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Canfor's takeover of Slocan–The Impacts (Part 2)

02.24.04 | In Depth | 

Canfor’s plans to build four “super mills” in the north, fueled by wood from its merger with Slocan, will negatively impact on First Nations, communities and workers. The numbers speak for themselves. In Houston, BC, Canfor apparently plans to increase capacity by 33% from 450,000,000 board feet a year to 600,000,000. However, mostly unreported (except […]

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Here we go again: privatising BCBC

02.24.04 | In Depth | 

We have no details yet, but it sounds as though the privatization of the British Columbia Building Corporation is all but complete. What’s not clear is whether the Corporation will be broken into parts and privatized, or sold to private interests in one lump. Either way, the process is being carried out in secret, with […]

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Kitimat: a community fights back

02.24.04 | In Depth | 

Kitimat is taking Alcan to court. It’s asking the BC Supreme Court to review all the agreements with Alcan, and rule on whether the company is breaking them by selling power. The town’s mayor, Richard Wozney, says it’s a matter of life and death for Kitimat. But it’s a daunting prospect – a small town […]

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Sustainability in Twenty Years?

02.23.04 | In Depth | 

Those who listened to Cross-Country Check-up on CBC a week ago may have heard Prime Minister Paul Martin refer to a new report by Dogwood Initiative founder, and current advisor, David R. Boyd, Sustainability Within A Generation. David wrote the report for the David Suzuki Foundation, and David Suzuki had passed it on to the […]

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Good idea, bad delivery: re-allocating the Cut

02.23.04 | In Depth | 

Everyone knows that the virtual monopoly big corporate tenure holders hold over BC’s timber must be broken. It’s not even that controversial a subject, having been endorsed by every major government forestry panel and commission in recent memory, including the 50% reallocation suggested by the Forest Resource Commission in the 1990s. That’s why the 20% […]

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Coalbed Methane faces setback in Hat Creek

02.23.04 | In Depth | 

After being pressured by the Ministry of Energy and Mines to sign a protocol by the end of March, the Bonaparte Indian Band has advised the government it will not accept an inadequate, rushed, and one-sided consultation process about coalbed methane in its territory. This is significant for those opposed to coalbed methane exploration and […]

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Building Bridges in the Okanagan

02.23.04 | In Depth | 

The future of British Columbia depends on strong communities. Historically, environmentalists, labour, community and First Nations activists have often worked towards similar objectives, but on parallel tracks. That is beginning to change. A big step forward will occur on April 28th, 2004 in Vernon, BC, when the Okanagan Band holds their Public Information Forum at […]

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The Never ending Softwood Story

02.19.04 | In Depth | 

Dialogue about softwood in Canada needs an overhaul. It’s uninformed, simplistic and jingoistic. Even progressive politicians like Jack Layton have been captured by the rhetoric. Just last week he was in the media, representing the dispute in purely nationalistic terms. Wake up Canadians -we subsidize our logging industry. Did you know that Canada’s argument that […]

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