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A hike through history on Burnaby Mountain

On Saturday June 17, 2017, Wilderness Committee staff took a small group of our donors on a short hike on Burnaby Mountain and through the Westridge neighbourhood where the Kinder Morgan pipeline terminates. The outing is one of the benefits of being an Oak or Pine level Wilderness Defender or Trailblazer.

Democracy should trump a pipeline

By Peter McCartney, 
The Georgia Straight, May 19, 2017
 
It shouldn’t come as a shocker when oil barons get peeved with governments respecting the will of the people. But an opinion piece from former Liberal MP and oil industry apologist Martha Hall Findlay last week was over the top.

What else could the $4 billion for the Massey Bridge buy?

By Peter McCartney, Bob Chitrenky, Eric Doherty & Harold Steves
The Province, April 25, 2017
 
In early April, just days from the start of the provincial election campaign, protesters stole a nice photo-op away from Transportation Minister Todd Stone, who wanted to celebrate the alleged “start” of construction of a multi-billion project to replace the Massey Tunnel with a new 10-lane bridge. Stone was forced to hastily convene his press conference in a nearby fire hall rather than have his planned backdrop spoiled by placards.

Hammering Out Our Differences: Reflections on our State of the Rainforest tour

By Torrance Coste

Last Tuesday, a woodlot operator from northern Vancouver Island challenged my colleagues and I at a public meeting we hosted in Campbell River. He disagreed with a lot of our viewpoints, and he let us know before, during, and after our presentation.

Three nights later in Courtenay, he showed up again.

Opinion: Shipping raw logs out of B.C. is bleeding our forest industry and communities dry

By Torrance Coste & Scott Doherty
The Vancouver Sun, March 21, 2017
 
Early this month, a paper mill on Vancouver Island was forced to shut down for six days because of a “lack” of raw material to run the mill.

What $1 Million in Fossil Fuel Money Buys in BC Politics

By Peter McCartney
The Tyee, March 14, 2017
 
So far, LNG industry hasn’t done much except fill BC Liberal coffers.

Tories' attitude on environment not just dismissive, but inept

By Eric Reder
Winnipeg Free Press,  January 19, 2017
 
 
This past December, we witnessed the first loss of protected lands in Manitoba under our current provincial government, as Pemmican Island in Lake Winnipegosis — which had been protected for 15 years — was opened up for mineral exploration. In addition to regressive thinking on the environment, the Pemmican Island episode also displayed a lack of competence and leadership.

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The Fixed Game - Wild Times

January/February 2017

Read Joe Foy's Wild Times column in the Watershed Sentinel, as he sifts through government records to reveal the dirty tricks that were used to grease the skids for BC mega-projects like the Site C dam.

Skytrain Salmon - Wild Times

 
November/December 2016
 
Read Joe Foy's Wild Times column in the Watershed Sentinel, as he looks at what it takes to make a city wild.

PM’s pipeline panel has only made things worse

Vancouver Observer - November 3, 2016

By Peter McCartney - Wilderness Committee Climate Campaigner

There’s nothing more disrespectful than pretending to listen. 

 
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