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Derelict vessels continue to pollute BC coastline

Derelict Boat - Credit Flickr: GenistaFor decades mayors, councillors, trustees and regional directors have passed resolutions at the UBCM asking for senior governments to take care of the derelict & abandoned vessels, illegal mooring buoys and human waste dumping that pollute their local shorelines.

Unfortunately, senior governments have ignored this marine pollution and left cleanup to the local government and regional districts to coordinate, manage and in many cases, finance.

Time for Fiscal Fairness for Coastal Communities served by BC Ferries

Public controversy over the fiscally-challenged British Columbia Ferry Corporation emerged as one of the top news stories in 2013. Signs that the former crown corporation was in an unsustainable financial position prompted Honourable Todd Stone, the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure to announce several cuts and changes to the BC Ferry service in November. These included service reductions on some routes, cuts to seniors’ discounts and the potential addition of slot machines on major routes.

Sir John A Macdonald Day

January 11th is Sir John A. Macdonald day.  199 years ago, in 1815, Sir John was born in Glasgow, Scotland. As one of the founders of our nation, and Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald played an integral role in the bringing together East and West parts of Canada to form the Great Coalition leading to the birth of our nation on July 1, 1867.

BC Greens call for sixth condition for heavy oil pipelines

Media Statement December 19, 2013
For immediate release

BC Greens call for sixth condition for heavy oil pipelines

Victoria BC – In response the NEB Joint Review Panel’s final decision to approve Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline, BC Green Party MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, Andrew Weaver, and BC Green Party Leader Adam Olsen are calling on the BC Government to establish a 6th condition for support of heavy oil pipeline projects: A moratorium on dilbit transport along the B.C. coast.

Northern Gateway, Joint Review Panel – Conditional ‘Yes’

Media Statement December 19, 2013
For immediate release

Northern Gateway, Joint Review Panel – Conditional ‘Yes’

Victoria BC - Today the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel released its report to the Federal Cabinet on Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline. The panel’s conditional ‘yes’ is deeply concerning, considering the opposition by the BC Government, First Nations, environmental groups and the majority of the people of the province.  

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