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NorthReport

Looks like John Horgan is about to receive a gift from heaven! 

https://thetyee.ca/News/2018/09/07/BC-Rural-Party-Threaten-Liberals/

bekayne

NorthReport wrote:

Looks like John Horgan is about to receive a gift from heaven! 

https://thetyee.ca/News/2018/09/07/BC-Rural-Party-Threaten-Liberals/

The Hayseed Party Of B.C.

quizzical

hey i live in rural BC and call bs on the negative labeling of hay seed.

this is the rural evangelical movement  stepping out i'm betting.

bekayne

quizzical wrote:

hey i live in rural BC and call bs on the negative labeling of hay seed.

this is the rural evangelical movement  stepping out i'm betting.

I'm from Kelowna, it was a bit tongue in cheek.

NorthReport

Has BC Speaker Darryl Plecas just assured BC NDP Premier John Horgan and the BC NDP Government of a second term?  

More bad news for the BC Liberals and this time it looks really bad!

Let's have an election now in BC!!!

B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson looks foolish in wake of legislature spending scandal

 

In the media, however, Plecas is coming across as a brave public servant.

To many, it looks like he was willing to risk his career to protect the interests of taxpayers.

And it appears that he was willing to take action when his predecessors as speaker, B.C. Liberal MLA Linda Reid and former B.C. Liberal MLA Bill Barisoff, stood by idly.

It's worth noting that the federal Liberal candidate in Burnaby South, Richard T. Lee, was deputy speaker of the B.C. legislature from 2015 until he was defeated in 2017.

This means there could be blowback against him, too, when supporters of the other candidates are knocking on doors in the riding.

On the federal side, the biggest beneficiary could turn out to be NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who's running against Lee.

The federal Liberal candidate in the Burnaby South by-election, Richard T. Lee, was deputy speaker of the B.C. legislature from 2015 to 2017.

The federal Liberal candidate in the Burnaby South by-election, Richard T. Lee, was deputy speaker of the B.C. legislature from 2015 to 2017.

CHARLIE SMITH

B.C. Liberal leader said Plecas was "out of control"

The politician with the most to lose in this situation is B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson.

After James and Lenz were placed on administrative leave and escorted out of the legislature, Wilkinson led a rearguard action to try to discredit Plecas and his aide, Alan Mullen.

Mullen conducted the initial probe before turning over his findings to the RCMP. He claimed yesterday that everything in Plecas's report is documented with receipts.

That wasn't how the B.C. Liberals were spinning this late last year.

"There is a grave concern that the speaker is out of control," Wilkinson was quoted in theTimes Colonist on November 26. "We need to be concerned that he's building his own little empire, staffed with expensive lawyers, with investigators with no credentials and he's being allowed to get away with it."

Here's another quote from the same article: "We have a real problem if we have the Speaker off in his own realm because the Speaker is nothing more than the referee in this chamber. And if he thinks he's going to run a parallel government with an investigative arm and a legal arm, we have to stop that behaviour.”

This is pure campaign gold for the NDP in the January 30 Nanaimo by-election. Advance voting begins today.

 

https://www.straight.com/news/1191201/bc-liberal-leader-andrew-wilkinson...

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B.C. approves 314 new cutblocks in endangered caribou habitat over last five months

The B.C. government approved 314 new logging cutblocks in the critical habitat of southern mountain caribou over the past five months, while simultaneously negotiating conservation plans to protect the highly endangered species, according to maps released Thursday by the Wilderness Committee.

The new cutblocks cover almost 16,000 hectares in total, an area almost eight times the size of the city of Victoria.

The Wilderness Committee discovered a sharp spike in logging approvals in the critical habitat of B.C.’s eight most imperilled caribou herds, where last October the group documented an additional 83 new cutblocks covering an area the equivalent of 11 Stanley Parks in size.

“On the one hand B.C. says it’s protecting caribou while on the other they’re handing out permits to log habitat as fast as they can,” said Charlotte Dawe, the Wilderness Committee’s conservation and policy campaigner.

“It’s as if the B.C. government is holding a clear out sale for logging companies to ‘get it while you can!’ It’s the great caribou con from our very own B.C. government.”.....

nicky

A federal by-election in Nanaimo has just been set for May 6.

i wd be interested in any information on prospects from our BC correspondents.

quizzical

NDP don't have a nominated candidate yet.

Chief Bob Chamberlin has put his name forward for nomination though and imv he will get it.

Liberals have Nanaimo Port Authority Chair Michelle Corfield who is also well known in the Indigenous community though not as locally.

both Conservative parties have candidates but i doubt they will factor in.

 

bekayne

quizzical wrote:

NDP don't have a nominated candidate yet.

Chief Bob Chamberlin has put his name forward for nomination though and imv he will get it.

Liberals have Nanaimo Port Authority Chair Michelle Corfield who is also well known in the Indigenous community though not as locally.

both Conservative parties have candidates but i doubt they will factor in.

 

Will Paul Manly run for the Greens again?

Edit:

https://www.facebook.com/VoteforPaulManly/

quizzical

too bad he is imv.

Aristotleded24

I hope Manley takes the seat for the Greens. It would serve the NDP right after what they did to him in 2015.

quizzical

won't happen he maxed out last time all it will do is give the seat to the Liberals.

but hey i guess your politics is framed by meanspiritedness and what you believe is better for others not those who actually you know live there.

Aristotleded24

And what the NDP did to him in 2015 wasn't mean-spirited in the slightest? Perhaps if the NDP starts to feel the consequences of its bad behaviour, maybe said behaviour will stop.

Aristotleded24

quizzical wrote:
but hey i guess your politics is framed by meanspiritedness and what you believe is better for others not those who actually you know live there.

This is a political discussion board where we comment on politics all over the place, even in places we've never visited firsthand. But if you want to get personal this way, let's go back to the 2016 election in Manitoba. You attacked me (in what I felt at the time was a meanspirited way) for expressing displeasure with the NDP government, even though Manitoba is my home province and I have seen firsthand how that government utterly failed the very people the NDP claims to represent. Is partisan politics and protecting the NDP more important to you than other things?

My belief in the statement of principles on the back of the NDP memberhsip card has never wavered or faltered. I want the NDP to live up to that, and when they are not, I want them to experience the consequences and learn from it.

quizzical

life better for you there Aristotled under your current government?

na it's not but hey you just keep on being holier than thou and see where the world ends up.

bekayne

quizzical wrote:

won't happen he maxed out last time all it will do is give the seat to the Liberals.

It was 33-23-23-20 last time, so no.

quizzical

bekayne wrote:

quizzical wrote:

won't happen he maxed out last time all it will do is give the seat to the Liberals.

It was 33-23-23-20 last time, so no.

 

gd stuff ty makes me feel a bit better 

quizzical

bekayne wrote:

quizzical wrote:

won't happen he maxed out last time all it will do is give the seat to the Liberals.

It was 33-23-23-20 last time, so no.

 

gd stuff ty makes me feel a bit better 

Ken Burch

quizzical wrote:

won't happen he maxed out last time all it will do is give the seat to the Liberals.

but hey i guess your politics is framed by meanspiritedness and what you believe is better for others not those who actually you know live there.

Look, quizzical, I'd vote NDP if I lived in Nanaimo-but can you not see that there was no possible justification for Mulcair to bar Paul Manly from seeking the NDP nomination there in 2015?  That, rather than demonizing Manly for doing what anyone would have done in response to the treatment Mulcair inflicted on him for his principles-for a choice which essentially made it impossible for Manly to continue to work in electoral politics at all, to continue to work within the NDP for anything he cared about in any capacity at all-that Singh should have contacted him after replacing Mulcair as leader, admitted that what Mulcair did was wrong, apologized for it and invited him back?  I wish Paul wasn't running for the Greens myself, but after what was done, what other choices did he have besides just plain leaving politics?  It's not as though the party had any right to ask him to just support the candidate Mulcair permitted to be nominated and just stay in?  You wouldn't remain in any party that ever did anything like that to you, and I can't think of anybody anywhere who ever did stay loyal to a group that treated that person in that way.  

Manly's choice this time is the result of the NDP refusing to admit it treated him unjustly and refusing to do anything to make amends.

Ken Burch

quizzical wrote:

bekayne wrote:

quizzical wrote:

won't happen he maxed out last time all it will do is give the seat to the Liberals.

It was 33-23-23-20 last time, so no.

 

gd stuff ty makes me feel a bit better 

If anything, Manly might knock the Liberals into third or fourth place.  The key thing is that, this time, the NDP needs to nominate a candidate who speaks to the issues Manly stands for-none of which are things that would do the party any harm.

NorthReport

Majority NDP Government here we come?

Maybe it’s time for Premier John Horgan to call a election

https://beta.ctvnews.ca/local/british-columbia/2019/3/25/1_4351789.html

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Police Still Secretly Tracking TransLink Riders? Yes, Even More

What happened after The Tyee exposed that TransLink increasingly was handing over data about its riders to police without informing customers or requiring any warrants?

That was in August 2017.

A follow-up Tyee investigation finds police tracking of TransLink riders has since intensified.

And a probe by B.C.’s Information and Privacy Commissioner triggered by The Tyee’s report quietly wrapped up four months ago without telling the public or resulting in any new safeguards.

The fact the data sharing continues without any moves to protect riders’ privacy or ability to know is “tremendously disappointing,” said Micheal Vonn, policy director for the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association.

But TransLink emphasized that the province’s investigation concluded the transit authority broke no laws by secretly sharing customers’ information with police.

TransLink’s data can reveal to police, without the rider’s knowledge, their name, email address, phone number and every trip taken with a Compass card or fare purchased from a kiosk with a credit or debit card.

In July 2017, TransLink responded to a Tyee freedom of information request saying it had received 132 police requests for such information, granting 82. The number of times law enforcers sought and received such information had risen since 2016. In the whole of that year, police had made 147 requests and were granted 111.

In 2015, The Tyee learned, TransLink fielded only 16 such requests, granting 10.....

Policywonk

Ken Burch wrote:

quizzical wrote:

bekayne wrote:

quizzical wrote:

won't happen he maxed out last time all it will do is give the seat to the Liberals.

It was 33-23-23-20 last time, so no.

 

gd stuff ty makes me feel a bit better 

If anything, Manly might knock the Liberals into third or fourth place.  The key thing is that, this time, the NDP needs to nominate a candidate who speaks to the issues Manly stands for-none of which are things that would do the party any harm.

I live in the riding and I think Manly is going to win fairly easily by taking votes from both the NDP and the Liberals. The Conservatives will be hampered by the People's Party, who will win some votes. There are more than enough former NDP supporters that are unhappy enough with how Manly was treated in 2015 who in the absence of a local candidate would vote Green. I agree the Liberals may finish fourth though. Their second place showing in 2015 was a result of national trends and not because of any great federal Liberal strength here. 

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The NDP screwed up with Paul Manly. There was no way he was going to get the nomination so they could have just let it play out. However, I do wonder if there was some local issue with his candidacy, there sure wasn't a big fight from the local party to have him on the ballot.

Policywonk

Pogo wrote:

The NDP screwed up with Paul Manly. There was no way he was going to get the nomination so they could have just let it play out. However, I do wonder if there was some local issue with his candidacy, there sure wasn't a big fight from the local party to have him on the ballot.

I think it would have been an interesting nomination fight with no guarantee that he would win, as Sheila Malcolmson had a lot of support. Your speculations are groundless; there was no local issue that I'm aware of. 

Aristotleded24

Pogo wrote:
The NDP screwed up with Paul Manly. There was no way he was going to get the nomination so they could have just let it play out. However, I do wonder if there was some local issue with his candidacy, there sure wasn't a big fight from the local party to have him on the ballot.

All the more reason for the NDP Establishment to sit back and let it play out on its own, if he wasn't going to win anyways. Now there is an apperance and perception of interference and meddling (fair or not) and that has left a bitter taste in the mouths of many.

Lifelong party members quit their parties over things like this. This is also one of many boneheaded decisions the party has made regarding candidate selections in the last many years. Why can't the NDP Establishment seem to learn from their mistakes?

NorthReport

I expect the NDP will win here

NorthReport

Brilliant!

 

You start a company intending it to be a “force for good” by being environmentally or socially responsible. What protects that mission down the line, when new investors gain control?

Nothing in most of Canada. But a new law in British Columbia locks in your intent.

 

https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/05/22/BC-First-For-Good-Businesses/

NorthReport

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R.E.Wood

What is wrong with BC's NDP/Green government? Why is it allowing this to happen? (This story is from April 17, so I'm sorry if it's been posted elsewhere before)

B.C. Quietly Grants Mount Polley Mine Permit to Pipe Mine Waste Directly Into Quesnel Lake​

https://thenarwhal.ca/b-c-quietly-grants-mount-polley-mine-permit-pipe-m...

NorthReport

Wood's post 232 just above:   The Liberal Government was in power..............Oops!

Some background on Mount Polley

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/03/31/Who-Pays-for-Mount-Polley-Spill/

NorthReport

 

[quote]The BC Liberals spent half the session on a misinformation campaign to blame Premier John Horgan for high gas prices. On May 30, the final day, they renewed their bid to overthrow Speaker Darryl Plecas while he was taking steps to protect information after data and documents had gone missing amid a police investigation of corruption at the Legislature.

BC Liberal house leader Mary Polak released notes from a private meeting she had the night before with Plecas and representatives of the other two parties.

“I don’t know how you rebuild trust when something like that happened,” Weaver said in an interview[\quote]

https://thebreaker.news/opinion/podcast-85/

jerrym

R.E.Wood wrote:

What is wrong with BC's NDP/Green government? Why is it allowing this to happen? (This story is from April 17, so I'm sorry if it's been posted elsewhere before)

B.C. Quietly Grants Mount Polley Mine Permit to Pipe Mine Waste Directly Into Quesnel Lake​

https://thenarwhal.ca/b-c-quietly-grants-mount-polley-mine-permit-pipe-m...

Please read the article. The date on the article is April 17, 2017. The BC Liberals were in power at the time. The election was on May 9, 2017 and the NDP government, with the support of the Greens, did not take power until July 18th, 2017 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/41st_Parliament_of_British_Columbia). So this was a BC Liberal decision done on the quiet during the election, not a NDP/Green decision. 

The NDP passed legislation in September 2017, two months after taking power that ended corporate and union election funding: "The government passed legislation in 2017 that forbid corporate and union donations to political parties and set a cap on maximum personal donations of $1,225 a year." (https://vancouversun.com/news/politics/b-c-ndp-lead-political-fundraisin...)

It is not a coincidence now that corporations are banned from donating to political parties that the provincial NDP lead in political donations in BC as of this February 2019 article: "The NDP raised almost $2.05 million between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2018, according to new figures released Monday by Elections B.C. Compared to that, the Opposition B.C. Liberals raised $1.69 million and the B.C. Greens raised almost $439,000 in the same period." (https://vancouversun.com/news/politics/b-c-ndp-lead-political-fundraisin...)

Further  down in the article is a connection to an url which gives a breakdown on contributions to the three BC parties, showing 52% of Liberal funding coming from corporations, while 4% of NDP and 3% of Green funding came from corporations in 2015, the last year that would have been available at the time of the 2017 article. In other words, the BC Liberals were serving their corporate masters.

In 2015, the B.C. Liberal Party declared $9.9 million in political donations [PDF]. Of that total:

  • $5.2 million (52 per cent) came from corporations
  • $3.35 million (33 per cent ) from individuals
  • $728,795 (7 per cent) from unincorporated businesses and organizations, and
  • $24,075 (>1 per cent) from trade unions

In 2015, the B.C. NDP declared $3.05 million in political donations [PDF]. Of that total:

  • $143,820 (4 per cent) came from corporations
  • $2.49 million (81 per cent) from individuals
  • $35,290 (1 per cent) from non-profit organizations, and
  • $376,336 (12 per cent) from trade unions

In 2015, the B.C. Green Party declared $394,310 in political donations [PDF]. Of that total:

Aristotleded24

BCTF, government, in conflict over collective agreement:

Quote:

The current collective agreement between the BCTF and the B.C. Public School Employers' Association, which represents the province's 60 public boards of education, expires June 30.

Hansman said the employers tabled an initial proposal in April that would make class sizes larger in many provincial districts and "would remove each and every word of the class composition language."

He said the BCTF has seen proposals that "would take us backwards" and make massive cuts to teaching supports for students in school districts on Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.

"Our members were quite alarmed by that," Hansman told CBC's The Early Edition host Stephen Quinn.

Premier John Horgan said his government has no intention of diminishing class size and composition language and only wants to update it "to make sure it means something in 2019."

NDPP

Supreme Court Rejects Tsilhqot'in Appeal in Taseko Mine Case

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/supreme-court-rejects-ts...

"...Chief Alphonse says government and industry cannot be allowed to devastate a place of such spiritual importance simply for the pursuit of gold. The Tsilhqot'in also asked BC's NDP government to live up to its commitments to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by preventing the violation of human rights it says is caused by mining exploration at Teztan Biny."

Fat chance.

NorthReport
NorthReport

Excellent analysis of why so many Canadians are f***** when it comes to housing

Governments created the housing crisis. Here is how they can fix it

Root causes are austerity, debt and extreme speculation

https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/08/01/Gov-Created-Housing-Crisis-Now-Fix/

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The BC EcoSocialists

The BC EcoSocialists. A party that is to the left of the NDP and greener than the Greens.

We know that it’s not a dream, but a practical reality that we can all live decent lives without having to keep someone else down. We have the resources to house everyone. We can feed everyone, without subjecting them to the humiliation of food banks. We can afford to provide childcare to everyone who needs it.

We want to better tax rich people and corporations to fund better policies, like building tens of thousands of units of social housing, building new green energy and transportation infrastructure while putting a moratorium on all new fossil fuel infrastructure including all LNG.

By the way, we are anti-sexism, anti-racism, anti-homophobia, anti-transphobia and against legislated poverty. We believe in returning power and land to Indigenous people. Not to be “politically correct”, but because it’s the right thing to do. The buck of Colonialism stops here.

We are a political party registered in the Province of British Columbia, with the primary purpose of fielding candidates in provincial elections. Below is our approach to how we would handle existing government departments and ideas about some of the new departments we would create....

Ken Burch

Good on them for starting this.

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Logging moves forward as court rules against Haida Gwaii protesters

A logging company on Haida Gwaii now has the green light to cut down trees in a forest of cultural importance for the Haida Nation.

O’Brien and Fuerst Logging won an injunction in court against Haida Gwaii protesters who had been trying to halt cutting activity in the Tlaga Gaawtlaas Blue Jackets area near Masset.

The decision came down at B.C. Supreme Court Thursday morning under the direction of Justice Ronald A. Skolrood, and is seen as a blow to activists, who had set up a blockade to prevent access to the site.

The area contains a large supply of cedar trees, an invaluable resource for Haida carvers who use the wood for carvings and other art work.

Haida artist Robert Davidson, who carved the first totem pole to be raised in more than 100 years in 1969 from a tree found in the area, had filed an affidavit — a written statement confirmed by oath which is used for evidence — in B.C. Supreme Court hoping to stop the cutting.

The Council of the Haida Nation (CHN) had also applied for a Stop Work Order with the Archaeology Branch of B.C., on the grounds that there are recognized heritage and archaeological sites in the vicinity.

The request was denied however.....

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Groups call on B.C. to fund Indigenous monitoring of mines in traditional territories

As the province considers reforms to mining laws, 30 organizations are advocating for increased transparency and more independent enforcement — including an increased role for Indigenous communities to oversee projects approved on their lands

Indigenous-led groups, such as the Indigenous Guardians, should be tasked and funded by the provincial government to keep an eye on mining operations in their territories, the B.C. Mining Law Reform network is recommending to Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Michelle Mungall.

The proposal from the network of about 30 local, national and Alaskan organizations, including community groups, First Nations and environmental groups, is among recommendations on government’s proposed changes to the Mines Act, which the group says do not go far enough and fall short of protecting B.C.’s environment and communities from mining risks.

The reform network, a not-for-profit group, was launched this spring to counter problems caused by weak mining laws and lack of enforcement in B.C. 

Among nine specific requests to beef up the province’s proposed mining reforms — including calls for greater transparency in environmental monitoring and a more progressive regime of fines and penalties — the group is also calling on government to “enable and fund Indigenous-led monitoring and enforcement programs for mining activities as well as other forms of independent monitoring.”

Community-based programs should train monitoring staff so information collected on mines in the area can be used to help inform management and decision-making, the letter to Mungall suggests.....

NorthReport

Wexit coming to provincial politics in BC. Say what!

‘We need to unify Canada’: MPs explain lack of ‘appetite’ for Wexit in B.C.

https://globalnews.ca/news/6150805/no-bc-appetite-wexit/

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B.C. should disclose what fracking companies pay for publicly owned resources

For more than two years, the British Columbia government has vigorously fought efforts to compel the release of information on the hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies that it doles out to fossil fuel companies each year.

It has either refused outright to release documents or it has handed over pages of essentially worthless information with all the dollar figures and company names blanked out.

Now, thanks to successive appeals to the Office of Freedom of information and Privacy by the B.C. office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the public finally has details on just how extensive those subsidies are.

The list shows for the first time publicly the astonishing scale of the so-called “deep well credit” program and provides insight into how much companies that drill and frack for natural gas in northeast B.C. continue to be bankrolled by the provincial government.

Established in 2003, the deep well credit program was intended to underwrite some of the costs that fossil fuel companies incurred for drilling deep and later horizontal wells. Back then, such wells were far less common than today and companies that drilled them gained credits for doing so. The credits were then used to lower the royalty payments companies paid to the Province once the gas flowed. Companies only pay royalties at the end of the exploitation and production process.

In the 17 ensuing years, however, such wells have become standard industry practice, meaning that the credit program is effectively an embedded subsidy.

The new information that the government was compelled to release shows that in fiscal year 2018, a total of 26 fossil fuel companies earned a combined $703 million in credits. The biggest credit recipient at more than $143 million was Cutbank Dawson Gas Resources Ltd., led by Encana, a company that made hefty political donations to the provincial Liberals ($1.2 million) and NDP ($113,000) between 2005 and 2017.

When the credits received by the next four largest recipients are added to those of the Cutbank group, they total $464 million, which means that two in every three credits that year went to just five companies.

Included in that list is Petronas Energy Canada Ltd., the Malaysian-owned company that is one of the principle partners in the approved Canada LNG project, which when built will benefit from an array of subsidies including corporate tax breaks, discounted electricity prices and deferred provincial sales taxes on construction costs. If you see a pattern here, you are not alone.

Companies only get to exploit natural gas resources after paying for “subsurface” rights, which are obtained through one-time auctions by the province known as land sales, even though it is not the land itself that is sold but what lies beneath it.

Only after such sales, can companies drill and frack for natural gas. And only after that, do they pay royalties to the province on the gas produced, which recognizes that the resources are publicly owned.

Unlike Norway, which invests its royalty proceeds for the future, B.C.’s royalties go into general revenue. But the royalties flowing into the provincial treasury are rapidly shrinking. In 2018/2019, the total value of all natural gas royalties was $102 million compared to a decade earlier when it reached $1.3 billion.

Making matters worse, the amount of gas produced in B.C. has risen more than 70 per cent over the same time period, meaning the public received far less money as far more gas was produced.....

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Part of the reason for the precipitous decline in royalties is that they are tied to the market price for gas and market prices have fallen sharply. But it is also the case that the credits have contributed to anemic royalty revenues. And with a combined $2.62 billion in credits sitting in the credit account, thanks to the credit program’s 17-year duration, those anemic revenues will be a fixture for years to come.

This is clearly not information that the government wants made public and may explain why in 2017 it tried to suggest it could not be released because it constituted sensitive “tax” information. When that argument was later successfully challenged under appeal by the CCPA, the government then argued in 2018 that publicizing such figures would harm the interests of undisclosed “third parties.” The CCPA challenged that argument too and eventually after much delay the credit amounts were released.

What the public still does not know, but should, is just how much in royalties Encana, Petronas and others pay annually. This too has been requested by the CCPA. But if you guessed that the finance ministry has refused once again to release it, you guessed right.

So once again, the CCPA has appealed the government’s decision to withhold the documents to the Office of Freedom of Information and Privacy.

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B.C. grants $1.2 billion in deep well subsidies to fracking companies in two years: new report

Fossil fuel companies drilling for gas in B.C. are benefitting from massive provincial subsidies that allow them to reduce the amount of royalties paid to the province, research by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has found.

Companies drilling and fracking for natural gas in northeast B.C. were bankrolled by the province to the tune of $703 million last year, a 45 per cent increase over the previous year when companies were handed more than $485 million in credits.

As deep well credits are used to reduce the amount of royalties companies pay to the province when the production process has ended, that means B.C. is increasingly out of pocket even though the amount of gas produced in B.C. has risen more than 70 per cent over the last decade.

The total in the deep well credit account now amounts to $2.2 billion.....

NDPP

BC First Nations Chief Ed John Charged With Sex Assault

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-first-nations-chief-ed-john...

"A top BC Indigenous leader, Edward John has been charged with sexual assaults..."

kropotkin1951

Here is my new provincial party. I am a member.

“Not only is it near-criminal that the government ignores substantiated, peer-reviewed science explicitly identifying fossil fuels as the primary culprit for this event, it is also stealing revenue from the pockets of BC families to feed billionaires hell-bent on accelerating climate change. Last year, BC’s total liquefied gas royalties were $102 million while the government sank almost eight times that amount into subsidies. Worse, output has risen by 70%. BC is getting far less than it is paying out, even while production increases.”

The Narwhal article revealed that for over two years, the British Columbia Government has vigorously defied disclosure requirements to release damaging information related to hundreds of millions in unreported fossil fuel subsidies. After multiple appeals to the Office of Freedom of Information and Privacy by third parties, the public finally has details on just how extensive those secretive dole-outs are.

BC Ecosocialists: “Via so-called ‘deep well credits’, the BC NDP/Green government is largely bankrolling some of the largest and most profitable fracking companies to ensure the province loses money on royalties for years. All this for a process that by most scientific and ecological measures should be banned. The BC Ecosocialists oppose fracking, along with all forms of future fossil fuel extraction.”

https://www.bcecosocialist.ca/newsreleases

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..good on you krop

NDPP

"...We've been waiting too long for someone else to do it...So we've realized that if someone needs to do it, it'll have to be us, as frightened as we are about sticking our necks out and taking on the political establishment. Someone has to do this, if people are still going to believe in representative democracy and the possibility of a good future for humanity. And we know there's no time to lose. It's an emergency..."

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