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…

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: NDP should amend more than just timelines for Alberta’s next electoral map

Alberta’s Chief Electoral Officer Glen Resler spoke to the Standing Committee on Legislative Offices on September 24, 2015 about legislated timelines that require an Electoral Boundaries Commission be appointed to redraw the provincial electoral districts. Because the 2015 provincial election was called one… Continue Reading →

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!

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Sunday candidate nomination update in Alberta

Some Progressive Conservative Party supporters are privately expressing frustration with the decision by Premier Jim Prentice and his cabinet ministers to openly campaign and endorse incumbent PC MLAs facing nomination challenges. One PC member who contacted this blogger described it as… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Monday morning candidate nomination updates in Alberta

The Progressive Conservatives held their first “Super Saturday” on Feb. 21, 2015, during which contested nominations were held in seven constituencies. The handful of contested PC nominations have been overshadowed by the nearly forty acclamations by incumbent PC MLAs across the province…. Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Saturday Morning election nomination updates in Alberta

From Lethbridge to Rimbey and Peace River to Cochrane, here is your Saturday morning candidate nomination update: Airdrie: Mayor of Airdrie Peter Brown announced this week that he will seek the Progressive Conservative nomination. Mr. Brown was first elected Mayor in 2010. The… Continue Reading →

Political Eh-conomy: No to pipelines, yes to Site C?

Peace River Valley No to pipelines, yes to Site C? Here’s a piece I wrote for Ricochet after getting riled up by *some* of the arguments against Site C. The full piece is here. To shift off fossil fuels we’ll need more large scale, public energy infrastructure As the movement against pipelines rapidly grows, more ...

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 ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Residents of Peace River, AB wrestle with authorities over bitumen fumes

Fumes from these bitumen storage tanks are allegedly driving Alberta families from their homes. Read this Feb. 20th VICE article that provides a local look inside our Jan. 28th Reported Elsewhere story about the state of northern Alberta families vacating their homes from bitumen fumes emitted by Baytex Energy storage tanks. The Labrecques, a local Peace River family, ...

Cowichan Conversations: Vancouver Island vs Texas Frackers

Don Maroc Cowichan Conversations Contributor The frackers are moving closer. We may have a front row seat to learning what the Peace River farmers and Alberta ranchers have been living through. Last year Quicksilver Resources Canada purchased the former Elk Falls pulp mill site on the north side of Campbell River No, they are not ...

Politics and its Discontents: Fear And Loathing In Peace River

While the Harper cabal proceeds full-tilt with its tarsands advertising campaign, the details of which Canadians are being denied, a game of inconvenient truth versus consequences is being played out in Peace River, Alberta. According to a report in The Edmonton Journal, Peace River may be making people sick. The suspected culprits? – its gas ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC’s Troubled Waters-Wilderness Committee Video Tells The Story

Cowichan Conversations: Families Abandon Homes near Alberta Bitumen Facility

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger   The more the politicians of all stripes and flavours proclaim the harmless benefits of fracking, producing and shipping bitumen to wherever there is a market the more that you know they are full of  it. Bullshit slides smoother than bitumen! Check this out! CBC coverage (video) and an audio follow up by reporter ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Rainbow Pipeline Leak — 1 Year Later…

Did you know that Plains Midstream Canada continues to clean up the Rainbow Pipeline Leak that occurred on April 29, 2011? The largest Alberta pipeline discharge in 36 years has never been classified as «100% remediated» by the Energy Resources Conservation Board, the provincial energy regulator. 1 year later… Haven’t heard anything about it in ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Rainbow Pipeline Leak — Eight Months Later…

It has been 8 months since Plains Midstream Canada reported that there had been a Rainbow Pipeline leak, 100 km NE of Peace River, Alberta. As of December 2, 2011, there have been no updates made to the Plains Midstream Canada web site. [ Web Updates ] The largest Alberta pipeline discharge in 36 years ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Rainbow Pipeline Leak — Six Months Later…

It has been 6 months since Plains Midstream Canada reported that there had been a Rainbow Pipeline leak, 100 km NE of Peace River, Alberta. Initially, the Alberta media were told by Plains Midstream Canada that only a few hundred barrels of oil had leaked from the Rainbow Pipeline… There was no national media coverage ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Lubicon Cree First Nation not consulted before Plains Midstream Canada given OK to restart

Plains Midstream Canada no longer provides web updates regarding the percentage of oil that has been recovered from the Rainbow Pipeline leak site. [ Article ] Plains Midstream Canada has only recovered 49% of the 4.5 million litres of oil from the Rainbow Pipeline leak site; however, Plains Midstream Canada alludes to the possibility of ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Plains Midstream Canada given final OK to restart Rainbow Pipeline

Plains Midstream Canada has been given the final OK to restart the Rainbow Pipeline. Almost 4 months after the largest Alberta pipeline discharge in 36 years, and less than 30 days after the Energy Resources Conservation Board says it received a formal request from Plains Midstream Canada to restart Rainbow Pipeline operations — and despite ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Rainbow Pipeline Leak — Three Months Later…

It has been 3 months since Plains Midstream Canada reported that there had been a Rainbow Pipeline leak, 100 km NE of Peace River, Alberta. Initially, the Alberta media were told by Plains Midstream Canada that only a few hundred barrels of oil had leaked from the Rainbow Pipeline… There was no national media coverage ...