As smoke from unprecedented wildfires chokes the West Coast, and more than 100 Canadian economists sound the alarm about Trans Mountain’s broken business case, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has a choice: keep pouring fuel on the fire, or free up billions of dollars for post-pandemic recovery.
The B.C. government has set aside $1.5 billion for economic recovery. Ottawa is ready to spend even more. We surveyed supporters and allies to ask where that stimulus money should be spent. Here are some of the project ideas that have rolled in so far.
Oil prices are at historic lows and demand may never return to pre-COVID levels. But Justin Trudeau wants taxpayers to borrow billions of dollars to build a pipeline that no longer makes any economic sense.
Construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline has barely started. But already the cost has ballooned to $12.6 billion.
The Mount Polley tailings dam failure unleashed billions of litres of contaminated sludge — destroying a salmon stream, dumping mine waste into Quesnel Lake and sending a plume of toxic chemicals down the Fraser River. To this day, the company responsible has faced no charges, fines or penalties. Instead, taxpayers spent $40 million to clean up the company’s mess.
Remember the Mount Polley mine disaster? It’s worse than you thought. The company responsible is now pumping untreated mine waste straight into Quesnel Lake. Not only has Imperial Metals never faced fines or charges, they’re still polluting this prime sockeye salmon lake.
We are at an extraordinary point in time — youth around the world are raising their voices and standing up for change. From striking for climate justice, to protesting the injustice of police brutality, standing up for gun control, and pushing back against every other inequality the world endures, youth are actively fighting against a system that has failed us. They are taking matters into their own hands.
We are at an extraordinary point in time — youth around the world are raising their voices and standing up for change. It makes sense. We are facing a pretty bleak fate. And, under our current democratic system, we have limited recourse and access to power. We need bold political action to solve the big problems that the world is facing today.
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