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49 weeks 4 hours ago

Times Colonist
By Gwen Barlee
May 14, 2013

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.

49 weeks 4 hours ago

The Georgia Straight
By Eoin Madden and Torrance Coste
May 8, 2013

The Salish Sea, stretching from Metro Vancouver to the southern tip of Vancouver Island, is one of the world’s most hospitable and bountiful bodies of water. The region’s mild climate and abundant resources make it an ideal place to live, and it has been home to thriving Indigenous nations since time immemorial. For the same reasons, Europeans and others settled here in great numbers, and the Salish Sea is now one of the most densely populated areas in western Canada.

1 year 1 week ago

Victoria Times Colonist
By Valerie Langer, Eduardo Sousa, Maryjka Mychajlowycz and Torrance Coste
April 13, 2013

Twenty years ago today, about 30 residents of Tofino were driving up and down the highway by Long Beach, communicating via handheld radios, tracking a helicopter carrying B.C.’s premier of the day and select media.

1 year 3 weeks ago

The Tyee

By Torrance Coste

March 28, 2013

Vancouver Island has a legacy of unsustainable resource development. It's come at high cost to the environment, and has largely excluded First Nations -- the Island's original inhabitants. But there is also hope here; there's hope that we can do better, that we can operate our economies in socially just and environmentally responsible ways. The Island is a region poised and eager to lead the development of the sustainable industries of the future.

1 year 5 weeks ago

Times Colonist
By Valerie Langer, Jessica Clogg and Torrance Coste
March 14, 2013

There are many forest policy changes the province should be making — to increase conservation, reduce carbon emissions and enable more jobs per cubic metre cut. However, science and the long-term economic and ecological health of the province appear to have taken a back seat to the short-term political crises of the day.

1 year 6 weeks ago

March/April 2013 

Read Joe Foy's Column in the Watershed Sentinel as he looks at the Site C Dam project which is currently drifting it's way through an environmental review process. Foy says its time to pull the plug on this costly, damaging and useless mega-project.

1 year 15 weeks ago

January/February 2013

Read Joe Foy's Wild Times column in the Watershed Sentinel, as he calls for the protection of Fish Lake by cancelling plans for a proposed open pit copper mine called "New Prosperity".

1 year 18 weeks ago

Times Colonist
By Torrance Coste

December 14, 2012

Slag heaps and tailings ponds, massive trucks full of coal thundering down our highways, heavy infrastructure, and serious risks to the environment, human health and safety. This is a turn-of-the-century industrial scenario, right?

Wrong. This could be the future on Vancouver Island.

1 year 19 weeks ago

Huffington Post BC
By Ben West

December 5, 2012

Kinder Morgan would like us to believe that their Trans Mountain pipeline project in British Columbia is a better proposal than the one Enbridge has put forward, and that they're a more responsible company. Of course, as a climate activist I don't see any oil company proposing to expand oil consumption as playing a positive role in today's day and age. But given all of Enbridge's bungling as of late, some folks may be swayed by this argument.

1 year 22 weeks ago

By Ben West

November 9, 2012

Kinder Morgan's so-called "public information sessions" are little more than a dog and pony show.

Billed as an open forum for dialogue regarding the Houston-based company's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline project, sessions like the one last Saturday in North Vancouver fail to even present residents with detailed community-level maps of the pipeline route. How can you provide any meaningful information about a pipeline project without key information that relates to local neighbourhoods?