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Entries Tagged as 'First Nations & Aboriginal'

Mount Polley Mine dam collapse compels us to review resource development regulations

August 20th, 2014 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

At this point, we don’t know exactly what caused the collapse in the large dam holding mining wastewater and contaminated sediment – also known as tailings – at the Mount Polley Mine. This is why we need the inquiry which the BC government announced earlier this week. It remains to be seen if it was […]

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CCPA submission to BC consultation on forest tenures

May 26th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal

Earlier today, I submitted the following on behalf of the CCPA to Mr Jim Snetsinger, who is leading a consultation on area-based forest tenures on behalf of the BC government (FYI, the deadline for input into this consultation is Friday May 30, and submissions can be made via email to: forest.tenures@gov.bc.ca): CCPA Submission to Consultation […]

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What the UBC rape chant scandal says about women in the Canadian economy

September 10th, 2013 · · 7 Comments · Children & youth, Economy, Education, Employment & labour, First Nations & Aboriginal, Human rights, Media, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Women

The news of UBC Sauder Business School students chanting about rape of underage girls during a FROSH week event has generated much outrage. As it should. While the chant might seem like an isolated incident, it is not. The recent rape chant scandals in UBC and in St Mary’s University in Halifax are evidence of […]

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Does Premier Clark, the great petro pretender, have a Plan B?

June 24th, 2013 · · 6 Comments · Climate change, Economy, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal, Taxes

In January, one of the world’s most sophisticated deep-sea drilling vessels, the $540-million Chikyu, left the Japanese Port of Shimizu destined for a distant point in the Phillippine Sea. The voyage marked a milestone in what by then was an 18-year, $700-million research and development effort aimed at one day weaning Japan off of its […]

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Enbridge testimony from Josh Paterson

January 16th, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal

A guest post follows from Josh Paterson, who is formerly a lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law, and recently appointed Executive Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association. Josh’s remarks are his own personal opinions. ********** Good evening. I’m happy to be here in unceded Coast Salish territories to address you this evening, to express my unreserved […]

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Services for at-risk youth in BC: moving from dysfunction to effective support

September 12th, 2012 · · 2 Comments · Children & youth, First Nations & Aboriginal

Guest blogger Diana Guenther drew on extensive work experience in social services to develop her Masters of Urban Studies thesis on improving services for at-risk youth in BC. She shares some of her key recommendations here: Having worked with at risk youth for 15 years and in three different countries, I have always been quite […]

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Sliammon votes: what opportunities might come by sharing more than two sides of the story?

July 4th, 2012 · · 1 Comment · First Nations & Aboriginal

Sliammon (Tla’Amin) Nation, located on the northern segment of British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, is making history.  But not in the way that may have been expected. After over ten years of negotiations, the vote for a final treaty agreement was to take place on June 16th, 2012.  The intention, according to both the Sliammon Treaty […]

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And they all fall down: The day of reckoning in B.C.’s over-cut interior forests looms

April 18th, 2012 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal, Municipalities

For more than a quarter century, logging companies at the government’s blessing have been on a tear through British Columbia’s expansive interior forests. In the name of “salvaging” economic value from forests attacked by mountain pine beetles, beginning with a smaller outbreak centered in the Williams Lake area in the 1980s and followed by the […]

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Just who should be putting who under trusteeship?

December 15th, 2011 · · 1 Comment · First Nations & Aboriginal

I am the first to admit that, lamentably, I know very little about the problems that face First Nations people. That did not stop me from having an opinion about the federal takeover at Attawapiskat.  My first reaction was that the Chief and Council should have thrown the keys to the federal government and said, […]

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Inequality and Climate Injustice: A Durban Post-Mortem

December 13th, 2011 · · 5 Comments · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal

The United Nations climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, ended 2011 with a whimper. After a year in which climate disasters rolled across the globe, major polluting nations like Canada chose to ignore them, seeking instead to disrupt the Durban negotiations, then blew the world a raspberry, by officially pulling out of the Kyoto […]

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