• Kinder Morgan Expansion: A Doomed Project

    Kinder Morgan, Video

    Video by Action in Time. The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion plan is doomed. In the words of Mitchell Anderson, “No amount of cheerleading, or demonizing or pixie dust will change the raw laws of global oil economics. Devised in days of high prices, the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline is obsolete.”

  • Free your vote 2.0

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    by Paul George

    “Your input will help shape the future of our democracy,” declares a November 17 BC government press release. The release announces the BC government has introduced legislation to hold a referendum in the fall of 2018 through a mail-in vote that will ask voters to decide whether BC should keep our current voting system (First-Past-the-Post) or move to a system of Proportional Representation. https://engage.gov.bc.ca/howwevote/

    It also introduced a public engagement process with feedback via an online questionnaire to help shape the referendum. Public input ends on February 28, 2018 at 4PM, after which the input will be compiled into a report by the Ministry of Attorney General and made public.

    But before the government’s process was even launched, the BC Liberals were vigorously fighting against any electoral reform. Why? Why not give the process and ultimate proposal a fair hearing?

    The Liberals had a different tack after they won the 2001general election. That election blatantly illustrated the unfair results that a first-past-the-post voting system can deliver in multi-party democracies. The Liberals, with 57% of the popular vote, elected 77 MLAs, a whooping 97.5% of the seats in the legislature. The NDP, with 21.5% of the vote, won just two seats (Joy MacPhail and Jenny Kwan). The upstart Green Party, with 12.4% of the popular vote, got no seats, no representation and no chance to present its ideas in the legislature for debate. Continue Reading »

  • BC government to intervene in First Nations legal challenge against Kinder Morgan approval

    Kinder Morgan

    BC granted intervenor status in 16 bundled court cases against the National Energy Board and Prime Minister Trudeau’s approval of Kinder Morgan!

    Kinder Morgan and the Province of Alberta fought hard to keep the new BC government from being able to participate in these court cases as an intervenor.

    The Stop Kinder Morgan movement worked tirelessly to elect a government that would do whatever it could to fight Kinder Morgan and it is paying off! Read full article at the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs site

  • BC, a great soul led by timid souls

    Kinder Morgan

    It’s not hard to figure out the reason the Horgan government has hired Tom Berger as counsel in the Kinder Morgan matter – it’s called politics.

    The government looked like first graders who forgot their hankies in their first foray into the fray with the Prime Minister, who gave them a dressing down to which the premier and Attorney-General responded with tugs on their respective forelocks and obsequious mumbles of “yes sir.”

    It looked like hell to a province that is a great deal angrier than these political neophytes realize. The statement by the Attorney-General that there would be no slowdown of permits to Kinder Morgan astonished many who assumed that “work to rule”, an old effective labour union tactic, would be deployed as a matter of course by an NDP government, and just for openers.

    When threatened with the strap by schoolmaster Trudeau, the lad from Kitchener, Ontario could not profess his commitment to strict law and order fast enough. Continue Reading »

  • To Horgan: Get Serious about Kinder Morgan, Woodfibre LNG

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    John Horgan being sworn in as Premier, with Environment Minister George Heyman looking on (Photo: Flickr/Province of British Columbia)

    Dear Premier Horgan,

    My congratulations to you and your new government. I can tell you that a great many British Columbians who do not usually support your party voted for you on May 9 last with the same feelings as Dr. Johnson ascribed to second marriages – a triumph of hope over experience.

    I realize that over the past few years I have not been flavour of the month for either you or Dr. Andrew Weaver but I know that you would think even less of me if I allowed that to bother me. It doesn’t.

    Until the Liberals came to power, it was not customary for the mainstream media to shower governments with praise. I intend to practice my profession the traditional way – the way I was treated when when I was in government. Continue Reading »

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