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Rocky the Raven leads revolt against Raven Mine

Sierra Club Comox Valley, May 23, 2012

LNG plans may alter B.C.'s climate-change goals

JUSTINE HUNTER, Globe and Mail, May 13 2012

VICTORIA— B.C. Premier Christy Clark is prepared to alter her government’s strict climate-change targets to pave the way for her plan to create a liquefied natural gas industry in the province.

Let's please avoid a titanic environmental disaster

Ken Piercy, Comox Valley Record, May 10, 2012

Dear editor,

A month ago it was difficult to avoid the media frenzy regarding the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Budget Bill Declares War on Environment

West Coast Environmental Law, April 27, 2012

Removal of environmental safeguards serves interests of big oil and silences citizens, say environmental lawyers

Tories unveil revised fisheries law, deny it's a move to boost pipelines

By Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, Postmedia News, April 27, 2012

Critics say protection for fish habitat 'eliminated' in bill to appease businesses

The Harper government unveiled a budget-implementation bill Thursday that includes Fisheries Act amendments that would strip the term "habitat" from the most crucial section of the law. Accusations that the government is giving in to demands from energy and mining lobbyists are false, said Erin Filli-ter, spokeswoman for Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield.

Better to recycle steel than make new from coal

Patti Willis, Alberni Valley Times, April 24, 2012

Recent letters to the editor have justified the proposed Raven Coal Mine on the grounds that mining coal to produce steel satisfies the demand for products upon which our culture depends.

Canada's coal industry pressured feds to weaken regulations, records say

By Mike de Souza, Postmedia News, Vancouver Sun, April 21, 2012

OTTAWA - Environment Canada weakened a draft version of regulations to crack down on pollution from coal-fired power plants following pressure from the industry, newly-released federal records have revealed.

Groundwater and Surface Water Interaction in the Englishman River Watershed

Gilles Wendling, GW Solutions, Nov 2011

The Englishman River Watershed is about 50 km south of the Tsable River and Cowie Creek drainages which are at ground zero for the proposed Raven mine. These videos by GW Solutions are instructive. The hydrology of a watershed is like a waterbed - a push in one place has consequences through the entire connected watershed.

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Ocean is becoming too toxic for oysters

Chris Alemany, Alberni Valley Times, April 18, 2012

Imagine if a farmer couldn't raise cattle in his field because the air was too toxic.

People who dispute global warming always claim that scientists are "alarmists" and that they are exaggerating the truth. Well, here is another "alarmist" headline for you. The Ocean is becoming toxic for oysters.

Upgrades to railway offer hope for Alberni economy

Daniel Palmer, Alberni Valley Times, With File From Times Colonist, April 11, 2012

A $15-million railway upgrade between Courtenay and Victoria is a welcome sign for some Port Alberni residents that the government is ready to invest in rail and city hall hopes it serves as a catalyst for future economic possibilities.

Economy over environment

Editorial, Comox Valley Record, April 3, 2012

The alarm has been raised that the federal government is about to turn the clock back on fisheries protection by about 35 years.

Body blow for mining heavyweights as China growth expected to slow to near decade low

Frik Els,, March 5 2012

The mining sector’s bellwether companies were all beaten down on Monday after China’s premier Wen Jiabao delivered a downbeat outlook for the world’s second largest economy adding that there were “new problems” to deal with.

Japanese quake an ominous sign for B.C. 'megaquake'

By Sandi Doughton, Vancouver Sun & Seattle Times, February 22, 2012

VANCOUVER — Scientists are still unraveling last year's giant Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and some of what they're finding doesn't bode well for B.C. and the Pacific Northwest.

Fisheries minister ignores SARA, caves to industry

By Briony Penn, Focus Magazine, December 2011

A massive increase in the winter herring fishery threatens recovering stocks and resident orca.

Herring in Baynes Sound

Cumulative Herring spawn in Baynes Sound from 1928 to 2001

Herring Spawn Locations in Baynes Sound from 1928 to 2001

Water Watch Receives Community Service Award

Gwyn Frayne, TideChange, December 21, 2011

Comox Valley Waterwatch is honoured and proud to accept the Council of Canadians’ annual Community Service award. The plaque was presented at the Council’s annual Christmas dinner on December 16. It was received with gratitude by Delores Broten, Dawn Christian and Linda Safford.

Thousands of residents protest Chinese town’s planned coal power plant, clash with police

Gillian Wong, Associated Press in Washington  Post, December 20, 2011

BEIJING — Thousands of people besieged a government office in a southern Chinese town Tuesday and blocked a highway to demand a halt to a planned coal-fired power plant because of concerns about pollution, protesters said.

CBC's Election Connection: Port Alberni Mayoral Race

Election Connection, On the Island, CBC, November 16, 2011

A proposed coal mine south of Courtenay is creating lots of controversy, including in the Port Alberni mayoralty race. Gregor gets the positions of the three candidates, Ken McRae, Jen Fisher-Bradley and John Douglas.

Raven coal mine should be election issue

Maggie Paquet, Times Colonist, November 15, 2011

Here are some questions that citizens in Port Alberni, and the other communities that will be affected by the proposed Raven coal project, deserve answers to from all candidates running in the municipal elections.

Energy and Mines Minister Rich Coleman on Voice of BC

Rich Coleman and Vaughn Palmer, Voice of BC, Oct 27, 2011

Rich Coleman on Voice of BCMinister of Energy, Mines and Housing talks to Vaughn Palmer about an array of interesting topics about electricity, natural gas, shale gas, mining, smart meters, carbon neutrality, deferral accounts, BC's GHG.

Denman islander worried about effects of proposed coal mine

Karen Turner, Comox Valley Record, October 6, 2011

Dear editor,

I am writing as a property owner for 34+ years in the Comox Valley.

I believe the Raven Coal Mine will negatively affect the Comox Valley region with:

  • Irreversible water pollution;
  • Disastrous affects upon our aquifer and the herring run;
  • Extreme harm to the oyster, which constitute a major portion of Canada’s oyster production;
  • Decreased tourism, which is a mainstay of the local economy.

FILM: DIRTY BUSINESS, the social/environmental cost of coal power. RESCHEDULED: now Oct 4.

World Community Film Series
7:30 p.m. Tuesday October 4th
North Island College Theatre, Courtenay

Admission by donation.

Earthquake off Island coast shakes variety of B.C. cities

Darrell Bellaart, Daily News, September 10, 2011

Nanaimo's McGirr Elementary was temporarily evacuated on Friday afternoon

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