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Hunter-Funded Wildlife Agency Quietly Announced Before BC Election

Steve Thomson, Former Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations announcing the new wildlife agency proposal on March 22, 2017.

By Judith Lavoie.  This article is from DeSmog Canada.

A plan to form a new, independent wildlife management agency in B.C., which would relieve the provincial government from managing contentious wildlife issues such as grizzly, wolf and caribou populations, is generating anxiety among some conservation groups who fear the structure of the new program could prioritize the interests of hunters over wildlife.

COLUMN: Can We Put it to Better Use?

plastic-choked beach

People who deny that humans are wreaking havoc on the planet’s life-support systems astound me. When confronted with the obvious damage we’re doing to the biosphere — from climate change to water and air pollution to swirling plastic patches in the oceans — some dismiss the reality or employ logical fallacies to discredit the messengers.

Trail city council responds to sale of Waneta Dam

Trail city council responds to sale of Waneta Dam

In a Closed Meeting held on May 23, Trail City Council discussed the legal implications associated with the recently announced sale of the Waneta Dam by Teck Resources Limited to Fortis Inc.  Council also took the opportunity to review the City’s involvement when Teck sold one-third of its interest in the Dam to BC Hydro in 2009/10 and if the same issues are relevant today.

Free Energy Savings Event – May 30th at the Prestige

FortisBC has partnered with the EcoSave Program to offer both Nelson Hydro and FortisBC Customers an opportunity to learn about energy savings.

Are you curious about heat pumps?

Attend the Free Energy Savings event on May 30th to learn about heat pumps, energy assessments for your home, FortisBC rebates and low interest financing. 

FortisBC has partnered with the EcoSave Program to offer both Nelson Hydro and FortisBC Customers an opportunity to learn about energy savings.  Come and meet your local heating (heat pump specialists) and insulation contractors. 

Stetski Brings All Levels of Government Together to Support Small Business

Wayne Stetski, Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia, is seen at the Invermere Small Business Forum with Mayor Gerry Taft in March. — Submitted photo

Wayne Stetski, Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia, is hosting a Small Business Forum in Nelson at the United Church Hall Wednesday (May 24th). 

“Small businesses are the drivers of our local economies.  They provide jobs which support our families and keep rural communities vibrant,” Stetski said. 

Teck sells Waneta interests to Fortis for $1.2 billion

Teck sells Waneta interests to Fortis for $1.2 billion

Fortis Inc. ("Fortis"), (TSX/NYSE:FTS) and Teck Resources Limited (“Teck”), (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) today announced an agreement under which Fortis will purchase Teck’s two-thirds interest in the Waneta Dam and related transmission assets in British Columbia, Canada, for $1.2 billion cash.

COLUMN: Work less, live better, do better

A worker who could benefit from working fewer hours

In 1926, U.S. automaker Henry Ford reduced his employees’ workweek from six eight-hour days to five, with no pay cuts. It’s something workers and labour unions had been calling for, and it followed previous reductions in work schedules that had been as high as 84 to 100 hours over seven days a week.

A Dam Big Problem: unauthorized dams built for Petronas

One example of an unauthorized dam in northeastern BC

By Ben Parfitt.  This article is from DeSmog  Canada.

A subsidiary of Petronas, the Malaysian state-owned petro giant courted by the B.C. government, has built at least 16 unauthorized dams in northern B.C. to trap hundreds of millions of gallons of water used in its controversial fracking operations.

Practical realities of carbon taxes and cap-and-trade systems across Canada undermine potential benefits

Canada doesn’t work the way ivory tower economists envision, and instead has become just another tax.

Governments across Canada fail to properly implement carbon-pricing schemes, which could, in theory, both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the economy, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian policy think-tank.

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