Our Columns

30 weeks 21 hours ago

Winnipeg Free Press
By Eric Reder
August 15, 2014

For many Canadians, the mention of mining may not cause concern. Yet a catastrophe such as the one unfolding at Imperial Metal's Mount Polley mine in B.C. raises serious questions. On Aug. 4, 2014, approximately 10 billion litres of waste water and five billion litres of tailings waste escaped the dam at the gold and copper mine, polluting creeks, tributaries, lakes and the local watershed, and important fish habitat of salmon and rainbow trout. The ongoing saga of the Mount Polley tailings-pond breach gives us cause to reflect on the effects of mining in Manitoba.

40 weeks 4 days ago

June/July 2014

Read Joe Foy's Wild Times column in the Watershed Sentinel as he seeks the public good within environmental campaign work.

41 weeks 1 day ago

Vancouver Sun
By Gwen Barlee
June 9, 2014

How would you feel if you were walking in a provincial park and a logging truck rumbled by, or if you were barbequing with friends in a protected area and the sudden whine of steel-cutting saws from pipeline construction disrupted the peace and quiet?

While these examples may seem far-fetched, in today’s British Columbia they are becoming a reality.

42 weeks 16 hours ago

The Georgia Straight
By Eoin Madden
June 4, 2014

Sometimes it's easy to forget about what climate change will eventually mean for you or your neighbours. But coastal towns like Squamish are acutely exposed to the costs of climate change: a federal government report states that B.C.’s timber losses could range from $500 million to $3 billion, and that flooding protection costs would rise to more than $2,000 per person by 2050.

44 weeks 17 hours ago

The Tyee
By Torrance Coste
May 23, 2014

Another spring, another attempt to hand over logging rights to private interests in B.C.

The B.C. government is reviving its push to convert Crown forest lands from volume-based (usually known as Timber Supply Areas, or TSAs) to area-based tenures (Tree Farm Licences or TFLs). Area-based tenures give more control to the tenure holder, and less to the Ministry of Forests, essentially creating a system that resembles private management on public land.

46 weeks 1 day ago

The Georgia Straight
By Torrance Coste and Caitlyn Vernon
May 5, 2014

As the scientific evidence has mounted, public recognition of climate change as the main environmental challenge of our time has increased dramatically in recent years.

And yet our political leaders appear not to have recognized this reality. Instead, they are looking to move us in the opposite direction, toward more fossil fuel exploitation and accelerated global warming.

1 year 1 week ago

March 18, 2014

By Joe Foy, National Campaign Director

A couple of weeks ago our office at the Wilderness Committee had erupted in a rising babble of excited disbelief. All around me people were frantically logging on to their computers to get confirmation of some seemingly impossible news.

1 year 1 week ago

March/April 2014

Read Joe Foy's Wild Times column in the Watershed Sentinel as he looks at the relationship between aboriginal rights and environmental protection.

1 year 6 weeks ago

Huffington Post BC
By Eoin Madden

The story of why we all have a stake in Kinder Morgan's proposal to build a mega-pipeline through our communities begins in 2011, with strategy documents exchanged between federal agencies, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and other oil lobbyists. It listed those considered friends and foes of their campaign to prevent oil from the tar sands from being labelled and taxed as more environmentally destructive than other types of oil.

1 year 14 weeks ago

The Vancouver Observer
By Torrance Coste
December 12, 2013

A few months ago I was visiting family and friends in the south Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. Someone suggested a hike, and then we argued, as we always do, about where to go.

“Mt. Baldy has the best view.”

“If we do the quarry, the dogs can swim.”

“How about Mt. Prevost?” someone suggested. “Too many mountain bikers,” the rest of us replied.

I suggested the Koksilah River Grove, and we had a winner.