Our Columns

1 year 8 weeks ago

The Times Colonist
By Torrance Coste
March 12, 2015

Monday, March 2nd was a tense day for those of us monitoring the Raven Coal Mine proposal. After a 30-day screening period, the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) was set to announce whether or not the application to mine close to 30 million tonnes of coal and rock in the Comox Valley would advance to final environmental review.

Then, just hours before the announcement, proponent Compliance Energy abruptly withdrew its application.

1 year 8 weeks ago

March/April 2015

Read Joe Foy's Wild Times column in the Watershed Sentinel as he looks at the history of those who speak freely and from the heart.

1 year 12 weeks ago

The Tyee
By Torrance Coste
February 4, 2015

BC Stats shows the practice has reached record levels in recent years

For as long as I've been aware of raw log exports I've been unwaveringly against them. The controversial practice of shipping logs overseas without processing them or adding any value has been in place for years. When logs are exported in raw form, they provide the lowest possible value for B.C. communities and starve the mills and the livelihoods that rely on timber.

Over the last few weeks, I've looked into the most recent data and I've been heartbroken to see just how bad things have become.

1 year 19 weeks ago

Times Colonist
By Eoin Madden, Torrance Coste and Arnold Bercov
December 21, 2014

The Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada and the Wilderness Committee are organizations with deep roots in Canada's forests.

Since its inception more than 50 years ago, the PPWC and its members have relied on abundant and resilient forests for their livelihoods. In turn, since it was founded 34 years ago, the WC has tirelessly advocated for the protection of old-growth forests and other key ecosystems, and for the sustainable management of second-growth forests.

We believe the B.C. government has gradually abandoned the province's forestry heritage in pursuit of an unsustainable pipe dream: liquefied natural gas exports to Asia. The better option — for a resilient economy and for our climate — is to rebuild an innovative, sustainable forestry sector.

1 year 21 weeks ago

Huffington Post BC
By Torrance Coste
December 5, 2014

If a tar sands tanker hits a rock on the Kinder Morgan shipping route past Vancouver Island, the resulting spill could decimate wild salmon, clams and other food sources that First Nations have relied on for centuries. Chilling stories like this were front and centre at last week's Oral Traditional Evidence hearings in Victoria – part of the National Energy Board (NEB) review of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker proposal.

1 year 24 weeks ago

November/December 2014

Read Joe Foy's Wild Times column in the Watershed Sentinel as he visits the site of BC's newest tribal park. 

1 year 25 weeks ago

The Georgia Straight
By Eoin Madden
November 6, 2014

As you read these words, a diverse and dedicated group of Burnaby citizens are making a stand against the Texan oil giant Kinder Morgan on Burnaby Mountain. After preventing Kinder Morgan from conducting destructive survey work in the Burnaby Mountain conservation area, six of these dedicated souls have been served injunction papers and are facing allegations of trespassing in their own public park.

As the resistance to the proposed Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline takes a more proactive form, the drama on the mountain is taking centre stage. It’s easy to understand why: here you have regular folks putting their careers and reputations on the line to stand up for their public park, and to protect their communities from climate change.

1 year 32 weeks ago

Times Colonist
By Torrance Coste
September 22, 2014

Have you ever had a friend who just won’t listen when everyone is telling them to get out of an unhealthy relationship? That’s what comes to mind when I think of the B.C. government’s relationship with tree farm licences. No matter how many British Columbians speak out to say they’re a bad idea, every year the provincial government renews its push for more TFLs.

1 year 32 weeks ago

Huffington Post BC
By Eoin Madden
September 19, 2014

Last month, a permit for a proposed coal terminal on the west coast of Oregon was refused. The Department of State Lands rejected Ambre Energy's proposal, stating that the project was not "in the best interests of the state's water resources." The terminal would have handled eight million tonnes of coal each year from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana, enroute to Asian markets. But Oregon said "No."

1 year 33 weeks ago

September/October 2014

Read Joe Foy's Wild Times column in the Watershed Sentinel as he writes about the danger that lurks in many copper mines world wide.