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 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 October 16, 2012

The Harris government's Lands for Life program is more trick than treat.

by Mike Buckthought

The day before Halloween, the Harris government's Lands for Life program released its final report. More trick than treat, the report is a scary and often contradictory document that recommends opening up Ontario's forests to intensified logging, mining, and hunting. It rolls back environmental safeguards and does little to advance the cause of aboriginal rights.

Posted on October 15, 2012

We all love to walk on the wild side, but boardwalks and parking are no way to save a fragment of wild beach dune for the creatures of PEI.

by Sharon Labchuk

When the dunes at Greenwich, PEI were declared a national park last year, most people figured this relatively unspoiled natural area would finally be safe from developers. They were forgetting one thing though - politicians. Lawrence MacAulay, Canada's solicitor general and Liberal MP for the Greenwich area, has re-election on his mind. He's not going to let rare plants or the endangered piping plover get in his way.

Posted on September 15, 2012

by Anne Sherrod, Valhalla Wi ness iety

As BC conservationists scramble in the wake of a government which wants to lease or mothball the parks, a veteran parks campaigner argues that regional governments are no safe haven.

Franklin Roosevelt was President of the US during the Great Depression and most of World War II. He was generally loved by the poor, the underprivileged and working people, and hated by industry, bankers and business -- the very forces that are taking over our world today.

"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That,

Posted on September 14, 2012

by Kathy Smail and Norberto Rodriguez dela Vega

Late last summer, Friends of Cortes Island focussed on the recent provincial government changes in park management. This has been, and continues to be, a difficult task, involving beaurocratic complexities, continually evolving mandates, and reams of written material as the BC government works through its process. The implications for Cortes Provincial Parks are uncertain and potentially detrimental considering the motivations behind the changes.

Posted on September 12, 2012

Stein Valley was eventually saved in 1994 when the entire watershed was designated by the provincial government as the Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park, thanks to the combined efforts of thousands of Native and non-Native “voices for the wilderness.”

by Joe Foy

Many generations ago Nlaka’pamux youth would write

Posted on September 06, 2012

by Joe Foy

By the end of May, if everything goes to plan, the gov­ernment of BC will have enshrined the protection of 11 new provincial parks and 70 new conservancies, totaling almost a million hectares.

The new protected areas span landscapes that were the battlegrounds of the War in the Woods back in the late 1990s. Elaho Valley – Sims Valley – Great Bear Rainforest – Haida Gwaii. They are all represented in the new parks and conservancies. So too are more peaceful valleys in the Whistler area, the Okanagan and up the coast. Every valley, every mountain lake, every stream has a story of the people who laboured for its protection.

Posted on September 06, 2012

Glacier Resorts Ltd. Board of Directors -
From Ceta Trade Deal and Jumbo Resort Proposal article by Joyce Nelson

Arnold Armstrong (Chair) – Vancouver, B.C.; President & CEO: International Cetec Investments Inc.

Kuni Yamamoto – Vancouver, B.C.; real estate consultant, developer and major shareholder in Tusar Properties Inc.

Posted on September 05, 2012

Photo by Lucas Jmieffby Joyce Nelson

Ever since the BC Liberal government surprised residents of BC’s Kootenays with its March 20, 2012 approval for the controversial Jumbo Glacier Resort, people have been asking: Why now? After all, the Jumbo Resort proposal has been around since 1989 and has been successfully opposed by local people for


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