Category Archives: Environment

The art of protest: Artisan Emma channelling creative energy to protect BC’s coast from Kinder Morgan

Edited by Drew Penner with photos courtesy of Emma Wetherill Right now, a lot of creative energy, not to mention activist strategizing, has gone into fighting the Kinder Morgan expansion project that would increase the amount oil products the company

Terminal Diagnosis? A trip to a US Kinder Morgan facility sheds light on the Canadian struggle

By Drew Penner The way you’re neck and neck on the freeway clogged with giant trucks hauling combustible goods across Carson, California, reminds me of driving through Central Alberta at the height of the frack boom. One wrong twist of

Burnaby resident frets about Kinder Morgan expansion

By Drew Penner Aaron Keogh, a 39-year-old Burnaby resident is troubled by the risks associated with the Westridge Terminal. While Kinder Morgan Canada Limited announced on Sunday that it is putting on hold all non-essential activities and related spending on

BC Liberal leader lobbied for a notorious American polluter, who ended up receiving an environmental hall pass from the province

By ThinkPol Staff The recently-elected BC Liberal reader once lobbied on behalf of a US company notorious for pollution, and the province ended up granting the energy company a hall pass to set up a facility in British Columbia bypassing

Growing global movement calls for giving mother nature her rights

By Drew Penner The experience of growing up in Alberta, watching forests get cut down and lakes become polluted in the service of a petroleum industry that didn’t seem to funnel riches towards marginalized communities, is in the back of

BC Crown’s decision to quash Mount Polley private prosecution met with anger

By ThinkPol Staff The BC Prosecution Service’s decision to dismiss the private prosecution of Mount Polley Mining Corporation over the province’s worst environmental disaster in history is being met with anger and disbelief. The Crown announced the decision to take

UN body alarmed by mining spill disasters worldwide

By David Boughton A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) urges mining companies around the world to address the increase in mining waste spills. The report, Mine Tailings Storage: Safety is No Accident[1]http://www.grida.no/publications/383, specifically looked at mine

Ottawa holds vigil against Kinder Morgan

By Marina Wang Protesters huddled together under the lamplight on a frigid evening outside parliament in what is likely to be the last nation-wide protest before a decision on the controversial Kinder Morgan pipeline is announced. The candlelit vigil is

Impose Carbon tax on US goods coming into EU if Trump pulls out of Paris Accord – Sarkozy

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged the European Union today to impose a Carbon tax on American goods if President-elect Donald Trump pulls the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. “Donald Trump said he would not meet the

World’s richest 10% produce half of carbon emissions, poorest half just a tenth

The world’s richest 10 percent produce around half of all emissions while the poorest half of the world’s population – 3.5 billion people – is responsible for just a tenth of all carbon emissions, despite being the most threatened by