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Dismay caused by coal remarks

Campbell Connor, Comox Valley Record, January 06, 2011

Dear editor,

It was with surprise and dismay that I returned from my Christmas break to see a newspaper report regarding the visit of Mr. Abbott, a Liberal leadership hopeful.

Council of Canadians award salutes CoalWatch - Thu, Dec 16

Comox Valley Council of Canadians, Thursday, December 16
will present CoalWatch Comox Valley with its
Community Action Award

The award is to be presented Dec. 16 at the CoC's Christmas Potluck dinner at 5:30 P.M. at Creekside Commons.

Award salutes ‘CoalWatch’ group

Gwyn Frayne, TideChange, December 7, 2010

Council of Canadians recognizes community action efforts

A diverse group of Vancouver Island citizens working hard to ensure a proposed coal mine above Baynes Sound doesn’t get rubber-stamp approval, is being recognized by the local chapter of the Council of Canadians.

CoalWatch supporters savour the untainted

Pamela Suzanne Smyth, Oceanside Star, November 18, 2010

Local shellfish growers dished up a formal five-star fundraiser for CoalWatch in Fanny Bay last Friday.

No review panel for coal project: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Scott Stanfield, Black Press, Alberni Valley News, November 18, 2010

The Canadian government will not be initiating a federal panel review of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project in Baynes Sound, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency confirmed Wednesday.

Ocean of Plenty Shellfish Gala Dinner - a fun fundraiser for CoalWatch

John Snyder, CoalWatch Comox Valley, November 14, 2010

Ocean of Plenty Shellfish Gala DinnerThe sold out gala shellfish dinner held last Friday night at the Fanny Bay Community Hall, was a huge success. A great time was had by all.

A special Thank You goes out to Nick and Fiona Mackey, Greg and Hollie Wood, and Jeanette Reinhardt who organized and coordinated this event.

On behalf of CoalWatch, I would like to thank our sponsors: Hollie Wood Oysters, Fanny Bay Oysters, Stellar Bay Shellfish Ltd, Mac's Oysters Ltd, Baynes Sound Oyster Co, Party Shop Event Rentals, Fanny Bay Community Association, and Shimdesign.

Q&A: with CoalWatch leaders

Brad Bird, Oceanside Star, November 04, 2010

Brad Bird interviewed two members of CoalWatch, president John Snyder and vice-president Campbell Connor. Snyder, 63, is a former commercial truck driver who worked in Alaska and a 40-year Teamster member. Connor, in his 70s, spent many years as Dean of Student Services at Brandon University.

Q. Gentlemen, would you care to share some of your concerns about the pending coal mine with the residents of Oceanside? Mr. Snyder:

Information seems to be a bit contradictory

John Snyder, Alberni Valley Times, November 03, 2010

Re: "Article offers accurate and balanced coverage," (Alberni Valley Times, Oct. 25)

In a recent letter to the editor, John Tapics, CEO of the Raven Underground Coal Project, states that people deserve accurate information about the proposed project. He goes on to say that technical studies confirm 100% of the coal at the Raven Project is metallurgical and 88% of the processed coal will be suitable to sell to steel companies for steel making.

CoalWatch on A Channel

A-Channel News, October 21, 2010

Opposition mounts to coal project

Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, Alberni Valley News, October 21, 2010

Opponents of shipping coal from Port Alberni’s deep-sea port made their point once again at a public meeting this week.

More than 100 people gathered in the basement of the Steelworkers Hall on Montrose Street on Tuesday night.

Opposition grows to Raven Coal

Shayne Morrow, Alberni Valley Times, October 21, 2010

Little support among 100 who attended public meeting, but company CEO says upcoming reviews will ease concerns

The Raven Underground Coal Project is facing some serious roadblocks, judging by the response at Tuesday evening's public meeting at the Steelworkers' Hall.

CoalWatch Unites Activists With Diverse Backgrounds

By Jane E. Burton, Beacon Magazine, August 2010

Nearly eight months after the citizen’s group CoalWatch was formed the work continues at a steady pace for its volunteers. Three CoalWatch activists agreed to share their stories and explain why they believe that the Raven Underground Coal Mine Project must be questioned.

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