Globe and Mail – B.C. changes approach to environmental assessments.

By Wendy Stueck. When British Columbia weighs the environmental impacts of the proposed Woodfibre LNG Ltd. facility near Squamish, it won’t consider the project in isolation. Instead, the government will weigh how the plant could interact with other projects in Howe Sound,...
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CP – Teck closing its 6 coal mines in B.C. and Alberta for 3 weeks. Suspensions will be staggered over the summer months due to weak market conditions

Teck Resources Ltd. is temporarily shutting down its six Canadian steelmaking coal mines for three weeks due to weak market conditions. The company said Thursday that the suspensions at its British Columbia and Alberta mines will be staggered over the summer months. “Rather...
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The Globe and Mail – Chief Justice says Canada attempted ‘cultural genocide’ on aboriginals.

 By Sean Fine. Justice reporter. Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin says Canada attempted to commit “cultural genocide” against aboriginal peoples, in what she calls the worst stain on Canada’s human-rights record. Genocide – an attempt to destroy a people, in whole...
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TheTyee.ca – Nine Months After Polley Breach, Alaskans Seek Compensation Guarantee from BC. Proposed northern BC mines ‘source of great angst in Juneau.’

By Jordan Wong, Earlier this month, Heather Hardcastle, a commercial fisherwoman from Juneau, Alaska met in Williams Lake, B.C. with members of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation. They shared a meal of wild Alaskan salmon that Hardcastle brought as a symbolic gesture: This fish...
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Prince George Citizen op-ed – Good neighbours. (Mining, salmon in Northern BC and Alaska.)

By Bev Sellars and Carrie Jones. As delegates from across British Columbia gather in Mackenzie for the Minerals North Conference, a vastly bigger and more majestic event is taking place in northern B.C. that could in the near future be directly impacted by mining now being...
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Vancouver Sun: First Nations want in, meaningfully.

By John Jack,  elected member of council for the Huu-ayaht First Nations, a director for the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, and tribal representative to the joint HFN-Steelhead LNG governing panel overseeing the Sarita Bay LNG project on Vancouver Island. First Nations are...
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The Straight – Canadian law profs’ statement on Tsleil-Waututh Nation rejection of Kinder Morgan pipeline: By various law school professors.

We write as professors of law at several Canadian law schools to recognize and commemorate the May 26, 2015 release of Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Assessment of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion (“TMEX”) Proposal (the “Assessment”). Tsleil-Waututh carried...
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Stewart McKelvey law – Aboriginal rights, no Crown in sight: implications of the BCCA decision in Saik’uz first nation

Stewart McKelvey law – Aboriginal rights, no Crown in sight: implications of the BCCA decision in Saik’uz first nation In a fascinating and potentially revolutionary decision, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has held that Aboriginal groups can rely on Aboriginal rights...
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The Terrace Standard – Red Chris mine waits for final permitting

The full opening of the Red Chris copper and gold mine north on Hwy37 North has been delayed once again with an original May start pushed back to mid-June because of continued scrutiny by the ministry of the environment in conjunction with the Tahltan First Nation environmental...
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EDGE YK – Beyond Shale: Looking For Another Economy. A conference looks for alternatives to resource extraction, as the NEB announces vast shale oil reserves in the Sahtu.

By Jack Danylchuk Powered by diamonds, the Northwest Territory’s GDP has surged to $3.8 billion since 1999, but local benefits have been few and not equally shared in what MP Dennis Bevington calls the world’s largest small community. Co-host with MLA Bob Bromley of Building...
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Edmonton Journal – U of A conference to look at creative, community-level methods for sustainable resource development.

 By Sheila Pratt. Alberta’s new government should look at new measures, such as setting aside protected areas in the oilsands region, if it wants to prevent some wildlife extinction, says internationally known biologist David Schindler. Tools such as carbon offsets are just one...
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CBC – Yukon board’s questions for Casino mine look ahead 200 years

CBC – Yukon board’s questions for Casino mine look ahead 200 years Yukon’s environmental regulator has provided more than 200 more questions to the proponents of the Casino Mine on the mining project’s long term plans.  Ken McKinnon, who is an executive committee...
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