Land & Forests

Posted on November 05, 2014

An obscure tribunal housed at the World Bank in Washington, DC will decide the fate of millions of people. At issue is whether a government should be punished for refusing to let a foreign mine operate because it wants to protect its main source of water. The case pits El Salvador’s government against a Canadian gold-mining company ...

Posted on October 16, 2014

No Oilsands

On August 4th the tailings impoundment at the Mount Polley mine failed, releasing 25 million cubic metres of mine waste and construction material into the watersheds below. Some of the waste backed up into Polley Lake, most of it was dumped into the 10km Hazeltine Creek watershed and some spread downstream into Quesnel Lake.

Posted on May 29, 2014

 British Columbia is a land of extremes, blessed by the clash of successive unstable terrains that have shaped its geography and its flora and fauna.Even the human fauna is shaped by it to extremes of political polarization. British Columbia takes some pride in being home to some of the nation’s wackiest, most extreme and incomprehensible politics. That probably explains a lot about the actual lamentable state of the environment belying BC’s spectacular landscapes.

Posted on May 28, 2014

Book: The New B.C. Roadside Naturalist - A Guide to Nature alond B.C. Highways. Written by Richard and Sydney CanningsCuriosity. It’s what makes cats more fun and interesting. That’s what this guidebook does for curious people – makes travelling around BC and the Yukon a lot more fun and interesting.

Posted on April 17, 2014

The Riparian Area Regulation isn’t a regulation, because it doesn’t regulate. It facilitates environmental destruction by developers because it has no penalties. It contains no provision for cancelling a project, so any proposal can theoretically go ahead, even if badly planned.

Posted on April 09, 2014

April 9, 2014 Washington, DC--Scientists and environmentalists today condemned a recent press release by researchers at the University of British Columbia announcing they have created genetically engineered (GE) poplar trees for paper and biofuel production, opening the prospect of growing these GE trees like an agricultural crop in the future. [1] 

Posted on March 31, 2014

COMMONS BC

94% of BC is "public" or "Crown" land. Commons BC advocates for intelligent, data-driven, democratic stewardship of that land, as well as of BC's public interests, common resources, and shared economy and environment. To aid in this project we produce visual graphics based on publicly available BC data. When thinking about "Crown" lands, please note that the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that First Nations Title co-exists with Crown Title.
Posted on March 12, 2014

EU Parliament resolution calls for Arctic sanctuary around North Pole

12 March 2014 (Toronto) – The European Parliament today passed a resolution calling for a protected area around the North Pole which could ban oil companies and industrial fishing fleets from the region. The text echoes the demands of the international Save The Arctic campaign which has attracted the support of over five million people including Sir Paul McCartney and renowned US oceanographer Sylvia Earle.

Posted on February 20, 2014

Forestwatch is a listserve with over 100 members that has been active in one form or another since the late 1990s. Typical postings include news items about BC forest issues, press releases and occasional local observations or viewpoints.

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