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Entries Tagged as 'First Nations & Aboriginal'

What the new federal budget means for BC

March 23rd, 2016 · · Comments Off on What the new federal budget means for BC · Economy, Employment & labour, First Nations & Aboriginal, Housing & homelessness, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

At first glance, BC appears somewhat isolated from the economic challenges the rest of Canada is facing but there are a number of worrying signs. Nearly half of British Columbians see the economic conditions in BC as “poor” or “very poor.” The economy may be growing but prosperity is not broadly shared. Despite decent economic growth, poverty remains […]

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The unintended consequences of massive hydro rate increases

March 22nd, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal, Provincial budget & finance

The Province newspaper recently published an op-ed of mine that looked at one of the unintended consequences of our provincial government’s fixation on building the exceedingly expensive Site C hydroelectric dam. Even though actual construction of the dam has yet to begin, BC Hydro customers are already paying far more for electricity than they were just a […]

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Reducing poverty and carbon emissions: lessons from Manitoba

February 26th, 2016 · · Comments Off on Reducing poverty and carbon emissions: lessons from Manitoba · Climate change & energy policy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal

I often get asked about alternatives to our fossil-fuelled status quo. In recent years, there have been many new projects that point to the way forward, that get beyond vague statements about reducing carbon emissions and boosting clean energy. Our CCPA-BC office held a conference last year to examine new approaches to good and green jobs. […]

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A petro state, a fracking frenzy and one woman’s battle for justice: Andrew Nikiforuk’s latest should be required reading for MLAs

October 14th, 2015 · · Comments Off on A petro state, a fracking frenzy and one woman’s battle for justice: Andrew Nikiforuk’s latest should be required reading for MLAs · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal, Women

Andrew Nikiforuk’s new book, Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry, captures like never before how fossil fuel companies must do more and more to coax oil and gas from the ground. And how that each time more effort is made, the social and environmental costs mount.

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Yes Mr. Harper It Is A Sociological Phenomenon

January 14th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Yes Mr. Harper It Is A Sociological Phenomenon · First Nations & Aboriginal, Women

Inter‑American Commission on Human Rights Issues Breakthrough Report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls This piece originally appeared on Blogging for Equality. The Inter‑American Commission on Human Rights has provided a direct answer to Prime Minister Harper: Yes, the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls are a ‘sociological phenomenon’. The Inter-American Human […]

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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, 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 & energy policy, Economy, 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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