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For more than 35 years, Joe “Shithead” Keithley has fronted D.O.A., Vancouver’s legendary and influential punk band. As a longtime Burnaby resident and political activist, Keithley has been following the pipeline debate in North America and decided to hit the road with D.O.A. for a No Pipelines in BC tour.

Why is everybody so confused about Genetically Modified Organisms? We are saturated with daily messages about GMOs, a veritable barrage about how bad they really are. It is all very ominous and fuzzy with nothing really concrete either way.  

Trade officials and representatives in Europe and around the world are learning more about the controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism that is now part of many trade deals, and they are balking at its inclusion in deals like the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (

“My heart was pounding as I took the microphone to speak to the crowd of two hundred rallied at the foot of Burnaby Mountain. Not because I was nervous about speaking, but because of the great emotion welling up inside of me – I was about to be arrested.

I have a confession: I knocked back 320 pints at the pub last night. I actually only had two shots of a decent single malt but it took 320 pints of water to grow and process the grain used to make the whisky. That’s a whole lot of water considering the average bathtub holds 60 to 80 litres.

The cigars may be gone (or maybe not), but the stench of backroom politics continues to be a serious turn off for the potential Canadian voter. It is easy to despair that no one can make a difference and your vote doesn’t matter.

Prime Minister Harper’s decision to indefinitely postpone the North American Leaders’ Summit – better known as the annual “Three Amigos” meeting – likely has a lot to do with his own electoral calculus. But it also does Mexican President Peña Nieto a huge favour.

On January 15, helicopters lifted into the skies over British Columbia’s South Selkirk and South Peace regions to start the killing of wolves. The goal is to limit the wolves’ predation on dwindling interior caribou herds, the populations of which have dropped to critical levels. Between 2009 and 2014, the South Selkirk herd dropped from 46 to just 18 animals.

On March 3rd, after the Watershed Sentinel went to press, I went over to the Courtenay, BC head office of Compliance Coal, owners of the Raven coal mine. Compliance Coal had announced they had withdrawn their Raven Underground Coal Project re-application from the provincial Environmental Assessment screening process.

Wildlife & Land

6 BC’s Wolf Kill
Killing wolves to “save” caribou

11 Land Investment Deals
Sovereign wealth and pension funds want Saskatchewan farm land

32 Grizzly Bear Hunting in BC

Energy & Pipelines

7 Chief Against Energy East
Treaty 3 Grand Chief speaks out