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Localizing our economy makes most sense

Ann McIvor, Alberni Valley Times, July 20, 2012

The Raven coal project is on schedule despite very little public support and qualified science advising against the obvious risks.

Screening of Dirty Business, Port Alberni, July 18

Dirty Business, a film about the coal industry.

7:00 pm Wednesday, July 18

Char's Landing, 4815 Argyle Street, Port Alberni

Sponsored by Alberni Valley Transition Town in Port Alberni. There is no admission charge, but any donations to help defray the cost of the venue and the DVD would be most gratefully accepted.

Port authority hasn't hit the road yet

Chris Alemany, Alberni Valley News, July 13 2012

On June 19, I sent a letter to the Mayor, ACRD and Port Alberni Port Authority CEO Brad Madelung asking them to, “provide to me, or post online or in hard copy at [their] offices, any and all documents created or discussed by the regional transportation committee or submitted to the Ministry of Transportation... before July 1.”

No ‘update’ from Tapics

Graham Hughes, Alberni Valley News, July 13, 2012

Regarding the July 9 city council meeting: am I the only one who finds it alarming that John Tapics of Compliance Coal, who was “in attendance to provide an update on the Raven Underground Coal Project”, presented the exact same presentation given at the chamber of commerce meeting more than a month ago? No updates. None.

Raven offers no new info at update

Julie Bertrand, Alberni Valley Times, July 11, 2012

Residents for and against project attend council meeting to have their voices heard and get informed

Council chambers were packed on Monday night as Compliance Energy Corp. president and CEO John Tapics came back to city hall to give an update on the Raven Underground Coal Project to City of Port Alberni council.

During his presentation, Tapics said nothing has changed and the company is waiting to receive environmental impact assessments from the federal and provincial governments.

There may be better ways to find 21 jobs

Editorial, Alberni Valley Times. June 15, 2012

For six years, Compliance Energy Corporation has been talking about developing a coal mine close to Buckley Bay on the east coast of Vancouver Island and using Port Alberni as their shipping centre.

Coal port could mean big boost, but at what cost?

Heather Thomson, Alberni Valley Times, June 14, 2012

Compliance Coal Corporation CEO John Tapics told a group gathered to hear him speak in Port Alberni that locating a coal port in the city would create valuable opportunities for the Alberni Valley.

Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser does not agree. He said the message his constituents are passing on to him is that they do not want the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project to move forward.

Residents protest at coal update in Alberni

By Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, Alberni Valley News, June 13, 2012

A colourful protest outside the Best Western Barclay Hotel greeted Compliance Coal CEO John Tapics as he prepared to give a keynote address to the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday afternoon.

Ellen Chambers was one of 30 people who walked with signs and costumes protesting the Raven Coal Mine project.

Vocal protesters want raven coal project killed

Alyson McAndrews, Alberni Valley Times, June 13, 2012

No coal at any cost in Port Alberni. That was the message a group of protesters wanted Compliance Coal CEO John Tapics to receive when he visited Port Alberni, Wednesday. About 30 people assembled in front of the Best Western Barclay Hotel where Tapics was addressing the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Raven Coal port survey is statistically valid

Jane Armstrong, Alberni Valley Times, April 20 2012

Re: "Spinoffs from Raven Coal project beneficial," (Alberni Times, April 12)

The author states that "most of the protestors are not even local citizens."

In fact, a statistically valid survey on the Raven Coal port proposal supervised by university lecturer and sociologist Dr. Joan Kuyec found 75% of Port Alberni residents opposed to the coal port, 11.9% in favour and 12.8% undecided.

Coal mine is not the future of our valleys

John Snyder, Alberni Valley Times, 18 Apr 2012

Re: "Changes must be made to keep jobs on the Island," (Alberni Valley Times, April 16)

In Ms. McComb's recent letter "Changes must be made to keep jobs on the Island," she seems to be making the case that the proposed Raven Coal Mine project is the key to future growth and prosperity in our communities and the beacon of hope for young workers and their families.

Future of Valley is not healthier with coal

Stacey Gaiga, Alberni Valley Times, April 17, 2012

Re: "Spinoffs from Raven Coal project beneficial," (Alberni Valley Times, April 12)

City hall hears coal project air quality concerns

Alyson McAndrews, Alberni Valley Times, February 29, 2012

Close to 20 Port Alberni residents came to City Hall Monday night to support a presentation on concerns about the environmental assessment process for the Raven Underground Coal project.

Coal project is not a good idea for Port Alberni

Alex Kaniak, Alberni Valley Times, March 01, 2012

Presently, the only proposal by Raven Coal is by truck, three btrains per hour, coming and going, 24/7, past the hospital, restaurants and through residential areas to be stockpiled beside a residential area with all road repair costs paid for by public taxes.

Port Alberni Air Quality Presentation, City Hall, Monday, Feb 27, 7pm

Ellen Chambers will present on air quality in Port Alberni, discussing concerns which already exist with the city's air quality, in the context of the proposal to make the harbour a coal port.

If you are concerned about air quality, the future of Port Alberni, climate change and the coal port proposal, come view the presentation, and support Ellen Chambers.

Seating is limited. Get there early.

Ellen Chambers
Port Alberni Council
Monday, February 27, at 7:00 pm

We should be concerned over Raven's road choice

J. Mercer, Alberni Valley Times, January 13, 2012

I have a question we should be asking Raven Coal if this has not already been asked?

The question is, "Why can Raven Coal not locate their facility at the old Link Mill site out at Cameron shop area?" This site was built for a mill.

Alternatives may exist, but port plan is set

John Snyder, Alberni Valley Times, January 11, 2012

Re: "Surveys and polls often ask the wrong questions," (Alberni Valley Times, Monday, Jan. 9)

In Mr. Cole's recent letter, he speculates on an alternative route for the transport of coal as part of the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project, and also mentions Polly's Point (Coulson's mill site) as an alternative coal port location.

Coal company needs to pay for truck route

Selkirk McPhail, Alberni Valley Times, January 06, 2012

Most of us will agree that the truck traffic problem in Port Alberni is not new.

Ironically, now that Raven Coal is looming closer on the horizon, the movers and shakers are doing just that - moving and shaking.

Public is strongly opposed to Raven project

Julia Caranci, Alberni Valley Times, November 10, 2011

Hundreds of area residents have voiced strong opposition to the construction of a proposed new coal mine near the Buckley Bay ferry terminal, using Port Alberni as the preferred transfer port.

And a second opportunity for public input starts Nov. 15.

Survey reveals concerted rejection of coal

Shayne Morrow, Alberni Valley Times, November 07, 2011

The Alberni Environmental Coalition has released the results of its detailed survey to establish the level of public support for the development of Port Alberni as a coal port.

Coal port rejected by majority: Poll

Media Release, Alberni Environmental Coalition, November 3, 2011

For Immediate Distribution

For the past six months community volunteers have worked with the Alberni Environmental Coalition (AEC) to conduct a survey of Port Alberni residents to establish the level of support for the development of Port Alberni as a coal port. This survey was done under the direction of Dr. Joan Kuyek, socio-economic researcher contracted by the AEC through Participatory Funding from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The survey is part of a larger socio-economic analysis of the Raven Coal proposal to establish a coal terminal in Port Alberni. This representative survey shows that Port Alberni residents are overwhelmingly against the establishing a coal port in the community. 75% of adults surveyed are against the coal port, 11.9 % support the project and 12.8% are undecided. High school students and business owners were also surveyed separately with similar results.

Labour Council booth at the Port Alberni Fall Fair

John Snyder, CoalWatch, September 11, 2011

Port Alberni Fall Fair

The Port Alberni and District Labour Council (PADLC ) booth at the Alberni District Fall Fair in Port Alberni. This years booth spotlighted the PADLC opposition to the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project, and the proposed coal storage and shipping facility in Port Alberni. Photo taken on September 10, 2011 by John Snyder.

Council needs to follow lead and go against coal

Stacey Gaiga, Alberni Valley Times, August 09, 2011

Even if a coal port facility was located "outside city limits," it wouldn't solve or prevent the toxic effects it would have on ocean life.

Not right place for coal

Chris Massop, Alberni Valley Times, July 25, 2011

A lot of voices recently about coal - the pros and cons, the yes and the no and a lot of people just don't care (the very typical apathetic norm).

Once we step into this we're not going to wash it away with a garden hose. Environmental risks are not uncommon in many communities, but are the adverse effects of new industrial activity so close to one of our main tourist areas worth it?

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