October 14, 2014

B.C. to allow alcohol in grocery stores next spring

CTV: The provincial government says the sale of alcohol in grocery stores starting next spring will be part of a store-within-a-store model. In order to be eligible, 75 per cent of a grocery store’s sales must come from food, and it must be a minimum of 930 square metres. Big-box stores and convenience stores will not be permitted to sell alcohol.

Global: ”[W]e are signalling to the industry how our final grocery framework is shaping up, so they have certainty and time to prepare – and so that the option for one-stop shopping can be available to British Columbians this coming spring.” -Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton

October 14, 2014

Poll: Doug McCallum leads Surrey mayoral race

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An Insights West poll finds name recognition goes a long way for a former officeholder as Doug McCallum holds an early lead in Surrey’s mayoral race. McCallum, who leads the Safe Surrey Coalition, is polling at 40 per cent, ahead of Surrey First contender Linda Hepner (32%) and independent Barinder Rasode (20%) with five weeks before election day.

According to the online poll,  55% of respondents say crime is the most important issue facing the city—a 10-point increase since a survey conducted by Insights West in July.

October 10, 2014

Clark, Virk embark on Indian trade mission

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BC Newsroom: “Premier Christy Clark departs today on the India Trade Mission, and will be joined by Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk. They will be leading a delegation of over 70 companies and post-secondary institutions to reinforce B.C.’s economic and cultural ties with India, promote further investment in B.C. and expand exports as part of the BC Jobs Plan.”

“Throughout the trade mission from Oct. 9-18, 2014, which will make stops in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Bangalore and Mumbai, Clark and Virk will promote the strength of key B.C. sectors, including liquefied natural gas and other natural resources, clean technology, life sciences, film, digital arts and finance. The trade mission will also showcase B.C. as India’s fastest and most efficient gateway to North American markets.”

October 9, 2014

Kaslo village gets a mayoral challenge


Nelson Star: “Kaslo village Councillor Suzan Hewat is challenging incumbent Greg Lay for the mayor’s seat in this fall’s civic elections.”

“Lay has served two terms as mayor and was a councillor before that, while Hewat has served several terms as a councillor. She topped the polls in both 2011 and 2008. A third candidate is also expected to declare for mayor.”

October 9, 2014

Poll: 87% of BC supports assisted suicide


Vancouver Sun: “A new poll says 87 per cent of British Columbians support assisted dying, while across Canada 84 per cent of respondents think doctors should be allowed to help terminally ill people end their lives. The poll also found 80 per cent of all Christians support assisted dying, including 83 per cent of Catholics.”

“The survey, released ahead of a Supreme Court case hearing next week, was commissioned by Dying with Dignity Canada and conducted by Ipsos Reid.”

October 8, 2014

BC to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine

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BC Newsroom: “The B.C. government is providing assistance to the Ukraine with a $30,000 contribution for humanitarian aid and other supports. The funds will go to the B.C. chapter of the Canadian Red Cross Society, which has been responding to the crisis in the Ukraine since the onset of the unrest.”

“Our government, along with British Columbia’s Ukrainian community, is deeply concerned by the loss of life and injury being suffered by the people of the Ukraine as a result of the unrest,” said Premier Christy Clark. “We are contributing this humanitarian aid to provide much-needed medical aid in the region, and hope that a peace agreement can be implemented as soon as possible.”


October 6, 2014

Clark: B.C. requires temporary foreign workers

CBC: British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has accused federal politicians of “tragically misdirected” policies over the issue of temporary foreign workers, as she pushes for the thousands of skilled labourers needed for her envisioned liquefied natural gas industry. The B.C. Liberals also want to mitigate an expected dearth of labour, which will only grow larger if their LNG plans are successful.

“We should not think about people who come from across the world to British Columbia to work as being something less than the rest of us, so my advice to federal politicians is this: If you want to fix the temporary foreign workers program, maybe they should start with changing the name. Call them ‘potential new Canadians,’ because they’re coming here to help us build our country. The fact is that as we’re building (LNG), there’s going to be a spurt in the number of workers that are required. Those jobs will be temporary in nature.” -Christy Clark

October 5, 2014

Book Spotlight – Talk and Log: Wilderness Politics in British Columbia

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Jeremy Wilson - UBC Press

“Wilson’s book is epic in covering the events, strategies, and personalities that formed the basis of wilderness politics.”
– Briony Penn, BC Studies

For more than three decades, British Columbia’s old growth forests have been a major source of political conflict. In ‘Talk and Log,’ Jeremy Wilson presents a comprehensive account of the rise of the wilderness movement, examines the forest industry’s political strategies, and analyzes the inner workings of the policy process.

Wilson describes a number of major political battles, such as those resulting in preservation of South Moresby, the Carmanah, and the Valhalla wilderness, and investigates the factors that pushed the government towards a more comprehensive approach to expanding the protected areas system. He considers a wide range of forest policy developments and assesses the effectiveness of government and industry attempts to contain the wilderness movement. In the final part, he explores the Harcourt NDP government’s reform initiatives, including the Commission on Resources and Environment (CORE), the Protected Areas Strategy, and the Forest Practices Code.

‘Talk and Log’ illuminates the forces behind controversies that have divided British Columbians, preoccupied the provincial government, and drawn the attention of people across Canada and the world. By discussing the patterns and trends underlying the past three decades of wilderness politics, Wilson identifies the currents likely to dominate B.C. wilderness debates in decades to come.

You can borrow ‘Talk and Log’ from the following locations; Burnaby Public LibraryCapilano University LibrarySimon Fraser University LibraryThompson-Nicola Regional District LibraryUniversity of Victoria University Library

‘Talk and Log’ is available for purchase online at Amazon.caBarnes & Noble, and Chapters/Indigo.

September 28, 2014

National Energy Board denies Kinder Morgan motion in Burnaby


CTV: ”The National Energy Board has dismissed a motion by Kinder Morgan asking the federal regulator to forbid the City of Burnaby from blocking the company’s pipeline survey work. The motion was filed by Kinder Morgan earlier this month after Burnaby halted the company’s survey work, saying cutting down trees and boring large holes in the ground violate the city’s bylaws.”

“At issue is Burnaby’s opposition to the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline and Kinder Morgan’s proposal to tunnel through Burnaby Mountain in its attempt to survey a new pipeline route.”

Global: ”The decision means that Kinder Morgan cannot continue to do surveying work on Burnaby Mountain without the permission of the City of Burnaby, something which Mayor Derek Corrigan is vehemently opposed to.”