Campaign Updates

One year after Vancouver Oil Spill – Burrard Inlet Not a Sacrifice Zone for Kinder Morgan’s Export Plans

Today is the one year anniversary of the most recent oil spill in the Vancouver harbour. This relatively small spill from a grain ship, the Marathassa, was a stark reminder of just how unprepared for an oil spill we really are. Oil washed up on beaches throughout Burrard Inlet. We are still facing the threat […]

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No Permission for Kinder Morgan Mr. Prime Minister – An argument for a National Climate And Energy Board

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, “The politicians issue the permits but the people give the permission.” I was excited when I first heard you say that at a Liberal Party of Canada dinner in Surrey over a year before the federal election. After watching you over the years and talking to you on a few occasions, […]

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A Massive Oil Spill…during The Salish Sea Tour

What a week it’s been for the Salish Sea tour. Can you believe there was a massive oil spill a couple days ago? It’s a shocking reminder for us in the midst of our tour about why we are doing this. We are still only seeing the early details of the Nexen oil spill in […]

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Energy Efficiency You Can See: Public Transit and Bicycles

We all know that energy efficiency is an essential part of getting beyond fossil fuels, and responding intelligently to the climate and ocean acidification crisis. But face it, wind turbines look way more sexy than fiberglass insulation. So energy efficiency often gets forgotten. But what if there were dramatic ways to show efficiency in the […]

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Good jobs and climate stability hinge on transit decisions

Even if there is a Yes vote in the Metro Vancouver transit referendum much more will have to be done to reduce carbon pollution from transportation. The good news is that improving transit will create good jobs right here in BC. Road transportation in Metro Vancouver is responsible for more than five million tonnes of […]

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Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau re: National Climate and Energy Board

Dr. Prime Minister Trudeau, I was thrilled to see that you decided the title of Canada’s environment minister is now the Minister of environment and climate change. This is a big step in the right direction and Honourable Catherine McKenna has her work cut out for her, no doubt. This same approach could be applied […]

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Open Letter to Christy Clark re:  Botched Vancouver Spill Response Proves We are “Woefully Unprepared”

Dear Premier Christy Clark, in a 2013 interview with Peter Mansbridge, you discussed Canada’s inability to handle a major coastal oil spill now, let alone in the future should new pipelines be approved. “We are woefully under-resourced,” you said. In that same year your government rejected the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and tanker project in […]

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An Open Letter to the RCMP Commissioner Re: Climate and National Security

Dear RCMP Commissioner Paulson It may sound strange that I am writing to you requesting that you read a story in the Rolling Stone magazine but this piece entitled “The Pentagon and Climate Change: How Deniers Put National Security at Risk” outlines issues that are very important to the safety and security of the people […]

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English Bay Oil Spill a Reminder of Potential “Nightmare Scenario”

English Bay Oil Spill a Reminder of Potential “Nightmare Scenario” Vancouver, The coast guard’s emergency response team was dispatched at approximately 5 p.m. to English Bay where a grain ship anchored in deep water is reported to have spilled toxic bunker fuel.  The clean-up operation is under way and attempts are being made to contain […]

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Some New Thoughts About the Transit Referendum

Well, folks sure are passionate about the transit referendum. It has been interesting to read the responses to my last email to our supporters for our transit not tankers initiative. Some people were very supportive and glad we were looking at not only limiting the supply of fossil fuels but trying to do something about […]

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