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How one Black Press paper covers David Black’s refinery proposal in Kitimat


Read this article by Charlie Smith in the Georgia Straight about the coverage given to David Black’s refinery proposal by the Terrace Standard, a Black newspaper. Excerpt: “Here’s how the editorial ended—and make no mistake, the endings of editorials are often what’s most important because that’s what’s left in the reader’s mind.

“‘Significant economic benefit derived from the pipeline could sway popular opinion, especially [for] people living through hard times in northern B.C., but probably not enough to tip the scales.

“‘Black and Enbridge will have a tough time convincing residents in southern cities that the potential of thousands of jobs in the northern oil sector is worth the risk of a pipeline leak or a tanker running aground on B.C.’s coast.’

“In other words, Enbridge and Black would create thousands of jobs and significant economic benefits, but it’s those southerners who just don’t get it.” (August 25, 2012)

Read more: http://www.straight.com/article-764151/vancouver/how-one-black-press-paper-covers-david-blacks-refinery-proposal-kitimat


Climate change deniers are almost extinct


Read this article by David Suzuki in the Georgia Straight. Excerpt: “As evidence builds, deniers are starting to change their tune. They once said global warming isn’t happening, and some claimed the world is actually cooling. Now, heat records are being broken worldwide—this past decade was the hottest on record. Many scientists say the situation is even more severe than first thought, with temperatures and impacts increasing faster than predicted.

“Faced with the evidence, many deniers have started to admit that global warming is real, but argue that humans have little or nothing to do with it. (Richard) Muller’s study was just one of many to demolish that theory.” (August 21, 2012)

Read more: http://www.straight.com/article-760936/vancouver/david-suzuki-climate-change-deniers-are-almost-extinct


Translink’s Freeway Push Must Be Stopped


TransLink has been crying poverty as of late, claiming that it does not
have the money to keep a third SeaBus in operation. Never mind
completing the long-promised Evergreen Line or providing enough buses to
implement the planned U-Pass extension. However, TransLink has lots of cash when it comes to freeway expansion.

TransLink is running full speed ahead with what’s being called the
“United Blvd. Extension – North Fraser Perimeter Rd. Phase 1”. It would
cost $150 to $175 million for a little stub of freeway and an overpass
that competes with the Evergreen Line, for both money and passengers. It
is also a climate crime, as government spending on roadway expansion is
one of the major drivers of increasing greenhouse-gas emissions in

In case you have never heard of the North Fraser Perimeter Road, it is
Premier Gordon Campbell’s little-known plan to push a freeway through
downtown New Westminster.

Read more of Georgia Straight article by Eric Doherty and Andrew Murray here