Vancouver Island

Posted on September 26, 2014

British Columbia owes a debt of gratitude to the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM).

For years civic governments and citizens have asked the Province to undertake detailed needs assessments of what ferry dependent communities want and need from BC Ferries.  Steadfastly refusing to do so, the government imposed excessive fare increases and service cuts. 

Empirically, ferry dependent communities felt the damage of provincial policies but lacked the statistics to make a strong case for a different BC Ferries mandate, until now. 

Posted on September 28, 2013

by Anne Cameron, Tahsis, B.C.

Web exclusive

Tahsis is a small village of less than three hundred year-round residents situated at the end of an unpaved road.  We're an hour and a half from Gold River, we have a health clinic which sees a doctor every Tuesday and Thursday, but we have no bank, no vet, no dentist, no cell phone service and not much of anything, really. 

We often receive letters from citizens who are concerned about protecting water sources. These folks volunteer hundreds of hours to ensure drinking water is protected for future generations.

Here is one we received from Vancouver Island filmmaker, Paul Manly addressed to Nanaimo City Council, Vancouver Island, BC.

Dear Mayor and Council

Posted on October 17, 2012

There's a lot going on in Nuu-chah-nulth territory.

by Maggie Paquet

The Nuu-chah- nulth have occupied the west coast of Vancouver Island for many thousands of years, where they have lived self-sufficiently according to the principle of Hishukistsawalk: everything is one.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Keep an eye open when you cross the Strait ... that might be the Fraser River Plume you're looking at.

by Paul LeBlond

Islands are defined by the waters that surround them. In our case, it's the Strait of Georgia and the channels that connect it to the ocean, from Puget Sound in the south, to Queen Charlotte Strait in the north, a coastal realm often called the Salish Sea.

Posted on October 14, 2012

It's been a long, hard struggle, and it's far from over ... but efforts to restore BC's top oyster producing area to health are finally starting to pay off.

by J. Cates

The Rave is passe. The Septic Social is way cooler, at least in the Baynes Sound area of the British Columbia coast.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Remember CORE? It was supposed to manage Vancouver Island forests for all values. Well, now you can forget about it. It's toast.

by Paul Senez (with files from Sierra Club of BC)

In the last decade, Vancouver Island has been subjected to an alphabet soup of land use planning exercises.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Pipelines and Co Gen frame the future of energy on Vancouver Island, but its time for a serious national discussion about greenhouse gases. The Georgia Strait Crossing isn't a Done Deal yet.

by Arthur Caldicott

The Georgia Strait Crossing is a proposal to construct a pipeline to bring natural gas to Vancouver Island from "the mainland" - the continental part of southwestern British Columbia.

Posted on October 10, 2012

BC Hydro has an urge to burn, but green power beckons. The right stuff is just around the corner. Can opposition turn into change?

by Delores Broten

After three weeks of research on the questions of hydro power, natural gas, BC Hydro and pipelines to Vancouver Island, I was trying to tell a friend about the story. "Something's wonky," I kept repeating, listing all the questions I could not answer. "Does Not Add Up," I typed crankily as I tried to get answers from BC Hydro and from Vancouver Island energy activists.

Posted on October 08, 2012

Most of the coal mines on Vancouver Island closed long ago. A few working remnants of that robust past linger on, such as Quinsam Coal in Strathcona Park, but Vancouver Island's coal industry had said farewell to its glory days. Now the ghost of that dangerous and grimy past, when the Royal Navy fuelled up in Nanaimo, and Ginger Goodwin lost his life in a union organizing drive, is surfacing. The implications of coal bed methane gas extraction for an island just beginning a new life in the post-resource extraction era are startling.


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