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Site C a ‘horrible neighbour’

By Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Old Fort residents aired their concerns to BC Hydro last month about its shortcomings mitigating the impacts of Site C dam construction on their community, but the town hall ultimately did more harm than good, says the chair of the Peace River Regional District.

Brad Sperling, who also represents Area C which includes the riverside community downstream from the dam, attended the July 29 meeting in Fort St. John, and caught BC Hydro misleading residents by falsely claiming a community measures agreement had been made with the PRRD, offering compensation to residents.

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Canada’s largest oil and gas companies’ sky-high net earnings renew calls for windfall tax

By Natasha Bulowski, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Sky-high net earnings for Canada’s four biggest oil companies have renewed calls for a windfall tax that Ottawa shows no sign of adopting.

“The gas lobby is clearly very powerful and holds a lot of sway in Canada,” Environmental Defence’s programs director Keith Brooks told Canada’s National Observer, adding the industry is impeding effective climate action and creating deep inequality among Canadians.

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Local self publishes first book ‘The Geography of Belonging, A Love Story’

By Greg Osoba, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

First time author Oriane Lee Johnston published The Geography of Belonging, A Love Story through Cortes Island’s independent Salmonberry Arts and Publishing in late July.

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Dead salmon found at Trans Mountain construction site spark outcry from environmental group

By Natasha Bulowski, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Environmentalists are calling on Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to halt pipeline construction in Hope, B.C., after dead salmon were found at Trans Mountain’s worksite on the Coquihalla River last weekend.

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Artist spotlight: Local Jemma Hicken returns to the stage for Lovefest

By Louis Belcourt, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

Jemma Hicken is a born and raised Cortes musician who is returning to the scene this year to play at the returning, annual summer music festival Lovefest.

Hicken has recently finished a degree in music and has moved back to the island to get in touch with her roots.

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