Mike De Souza, Postmedia News, April 28, 2013
OTTAWA — Building a diamond mine, expanding an oilsands mine, offshore exploration or an interprovincial bridge could soon require a federal environmental review under proposed additions and subtractions to the Harper government’s new environmental rules.But provincially regulated pipelines, facilities used to process the heavy oil from the oilsands, pulp and paper mills as well as chemical explosive plants are among those being deleted from a list of projects requiring federal environmental investigations prior to approval.
Stephen Harper’s “omnibus” strategy to overhaul green laws was proposed by oil industry, says records
Mike DeSouza, O.Canada.com, April 10 2013
OTTAWA – Lobbyists from Canada’s oil and gas industry recommended the Harper government’s 2012 strategy to put multiple changes to a series of environmental protection laws into a single piece of legislation, says a newly-released internal federal document.
Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, Apr. 03 2013
VANCOUVER — Federal hearings into the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project are unfair because company witnesses are allowed to huddle before answering questions during cross-examination, says a lawyer for two conservation groups.
News Release, BC Government, March 15, 2013
Dene Moore, The Canadian Press, March 5, 2013
A federal review panel weighing the future of a stalled gold and copper mine in the B.C. Interior is wondering just what, exactly, the panel is supposed to be assessing after federal changes to the environmental assessment process.
Juliet Eilperin & Steven Mufson, Washington Post, March 1, 2013
US State Dept, March 1 2013
Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Feb 15 2013
Victoria — The B.C. Liberal government is facing legal action over a decision to deny an environmental certificate to a proposed copper and gold mine on the shores of Morrison Lake in the province’s northern interior.
Andy Johnson, CTVNews.ca, Feb. 5, 2013
A vast disparity exists between Ottawa's rush to develop Canada's natural resources and the rules and regulations governing that development -- resulting in major environmental and economic risks, an audit from Canada’s environment commissioner has found.
News Release, Environmental Law Centre, Dec 20, 2012
Today the ELC announced the release of Maintaining SuperNatural BC for Our Children: Selected Law Reform Proposals. This book is a series of 35 short, readable articles – punctuated by photos and cartoons - that describe key environmental law reforms the next provincial government should consider.
Les Leyne, Times Colonist, October 10, 2012
The more you look at the Environment Ministry's handling of the Morrison Mine proposal, the more unusual it gets.
Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, August 23, 2012
B.C’s environmental assessment process is so flawed it cannot hope to fill the void created by the federal government walking away from assessments of almost 500 projects, critics charged Wednesday, while launching court action and releasing a scathing internal government email.
Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, August 22, 2012
Critics challenge assertion that changes to Act pose little risk
Stephen Harper's Conservative government has washed its hands of environmental assessments of the nearly 500 projects in B.C. as a result of a revised Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
News, CBC, July 10 2012
By Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News, Jul 10, 2012
Scientists, concerned citizens hold mock funeral in Ottawa to protest federal cuts
Hundreds of people held a mock funeral on Parliament Hill to mourn what they call the death of evidence and the muzzling of scientists by the federal government.
Calvin Sandborn, Vancouver Sun, June 5, 2012
Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. — Winston Churchill
Canadians should worry about Bill C-38 — Ottawa’s bid to gut the Environmental Assessment Act.
Doug Ward, Peter O'Neil, Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, May 29, 2012
The federal government is sabotaging its own legislated requirement to protect endangered freshwater fish by weakening the Fisheries Act, four former federal fisheries ministers from B.C. and Canadian scientists say in separate letters to the Harper government.
By Elizabeth May, The Tyee.ca, May 10, 2012
Packing so many attacks on nature into one bill, Harper bets, will confuse citizens. Here's what's at stake.
West Coast Environmental Law, April 27, 2012
Removal of environmental safeguards serves interests of big oil and silences citizens, say environmental lawyers
By Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, Postmedia News, April 27, 2012
Critics say protection for fish habitat 'eliminated' in bill to appease businesses
by Wilderness Committee, Pacific Free Press, April 26, 2012
Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, April 25, 2012
A controversial hydroelectric project on northern Vancouver Island is poised to start construction, even though the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has not given an official goahead.
By Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun, April 20, 2012
Hearings assessing the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project and legislative changes planned in Ottawa compromise the province’s sovereignty and threaten its authority to defend British Columbians’ interests, warns a letter from Robyn Allan, the former president of ICBC, to Premier Christy Clark and other leading provincial politicians.
By Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, April 19, 2012
Green advocates with no expertise to be shut out
By Rebecca Penty, Calgary Herald, April 19, 2012
Minister pledges accountability in project decisions
By Peter O'Neil, Edmonton Journal, April 18, 2012
Citizens not ‘directly affected’ shouldn’t take part in environmental hearings