We Pivot: Let’s Fix Canada’s Green Energy Posture

Ok, there are clearly two problems with Justin Harper’s approach to green energy, among so many others. Here, read this, then read on to see what Canada should look like: The declining cost of rooftop solar panels — down over 90 per cent since 2000 — has offered hope for increasing small-scale electricity generation. Industry ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: With LNG approval, Trudeau govt shows true colours…but we shouldn’t be suprised

Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna with Industry Minister Jim Carr (left) and BC Premier Christy Clark (right) announcing the federal government’s approval of PNWLNG (Province of BC/Flickr) Developing a climate plan to meet Canada’s Paris Agreement commitments is a challenging but achievable task for the federal government. Doing so while meeting Alberta’s and BC’s ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how a recent spate of announcements signals that contrary to their campaign commitments in both theme and detail, there’s been little difference between the Trudeau Liberals and the Harper Conservatives in substance. For further reading…– The point is one being made by plenty of other observers as well in various contexts, including Ross ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Opinion: Environment & Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna gets failing report card

Environment & Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna (Mike Gifford/Flickr cc licence) The following is an op-ed by Dr. Eoin Finn – B.Sc., Ph.D., MBA In October 2015, SFU Energy and Materials Research Group  Professor Mark Jaccard published a report titled “Canadian Climate Policy Report Card: 2015”. In part, it is a damning critique of the (Harper) ...

Cowichan Conversations: Will Christy Clark’s brilliant campaigning skills survive the growing opposition to her LNG pipedreams?

Will Christy Clark’s brilliant campaigning skills survive the growing opposition to her LNG pipedreams? When a star advisor such as Tzepborah Berman calls out the Premier depth of discontent and disbelief may become a serious Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Who’s John Horgan and why should you care?

If most eligible voters bother to cast a ballot John Horgan will become Premier form an NDP government in BC in June 2017. If political apathy and disengagement result in lower turnout then prepare for Read more…

The Common Sense Canadian: Longtime Lions Bay Mayor: LNG is plain dirty, violates Canada’s climate commitments

Christy Clark promotes “Clean LNG” at Vancouver conference last year (David P. Ball) By Brenda Broughton It is vital to oppose the previous government’s disregard and denial of science. However, this new government appears to be cherry-picking the science it uses and then hiding behind the science against the interests of citizens and against the ...

Left Over: Wake Up and Smell the Corruption, Canada…….

90 scientists and climate experts call on Trudeau to reject Pacific NorthWest LNG GORDON HOEKSTRA More from Gordon Hoekstra Published on: May 30, 2016 | Last Updated: May 30, 2016 1:41 PM PDT Analysis of the major flaws in Pacific Northwest LNG report   The only politicians speaking out against these horrors are Green..and, as ...

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 ...

The Common Sense Canadian: New video shows serious dangers posed by LNG tankers

A new, short video illustrates in vivid detail the dangers posed by plans to run LNG tankers through narrow, densely populated coastal waterways in places like Howe Sound, Saanich Inlet, Prince Rupert and Kitimat. Drawing on data and studies from global leaders in the field of LNG tanker safety, the video superimposes tanker danger zones over planned ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP’s Horgan too quick to dismiss Leap Manifesto

BCNDP Leader John Horgan touring Lynnterm docks in 2014 (BCNDP/Flickr cc licence) I  have a question or two for NDP leader John Horgan, given recent developments. Let me be clear: I have no animosity towards Mr. Horgan – we only met once and just by accident. At that time, several years ago, Mr. Horgan stated that he ...

In-Sights: Gas sales in new fiscal year begin on a sour note

Stephen Hume Premier Clark and friends are organizing demonstrations, trying to keep the LNG fantasy alive with voters, at least for another year. BC Liberals won’t admit economic reality but producers have already passed judgment on the future of the BC gas industry. Looking at monthly sales of gas rights, we find the six worst-ever ...

In-Sights: Gas sales in new fiscal year begin on a sour note

Premier Clark and friends are organizing demonstrations, trying to keep the LNG fantasy alive with voters, at least for another year. BC Liberals won’t admit economic reality but producers have already passed judgment on the future of the BC gas industry. Looking at monthly sales of gas rights, we find the six worst-ever sale results ...

The Common Sense Canadian: 90% of world’s new electricity coming from renewables: Welcome to the end of the fossil fuel era

Solar installation class (Haggerston Community College/Flickr CC licence) According to the International Energy Agency, a staggering 90% of all new electrical capacity brought online around the world in 2015 came in the form of renewable energy. That same year, China invested a record $110 Billion in clean tech – virtually 100% of its electrical capital – and ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Gutless Horgan caves to union, apologies for opposing LNG project

BCNDP leader John Horgan (BCNDP/Flickr) Apparently, according to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and BC NDP leader John Horgan, we have a new doctrine in Canada which essentially says that Jobs Come Ahead Of Crisis When A Powerful Union Leader Says So. Any free society, as part of its basic philosophy, permits citizens to better themselves, ...

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: NDP’s LNG reversal is a game-changer for BC election

The up and down world of politics has visited British Columbia driven to a large extent by the LNG plays of Premier Christy Clark and the evolving positions or near positions of NDP leader John Read more…

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP’s LNG reversal is a game-changer for BC election

Important events don’t always seem to be so. So it is with the changes last month in both the Green party and the NDP. Going back, say a fortnight, the ruling Liberals were unpopular as hell, led by an airhead who likes to have her picture taken and ride in airplanes. Despite that, I would ...

In-Sights: Know and ‘No’ to LNG

An articulate letter published by by the Terrace Standard, a Black Press property. Excerpts follow but I urge you to read the entire letter HERE: I was saddened to witness the “yes to LNG” rally held March 16, not only because I know that the Petronas Pacific NorthWest LNG proposal for Lelu Island is wrong-headed ...

In-Sights: Know and ‘No’ to LNG

An articulate letter published by by the Terrace Standard, a Black Press property. Excerpts follow but I urge you to read the entire letter HERE: I was saddened to witness the “yes to LNG” rally held March 16, not only because I know that the Petronas Pacific NorthWest LNG proposal for Lelu Island is wrong-headed ...

In-Sights: Can BC Ferry Services be trusted? UPDATED

Coastal communities have reasons to distrust the provincial ferry service and its political masters. One issue is discrimination, because people on saltwater pay onerous fares while inland ferry users enjoy free sailing, services that have cost the province over $200 million during Christy Clark’s time as Premier. The province reports $491 million in tax expenditures ...

In-Sights: BC’s intended major LNG partner

Petronas LNG Decision a ‘Watershed Moment’ for Trudeau Liberals, Say Critics, Mychaylo Prystupa, The Tyee, March 10, 2016 …On Wednesday, a letter signed by 130 Canadian and international scientists urged the Trudeau government to reject a recent Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) report that concluded the Petronas-backed Pacific NorthWest LNG project could be built safely ...

Cowichan Conversations: Damien Gillis-The NDP’s only shot at winning in BC: Embrace the NEW ECONOMY

Here are some excellent posts from Common Sense Canadian that deal with the NDP-Green issues. R   BCNDP Leader John Horgan has a tough row to hoe to win the next election (BCNDP/Flickr) The Read more…

In-Sights: BC Liberals’ special partners

Again, another contribution from an In-Sights reader who is closely following the situation in Malaysia and asking why British Columbia wants to trust part of its economic future to these people. On Friday an Australian Broadcasting Corporation news story – written by Linton Besser, Jaya Balendra, Elise Worthington – was published in Malaysia. WORLD BLOCKBUSTER: ...

The Common Sense Canadian: The NDP’s only shot at winning in BC: Embrace the NEW ECONOMY

BCNDP Leader John Horgan has a tough road to hoe to win the next election (BCNDP/Flickr) The following is Damien Gillis’ rebuttal to colleague Rafe Mair’s recent piece, “By Backing LNG, the Horgan NDP lost election before it began” I agree with my colleague Rafe Mair on most things – including his commentary that John Horgan ...

In-Sights: Late for the party

$40 Billion LNG Project In Australia Cancelled Amid Low Prices, Charles Kennedy, Oilprice.com, Mar 24, 2016 The crash in LNG prices has claimed a major victim. Woodside Petroleum and its partners, which include Royal Dutch Shell, BP, and PetroChina have decided to cancel a massive LNG project in Australia because the economics no longer work. ...