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10/18/2014

Simushir, fuel-laden Russian cargo ship, adrift off Haida Gwaii after tow lines part

CBC News - Canadian Coast Guard vessel tried 3 times to attach lines to the incapacitated ship.

7/14/2014

Heiltsuk and Kitasoo-Xaixais jointly file court challenge to federal decision approving Enbridge Nor

Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative - Press Release

7/13/2014

The truth about dilbit

Katherine Palmer Gordon - July/August - Focus Online Magazine - The reality of an oil spill on the B.C. coast if supertankers carrying diluted bitumen traverse these waters.

7/9/2014

Former Banff research bear legally shot and killed by B.C. hunter

COLETTE DERWORIZ - Calgary Herald - A male grizzly traversing between Alberta and B.C. has been shot in British Columbia during this years spring harvest. Hunting was suspended in Alberta in 2006.

6/27/2014

A crumbling town threatens B.C.’s coast, unless you ask those in charge

MARK HUME-The Globe and Mail- Namu, B.C. once a coastal village that hosted a thriving cannery, but today it has no value to its owner and governments deny its decay is about to harm the environment

6/19/2014

Northern Gateway likely to threaten at-risk species, but feds say impacts 'justified'

JASON FEKETE - The Vancouver Sun - Federal government states impact of the Northern Gateway pipeline is "justified in the circumstances".

6/17/2014

Northern Gateway: Opposition could include civil disobedience

LARRY PYNN - The Vancouver Sun - ‘The campaign is not over until there are tankers filling up at the end of an Enbridge pipeline’

6/3/2014

Northern Gateway pipeline report 'flawed,' 300 scientists tell PM

CBC News - Hundreds of scientist from Canada and around the world have written and signed a letter to Stephen Harper stating that the JRP report is is flawed and useless.

6/2/2014

Canada lags in protecting oceans: report

GLORIA GALLOWAY -The Globe and Mail- In terms of the percentage of its oceans that have been protected, Canada lags behind China, Indonesia and Russia and six other countries with large ocean regions.

4/18/2014

Wolf management plan angers B.C. conservationists

Canadian Press - CBC News - Released Wolf Management Plan puts B.C. wolves at risk.

4/13/2014

Kitimat residents vote no on Northern Gateway

PETER O'NEIL - The Vancouver Sun - More than half vote against project, yet backers vow to push ahead

4/9/2014

Why a City's Symbolic Vote on Northern Gateway Matters

DAVID R. MILLER - The Huffington Post - This week the community of Kitimat is set to participate in a non-binding 'vote' on Northern Gateway pipeline

4/1/2014

B.C. Grizzly Bear Hunt opens with highest number of tags in decades

DENE MOROE - Canadian Press - An estimated 1,800 authorizations will be issued in this years spring/fall trophy hunt.

4/1/2014

Tensions rise as First Nations demand Central Coast herring fishery be called off

MARK HUME - The Globe and Mail - Tensions are rising on the B.C. coast where a commercial herring fleet is gathering to fish in an area long closed because of conservation concerns.

3/24/2014

In an oil tanker's shadow: Onboard a B.C. tugboat

LARRY PYNN - The Vancouver Sun - Join B.C. tug boat crew as they describe each treacherous day they work, calculating the waters of the B.C. coast with the tankers and barges they help navigate.

3/20/2014

Resources Minister Rickford faces aboriginal backlash over Enbridge project

SHAWN MCCARTHY - The Globe and Mail - Coastal First Nations have a stark message for Ottawa’s new Natural Resources Minister, Greg Rickford; The Northern Gateway Pipeline project must be put to bed.

3/17/2014

'Brutish' Columbia's trophy bear hunt puts us on display

STEPHEN HUME - The Vancouver Sun - Almost one third of 3,500 grizzlies killed in past decade were females, according to recent study.

3/5/2014

B.C. government gets failing grades in grizzly bear management

FAISAL MOOLA - Chilling report released today by the DSF called Planning a Future for BC’s Grizzly Bears. DSF reveals that nine grizzly bear subpopulations are on brink of extinction in B.C.

2/21/2014

Oilsands study confirms tailings found in groundwater, river

CBC NEWS = Federal study shows water from tailings ponds leaching into Athabasca River

2/17/2014

Ancient herring catch nets fisheries' weakness

SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY - Archaeological data indicate modern herring management needs to take a longer look into the past to manage fisheries for the future

2/14/2014

Species At Risk Act: Court Finds 'Enormous Systemic Problem' In Enforcement

BRUCE CHEADLE - The Huffington Post - A Federal Court judge has ruled that the environment minister and the fisheries minister both broke the law by failing to enforce the Species at Risk Act.

1/30/2014

B.C. Oil Spill Risk Among Worst in Canada: Report

BRUCE CHEADLE - The Canadian Press - A government-commissioned risk analysis report finds the coast of southern B.C. are Canadian areas most likely for a major oil spill.

1/29/2014

When the province goes after ill-gotten gains, who pays?

SUNNY DHILLON - The Globe and Mail - Good news that BC government is attempting to seize notorious guide outfitter after decades of illegal trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest.

1/28/2014

Oil field fumes so painful, Alberta families forced to move

MYCHAYLO PRYSTUPA - Vancouver Observer - Severe headaches, dizziness, rashes and loss of memory: all symptoms reported to a new hearing examining health effects of Alberta's expanding oil industry.

1/22/2014

Gitga'at First Nation seeks Northern Gateway pipeline judicial review

CANADIAN PRESS - The small community in Hartley Bay on B.C.'s north coast states oil supertankers laden with bitumen would put their way of life under severe threat.

1/16/2014

Major landslide causes property and environmental damage in Great Bear Rainforest

LARRY PYNN - Vancouver Sun - Province says ‘natural event’ started 400 metres above logging operation.

1/14/2014

Diluted bitumen from oilsands sinks when mixed with sediments, federal report

THE CANADIAN PRESS - Leader-Post - Tar Sands Oil Will Sink if Spilled in the Great Bear Rainforest.

1/13/2014

Opinion Carbon Footprint of BC LNG Boom Could Rival Oilsands

Alison Bailie - The Tyee - That is, if the province's natural gas riches are developed as planned. But there's another way.

1/13/2014

Northern Gateway overshadows Ottawa's marine-safety project

MARK HUME - The Globe and Mail - A major new project, the World Class Initiative, has been launched by the federal government with an aim to make Canada's waters 'safer from shipping accidents.'

1/7/2014

Economic Impact of Bear Viewing and Bear Hunting in The Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia

New study by CREST, the Centre for Responsivle Travel, finds that bear viewing ecotourism "generates far more value to the economy".

1/5/2014

B.C.-Alberta Pipeline Alternative: Report Looks At Whether Oil-Via-Rail A Viable Option

STEVEN CHUA - The Canadian Press - A task force report examines the 'underhanded idea' to transport oilsands' crude via rail if Northern Gateway does not go ahead.

1/2/2014

Alberta facing aboriginal legal onslaught over oilsands in 2014

THE GUARDIAN - Disputes between Alberta aboriginals and the provincial and federal governments over the oilsands will open in 2014.

12/29/2013

Pipeline debate shaping up as propaganda war

STEPHEN HUME -The Vancouver Sun-Opposition in B.C. to the NG pipeline project is not limited to fringe radicals, but instead is a ‘broad cross-section of serious citizens with concerns to express,’

12/21/2013

Oil tankers, threatened humpbacks on collision course on B.C.'s north coast due to pipeline approval

LARRY PYNN -The Vancouver Sun- Oil tankers associated with Enbridge Northern Gateway are on a collision course with threatened humpback whales on B.C.'s north coast.

12/20/2013

Stephen Hume: NEB's Northern Gateway approval is Act II in the Theatre of the Absurd

STEPHEN HUME - The Vancouver Sun - "Enbridge: There were few surprises in Thursday’s comedy, apart from some technical glitches, and this play’s far from over."

12/18/2013

Northern Gateway pipeline 'too dangerous' for the environment: Mulcair

Global News B.C - NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says shipment of oil on supertankers into the Douglas Channel in B.C. would be 'madness and should not take place."

12/11/2013

Pipelines and Oil Tankers video a study in broken promises

JENNY UECHI - Vancouver Observer - Economist Robyn Allen explains oil policies, companies and the real meaning behind big oil.

12/6/2013

Biologists warn against proposal to expand grizzly bear hunt

WENDY STUECK - The Globe and Mail - Despite a recent study in underestimating the number of bears killed each year, proposals are set to open hunting in two banned areas in B.C.

12/5/2013

First Nations Gain Powerful New Allies in Fight Against Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and Tanke

YINKA DENE ALLIANCE - Solidarity Accord aligns First Nations with supporters from across Canadian society ahead of a Joint Review Panel decision on the proposed Northern Gateway project.

12/5/2013

B.C. still struggling to define ‘world-class’ response to oil spills

JUSTINE HUNTER - The Globe and Mail - “We have not arrived at a place yet where we can say, ‘Here are the elements of a world-class response,’” B.C. Environment Minister, Mary Polak

11/27/2013

Trophy hunting supported by only 10% in B.C., poll suggests

CBC NEWS - An overwhelming 90% of British Columbians oppose trophy hunting in this province.

11/24/2013

B.C. humpback whales use seabirds to find herring, new research reveals

LARRY PYNN - The Vancouver Sun - New research: A population of North Vancouver Island humpback whales seen eating herring balls made by diving birds.

11/21/2013

Northern Gateway pipeline review panel refuses to consider new data on dangers to whales

PETER O'NEIL -Vancouver Sun- A federal panel has reported to refuse to reopen hearings on the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal in order to consider a new report on the protection of humpback whales.

11/21/2013

Enbridge seeking run-of-river project on B.C. fish-bearing stream

LARRY PYNN - The Vancouver Sun - Similar project was cancelled in 2009 because of presence of fish; Chinook salmon, rainbow trout and mountain whitefish.

11/19/2013

Coast Guard spending $50 million to remove oil from U.S. ship that sank in 1946 off B.C.

LARRY PYNN - The Vancouver Sun - A $50-million CCG clean-up operation is underway to extract hundreds of tonnes of fuel from a bomb-laden U.S. Army transport ship that sank in 1946 on the B.C. coast

11/15/2013

Pipelines could cut through parks

LARRY PYNN - The Vancouver Sun - Government document sets out how to gain approval for boundary adjustments.

11/13/2013

Water Usage by fracking operations challenged in B.C. Supreme Court

SIERRA CLUB PRESS RELEASE - Lawsuit alleges Oil and Gas Commission’s practices violate B.C. Water Act

11/6/2013

Hunting of grizzlies, especially females, exceeds B.C. government targets: new study

LARRY PYNN - The Vancouver Sun - New study released today shows number of grizzly bears killed in half the provincially permitted areas, exceeds targets.

11/6/2013

Remote camera captures images of Central Coast wolves fishing

MARK HUME - The Globe and Mail - Using a remote camera set up on a river in the Great Bear Rainforest, rare video footage of wolves fishing for salmon is being captured live.

11/5/2013

B.C., Alberta premiers agree on pipeline framework

CBC News - The two premiers announce surprise agreement on pipelines and energy exports.

10/23/2013

Whales in B.C. bombarded by constant shipping noise

LARRY PYNN - The Vancouver Sun - Increased tanker traffic puts endangered and threatened whales at risk, international study finds.

10/21/2013

Cleanup of B.C. Wreck Linked to Pipeline Controversy

CBC- US army transport ship the Brig.-Gen. M.G. Zalinshy sank in the Grenville Channel in 1946. Canadian Coast Guard launches $50 million clean-up at a controversial pipeline decision time.

10/21/2013

CN defends safety record in face of three derailments within a month

GLOBAL NEWS CANADA (TV) - Thirteen cars on a CN freight train carrying oil and LNG went off the rails near Gainford, Alta. This is the 3rd derailment in one month of cars carrying petroleum products.

10/18/2013

Three million pounds of oil found on Louisiana shore three years after BP spill

JEMIMA KELLY - The Globe and Mail - Even three years after the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, oil still surges on the Louisiana coast

10/10/2013

Greet the Mind brings raincoast to the stage

GABRIEL GERMAIX - The Ubyssey - Mike Jensen and Igor Puzanov of the Vancouver based band, Greet the Mind, call there music "forest-inspired trip-hop".

10/9/2013

Energy deals with First Nations can't be rushed, PM envoy warns

JUSTINE HUNTER - The Globe and Mail - PM's envoy states 'much time has already been lost setting the stage for confrontation and resistance rather than agreement'.

10/7/2013

As pods recover from whaling, more whales come back to Douglas Channel, researcher believes

ROBIN ROWLAND - Northwest Coast Energy News - Whales are coming back to the Douglas Channel.

10/6/2013

Petronas's potential B.C. investment pegged at $36 billion

GORDON HOEKSTRA and MATTHEW FISHER - The Vancouver Sun - Gas giant’s LNG plant and pipeline project decision to come at end of 2014.

10/2/2013

Northern Gateway oil pipeline across British Columbia will be in service by 2018, Enbridge says

DENE MOORE - The Vancouver Sun - Oil sands opponents turn attention from Keystone XL to B.C. proposals

9/30/2013

Pipelines likely to stay a pipe dream

GARY MASON - The Globe and Mail - The five conditions B.C. put forward to Alberta government for proposed pipeline to go through B.C. are "so far from being achieved it's almost laughable".

9/30/2013

B.C. First Nation asks UN envoy to look into Northern Gateway complaint

CANADIAN PRESS - UN envoy visiting Canada next week has been asked to investigate actions of the provincial government on proposed Northern Gateway pipeline

9/25/2013

Delays by First Nations groups could kill development plans, minister says

MARK HUME - The Globe and Mail - Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver worried that "billions of dollars" will be lost if agreements can not be made with aboriginal leaders along pipeline/tanker route

9/23/2013

CN Rail floats idea of shipping Alberta bitumen to Prince Rupert: documents

BRUCE CHEADLE - The Globe and Mail - Documents obtained by Greenpeace show CN to be considering transporting crude oil from Alberta in quantities matching the Northern Gateway pipeline.

9/23/2013

Kill Northern Gateway Now, First Nations leaders say amid ad campaign

MARK HUME - The Globe and Mail - "British Columbians have spoken. Will Stephen Harper listen?" - Coastal First Nations

9/21/2013

Harper government on collision course with First Nations?

SUSANA MAS - CBC News - Prime Minister Harper's push for the building of oil pipelines to the west coast is not having the desired effect with First Nations leaders.

9/18/2013

Disasters Foretold in Northern Gateway Danger Zones

CHRIS WOOD - The Tyee - Enbridge already knows where, and how much, the proposed pipeline could leak

9/4/2013

B.C. born NHL player Claton Stoner at centre of grizzly bear shooting controversy

LARRY PYNN-The Vancouver Sun-Coastal First Nations are upset with the killing a large male grizzly in the Kwatna estuary on the central coast, an area declared off-limits to trophy hunting.

8/27/2013

B.C. worries oil spill would 'overwhelm' resources

STANLEY TROMP - The Globe and Mail -B.C. Ministry of Environment bureaucrats raised concerns and misgivings over preparedness, prevention, response and recovery for spills on coastal waters.

8/26/2013

B.C. issues contentious mineral-exploration permit in Clayoquot Sound

LARRY PYNN - The Vancouver Sun - The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation are outraged that the B.C. government has issued a mineral-exploration permit for an area of Clayoquot Sound declared a tribal park.

8/22/2013

Canada's oil pipelines will not build a nation - they are a great swindle

MARTIN LUKACS - The Guardian UK - 'The only nation-building that is occurring appears to be a coast-to-coast movement of opposition against planned pipelines'.

8/16/2013

Totem pole raised in Haida Gwaii to celebrate deal that made a park

KIM NURSALL - The Vancouver Sun - Hundreds gather on Thursday in B.C.'s Gwaii Haanas National Park to raise a totem pole, the first to go up in over 100 years.

8/13/2013

Enbridge misrepresents pipeline benefits

ROBYN ALLAN _ the Vancouver Sun - Critical analysis of the economic benefits of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline on local communities, jobs, and welfare.

8/13/2013

Disease killing Pacific herring threatens salmon, scientist warns

MARK HUME - The Globe and Mail - Alexandra Morton reports a disease is spreading through Pacific herring causing the fish to hemorrhage. This could potentially affect wild salmon.

8/9/2013

Bones from aboriginal whaling site near Tofino give insight into ancient coastal cultures

LARRY PYNN - Vancouver Sun - Research and analysis into whale bones at Echachist, a former aboriginal whaling site, yields some tantalizing discoveries.

8/7/2013

Trans Canada to build $1.5 billion pipeline in B.C.

CANADIAN PRESS - Financial Post - Pipeline expansion in northeaster B.C. to deliver natural gas to an export terminal in Prince Rupert and on to Asian markets.

8/2/2013

Federal agency denies petition to delist Pacific NW killer whales

BETTINA BOXALL - Los Angeles Times - The latest development in a decade-long battle to protect three pods pf orca whales off the NW Pacific coast.

7/31/2013

Coastal First Nations prepare to enforce B.C. bear-hunting ban

WENDY STUECK - The Globe and Mail - Coastal First Nations alliance will implement and enforce a ban on hunting in these territories along B.C.'s north and central coast.

7/31/2013

Enbridge spends quiet summer furiously wooing B.C. government

BARBARA YAFFE - The Vancouver Sun - After the JRP hearings wrapped up in June, Enbridge is 'beaver-busy' is meetings with people and communities along the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline route.

7/29/2013

Alberta oil spills cause concern over Canada's approval of tar sands project

The Guardian UK - A series of oil spills in recent months in Alberta draws international attention to concerns over oil sand extraction and pipeline transportation.

7/26/2013

Alberta, B.C. launch plan to expand oil, gas exports

MIKE DE SOUZA - Canada.com - B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Alberta Premier Alison Redford are launching plans to expand resources through the west coast.

7/23/2013

New Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq gets a mixed reception

CARLITO PABLO - The Georgia Straight - Coastal First Nations approach news of the new national Environment Minister, from Nanavut, with 'cautious optimism'.

7/23/2013

Alberta Oilsands Environmental Enforcement: Study finds little done in oilsands incidents

BOB WEBER - The Canadian Press - A survey of thousands of environmental problems in Alberta's oilsands has drawn fewer than one percent of drawn any enforcement.

7/22/2013

Norwegian salmon virus discovered in B.C.

DAMIEN GILLIS - The Common Sense Canadian - With accompanying film 'Asking Norway about the Piscine Reovirus' by Twyla Roscovich

7/12/2013

Bella Bella community devastated by fire

PAULA BAKER - Global News - Last night, the Waglisla Band store, post office, liquor store and Koeye cafe were the victims of a devastating fire. No one was hurt but the damage is severe.

7/8/2013

Train tragedy: Could it happen here in B.C.?

JESSICA BARRETT - The Vancouver Sun - Communities in B.C. could be vulnerable to the kind of train wreck that left Lac-Megantic, Que. in ruins Saturday

7/8/2013

As oil production exceeds pipeline capacity, B.C. can expect more use of rail tankers to move crude

JESSICA BARRETT - The Vancouver Sun

7/5/2013

Enbridge needs 3 years to upgrade pipeline pumps

MAX PARIS - CBC News - Enbridge's plan to bring 117 of its Canadian pump stations into compliance with NEB regulations will take 3 years.

6/27/2013

B.C. First Nations opposed to pipeline warn Enbridge against trespassing

VANCOUVER SUN - Yinka Dene Alliance, representing six First Nations, sends a 'cease and desist' letter warning Enbridge against trespassing on traditional territories.

6/27/2013

What part of 'No' does Enbridge not understand

CAITLYN VERNON - Huffington Post - Reflections from the wrap up of the Joint Review Panel hearings in Terrace B.C. The answer is still 'NO' from concerned citizens.

6/24/2013

Hearings into Northern Gateway pipeline wrap

ROBIN ROWLAND - The Canadian Press - Strong arguments in opposition to the proposed Gateway pipeline project heard on final days of JRP hearings in Terrace, B.C.

6/24/2013

Enbridge restarting two Alberta pipelines

SHAWN MCCARTHY - The Globe and Mail - Enbridge Inc. turns the flow back on for two of its' pipelines after the company struggled to contain a 750 barrel oil spill in Alberta last weekend.

6/20/2013

Rare majestic whale spotted off B.C. coast for the first time in 62 years

SUSAN LAZARUK - The Province - Researches from the DFO confirmed sighting of a North Pacific right whale in the Great Bear Rainforest waters off the B.C. coast.

6/19/2013

Gateway fails yet again to sell its pipeline to British Columbians

VANCOUVER SUN - At the final hearings in Terrace, B.C., submissions show why the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline has not gained the confidence of British Columbians.

6/17/2013

Its top regulator a Petro insider, Alberta faces new major spill

ANDREW NIKIFORUK - The Tyee - Plains Midstream has a questionable safety record in both the US and Canada for spills

6/17/2013

Northern Gateway pipeline review panel to hear final arguments

KELLY CRYDERMAN - The Globe and Mail - The begining of two weeks of final arguments towards the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline begins today in Terrace, B.C.

6/16/2013

Anti-Enbridge Rally in Terrace

ALLISON BENCH - CFTK News - Hundreds peacefully gather in Terrace to protest the Northern Gateway pipeline project

6/15/2013

Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline Spilled about 6 Barrels: NEB

THE CANADIAN PRESS - Pipeline spill near Merritt B.C. forced the shutdown of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

6/13/2013

British Columbia's Clark says conditions must be met for Northern Gateway pipeline approval

REUTERS - National Post - Clark states: 'there may still be time for project to meet British Columbia's demands' amidst much opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline

6/9/2013

For First Nations, one-size energy policy will never fit all

JUSTINE HUNTER - The Globe and Mail - Interview with Doug Eyford, PM Stephen Harper's envoy for First Nations and energy issues in western Canada

6/6/2013

Farmed salmon test positive for infection

CBC News - Salmon from fish farm on Newfoundland's south coast test positive for ISA

6/6/2013

Taking a supertankers Stand aat the Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films

ADRIAN MACK - The Georgia Straight - Award winning film takes a crucial look at critical dangers posed by the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

6/4/2013

Coast guard's oil-spill preparedness languishing, audit says

DENE MOORE - The Globe and Mail - Canadian Coast Guard's system to monitor and respond to an oil spill found to be 'outdated, disorganized and in need of an overhaul.

5/31/2013

Friends of Wild Salmon respond to B.C. Government decision to reject Enbridge Northern Gateway

GERALD AMOS - Press Release

5/31/2013

B.C. rejects Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal

CBC NEWS - Major decision today from the B.C. government: Northern Gateway pipeline project 'fails to address environmental concerns'.

5/29/2013

Genetically modified Salmon can breed with trout and harm ecosystem, warn scientists

RICHARD GREY - The Telegraph, UK - Scientists at McGill University fear that plans to farm new GM salmon may result in some escaping into streams and rivers creating major risks.

5/29/2013

Gas Pains: B.C.'s gas plan is a short-sighted pipe dream

DAVID SUZUKI - The Common Sense Canadian - LNG terminals will produce millions of tonnes of carbon a year into the atmosphere

5/28/2013

Harper government eliminated reviews for oilsands projects following warnings of water disruption

MIKE De SOUZA - Canada.com - Changes eliminated about 3,000 federal environmental assessments of fossil fuel and pipeline developments.

5/27/2013

Resolution Opposing the Construction of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline - Unitarian Church

The Canadian Unitarian church unanimously signs resolution in 50 member congregations.

5/27/2013

Premier Clark is a fair-weather pipeline friend

JUSTINE HUNTER - The Globe and Mail - Post election victory has B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark pivoting in a new direction on future of oil pipeline construction.

5/24/2013

Bitumen Doesn't Float

ANDREW NIKIFORUK - The Tyee - Study debunks Enbridge claims that oil sands crude spill is standard clean-up.

5/23/2013

Enbridge to meet re-elected British Columbia Liberals on Gateway

REBECCA PENTY - Bloomberg - Enbridge officials and B.C. premier Christy Clark to discuss way to meet the five conditions for the province to support plans for the Northern Gateway pipeline.

5/22/2013

Enbridge underestimates oil spill risk: report

THOMAS GUNTON and SEAN BROADBENT - The Vancouver Sun - Scientist defend major report into Enbridge's risk assessment

5/8/2013

Infected fish at centre of lawsuit against Ottawa

MARK HUME - The Globe and Mail - Action filed by Ecojustice on behalf of Alexandra Morton, alleges DFO acted "unlawfully" in transfering fish with piscine reovirus.

5/6/2013

Enbridge breaks safety rules at pipeline pump stations across Canada

MAX PARIS - CBC News - Enbridge's defence is that National Energy Board is 'interpreting rules differently.'

5/5/2013

Increased oil tanker traffic controversy spills into B.C. election campaign

CANADIAN PRESS - The Vancouver Sun

5/2/2013

Study shows a higher risk of Northern Gateway pipeline spills than Enbridge estimated

MARK HUME - The Globe and Mail - Terminal spills are predicted to occur within 15 to 41 years, not 62 years as Enbridge projects. There would be multiple pipeline spills – up to 15 per year.

4/25/2013

Joe Oliver slams scientist's oilsands claims as 'nonsense'

CBC News - 'Crying wolf' does not advamce debate, federal natural resources minister says.

4/24/2013

Pipeline faces daunting hurdles

BRENT JANG - The Globe and Mail - Political opposition to Keystone obtaining provincial permits to expand its Trans Mountain route in Vancouver.

4/22/2013

B.C. NDP's surprise pipeline stand wins green thumbs-up

JUSTINE HUNTER - The Globe and Mail

4/14/2013

Government, big oil, others engaged in 'fraud' at consumers' expense, B.C. economist argues

PETER O'NEIL - Calgary Herald - Economist Robyn Allan speaks out against the construction on the Northern Gateway pipeline.

4/14/2013

Ottawa witholding reports on B.C. wild salmon

MARK HUME - The Globe and Mail

4/12/2013

Gateway can't go ahead without full safety plan, Enbridge told

NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE - The Globe and Mail

4/4/2013

Wolf Hunts Morally Corrupt

GEORGE WUERTHNER - Killing adult wolves creates chaos within the packs

4/3/2013

Harper government touts Northern Gateway benefits while announcing trade mission

PETER O'NEIL - The Vancouver Sun

4/3/2013

Enbridge pipeline opponents say hearings unfair

MARK HUME - The Globe and Mail

3/28/2013

Economist Robyn Allan criticizes Enbridge's lack of land and marine spill response

JENNY UECHI - The Vancouver Observer

3/27/2013

B.C. to respond to gaps in oil spill safety in coming months

The Canadian Press - Globe and Mail

3/25/2013

Risk to Endangered Whales from Ships in Southern California Analyzed in New Study

SCIENCE DAILY - Impact of ships on whale populations assessed in California in the hopes of altering commercial routes to minimize their risk.

3/24/2013

Alex Talks #4

ALEXANDRA MORTON presents what the three leading political parties in British Columbia are saying about salmon feedlots.

3/22/2013

B.C. ends pipeline cross-examination with many unanswered questions

DENE MOORE - The Globe and Mail

3/21/2013

Oil recovery vessel ran aground en route to federal tanker announcement

CBC News -

3/14/2013

U.S. orders Enbridge to dredge Kalamazoo River after huge oil spill two years ago

THE CANADIAN PRESS - The Province

3/13/2013

Mulcair warns Americans of Chinese energy takeovers in Canada

WILLIAM MARSDEN - Postmedia News

3/12/2013

Tom Mulcair goes to Washington, tells Americans that Harper is 'playing people for fools' on environ

WILLIAM MARSDEN - National Post

3/11/2013

Canada's First Nations lead battle against Alberta tar sands

ALEX KIRBY - The First Perspective - Canada's First Nations anxious to stop oil being exported to Europe in light of European Council vote being held later this year.

3/8/2013

No, Minister Oliver, the oil sands have not become 'green'

TZEPORAH BERMAN - The Globe and Mail - Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver, calls Alberta oil sands 'green' in a pitch to U.S. officials.

2/28/2013

B.C. environmentalist says diving with sea lions is like 'looking into the mouth of a grizzly bear'

LARRY PYNN - The Vancouver Sun - Underwater footage of Steller sea lions in Whale Channel, B.C. (WITH VIDEO)

2/17/2013

Pipe dreams: A look at Canada's six leading pipeline proposals

SHAWN MCCARTHY and NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE - The Globe and Mail - An analytical insight into the 6 major pipeline and pipeline proposals in Canada today.

2/12/2013

Eight Ways to Take Part in Idle No More

JESS HOUSTY - The Tyee - It's about common goals, not colonial guilt, says one young Heiltsuk woman.

2/7/2013

Environmentalists look to insert Great Bear Rainforest into B.C. election agenda

JONATHAN FOWLIE - The Vancouver Sun - Environmentalists push protection of the Great Bear Rainforest onto B.C. election agenda.

1/31/2013

Kalamazoo River spill survivor testifies at Vancouver Enbridge hearings

“Here is what I’ve learned: A spill will hurt your business base. Companies will relocate or close. Your tax base will disappear. Your communities will lose tourism and future businesses"

1/17/2013

The $273 billion question: Enbridge and the Northern Gateway Controversy

By Arno Kopecky - The Reader's Digest- A Beautifully written piece on the Enbridge controversy and the Great Bear Rainforest.

1/12/2013

With pipelines under attack, railways lead race to move oil

NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE - The Globe and Mail - Reasearch into alternative transportation to oil pipelines

1/11/2013

B.C. public-sector pension invests millions in Enbridge

LARRY PYNN-The Vancouver Sun-B.C.’s public-sector pensions are investing billions in Enbridge Inc. and other oil giants while public opinion in the province is strongly against such projects.

1/2/2013

Grounding of Kulluk sounds alarm about vulnerability of B.C. coast

MARK HUME - The Globe and Mail - US Coast Guard and Shell are helpless to stop drill rig from running aground in Alaska.

12/19/2012

Victoria sticks to guns in allowing wolf-kill contest

LARRY PYNN - Vancouver Sun - The legal issues that WCEL lawyers put forward in their legal opinion still have not been addressed by the B.C. government.

12/17/2012

Legal opinion says provincial gambling officials erred in okaying wolf-kill contest

LARRY PYNN - The Vancouver Sun -In an opinion for Pacific Wild, West Coast Environmental Law says it believes the contest is “in violation of the gaming provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada”.

12/17/2012

Wolf kill contest in B.C. illegal, says conservationist

The Canadian Press - CBC News - Pacific Wild claims the provincial government is breaking the law by allowing a wolf kill contest in B.C. in which various prizes are offered.

12/12/2012

Enbridge opponents spar over pipeline's risks

NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE - The Globe and Mail - Enbridge representatives are grilled on economic and marine impacts at the Joint Review Pane hearings in Prince Rupert.

12/3/2012

B.C.'s iconic white spirit bear at risk from Enbridge Northern Gateway tankers: research report

LARRY PYNN - The Calgary Herald - Tanker traffic poses “significant, cumulative, adverse, and immitigable impacts” to the greatest coastal habitat for B.C.’s iconic white spirit bear.

11/30/2012

Ottawa dials down support for Northern Gateway pipeline, citing 'huge challenges'

CLAUDIA CATTANEO - Financial Post - Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, said Ottawa is still keen to develop new markets for Canada’s oil, but is also keeping an eye on public opinion.

11/23/2012

Second B.C. shipping incident in two days heightens concerns over Enbridge Northern Gateway project

LARRY PYNN-The Vancouver Sun-Ian McAllister, who lives on Denny Island on the central coast, said the two events bring a strong dose of reality to an Enbridge advertising campaign currently underway.

11/21/2012

Freighter runs aground off Prince Rupert, stoking oil spill fears

MARK HUME - The Globe and Mail - “This could have been one of the worst spills … this could have been an historic catastrophe in the shipping industry in B.C.,” said Ian McAllister of Pacific Wild.

11/20/2012

ACTION ALERT! Please Help Protect British Columbia's Wolves

A brief analysis of the Draft Wolf Management Plan released on Nov. 14, 2012. Public input deadline is Dec. 5th. Here are some recommendations to include in your letter.

11/19/2012

Contest offers cash prizes for wolf kills in northeastern B.C.

LARRY PYNN - The Vancouver Sun - Conservation scientists condemn cash reward for hunter who can kill biggest animal.

11/18/2012

Caribou, wolves or development?

MARK HUME - The Globe and Mail - The environmental group, Pacific Wild, has condemned the report, saying it projects "a barbaric and grim future for B.C. wolves".

11/16/2012

World beneath the ocean's surface remains largely unknown:scientists

DENE MOORE - The Vancouver Sun - The vast world that exists beneath the surface of the ocean remains largely unknown to humankind, say experts.

11/16/2012

B.C. wolf management plan criticized as veiled attack on the species

LARRY PYNN - The Vancouver Sun - A provincial draft wolf-management plan is little more than a veiled attack on the species.

11/15/2012

British Columbia’s War on Wolves Continues with Newly Released Draft Management Plan

Ian McAllister - The plan is full of discussion on the “harvesting” of wolves, as if they are some kind of crop like wheat or barley.

11/8/2012

Fate of Clover the 'spirit bear' from B.C. draws international interest

MARK HUME and JUSTINE HUNTER -The Globe and Mail - Ian McAllister said his environmental organization is getting a “steady stream” of correspondence from people outside Canada who want the bear freed.

10/30/2012

Earthquake shakes faith in pipeline project

A recent series of earthquakes off the North coast of B.C. reinforces concerns over environmental safety of Northern Gateway pipeline and oil supertanker traffic through the same area.

10/23/2012

'This is What Democracy Looks Like'

ANDREW MacLEOD - The Tyee - NDP MLA Fleming's message to Premier Clark joins chorus of protest against Northern Gateway at BC legislature.

10/16/2012

Spirit Bears Are Calling Us

ADAM S. SEALEY - The Common Ground - First Nations historic declaration to ban the bear trophy hunt in the Great Bear Rainforest honours the spirit of late Nuxalk Chief Qwatsinas “Raven Spirit.”

10/11/2012

Shy Kitimat postal worker finds his voice speaking out against Northern Gateway

NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE - The Globe and Mail - Murray Minchin overcomes a speech impediment to make his voice heard at the Joint Review Panel hearings in Prince George, B.C.

10/5/2012

You heard it here: Northern Gateway's dead

JEFFREY SIMPSON - The Globe and Mail - Too many obstacles, now and in the future, put Northern Gateway pipeline project in the 'dead zone'.

10/1/2012

Pipeline Whistleblower: Cracks in The System

ANDREW NIKIFORUK - The Tyee - Insider ties poor weld inspections to rising rate of ruptures.

9/27/2012

B.C., Alberta premiers agree to more pipeline talks

The CBC News - Alberta Premier Alison Redford is willing to talk to B.C. Premier Christy Clark about the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, however "nothing has changed when it comes to royalties."

9/27/2012

UBCM opposes oil tanker traffic growth in near-split vote

Jeff Nagel - B.C. Local News - At the Union of B.C. Municipalities in Victoria, B.C., civic leaders vote to oppose oil pipeline projects that would expand tanker traffic in coastal waters.

9/26/2012

Gateway pipeline faces endangered species legal action

CBC News - EcoJustice, on behalf of several environmental groups, take legal action to use the 'Species at Risk Act' to block the construction of the Northern Gateway Pipeline.

9/13/2012

B.C. First Nations ban trophy bear hunting

MARK HUME - The Globe and Mail - B.C. coastal First Nations released a declaration to ban trophy bear hunting in their traditional territories, causing controversy with provincial officials.

9/1/2012

Tankers too risky for B.C. coastal environment: independent engineering report

LARRY PYNN -Vancouver Sun- An independent analysis by three professional engineers find "a probability of 22 per cent that there will be an oil spill on the B.C. coast

8/30/2012

Government tries to block MP's questions at pipeline review

MAX PARIS - CBC News Canada - NDP's House Leader, Nathan Cullen wants answers from federal officials at Northern Gateway hearings.

8/26/2012

Enbridge cleanup plan does not take bitumen into account

WILL CAMPBELL and VIVIAN LUK - The Globe and Mail - Enbridge spill response plan deals with conventional crude, not the diluted bitumen the pipeline will carry.

8/21/2012

Hungry killer whales focus on feeding

JUDITH LAVOIE - Times Colonist - With chinook salmon in short supply, hunting is prime activity

8/20/2012

The corporate cock-up that's refuelled the Canadian tar sands debate

Colin Horgan - The Guardian U.K.- The issue of what to do about Alberta's oil reserves gets international attention.

8/15/2012

Enbridge stirs up controversy with depiction of waterway without islands

JUDITH LAVOIE - The Times Colonist - Critics say video an attempt to mislead public.

8/5/2012

The Rigamarole of 'Public' Environmental Hearings in BC: A Cameraman's Perspective

DAMIEN GILLIS - The Common Sense Canadian - Read Damien's first hand account of the July 27 make-up for the lost day of JRP hearings in nearby Bella Bella this past April. With Audio.

7/30/2012

B.C. natives willing to 'go to the wall' against Enbridge pipeline

ROD MICKLEBURGH - The Globe and Mail - Speaking at a gathering of high-profile opponents, Grand Chief Phillip, “Our people are prepared to go to the wall against this. There is no doubt about that.”

7/27/2012

Enbridge shuts large Canada-US pipeline after spill

JONATHAN LEFF - The Globe and Mail - A 318,00 barrel per day leg of a major Enbridge pipleine spilled 1,299 barrels of oil in Wisconsin

7/25/2012

B.C. Premier Christy Clark calls on Ottawa, Alberta to resolve Northern Gateway feud

JASON FEKETE - The Financial Post -Inter provincial royalty shares of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline wold "effectively rewrite the rules of Confederation".

7/24/2012

Northern Gateway pipeline plan fuels war of words between Alberta, B.C. premiers

TAMSYN BURGMANN - The National Post - Rhetoric on both sides of the issue increases before provincial and territorial leaders gather in Halifax for the Council of Federation meeting.

7/20/2012

Christy Clark: Northern Gateway pipeline a 'very large risk' with 'very small benefit' for B.C.

JASON FEKETE - The Vancouver Sun - B.C. Premier Christy Clark, "Based on what we know now, I don't think British Columbians think the balance of risks and benefits is an acceptable one."

7/14/2012

Editorial: The Enbridge lesson: Major products need public support

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board report on a 2012 pipeline leak into the Kalamazoo River also hails a damaging blow to Northern Gateway plans as public opinion steadily decreases.

7/14/2012

Citizen Marsh calculates the odds of a Northern Gateway oil spill

STEPHEN HUME - Vancouver Sun - "Democracy works when citizens take action". Kelly Marsh of Kitimat, B.C. demonstrated this with his mathematical statistics at 47.8 per cent chance of an oil spill.

7/12/2012

Enbridge Execs Got Big Pay Raises After Continent's Costliest Pipeline Spill

ANDREW NIKIFORUK - The Tyee - CEO's salary jumped 35 percent to $8.1 million just months after Kalamazoo River disatser.

7/10/2012

Oil firm accused over Kalamazoo spill 'handled response like Keystone Cops'

SUZANNE GOLDENBERG - The Guardian UK - Scathing report into a devastating oil spill in 2010 on Michigan's Kalamazoo River finds Enbridge overlooked warning signs for five years.

7/5/2012

Taxpayers need protection in event of Northern Gateway spill, say former insurance executive

PETER O'NEIL - Postmedia News - Robyn Allan argues that taxpayers are not adequately protected in the event of an oil spill and resulting disaster. The potential for human error is underestimated.

7/4/2012

Tankers too risky for B.C. coastal environment: independent engineering report



7/3/2012

Enbridge faces $3.7 million penalty for Michigan oil spill

ASSOCIATED PRESS - The Globe and Mail - Canadian company, Enbridge Inc., has 30 days to respond to the proposed civil penalty after pipeline rupture of more than 3.03 millions litres of crude oil.

6/22/2012

Spill Crisis: 'Whatever, We're Going Home'

ANDREW NIKIFORUK - The Tyee - Scenes inside the Enbridge control room that botched the worst bitumen pipeline leak ever into the Kalamazoo River, Michigan. New report.

6/19/2012

Third oil spill fuels calls for Alberta pipeline review

NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE, CARRIE TAIT - The Globe and Mail - A 230,000 litre heavy crude oil spill from an Enbridge pumping station in northern Alberta calls for action on pipeline safety.

6/14/2012

Enbridge and feds engaged in fish habitat fight over Northern Gateway pipeline route:documents

PETER O'NEIL AND MIKE DE SOUZA - The Calgary Herald - Internal documents say Federal fisheries had disagreements with Enbridge Inc. over responsibility to protect fish habitats along pipleine route.

6/1/2012

Harper's hunting panel includes groups backed by foreign money

JASON FEKETE - Postmedia News - The Conservative government's new hunting and fishing advisory panel includes organizations funded by foreign money.

5/31/2012

Life On The Line

Written by Andrew Findlay with photographs by Ian McAllister. Read this in-depth analysis of the Enbridge Pipeline proposal in the summer edition of Coast Mountain Culture magazine.

5/22/2012

B.C. law to ban information on farm outbreaks

ETHAN BARON - The Province - The soon to be released Animal Health Act overrides the Freedom of Information Act. Stiff penalties for citizens disclosing information on disease outbreaks.

5/20/2012

Killer whale expert out of work as feds cut ocean-pollution monitoring positions

CINDY E. HARNETT - The Edmonton Journal - Canada’s only marine mammal toxicologist is losing his job as the federal government cuts almost all employees who monitor ocean pollution across Canada.

5/19/2012

Exxon Valdez-like disaster in Arctic feared

RANDY BOSWELL - The Vancouver Sun - Expert says sending fuel to China via pipeline terminals almost guarantees a major disaster.

5/12/2012

We need to get the pipeline economics right

ROBYN ALLAN - Time Colonist - In-depth analysis of proposals shows industry puts profits before benefits

5/11/2012

Credit union dances with investment ethics

Vancity's ties to Enbridge come with environmental and financial risks as the credit union scrutinizes the ethics involved with unpopular demand for the Northern Gateway project.

5/6/2012

Is Canada prepared for an oil disaster?

JUDITH LAVOIE - Times Colonist - As risks rise, so do concerns about our readiness.


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