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Why B.C. should reopen clean energy opportunities for Indigenous communities

04.23.20 | Climate, Local Power, Op-Ed |  Guest Writer

Guest blog by Andy Hira, Professor of Political Science, Simon Fraser University. A little more than a year ago, the British Columbia government launched an inquiry into the regulation of Indigenous energy utilities and ordered the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) to provide recommendations on how Indigenous utilities should be regulated. The BCUC is set […]

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Bending the curve

04.14.20 | Local Power, Op-Ed |  Dave Mills

Virus biology forces us to think local, not global. Let’s not go back. Unless you have been declared an essential service, you’re at home like me, perhaps feeling guilty about having a little more time than usual to think. Most of us like staying busy and feeling useful. When a crisis hits the first instinct […]

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COVID-19 feels like a test. Are Canadians ready?

03.29.20 | Climate, General, Op-Ed |  Christina Smethurst

A virus has brought our economy to its knees. What happens when droughts, floods or wildfires add to the chaos? In the face of a pandemic, it’s not surprising people hoard food and supplies. Combine lizard brain with Maslow’s basic need for security and you’ve got yourself a three hour line into Costco. When I […]

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The dominos were falling long before COVID-19

03.10.20 | Climate, Op-Ed |  Kai Nagata

Canada needs to stop wasting taxpayer dollars on a dying industry The future of the oil industry is collapsing before our eyes. This is the worst moment in history to be plowing billions of public dollars into heavy-oil expansion projects like Trans Mountain. Albertans are right to be terrified. Their economy is being battered by global […]

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Why is BC Hydro blocking a renewable revolution?

01.30.20 | Climate, General, In Depth, Op-Ed |  Dave Mills

Local communities could generate affordable, clean power – and free themselves from fossil fuels. To an energy monopoly, that’s a threat. In the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, groundbreaking research by one of the best scientific teams ever assembled concluded that if we act right now, we have both the time and technology to stabilize […]

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Jonathan Wilkinson: the Minister of Greenwash

12.11.19 | Campaigns, Climate, Election - Canada 2019, No Tankers, Op-Ed |  Cheryl Cameron

After working for ExxonMobil and Shell, it looks like his job now is to grow Canada’s oil sands After the 2019 federal election, Alberta premier Jason Kenney laid out his demands for Ottawa. He wanted Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, whom he called “anti-pipeline,” replaced with someone the oil companies could trust. Prime Minister Trudeau tapped […]

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Op-Ed: Declaration Act a long overdue reset

11.26.19 | Climate, General, News, Op-Ed |  Guest Writer

Originally published in the Times Colonist on November 22, 2019 Re: “Indigenous Peoples bill has good goals but overpromises,” editorial, Nov. 3. I confess I was gobsmacked — and not in a good way — to read the unsigned editorial in the Times Colonist claiming that “the unifying authority of government has been fragmented by […]

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Red Chamber could block a Green New Deal

05.23.19 | Climate, Election - Canada 2019, General, No Tankers, Op-Ed |  Kai Nagata

Canada’s Senate is unelected, unaccountable – and easily swayed by Big Oil Unelected senators in Ottawa are poised to open B.C.’s North Coast to supertankers full of diluted bitumen. By the time Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls the next election, it’s possible Bill C-48, the crude oil tanker moratorium, will be dead. It’s a chilling […]

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