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The Watershed Sentinel recently caught up with 17-year-old Canadian activist Rachel Parent during an Earth Day speaking engagement at Highland Secondary in Comox, BC. Rachel founded Kids Right to Know in Toronto at age 12, after learning about the issues surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

Many fisheries generate controversy – including the BC herring fishery. Concerns vary in substance, severity, alleged causes and recommended remedies – but rarely are issues articulated from a biological perspective. This article considers some biological aspects of the controversies. Here are four topics that frequently are stated or implied.

Nestlé Waters Canada, a subsidiary of Swiss based multinational Nestlé S.A., has just applied for a ten- year permit to take water from their site at Aberfoyle near Guelph, Ontario. It also has a permit pending to take water from the possible purchase of the Middlebrook well beside the Grand River, just outside the neighbouring village of Elora.

In 2009, Compliance Energy Corp. announced its intention to build the Raven Underground Coal Project, a new coal mine in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.

Compliance was created in 2000 as Beanpole Capital by James O’Rourke, who remained in charge to the end. Its corporate tradition of failure began with a couple of early ventures near Princeton – a small thermal coal mine and a coal-fired generation plant.

What was lost, and what was saved?

See part 1 of this series: Bank of Canada Lawsuit

Mar 5 - Shannon and I took the noon bus to Port Hardy, then spent 22 hours on the ferry to Prince Rupert, stopping at Bella Bella, and Klemtu/Kitasoo Xai Xais (Haw Haws) at 1 am and 5 am. Many people spread sleeping bags on the thickly carpeted floor. We arrived at 4 pm, and stayed at the Pioneer Hostel in Prince Rupert.

Invasive plants or weeds cause serious economic and environmental problems in the Okanagan-Similkameen region of southern BC. They aggressively out-compete desirable vegetation, thereby reducing range and cropland productivity, recreational enjoyment, and habitat value. Established infestations are difficult to control and often persist for many years, costing landowners time and money.

In my solar garden, I grow food energy in the form of strawberries, but I also grow raw energy in the form of electricity. And then I sell that electrical energy, just like strawberries – well, maybe if I had time to attend farmer’s markets.

A cartoon in the January 26 edition of the Globe and Mail depicts two figures dancing with glee near an oil tower while a man in surveyor’s garb tells his friend: “We’ve struck cauliflower!!!” It’s a humorous take