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May 30, 2016
Scientists ask P.M. to reject proposed LNG plant
Marcie Good

A group of 90 scientists and climate experts have appealed to the prime minister to reject the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project near Prince Rupert, citing its significant adverse environmental effects from greenhouse gas emissions. “Honouring the commitment Canada made in Paris (2015 United Nations summit) to limit global warming...

May 27, 2016
How Carbon Engineering Ltd. is trying to put up a good fight against greenhouse gases
Brad Badelt

Carbon Engineering Ltd.’s facility doesn’t look much different from the handful of other industrial buildings scattered along Squamish’s waterfront. The company’s 80-metre-long blue warehouse sits alongside two white silos and a giant metal crate that resembles an oversized air conditioner. But while other industrial operations spew greenhouse gases out their...

May 24, 2016
Site C will cause "unprecedented" environmental damage, say 250 academics
Felicity Stone

Researchers from universities across Canada as well as in the U.S., U.K. and Australia say there were significant problems with the regulatory review and environmental assessment process for the Site C project. The group, which includes 250 university professors, legal scholars, political scientists, water scientists and environmental scientists from across...

May 19, 2016
NEB approves Trans Mountain pipeline expansion—with conditions
Felicity Stone

The National Energy Board has approved Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project subject to 157 conditions. The board found that the project, which would triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline system in Western Canada, can be constructed, operated and maintained in a safe manner and is in...

May 11, 2016
How climate change is helping one Okanagan vintner create the perfect Chardonnay
Timothy Taylor

You don’t come across a lot of feel-good business stories about climate change. Global warming is more typically reported as a cost. A 2013 report from the nonprofit Center for Climate and Energy Solutions in Virginia put the real cost to businesses globally of the previous year’s abnormal weather at...

May 10, 2016
No rebound in sight for B.C. mining sector
Marcie Good

The five-year slump in commodity prices does not appear to be ending anytime soon, says Karina Briño, the president of the Mining Association of B.C., in an aunnual industry survey authored by PwC “What I think we are seeing now is an actual correction,” said Briño. “Prices aren’t coming up the way...

May 4, 2016
B.C.’s mines regulator failing at its job, says auditor general
Jacob Parry

The ministry responsible for regulating B.C.’s mining industry is failing at its job, concluded a harsh report from the office of B.C.’s Auditor General Carol Bellringer. Bellringer recommended that the government remove its mining compliance and enforcement program from the Ministry of Energy and Mines, stating that “the environmental risks...

May 3, 2016
Oil and gas workers are Canada's happiest employees—when they can find work
Marcie Good

Workers in the oil and gas sector in Canada reported higher levels of job satisfaction than other sectors, according to a new survey compiled by recruitment firm Hays Canada. According to the report, 27 per cent of employees in the energy industry felt “very happy” in their current role. This was...

May 1, 2016
How the new federal government is helping B.C. regain its green reputation
Andrew Findlay

When former premier Gordon Campbell introduced the Climate Action Plan in 2008, it was revolutionary for North America—long considered an environmental laggard in the western world. The provincial government’s plan included a revenue-neutral carbon tax (intended to rise over time), a zero emission policy for 93 per cent of new power generation...

Apr 26, 2016
Two in three in Vancouver approve of dispensaries
Jacob Parry

Two-thirds of Vancouver residents think that marijuana dispensaries should be allowed to operate while less than a quarter said they should not, according to a poll from Forum Research released Tuesday, days before the city is set to shut down dozens of illegal dispensaries on Friday, May 1. The poll found...

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