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A century ago, 35,000 grizzly bears lived in British Columbia and also flourished from Alaska to Mexico, and east to Ontario. Today, only about 15,000 grizzly bears inhabit B.C., having disappeared from the Lower Mainland, the Okanagan and around Fort St. John.Continue reading »
Yesterday the Government of Ontario promised to spend $190 million to help Greater Toronto Area (GTA) municipalities recover from devastating storms that have hit the region over the last few months.
Local mayors welcomed the funding. It will help pick up the tab for disaster relief centers, hydro crew overtime and the cleanup of thousands of trees downed during a devastating late-December ice storm that left millions of residents without power for days.Continue reading »
Families, communities, the environment and clean energy innovation all lose out in this year's B.C. budget.
B.C. was once known as a leader on pursuing climate change solutions as part of its economic strategy. That leadership is being eroded. In the province's 2014 budget, the environment and clean energy innovation lose out.
This budget again focuses on shale gas extraction for future liquefied natural gas (LNG) export, unveiling a proposed royalty regime should LNG plans materialize. The government committed $29 million over three years to entice the oil and gas industry to build processing plants with a streamlined environmental regulatory process, however B.C. did recommit to having "the cleanest LNG industry in the world" although provided no details as to how. It was a lot of fanfare for an industrial vision that very well may never see the light of day.Continue reading »
It's 1989. I'm five years old, standing on a moss-edged path, gripping Mama's hand, watching a long-armed, yellow machine scrape the earth.
Other giants grow tall and straight around us. Needly branches twist in the wind. Insects hum, a raven cries. An orange-helmeted man wades into the sword ferns, brandishing a saw at the foot of a thick Douglas fir. Metal teeth bite and sawdust flies. I think of the little brown mice, white-bellied squirrels and red-chested robins. There's a smell of raw dirt and tree pitch. The tree falls and a heaviness settles behind my ribs.Continue reading »