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Distortions, misrepresentations and blatant lies

01.26.04 | Retired Campaigns | 

It is no surprise that the forest industry is lauding the new forestry regulations, they conceived them. The corporate campaign to didn’t begin in 2001 with the election of the Liberals, it began in 1995 soon after the much maligned Forest Practices Code was passed into law. The new forestry regulations are the culmination of […]

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Liberals gut forestry regulations

01.24.04 | Retired Campaigns | 

The Liberal pro-corporate deregulation train unloaded more foul smelling cargo yesterday with the release of weakened regulations protecting forests. Following its standard practice of announcing bad news about the environment late on Friday afternoon (after the press cycle) to avoid media coverage, late yesterday the Liberal BC government released new forestry regulations that further turn […]

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BCUC dismisses criticisms of BC Hydro’s Call for Tenders

01.23.04 | Retired Campaigns | 

On January 23, 2004, the BC Utilities Commission encouraged BC Hydro to stay the course with its Call for Tenders for power solutions for Vancouver Island. Dismissing criticisms submitted by an unlikely mix of parties including the GSX Concerned Citizens Coalition, BC’s major industrial electricity users, and especially Norske Canada, the BCUC didn’t modify the […]

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Investors beware of BC

01.22.04 | Retired Campaigns | 

Russ Francis recently wrote in Victoria’s Monday Magazine about recent political scandals and thier impact on investment into BC. While he provides interesting insights into the fallout from these scandals, he overlooks another underreported, but growing impediment to investment – unresolved Aboriginal Title and Rights. Occasionally, the BC government of the day will pay lip […]

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More on softwood

01.22.04 | Retired Campaigns | 

A quick read of Canadian WTO and NAFTA submissions illustrates Canadian duplicity. Like much publicized white-collar criminals with high-priced lawyers, Canadian companies, provinces and federal government have tried to manipulate the technicalities of Canada’s Byzantine forest policies to avoid trade sanctions. They relied on three arguments: Canada claimed that the provinces’ under-pricing of government timber […]

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Privacy, Secrecy, and Democracy

01.22.04 | Retired Campaigns | 

The news today was interesting for those who believe in the value of whistleblowers and who are concerned by a trend among some governments to exclude the public from their business. Yesterday the National Post won a court ruling protecting from the RCMP documents the newspaper obtained from a confidential source. And yesterday the RCMP […]

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TimberWest sale in the crosshairs

01.22.04 | Retired Campaigns | 

The announcement that TimberWest’s TFL near Duncan was sold to Surrey-based Teal-Jones Group is touted as a success for the new Liberal forest policies. In fact, it is just the beginning in what may amount to another protracted battle with BC First Nations. In the Vancouver Sun, Teal-Jones principle Dick Jones”commend[ed] the province for the […]

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Doman faces First Nations obstacles

01.21.04 | Retired Campaigns | 

Once again Doman (Western Forest Products) is seeking an extension from the bankruptcy court. Like most forestry stories in BC, reporting on the Doman bankruptcy has not addressed the complex, often contradictory, issues facing forestry on the coast. While Doman clearly has been the most worker friendly major company in the coastal labour war, on […]

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