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    US President-Elect Trump (Flickr/Gage Skidmore) and Canadian PM Trudeau (Flickr/Canada 2020) are both big on pipelines

    Despite Trump & Trudeau’s pipeline fetish, green economy will keep booming

    Why even Trump and Trudeau's big support for new pipelines can't slow down the global economy's rapid shift to renewables.


    Justin Trudeau hasn't learned much about BC in the time he lived here and through visits like this one to the north coast in 2014 (Flickr/Justin Trudeau)

    Rafe’s New Year’s letter to Trudeau: Time for PM to get to know BC…for real

    Rafe Mair gives Justin Trudeau a lesson on BC: "The land between the Alberta Tar Sands and the Pacific Ocean is extremely important to us, not only economically but as part of the ecology that we must protect...We didn't ask fo...



    84 year-old retried librarian Barbara Grant getting arrested at Burnaby Mountain (Burnaby Mountain Updates/facebook)

    If not Civil Disobedience, what? Letters to the editor?…Rafe Mair on the necessary response to Site C Dam, Kinder Morgan

    Rafe Mair says the only appropriate response left to controversial energy projects like Kinder Morgan and Site C Dam is serious CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE.


    Justin Trudeau is greeted in Alberta by Rachel Notley (Premier of Alberta/Flickr CC licence)

    Rafe: Trudeau, Notley’s defence of Kinder Morgan doesn’t wash for BC

    Former BC Environment Minister Rafe Mair tells Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley where to go with their Kinder Morgan pipeline plans for BC: "We have the inherent right, like all good Canadians, to protect our ho...



    Recent Kinder Morgan protest in Vancouver (Photo: Lu Iz/Facebook)

    Rafe: Gary Mason, quit lecturing Vancouverites for opposing pipelines

    Rafe Mair: "Now comes Gary Mason and the Toronto Globe and Mail telling us that British Columbians are wrong to be proud of caring about their surroundings and taking increasing steps to protect them and that when the likes of ...


    Justin Trudeau speaks at the Paris climate talks - flanked by Canadian premiers (Province of BC/Flickr)

    Rafe Mair to Justin Trudeau: BC is not yours to give away

    On the approval of Kinder Morgan, Rafe Mair goes inside the mind of a British Columbian, explaining to Justin Trudeau what he clearly doesn't get: Just how pissed off we really are.



    Recent Vancouver rally against Kinder Morgan (Photo: David Suzuki Foundation/Facebook)

    Rafe: Trudeau will have hell to pay in BC if he approves Kinder Morgan

    "British Columbians say, 'enough is enough!' From here on, our values speak as loudly as those from the businessmen's clubs of Bay Street and the nests of political party strategists," says Rafe Mair. "If you approve Kinder Mor...


    Prime MInister Justin Trudeau (Canada 2020/Flickr CC Licence)

    Heiltsuk call on Trudeau: Come to Bella Bella, announce Tanker Ban

    In the wake of a damaging diesel fuel spill in Heiltsuk waters, Chief Marilyn Slett is calling on Justin Trudeau to come to Bella Bella and follow through on his promise to institute a north coast tanker ban.



    Booms intended to corral a fuel spill near Bella Bella are blown apart by stormy weather (Photo: Tavish Campbell)

    So much for “World Class” spill response, as Bella Bella, Saskatchewan incidents show

    So much for the "world class" spill response we keep hearing about, says David Suzuki, as the recent Husky Oil and Bella Bella fuel spills remind us.


    The Nathan E. Stewart fuel barge and part-sunken tug the morning of the incident (Jordan Wilson/Pacific Wild)

    Central Coast diesel spill response slow, ineffective, serious damage done: Heiltsuk

    Contrary to PR spin, the response to a recent diesel spill on the central coast was slow and ineffective, say Heiltsuk officials, leading to serious contamination of important shellfish sites.