Article by Michael Smyth in The Province about Auditor-General John Doyle. “Unfortunately for the Liberals, this sharp-fanged watchdog is unlikely to stop biting into the government’s backside anytime soon. But I’d love to see him take a dingo-sized chomp out of the NDP’s hide, too. Doyle is currently reviewing MLA expense accounts — an area where both parties need a good old Aussie butt-kicking.”
Article by Michael Smyth in The Province. “The lawsuit should never have been launched. There was no way a judge was going to go down in the history books as squashing the very first successful citizen-initiative petition ever achieved in Canada.”
Article by Ethan Baron in The Province about the Wikileaks documents on Afghanistan and responses from former BC Premier Ujjal Dosanjh and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon. Read article
Story by Claire Ogilvie in The Province.
“West Coast oyster farmers are fielding calls from farmers on the Gulf of Mexico as the work begins to replace the shellfish breeding beds damaged by the massive oil spill.
“But while shellfish farmers in the Pacific Northwest are anxious to help, they say they have little to offer.
“Climate change has wreaked havoc on seed oyster hatcheries on the west coast, leaving no extra capacity to send to the Gulf shellfish farmers who are looking at totally rebuilding their stock following the explosion April 20 of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig.”
Article in The Province. “The president of Kwantlen Polytechnic University has launched a review of the school’s decision to accept a $50,000 research fee from the Century Group at the same time the school was promoting the controversial Southlands project it was researching.” Read article
Story in The Common Sense Canadian: University Gets Caught Lobbying for Developer – Now Wants to Investigate Itself
Article by Kent Spencer in The Province. “Kwantlen University officials say it never occurred to them to tell a Delta council committee that at the same time they were publicly praising a controversial plan to develop Southlands, they were also being paid $50,000 to ‘research’ the plan — by the group that wants to develop the farmlands.” Read article
Article by Damian Inwood in The Province. “At the centre of the debate is the
fact that the Westridge Terminal, east of the Second Narrows, has quietly become a major exporter of crude oil, coming in via the Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta.”
Follow-up article by Frank Luba in The Province. Vancouver council reviews possibility of oil spill in B.C. waters
Article by Tamara Beluja in The Province. The negative evaluation of the review panel wasn’t enough to kill this project. Read article
Article by Brian Lewis in The Province, about a proposal for a gravel mine directly upstream of the Chilliwack River Salmon Hatchery. Read article
Article by Ethan Baron in The Province.
“The Liberals have gone to extreme lengths to try to withhold government-collected information on sea lice and disease in salmon farms.
“For six years, government lawyers fought to keep data out of the hands of an environmental group, until the province’s public-information watchdog ordered in March that it be released.
“Now the government is trying to block release of updated data that the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation says is crucial for the group’s submission to the Cohen Commission, a federal inquiry into the collapse of the Fraser River sockeye.”