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by Contributor on Sunday Oct 15 2017

Transporters of liquid petroleum products in British Columbia now will need to have provincial plans in place to manage a spill.

The new regulations requiring spill preparedness apply to pipelines, as well as rail and trucking operations transporting over 10,000 litres.

The regulations extend liability for full cost of response and recovery to a combination of both the owner as...

by Dick Cannings MP on Wednesday Oct 11 2017

Universal pharmacare is a hot topic on Parliament Hill these days.  The concept is simple—a single program that would ensure that all Canadians had free access to prescription drugs.  Canada is the only country in the world with universal health care that doesn’t include the cost of drugs in its coverage.

And that doesn’t make sense—if I cut my foot I can go to my doctor and get...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Oct 11 2017

The Canadian government is banning plastic microbeads in toiletries. Although designed to clean us, they’re polluting the environment, putting the health of fish, wildlife and people at risk. Manufacturers and consumers ushered plastic microbeads into the marketplace, but when we learned of their dangers, we moved to phase them out.

Why, then, is it taking so long to phase out the world...

by Timothy Schafer on Monday Oct 09 2017

A host of legal snags awaits the regional district if it chooses to go down the road toward development permit areas to regulate the cannabis industry in rural West Kootenay, a new report warns.

Despite rural West Kootenay’s long and profitable association with the cannabis industry, the regional district government is looking at ways to regulate the green economy on the eve of the...

by Contributor on Monday Oct 09 2017

The public is invited to attend an evening learning about bats at the Lion's Hall in Invermere on Friday, October 27.

The evening, beginning at 7 p.m, is supported by Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club and the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund.

Kootenay Community Bat Project biologist, Leigh Anne Isaac, will be on hand to help with the learning about these...

by Murray Dobbin on Saturday Oct 07 2017

The fact that science is the foundation for civilization and democracy should be self-evident. Regrettably, that connection seems often to escape our collective consciousness. We tend to think of science narrowly as restricted to high-tech, laboratories, and the development of electric cars or travel to Mars. But everything we do collectively, from Medicare, to fighting climate change, to...

by Dan Kraus on Thursday Oct 05 2017

Forests define our Canadian geography and identity. One-third of our country is covered with trees, and forests occur in every province and territory. Jobs in forestry employ more than 200,000  Canadians and support many Indigenous and northern communities. 

It’s easy to think that our forests are endless, and it’s a mindset we’ve held...

by Sara Golling on Thursday Oct 05 2017

BC's southern-most herd of mountain caribou is now so tiny that it can barely be called a "herd." What's been happening to them?

Bryce Comer's avocation is film-making, and he has been working on a film documenting the southern herd of mountain caribou since 2008.  Comer explained that while their problems are complex and inter-related, the main problem has been the destruction of the...

by FortisBC PowerSense on Thursday Oct 05 2017

In response to customer interest in solar power, FortisBC has applied to the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) to build the Ellison Community Solar Pilot Project, a community solar array that, if approved, would be B.C.’s largest utility-led community solar project to date.

If approved, this project would provide FortisBC customers an opportunity to meet a portion of their energy needs...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Oct 04 2017

Conservative Member of Parliament Mel Arnold wants to make theft of firefighting equipment, which theft causes "actual danger to life,"  a specific Criminal Code offense with a maximum penalty of imprisonment for life. That's the same maximum penalty as mischief causing actual danger to life.

Anyone who was evacuated from their homes during the raging progress of BC's record-breaking...

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