver Island: A New Provincial Idea…

Vancouver Island To Be A Province If Separatists Get Their Way The Huffington Post Canada  |  Posted: 08/06/2013 2:43 pm EDT http://viprovince.ca/ I have often spoken and written about  Vancouver Island becoming it’s own province, and  now someone is doing something concrete about it.. I have  links, below, to both the Federal and provincial petitions being circulated (these ...

Boreal Citizen: Boreal greenwashing: Mill-town politics in Northern Ontario

Every extractive capitalist economy needs a mechanism that allows corporate heavyweights to snuggle up with elected officials. In the US, there’s American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and if you haven’t yet been horrified by Bill Moyers’ piece on how ALEC essentially enables corporations to write state laws, you’re in for a treat. Where I live, ...

Cowichan Conversations: Former Vancity Chair Bob Williams speaks at Cowichan Theatre on October 17, 7:00 pm

Bob Williams Bob Williams, one of BC’s most distinguished public citizens, will be speaking at the Cowichan Theatre on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00 pm, in celebration of International Credit Union Day.Mr. Williams’ talk, titled The Future of BC’s Economy: De-Centralizing Power by Empowering the Regions, will explore the ideas of de-centralization and regionalization, discussing ...