VANCOUVER, B.C. - Environmental groups are praising the vote today in the House of Commons in support of a legislated tanker ban for Canada's Pacific North Coast. The motion was put forward by Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen whose riding includes the Great Bear Rainforest and thousands of coastal jobs that depend on a healthy marine environment.
"After years spent working to protect the coast and support sustainable livelihoods, the people of British Columbia do not want the imminent risk of an oil spill to destroy it all," said Nikki Skuce of ForestEthics. "Polls show that 80 per cent of British Columbians support a tanker ban -- this vote showed that most of our politicians are listening."
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Beneath Alaska, between the islands of Haida Gwaii and the northern British Columbia coast, is the wide but shallow Hecate Strait. Originally termed Seegaay by the Haida, Captain George Henry Richards, affixed the name Hecate to the strait in the early 1860s. Hecate was a Greek goddess associated with magic and crossroads, a governess of the wilderness and liminal regions where the spirits interact with the living.
The title has proved an appropriate one for the region. The north coast is unique, famous for its Kermode or spirit bears, a rare and regionally isolated white variant of the black bear that haunts the local forests. Even the woods themselves are rare, as temperate rainforests such as the Great Bear Rainforest cover less than one per cent of the earth's surface.
Oct 1, 2010, Village of Queen Charlotte
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1, 2010
(WHISTER) Today at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities annual convention in Whistler delegates from B.C. municipalities resoundingly voted in opposition to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and oil tanker traffic on B.C.‘s north coast.
"I am overwhelmed and very grateful to the delegates of the UBCM for standing up for coastal communities on an issue that has provincial and national significance," said Leslie Johnson, a councillor with the Village of Queen Charlotte.
"Understanding of the issue is growing, and that is leading to stronger opposition across the province," said Carol Kulesha, Mayor of the Village of Queen Charlotte.
May 27, 2010 | For Immediate Release
SOINTULA, B.C. - On May 27 Enbridge escalated conflict on the coast when they took steps to break the First Nations ban on tanker traffic by applying to the federal government for approval of their Northern Gateway pipeline.
"Enbridge poses a grave threat to the future of coastal First Nations' way of life," says Art Sterritt, Executive Director of the Coastal First Nations. "We will not allow Enbridge to do to us what BP has done to the people of Louisiana."
Sterritt said Enbridge is unfamiliar with the strength and commitment of B.C.'s First Nations.
"We do not intend to lose this fight. We are not willing to roll the dice with our children's future. The stakes are too high."
"We do not believe any proposal should transform Vancouver into a major port for oil export." With these words, B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix marked Earth Day on Monday by explaining his party's opposition to Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion plans.
This announcement was welcome news -- a nice Earth Day Kinder (Morgan) surprise. Unfortunately, the B.C. Liberals and Christy Clark have yet to make their position on Kinder Morgan and the Enbridge Northern Gateway proposal clear at all.