BC’S Site C dam is a very contentious issue. On one side, you have Premier Clark and Energy Minister Bennett, who are determined to build a dam that they say is necessary for future electrical needs and to power an LNG industry. Opponents contend that if BC does need the power, we can get it from less expensive renewable resources and without infringing on First Nations rights or destroying farmland that could feed a million people.
So how does the electoral voting system play into this scenario?
First Past the Post:
The 2013 BC Provincial election, using our first past the post (FPTP ) voting system, saw the Liberals win 44% of the popular vote but in doing so they gained 58% majority of seats in the Legislature. BC’s FPTP voting system awarded the provincial Liberals a “false majority ” government with a minority of votes. And because they gained a slim majority of seats, they have governed as if they have a mandate to do what they want and build Site C. Continue reading →
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(March 24, 2016) The big problem in Canada is that The Corporations run the country. They own The Big Media, and they control The Top Politicians. The politicians ‘manage’ us – and the Media keep us divided and uninformed so we don’t get in the way.
Site C is one example. It’s an economic and environmental disaster – but it works for the 1% of the 1% – so Christy Clark is building it for them. She’ll spend Billions of our dollars to build Site C and destroy some of Canada’s best farmland. And Site C will also help bankrupt – and privatize – BC Hydro. It’s Win Win for big business. Continue reading →
I am temporarily nesting in a small, simple cabin over the winter months. It overlooks a green, dreamy lake mirrored in magnificence by a thick array of trees standing tall and proud. Each morning, flocks of vocal feathered friends and I greet our connection to all this splendour. This particular morning, however, would be so profoundly different for me, a personal revelation or am I yet another humble conduit for the earth’s urgent message? It began with a glimpse of a delicate, golden leaf spiralling down in its dance to the ground. This very ordinary sight would yield the deeply unsettling reminder that unlike the leaf who in its “aliveness” gives us breath and in its “death” gives enrichment, sadly humanity is only offering up our dance of destruction.
We are the TAKERS. We take the soil, digging, extracting and contaminating. We take the water resources of lakes, streams and rivers and destroy their precious purpose of sustaining all life. We bulldoze paradise and replace it with arteries of highways, sterile big-box stores, half-empty, paved parking lots and vast swaths of suburbia bursting with larger-than-necessary houses filled with our plastic possessions. We take over the oceans of glorious undersea gardens housing majestic creatures of the deep and fill them with toxic dead zones of our waste while endless cargo ships, floating hotels and large fishing fleets leave depletion and destruction in their wake. We take over the skies with invisible highways choked with airplanes, belching smoke stacks, noxious clouds and faded blue. We take over mountains, disturbing their pure and silent majesty with year-round playgrounds for our noisy, self-indulgent amusement. We take away the magic of the changing seasons with our incessant whining of dissatisfaction. Continue reading →
“Slick Water”, of course, is the feel of good water when changed by Fracking poisons. It is good water invaded by (Corporation-imposed secret) human-and-plant-destroying poisons pumped underground during “Fracking” (hydraulic fracturing of natural underground strata) to “retrieve” oil and/or natural gas. Those poisons then find their way into the agricultural and drinking water of unsuspecting people who reside (usually) not far from the work of those giant, care less, private Corporations which – all too often – have bought-and-paid-for government regulators and politicians in power. The poisons … then make ill, maim, and even kill plants, animals, and human beings.
The enormity of the damage to land and water and creatures, the outrageous invasion of the sanctity of innocent people, and the permanent tragedies created could only be possible in a world where Big Corporations have become, in fact, law-makers and enforcers in a world where corporate crime is accepted as normal behaviour. Continue reading →
(July 8, 2015): The British Columbia Legislature begins sitting Monday July 13 to ratify a landmark ‘Agreement’ between BC and corporate giant Petronas.
The Christy Clark agreement locks BC into a decades long tax and royalty plan. The taxes and royalties will be low … so BC will get as little money as possible – and the deal cannot be changed without full compensation to the industry. We are being locked into an economic disaster. Continue reading →
(June 27, 2015): The BC Legislature will meet in July to put into law a secret agreement signed last month by Christy Clark and LNG giant PETRONAS. Premier Clark has so far refused to tell us citizens what is in the Petronas PDA (project development agreement). However, we will be committed to the deal by this legislation – which could be passed in one or two weeks.
According to the Victoria Times Colonist: The deal includes a concession that … ‘no BC government has ever granted’. This is believed to be a GUARANTEE of NO future changes to the tax and royalty structures included in the deal. So Christy is committing us to never changing a deal – which we have not been able to see. The TC also says: ‘It is a measure of how radical this is that special legislation is required to put it in place.’Continue reading →
(June 23, 2015) Christy Clark does not work for the people of BC, and nor does she care about us. Christy works for Corporate Canada, and they will make a lot of money by poisoning us. Christy’s job is to help them.
Corporate Canada wants BC’s oil, gas, water, metals, forests, and etc. And they have no intention of reducing their profits by one penny to protect the environment, or the people who live here. Continue reading →
On Sept. 5, Finance Minister Joe Oliver told Canadians that the 175,000 Fracking wells already dug in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia do not create an environmental risk and have not contaminated any drinking water. Mr. Oliver made these comments after Nova Scotia decided to ban some forms of fracking in that province.
If you google ‘fracking safety’, you will see that NO ONE can say fracking is safe. Does Mr. Oliver have ANY proof that fracking is safe? Is Mr. Oliver speaking for the people of Canada or for Corporate Canada? Continue reading →
Mount Polley Mine Tailings Pond Collapses: A major environmental disaster occurred in British Columbia, Canada in early August when a man-made lake filled with contaminated water and toxic mine waste collapsed and contaminated the surrounding area. The incident took place in the Cariboo region of BC involving an area including Quesnel Lake, the Fraser River and much more. Mount Polley mines copper and gold. Millions of cubic meters of water, ground up rock, and chemicals were stored in the ‘pond’ which was about 4 sq. km. in size.
According to Environment Canada, many tonnes of Arsenic, Mercury, Lead, Cadmium and a variety of other toxins were loosed into the surrounding area. Some of these toxins are dangerous at ANY level of exposure. Continue reading →
After only two weeks, it looks as if the Mining Industry and our Corporate Politicians and Media are successfully sweeping the entire disaster under the rug.
Mount Polley may be the single biggest man-made environmental disaster’ in the history of the province. But that was last week. As of August 19th the problem seems to have been ‘contained’.
The Government has put in place an ‘Independent Inquiry’. The province’s Corporate Owned Media are moving on to new stories. And the opposition NDP will barely say the word ‘environment’. Everyone is just worried about ‘restoring public confidence in the mining industry’ … so they can do it to us again.