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Aug 1, 2008
Stumped: B.C. Reforestation
Ben Parfitt

On an overcast morning in early May, a chill bites the air with just the slightest of ocean breezes. It’s as if winter never left. Days earlier, snow, hail and wind arrived to knock the pink blossoms off of boulevard cherry trees and make a mockery of southern Vancouver Island’s so-called “Mediterranean” climate.

Aug 1, 2008
Video: How the Pine Beetle Ravaged B.C.
By John Bucher

There's been a lot of talk about the mountain pine beetle's laying waste to British Columbia's forests, but few people actually know how the critter goes about its destructive task. The story, like so many, begins with innocent licking. But...

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

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.

Jul 1, 2008
B.C. Fishing: Sink or Swim
Andrew Findlay

A brisk wind ripples the water of Comox Harbour, making the sailboat stays sing like a thousand wind chimes. Peter Watson is milling about on the deck of his turquoise-green fish-packer, Diligence, his wavy silver hair crowning a tanned face that has weathered a storm or two.

Jun 24, 2008
British Columbia Food Delicacies
BCBusiness D.B.

1. Geoduck – Is the largest burrowing clam in the world that is also called the elephant trunk clam in Chinese. The majority of geoducks are exported to Honk Kong and mainland China, while a small amount is exported to US...

Jun 1, 2008
B.C. Forest Industry: Beetlemania
Susan Hollis

At only four to 7½ millimetres long – on par with a grain of rice – the mountain pine beetle has established itself as the Attila of our coniferous forest. According to a March 2008 report released by the Ministry...

May 1, 2008
First Nations and Business: A New Deal
Lana Okerlund

Irving knew that BCTC, a Crown corporation, had a legal duty to consult First Nations groups about the potential impacts of its 10-year, $5.1-billion capital expansion plan; several recent landmark court cases about aboriginal rights and title had made this...

Mar 1, 2008
How a Gulf Island almost became home to B.C.'s first LNG plant
Ryan Stuart

Back in 2008, long before LNG became a soundbite, a few companies began quietly scouting locations for the province's first liquified natural gas plant. Here's the story of the plant that almost ended up in the Gulf Islands

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

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” (dfo-mpo.gc.ca; select “Aquaculture” under “Subjects,” then “Sea Lice” under...

Feb 1, 2008
B.C. Fish Farmers' Organic Battle
Don Whiteley

Established in 1990, Tofino-based Creative Salmon Co. Ltd. is a small operation that produces 1,500 tonnes of salmon annually. It has fish-farm operations in the waters of Clayoquot Sound and in the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations. From its inception, this company has followed a path toward what...

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