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    Economist: BC's private waste, recycling plan is garbage

    Economist: BC’s private waste, recycling plan is garbage

    Economist Erik Andersen says a new plan to privatize paper, recycling and waste services reeks of an undemocratic cash grab by powerful interests.


    Urban infrastructure investment is path to Canada's economic future

    Urban infrastructure investment is path to Canada’s economic future

    Though they keep just 8 cents of every tax dollar paid in Canada, municipalities must cover 60 per cent of their infrastructure costs. Canada's economic future depends on investing in cities, argues David Suzuki.



    Clark's transit referendum going off the rails

    Clark’s transit referendum going off the rails

    Don Cayo on why BC Premir Christy clark's provincial transit referendum is a bad idea - driving opposition from Vancouver-area mayors and ultimately unable to solve the region's transportation funding challenges.


    Mechanical failure spurred CN oil train derailment in New Brunswick

    Mechanical failure spurred CN oil train derailment in New Brunswick

    The CN Rail derailment that is behind a massive fire near Plaster Rock, N.B., was caused by a mechanical failure affecting the brakes, officials say.



    Vancouver port expansion plan to face independent review

    Vancouver port expansion plan to face independent review

    Federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq says an independent panel will review plans to build a major shipping-container terminal at a port south of Vancouver.


    Americans conserving big on home electricity

    Americans conserving big on home electricity

    Despite more gadgets, electricity usage in US homes is falling to levels last seen in 2001.



    Motorized boats stir up problems for BC's salmon rivers

    Motorized boats stir up problems for BC’s salmon rivers

    The co-founders of a new national advocacy group say legislative changes are needed to protect Canada's rivers, lakes and wild salmon from powerful, new motorized boats.


    Vancouver Council will apply as intervener for Kinder Morgan pipeline hearing

    Vancouver Council will apply as intervener for Kinder Morgan pipeline hearing

    Vancouver Council has voted in favour of applying for intervenor status at National Energy Board hearings on the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.



    Groups decry proposed Fraser River toxic waste recycling site

    Groups decry proposed Fraser River toxic waste recycling site

    Local residents and conservation groups are raising alarm bells over a proposed hazardous waste recycling site on the banks of BC's Fraser River.


    Surrey aims to get ambitious light rail plan on track with federal investment

    Surrey aims to get ambitious light rail plan on track with federal investment

    Surrey is seeking federal support to develop a network of light rail lines, which it says will better service the community's public transit needs the regional authority's plan to extend the skytrain.