Editor’s note: An alarming trend that needs to be addressed.
By Matteo Cimellaro, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Debbie Rupke (Tomma) heard a rattle at her door. It was her cousin in a panic, telling her they had only minutes to leave. Strong winds had shifted, and the Bushcreek fire, which has burned at least 43,084 hectares north of Kelowna so far, was bearing down on their homes. Rupke (Tomma) had returned from Vancouver the day before, so she grabbed her yet-to-be-unpacked suitcase and her most precious memento: a family portrait of her daughter she gave up for adoption at 15.
Continue reading Frantic escapes, damaged homes and lost time: First Nations hit hardest when wildfire season comes
By Aaron Hemens, The Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
For the 22nd year in a row, syilx Okanagan people took a canoe journey across the invisible border between “Canada” and the “United States” that divides their territory — challenging a colonial marker that continues to infringe upon their unceded homelands.
Dozens of pullers hauled at least 10 boats, including several dugout canoes, to the shore of nk’mip (Osoyoos Lake) in sw̓iw̓s (Osoyoos) in syilx homelands on Tuesday. The group sailed through the lake’s waters on the way to Oroville, Washington, before returning later in the day.
Continue reading Canoe journey crosses colonial border, upholding syilx sovereignty: ‘this is still our territory’
Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Canada urgently needs to chart a course of action that will dramatically reduce the shipping sector’s surging greenhouse gas emissions, says an international coalition working to decarbonize the maritime sector.
Each year, international shipping creates a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide. If the sector was a country, it would be the sixth largest emitter of CO2 emissions, roughly equivalent to Japan.
Continue reading Canada must speed up decarbonizing ports to slash rising shipping emissions
By Fabian Dawson, New Canadian Media, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Canada’s plan to open its doors to hundreds of thousands of immigrants will be a “trainwreck” if the Trudeau Liberal government does not come up with a comprehensive housing solution for the newcomers who are needed to fill jobs in the country, experts say.
Housing affordability and availability are the key issues of concern for Canadians, who are generally in favour of immigration, said pollster Nik Nanos. The results of his organization’s latest survey shows over half of Canadians polled believe an increase in immigrants as permanent residents will have a positive or somewhat positive impact on the economy.
Continue reading Canada has jobs and public support for immigrants but it doesn’t have the housing
By Zak Vescera, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
B.C. businesses are hiring a record number of temporary foreign workers as they struggle to fill jobs.
The latest federal data show there were more than 32,200 people in B.C. under the federal government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program at the end of 2022, more than Ontario, which has more than twice B.C.’s population.
Continue reading Temporary Foreign Workers Hit Record Levels in BC