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Oceans' decline outpaces predictions, report says

The Associated Press, CBC News, Jun 21, 2011

Overfishing and habitat loss are biggest threats, followed by climate change

CoalWatch information table at the Shellfish Festival, Comox Marina

The CoalWatch information table at the
Shellfish Festival, Comox Marina, June 18, 2011
Photo: John Snyder

The Raven coal mine and Fathers Day

CoalWatch Comox Valley, June 18, 2011

The Monongah coal mine disaster of Monongah, West Virginia occurred on December 6, 1907.  Officially, the lives of 362 workers including children were lost in the underground explosion, leaving 250 widows and more than 1000 children fatherless.

Raven coal sparks heated council debate

Brian Wilford, Oceanside Star, June 16, 2011

Coal mine exhibit - Nanaimo MuseumThe federal and provincial governments are giving citizens until June 27 to submit their opinions on the proposed Raven underground coal mine, and the Town of Qualicum Beach intends to be heard.

Coal from the massive mine, about 20 kilometres south of Courtenay and inland from the shellfish industry in Baynes Sound, would likely be trucked to Port Alberni to be shipped to steel mills in China.

Coal issue begs questions

Robert Frankow, Alberni Valley News, June 16, 2011

To the Editor,

Is it naïve to think an environmental assessment can produce independent investigated results, or does government name the tune because they pay the piper?

Coal to hasten Alberni's death

Jim Irvine, Alberni Valley News, June 16, 2011

To the Editor,

Wakey, wakey, Port Alberni. You are dying a slow death. Where I come from in the prairies were some towns that are just road signs and others were offering town lots for a dollar to stay alive.

Triple colassal coal fossil

Rayana Erland, Alberni Valley News, June 16, 2011

To the Editor,

Internationally, Canada is known as a “colossal fossil” when it comes to climate change. In British Columbia, there are already 10 operating coal mines from East Kootenays to Campbell River, producing more than 26,000 million tons of coal yearly. That makes the province a double colossal fossil.

Times have changed, coal is adding to problem

C. McDonald, Alberni Valley Times, June 17, 2011

Re: "Reality desperately avoided by coal's critics," (Alberni Valley Times, June 13)

A suggestion — send Vancouver Island-wide petition against Raven Coal Mine

Dr. Sterling Desmond, Comox Valley Record, June 16, 2011

Dear editor,

Subject: Coal mine warnings related to 2010 Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) announcement by CSIS director.

The matter of this coal mine is completely political as noted by CSIS director Richard Fadden in a rare June 22, 2010, interview where he indicated that certain B.C. provincial and municipal politicians were being influenced by various Asian powers, one being China. This coal mine represents part of his message.

Does Raven Coal also own the blood?

Sylvia M. Hofstetter, Oceanside Star, June 16, 2011


In Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, Shylock insists on his pound of flesh and Portia wins the case because Shylock had not included the rights to any blood.

No to the Coal Mine

Amanda Vaughan, Comox Valley Echo, June 14, 2011

Open letter to Premier Christy Clark:

I am writing to express my complete opposition to the idea of the Raven Coal Mine, Fanny Bay, Vancouver Island. There are a number of reasons why I feel so strongly about this issue.

John Snyder with Suzanne Gregory on CHLY, Radio Malaspina

John Snyder, CHLY Radio Malaspina, June 7, 2011

Click here to listen to the discussion 
(if it doesn't stream to your computer, it will be a while as the large audio file downloads)


ACTION: Submit Draft AIR/EIS Comments by June 27

L A S T  C H A N C E
If postmarked by June 30

Choose 1A or 1B (or both)

1A. Select important points from Information for commenting on the Raven Draft AIR compiled by technical advisors to CoalWatch and AEC

1B. Read these documents:
    Updated Project Description
    Draft AIR Part A
    Draft AIR Part B
    Working Group Tracking Table


Postmarked by June 30

Rachel Shaw, BC EAO,
    PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt,
    Victoria BC V8W 9V1.



David Rovics on Denman Island, Friday, May 20

David Rovics, Denman Island Back Hall, Friday, May 20, 7:30 pm

Turn the sound up and listen to some of David Rovics' songs
Here At The End of the World     Song for Ginger Goodwin;     Cordova


Ron Sakolsky, Flagstone, May 2011

VOTE on May 2: a Message from CoalWatch

This message is a reminder to vote on May 2, 2011 for the candidate of your choice. CoalWatch Comox Valley Society will not be endorsing any candidates in this upcoming federal election.

The proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project is an important issue for Vancouver Island residents. CoalWatch's request for a more rigorous environmental assessment for the Raven Project, a so called independent review panel with public hearings, has garnered widespread public support and the support of numerous local governments.

Unfortunately, the incumbent MPs in the areas most impacted by the Raven Coal Mine Project, (John Duncan - Vancouver Island North) and (James Lunney - Nanaimo-Alberni), have NOT given their support to CoalWatch's call for an independent review panel with public hearings.

Again, this is not an endorsement for or against any candidate, but simply a statement of fact which you may consider when you cast your ballot.

Please cast your ballot for the candidate of your choice on May 2, 2011. Being able to cast a ballot for the candidate of your choice, is not only a civic duty, but a privilege, not to be taken lightly.

John Snyder, President
CoalWatch Comox Valley Society
April 28, 2011

Could coal company avoid industrial mistakes of Comox Valley's past?

Phil Harrison, Comox Valley Record, April 27, 2011

Dear editor,

I'm a supporter of responsible development.

NDP candidate challenges Tory about coal mine

Contributed, Comox Valley Record, April 12, 2011


JOHN SNYDER and others protest outside John Duncan's new election campaign office in Courtenay. (Mark Allan)


Federal NDP candidate Ronna-Rae Leonard is backing community calls for a stronger environmental assessment into the proposed coal mine in Comox Valley.

And she's challenging Conservative MP John Duncan to finally speak out on behalf of the community.

One response to theft of No Coal Mine signs

No Coal Mine sign set in a trapOne Fanny Bay neighbour's response to the theft of No Coal Mine signs in recent days.

Photo taken by John Snyder, April 1, 2011

Sign-thieves stole right to expression

Delores Broten, Comox Valley Record, March 29, 2011

Dear editor,

The people who stole the No Coal Mine signs around Fanny Bay and the Valley stole more than just some pieces of plastic that were private property.

In sneaking up people’s driveways in the dark, they also stole those folks’ peace of mind and sense of security.

Whoever stole anti-coal mine signs just strengthening opponents' resolve

Wendy Keating, Comox Valley Record, March 29, 2011

Dear editor,

I am writing today because I am one of many Fanny Bay residents who has contacted the RCMP to report a theft.

In the late hours of Saturday night someone went onto private property and removed every single No Coal Mine sign they could find throughout the Ships Point and Island Highway area.

Coal mine stance clarified

Heather Carr, Comox Valley Record, March 29, 2011

Dear editor,

Let me clarify my stance on coal mine versus no coal mine.

It is only the decision to look at and try alternative energy that I am asking we "emulate." And that Germany realized they should not dig another coal mine was the brilliance!

CBC: Geological Disasters: Simon Winchester & Jerry Thompson

The Current, CBC, March 24, 2011

Simon Winchester has written extensively about geological disasters from Krakatoa to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. We talk to him about the situation in Japan and what he thinks the earth might have in store for us next.

Cascadian Subduction ZoneJerry Thompson is the author of Cascadia's Fault: The Deadly Earthquake That Will Devastate North America

Click here to listen to Part Three
Simon Winchester: 0:00 - 10:10, 19:50 - 24:50
Jerry Thompson: 10:10 - 19:50

... especially Port Alberni. Poor Port Alberni that got hit so badly in 1964 by the tsunami that came from Alaska. This wave which comes from Cascadia will be directly off the end of the Alberni Inlet and that's a fjord that starts on the west side of the island and aims right at the heart of Vancouver Island so that wave would come barrelling down Alberni Inlet like a wrecking ball and hit the city of Port Alberni.

How likely is this to happen? 100%

When? If they're 240 years apart and the last one was 311 years ago ... we've got a problem.  The overall average for full margin ruptures from one end of the fault to the other is about 480 years. The official odds are a 37% chance for the southern end of the fault to break in the next 50 years, and 10% chance for entire fault to break in the next 50 years.

Japan quake raises stakes for Baynes Sound coal mine proposal

Peggy Zimmerman, Comox Valley Record, March 24, 2011

Dear editor,

As the next public comment period approaches for the proposed Raven underground coal mine, both the pro and anti groups are gathering their diverse arguments.

What Does Japan's Quake Mean for the U.S.?

Simon Winchester, Newsweek, March 24, 2011

With a column I wrote recently, I seem to have helped reignite a debate that enrages many geophysicists: Do quakes occur in clusters—and if so, what does Japan's portend for the U.S.? The answer remains far from clear.

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