Our Columns

2 years 14 weeks ago
January/February 2015
Read Joe Foy's Wild Times column in the Watershed Sentinel, as he explores forests set aside for the preservation of the spotted owl - but now being logged.

2 years 17 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.

2 years 19 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.

2 years 22 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. 

2 years 24 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.

2 years 30 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.

2 years 30 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."

2 years 31 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.

2 years 32 weeks ago

The Georgia Straight
By Eoin Madden
September 11, 2014

I remember the day I first got word that something big was coming for all of us seeking an opportunity to stand up and demand action on climate change. I was chatting with an organizer from 350.org – a group cofounded by author and environmentalist Bill McKibben – and he looked at me with the resignation of someone who knew he was about to get very, very busy. He said, “Bill thinks we should create the biggest climate march in history.”

I knew then that I wanted to do my bit to make that wish come true, through a global solidarity event that has now become known as the “People’s Climate March”. 

2 years 34 weeks 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.