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Are the BC Liberals Better Fiscal Managers Than The NDP?

By Roy L Hales

The BC Liberals portray themselves as the party that brings economic stability and creates jobs. They claim the BC NDP and Green Party would introduce “reckless spending, higher taxes, and bigger government.” But, based on  their past performance, are the BC Liberals better fiscal managers than the NDP?

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The Fight To Keep Coal From Fraser Surrey Docks

By Roy L Hales

As the people of Washington and Oregon turn their back on new coal port proposals, producers have turned to British Columbia. Neptune Terminals’ coal port capacity, in North Vancouver,  was doubled, without any public consultation and the city’s request for a health impact assessment was ignored. Resistance to the proposed coal terminal at Fraser Surrey docks was more determined. The  Port Authority carried out assessments before approving the project, but there has been grounds for believing the project was decided upon long before the  official outcome. Ecojustice has undertaken this case on behalf of Voters Taking Action Against Climate Change and Communities and Coal. This morning I’m interviewing Ecojustice lawyer Karen Campbell about the fight to keep coal from Fraser Surrey Docks

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What Has The Under2 MOU Changed?

By Roy L Hales

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Are the drought conditions spreading throughout the West Coast connected to climate transformation? States of emergency have been declared in California, Washington and parts of Oregon. Though British Columbia has not experienced this, a recent computer simulation predicted 80% of its glaciers could disappear over the next decade. This entire region responded by joining with eight other states, on three continents, in a pact to tackle Climate Change. Yet the development of fossil fuel continues, so what has the Under 2 MOU changed on the West Coast?

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Blockade the Sabine Channel

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On October 4, 2014,  group of Lasqueti Island residents joined with kayakers and boaters in a nautical response to the proposed expansion of Texada Island’s coal port. In the interview that follows one of the organizsers, Andrew Fall, explains how and why they decided to blockade the Sabine Channel.

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Four Questions About BC’s Coal Policies

By Roy L Hales

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I recently asked the provincial government four questions about BC’s Coal Policies. Instead of answering the first three, their spokesperson replied, “I suggest you direct these questions to Port Metro Vancouver.” Only most of these questions were connected to the provincial Ministry of Energy and Mines decision to grant the Lafarge Canada facility on Texada Island a permit amendment so that it can handle up to 8 million tonnes of US thermal coal every year.

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