By Ayesha Rascoe and Emily Stephenson, Reuters, June 27, 2012
WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) - In a bitterly divided U.S. political environment, there's at least one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on: Avoid a public showdown on natural gas exports, arguably the most important energy policy decision in recent memory.
BC Hydro, June 22 2012
In light of efforts to minimize electricity rate increases, the B.C. Government is not planning to proceed with the implementation of a British Columbia Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Regulation at this time.
The Regulation would require BC Hydro to establish a FIT program in accordance with the Clean Energy Act.
Damien Gillis, TheCanadian.org, June 14 2012
Dan MacLennan, Campbell River Courier-Islander, June 13, 2012
A group of North Island First Nations is defending a contentious run-of-river power project, saying the NDP's opposition to the project is misinformed.
News Release, BC NDP, June 7, 2012
CAMPBELL RIVER – After stating clearly that the boundaries of the Great Bear Rainforest would not be changed to allow a massive independent power project to move ahead, the B.C. Liberals have broken their word and passed legislation that does just that, say New Democrats.
By Marvin Shaffer, Vancouver Sun, June 7, 2012
Though presented as part of its effort to protect families, the government's recently imposed cap on BC Hydro rate increases will not help British Columbians - families or otherwise. The cap on rates does nothing to reduce costs. At best it provides a short-term gain, but sooner or later BC Hydro will have to increase rates to match the increase in its costs.
Calvin Sandborn, Vancouver Sun, June 5, 2012
Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. — Winston Churchill
Canadians should worry about Bill C-38 — Ottawa’s bid to gut the Environmental Assessment Act.
By Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, June 5, 2012
Two years after the B.C. Liberals pushed BC Hydro to develop clean energy for export, the drive is all but dead, a victim of the changing economics of the North American electricity market.
Hansard, May 31 2012
Doug Ward, Peter O'Neil, Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, May 29, 2012
The federal government is sabotaging its own legislated requirement to protect endangered freshwater fish by weakening the Fisheries Act, four former federal fisheries ministers from B.C. and Canadian scientists say in separate letters to the Harper government.
Hansard, May 30 2012
Debate in the Legislature on the second reading of Bill 49 focussed on the removal of a section of the Dzawadi–Upper Klinaklini River conservancy to accommodate the design plans for the Klinaklini Hydroelectric Project. Rob Fleming, Michael Sather, and Claire Trevena led the debate and were quite informative.
NEWS RELEASE, Ministry of Energy and Mines, May 22, 2012
VANCOUVER – Minister of Energy and Mines Rich Coleman today announced the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) has been directed by the provincial government to reduce BC Hydro’s rate increases over three years by 50 per cent. This is consistent with last year’s BC Hydro review.
JUSTINE HUNTER, Globe and Mail, May 20, 2012
VICTORIA — Newcomers to British Columbia’s natural-gas sector may be denied access to BC Hydro’s electricity services as the province looks to curb costs for Hydro’s current customers.
JUSTINE HUNTER, Globe and Mail, May 13 2012
VICTORIA— B.C. Premier Christy Clark is prepared to alter her government’s strict climate-change targets to pave the way for her plan to create a liquefied natural gas industry in the province.
By Elizabeth May, The Tyee.ca, May 10, 2012
Packing so many attacks on nature into one bill, Harper bets, will confuse citizens. Here's what's at stake.
TZEPORAH BERMAN, Globe and Mail, May 02, 2012
“Mommy, why does the government think you are a terrorist?”
The question came from my son the day after the news media reported that the federal government was contemplating changing the definition of domestic terrorism to include environmentalism.
West Coast Environmental Law, April 27, 2012
Removal of environmental safeguards serves interests of big oil and silences citizens, say environmental lawyers
CBC News, 26 Apr 2012
City council and Park Board gird for battle over Kinder Morgan twinning project
The City of Vancouver is ramping up efforts to oppose the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion from Alberta to the Burnaby end of Vancouver Harbour.
By Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun, April 20, 2012
Hearings assessing the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project and legislative changes planned in Ottawa compromise the province’s sovereignty and threaten its authority to defend British Columbians’ interests, warns a letter from Robyn Allan, the former president of ICBC, to Premier Christy Clark and other leading provincial politicians.
By Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, April 19, 2012
Green advocates with no expertise to be shut out
By Rebecca Penty, Calgary Herald, April 19, 2012
Minister pledges accountability in project decisions
By Peter O'Neil, Edmonton Journal, April 18, 2012
Citizens not ‘directly affected’ shouldn’t take part in environmental hearings
Karl Nerenberg, Rabble.ca, April 17 2012
What is puzzling about Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver's announcement today of a streamlined environmental review process is the sense of urgency -- almost panic -- to get resources out of the ground and to market, as quickly as possible.
By Devon Page, Executive Director, Ecojustice, 18 April 2012
On the heels of the 2012 budget speech, the federal government unveiled details yesterday of its plan to roll back environmental protections in Canada, which includes sweeping changes to the regulatory process used to scrutinize major industrial projects. Here are three ways the changes are a problem for Canadians and the clean water, air and land we all depend on:
CBC As It Happens, 18 Apr 2012
As It Happens talks with Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources about changes to environmental assessments in Canada.
Stuart Elgee, Professor specializing in environmental and natural resources law and policy at the University of Ottawa, responds.