Are you planning on heading out into the great outdoors this summer?
If you do, chances are you will be visiting one of Canada’s magnificent provincial or national parks or protected areas.
Canadians love nature, and here in BC, we are very lucky that our parks protect some of the best of the province. Whether you want to hike old-growth trails, visit an awe-inspiring waterfall or simply sit on the beach and reconnect with the wild – you can do it all in a provincial park.
Unfortunately, right now our incredible BC parks are in trouble.
VICTORIA – The BC Environmental Assessment Office announced today that it has rejected the application for Compliance Energy’s proposed Raven Coal Mine, located near Fanny Bay in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.
Back in November 2012, we told you about the risk that Greater Vancouver could become the biggest coal exporter in North America. In the United States, Big Coal has continued to push hard to get its dirty products over the border to Vancouver, because they know we don't have the same legal protections for the environment as our neighbours to the south in Washington State.
New proposals for coal export expansions in the Metro Vancouver region have raised serious concerns about climate change and local health impacts. Right now we have the chance to speak up about one coal shipping proposal that is not yet approved, and to show our support for a Metro Vancouver committee that's trying to stop it.
A Vancouver Island river renowned for its fish — including two endangered runs of steelhead and five species of wild salmon — is being dammed and diverted into a pipe to produce hydro power. Construction on the Kokish River, near Port McNeill, started last year, months after the provincial government allowed corporate giant Brookfield the rights to industrialize the river.