Natural Resources

Nov 29, 2016
Ottawa approves Trans Mountain pipeline, Line 3, but turns down Northern Gateway
Marcie Good

The federal government has approved two major crude oil pipelines, including the controversial expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain line to Vancouver. The $6.8-billion project will nearly triple the capacity of an existing pipeline, moving a mix of oil products...

Nov 22, 2016
What will the end of coal power mean?
Marcie Good

A federal plan to aggressively phase out coal-fired power plants by 2030, roughly 10 years ahead of schedule, was announced by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna on Monday. The plan is a cornerstone of the Liberals' move to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas...

Nov 8, 2016
Cancel Site C, says Harcourt to NDP
Marcie Good

Former New Democratic premier Mike Harcourt urged the NDP to cancel the $9-billion Site C hydroelectric project if the party defeats the Liberal government in next spring’s election. Speaking at a conference organized by Clean Energy BC on Monday in...

Nov 1, 2016
Energy sector rebound fuels Canada's economic growth
Marcie Good

Canada’s economy grew by an expected 0.2 per cent in August, as the energy sector rebounded after devastating wildfires in Alberta. This marked the third consecutive month natural resources expanded, due to more oil extraction and a surprise jump in...

Oct 25, 2016
Teck bounces back to become best-performing Canadian stock
Marcie Good

Buoyed by the bounce-back in commodities prices, Teck Resources Ltd. has become the best-performing Canadian stock in seven years. The country’s largest diversified miner has risen fivefold on the S&P/TSX Composite Index to a market value of $16 billion this...

Oct 18, 2016
Saskatchewan premier proposes his own climate change plan
Marcie Good

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall was none too happy when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his carbon pricing plan two weeks ago, calling it “a betrayal” because the provinces weren’t consulted. On Tuesday at a lunch event at the Regina and...

Oct 11, 2016
Ottawa promises more rules on carbon
Marcie Good

The federal government will introduce new regulations to cut Canadian carbon emissions later this fall, according to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. The new measures will include making new and old buildings and houses more energy efficient. The regulations will come...

Oct 4, 2016
Trudeau's ultimatum on carbon tax angers provinces
Marcie Good

Three provincial environment ministers walked out of the federal-provincial climate talks on Monday after Prime Minister Trudeau announced his government’s plan to set a minimum carbon tax. He told the premiers that if their provinces don’t adopt a carbon tax...

Sep 27, 2016
B.C. Utilities Commission rejects low-carbon power plant for Vancouver
Marcie Good

The B.C. Utilities Commission has rejected a plan for a low-carbon power plant, proposed by the City of Vancouver and developer Ian Gillespie. Creative Energy is a company owned by Gillespie, who planned to build an underground network throughout parts of the downtown peninsula to supply heat and power to...

Sep 22, 2016
Kamloops at the crossroads
Andrew Findlay

From her home in the Aberdeen subdivision high atop Kamloops, overlooking the Thompson River Valley, Helen Newmarch can smell the sagebrush and see the golden grasslands. She and her husband, Bruce, a family physician with a private practice in nearby Sahali, moved to the area in 1983 to be close...

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