Don Whiteley

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May 3, 2013
First Nations Change the Environmental Dynamic

Twenty years ago the combined forces of First Nations bands and environmental organizations mounted what turned out to be Canada’s biggest demonstration of civil disobedience—and ultimately drove two major forestry corporations out of the west coast’s Clayoquot Sound. Dubbed the War in the Woods, the Clayoquot Sound protests completely altered the...

Apr 24, 2013
Dix on Kinder Morgan: Strong Stance or Flip-flop?

NDP leader Adrian Dix set the cat among the pigeons this week when he announced (on Earth Day, of course) that he’s not at all keen on seeing the Port of Vancouver develop into a large oil exporting terminal. He was directing his comments at Kinder Morgan’s proposal to spend $5.4...

Mar 28, 2013
Under the Radar: the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

With Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project on life support and opposition growing daily (how do you fight Paul Simon?), we can expect attention to shift soon to the Kinder Morgan proposal to expand its existing Edmonton-to-Burnaby pipeline to fill in the void. Built in the 1950s, the Trans Mountain...

Mar 14, 2013
Here's to David Black's Long Shot of the Year

But there’s a heap of questions to be answered and hurdles to be overcome before you can call it anything more than an ambitious pipe dream. Where to begin? Black is a newspaper publisher with no working experience in either the pipeline business or the refinery business. Both are highly complex...

Feb 26, 2013
California Out to Fleece Powerex

The cat fight between California and B.C. over electricity charges during the state’s 2000 energy crisis hit a new low last week when a U.S. judge concluded that several brokers, including Powerex, Hydro’s exporting arm, overcharged California by manipulating the system. This dispute has been going on for more than a...

Feb 22, 2013
Christy's Folly: Betting the Farm on LNG

Premier Christy Clark’s decision to embrace LNG exports as the province’s economic salvation has a very shaky foundation. This multi-billion dollar, capital-intensive industry indeed has the potential to fill Victoria’s coffers over the next few decades, but it also has the potential to be a complete bust. The high hopes are...

Oct 5, 2012
U.S. Tax Laws: The Long Arm of Uncle Sam

Maury Williams, a 68-year-old history professor at UBC’s Okanagan campus, was born in Australia, moved to the U.S. with his family as a child and acquired U.S. citizenship at age 15, when his mother decided to become a U.S. citizen.

Jun 4, 2012
The Hunt for B.C.'s Rare-Earth Metals

Enjoying your new iPad 3? Like all the nice features of the latest version of your BlackBerry? And how’s the picture on that 52-inch flat-screen monster you just nailed to the wall in your living room? Chances are people are...

Mar 20, 2009
Dirty Little Secret

With Alberta oil producers facing uncertain prospects south of the border, many are pinning their hopes on the Asian market – and two multibillion-dollar pipelines set to carry crude to B.C.’s west coast ports. But are we ready for massive oil tankers off our shores?

Oct 9, 2008
B.C.'s Gas Reserves: Wells of Fortune

Calgary oilman Mike Graham remembers the summer of 2003 in B.C. Forest fires were consuming half the province and threatened the city of Kelowna; it was the worst forest fire season on record. The provincial government’s bill for fighting all the fires was nearly $400 million – more than double...

Jul 1, 2008
Power Play: B.C.'s Electricity Dilemma

The screaming, the booing, the loud cheers from the 850-plus crowd at every insult: that wasn’t the worst of it for Jako Krushnisky, president and CEO of Run of River Power Inc. “What was particularly repugnant was to have some guy’s six-year-old daughter coaxed to come up to the table and provide some work of art,” he said.

Feb 1, 2008
B.C. Fisheries: The Strife Aquatic

The DFO cites a stack of scientific reports supporting its conclusion that “they graze on the mucous and skin of fish, and usually have little impact on their health and survival” (; select “Aquaculture” under “Subjects,” then “Sea Lice” under...

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