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Protest against Raven Coal Mine at annual Blackberry Fair Parade

News Release, Denman Opposes Coal, September 5, 2011

Denman Island's Blackberry Fair - photo by Graham HaymanFor the second year in a row, the Denman Blackberry Fair Parade was dominated by opposition to the proposed Raven Coal Mine. The bright yellow “Denman Opposes Coal” banner led a long line of representatives from various “interest groups” through downtown Denman Island to the applause and cheers of onlookers.

CoalWatch at the Lighthouse Fall Fair

CoalWatch News, September 4, 2011

Coalwatch booth at the Lighthouse Country Fall Fair in Qualicum Bay

CoalWatch booth at the Lighthouse Country Fall Fair in Qualicum Bay,
September 3, 2011. Photo courtesy John Snyder.

The great oyster crash

Eric Scigliano, OnEarth, 18 Aug 2011

Oysters, Photo by Min LeeIn the summer of 2007, something strange and troubling happened at the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on Netarts Bay in Oregon, which raises oyster larvae for shellfish growers from Mexico to Canada. The hatchery's "seed," as the oyster larvae are called, began dying by the millions, for no apparent reason.

Families first should be considered in Comox

Steve Ireland, Alberni Valley Times, August 16, 2011

With Premier Christy Clark's "families first" slogan being called into question lately, I'd like to point to a golden opportunity for her government to shore up support in the Comox Valley.

Residents are facing an uphill battle to stop the opening of an underground coal mine near Fanny Bay.

Orcas spotted off Deep Bay during sport fishing trip

Contributed, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, August 09, 2011

Orcas off Deep BayAt around 12 noon on Saturday, August 6, a boatload of anglers were amazed to see a pod of Orca whales near their vessel.

According to Bobbie Baldwin of Bowser, the group were sport fishing on their own boat — C.E.O. of Nothing — in Lambert Channel, between Denman and Hornby islands, when they spotted the pod.

Coal power plant expansion challenged in court

By Rebecca Penty, Calgary Herald, August 3, 2011

Applicants charge approval allows sidestepping of future federal rules

Chris Severson-BakerCALGARY — Environmental groups opposed to a coal power plant expansion in western Alberta have launched court action against the provincial utilities regulator and the local proponent, arguing approval of the project was fast-tracked so it could skirt forthcoming federal coal rules.

The Pembina Institute, backed by the environmental legal advisory organization Ecojustice, is seeking to appeal the Alberta Utilities Commission’s June 30 interim approval of Maxim Power Corp.’s 500-megawatt Milner expansion near Grande Cache.

see Ottawa faces crucial test fight against coal

Contact elected reps to have voices heard

John Snyder, Alberni Valley Times, July 28, 2011

With the public consultation period on the proposed massive coal mine near Fanny Bay now completed, a review of the submitted comments paints a clear picture. An overwhelming majority of the nearly 4,800 written submissions thus far in the two comment periods oppose or have concerns about the proposed coal mine project. The common thread in the recent public meetings held in Courtenay, Port Alberni and Union Bay was this coal mine proposal is not what the residents in the Comox Valley and Port Alberni see as a vision for sustainable development in our communities.

Will 'Super, natural B.C.' be here for your kids?

James Walker, Times-Colonist, July 24, 2011

Province needs a 50-year vision to protect wilderness and wildlife

The province's auditor general has highlighted the need for improvement in the monitoring of environmental assessment projects and much more due diligence.

Fight Over Coal Mine

Fight over Coal Mine - CBC News

A coal mine proposed for Vancouver Island's Comox Valley is pitting the need for jobs against the environment, the CBC's Stephen Smart reports

CBC News, July 20 2011

Coal mine atmosphere difficult to understand in paradise

A. Darbyshire, Comox Valley Record, July 14, 2011

Dear editor,

I have lived in Comox since September 2010, and feel I have come to paradise.

It’s a beautiful place with every convenience. Everyone is so friendly and there is an easy-going atmosphere. I love it.

Here's a bouquet, Christy — now wake up and smell the roses

Max Maxted, Comox Valley Record, July 14, 2011

Dear editor,

A bouquet of roses to Premier Christy Clark for her thoughts on "What can the government do to make families healthy and whole." Now I just wish she would wake up and smell those roses.

Opposition to Compliance Energy’s Raven Coal Mine Project appears universal

Malcolm McColl, First Nation Voices, Summer 2011

Lands and waters of the Inside Passage on the west coast had two national entities. The Coast Salish from mid-Vancouver Island to the Malahat on the south who would face Kwak Kwak A’wak tribes directly to the north. The Salish Sea of the Inside Passage was their seafood banquet from time immemorial. At the north end of the Salish Sea the Pentlatch people were of the Coast Salish Nation.

More than hollow assurances needed about Baynes Sound mine

Scott Fraser, Comox Valley Record, July 12, 2011

Dear editor,

Thank you for the July 7 editorial and comment piece about the Raven Coal Project.

Island coal mine poses great risks

By Jack Thornburgh, Times Colonist, July 10, 2011

From minehead for the proposed Raven coal mine near Union Bay to the coal port in Port Alberni, and all along the route in between, this proposal is riddled with hazards.

First Nation sets coal mine back by opposing

Stacey Gaiga, Alberni Valley Times, July 11, 2011

Bad news for Raven Coal last week after the K'omoks First Nation announced their opposition to the proposed Raven Coal Mine.

Worried about government's disconnect with nature

Lynne Wheeler, Comox Valley Record, July 7, 2011

Dear editor,

I am writing as a concerned citizen of British Columbia.

I am not a left wing environmental freak. I am a solid citizen of B.C.

I own my own home, I have a full-time job and pay taxes. I am a mother, a grandmother, a worker, and a volunteer.

Mine would have negative effect

Judy Leblanc, Comox Valley Echo, July 08, 2011

Re: Christy Clark's recent comments about the proposed Raven Coal Mine.

My husband and I bought our waterfront property in Fanny Bay when real estate was still affordable on this island. For years on weekends and holidays, my family has enjoyed this small piece of paradise, where my husband and I hope to one day retire.

Why stop at just mining coal?

Herbert Sullivan, Parksville-Qualicum Beach News, July 1, 2011

Steven Heywood in his editorial (The News, June 24), suggested that the Town of Qualicum Beach should take no part in the issue of the Raven Mine because the coal-carrying trucks will go around the town rather than through it.

Baynes Sound coal mine would come with lasting environmental damage

Lynne Wheeler, Comox Valley Record, July 1, 2011

Dear editor,

I like to believe that the majority of people who live in the Comox Valley care about their environment.

The reason many of us moved here was for the natural beauty of the place, the fresh clean air, the pure water and the wonderful recreational activities.

Save a coal mine, plant a tree?

John Snyder, Comox Valley Echo, July 01, 2011

Recently, while reviewing the Updated Project Description for the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project, I came across the following:

"Estimated methane emissions from the mine aT 127,500 cubic meters per day." The following are calculations I did based on those estimates on methane emissions:

Despite meetings, mine seems a done deal

Sylvia M. Hofstetter, Oceanside Star, June 30, 2011


Re. 'Raven Coal sparks heated council debate,' (Star, June 16).

During the last two years or so, sparks have been flying around at coal meetings in our civic centre, at numerous Vancouver Island public hearings and now, thanks to Coun. Barry Avis, ignited in council.

Complaints abound about proposed coal mine

Heather McLean, Comox Valley Record, June 29, 2011

Dear editor,

Re: Proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine, Bear Deposit and Anderson Lake project of Compliance Energy.

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