Floods could cover 42% of Fraser Valley in natural disaster triggered by climate change: government – Environment | Business in Vancouver

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The Lower Mainland’s food security, transportation links and power supplies are at risk if an estimated 42 percent of the Fraser Valley floods as a result of climate-change-induced spring runoffs, government documents say.

BC Hydro customers set to pay $16B over 20 years for power they likely don’t need: report – BC | Globalnews.ca

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BC Hydro ratepayers are expected to overpay by billions of dollars for electricity it doesn’t need, due to costly and unnecessary contracts with independent power producers (IPP), according to a new report.

First Nations Speak Out In Favour Of Pipeline | CKPGToday

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PRINCE GEORGE – The Chief Counsellor for the Haisla and the chiefs of 20 different First Nations in support of LNG Canada and Coastal Gas Link held a media event at the Natural Resources Forum this morning.
She outlined the opportunities that have and will accrue to the 20 First nations that have signed agreements on the projects. And Crystal Smith had some harsh words for the BC Union of Indian Chiefs for taking sides on the Wet’suwet’en issue rather than applaud the due diligence done by the 20 First Nations.

13 First Nations come together to create new forestry agreement | CBC News

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Thirteen Indigenous communities who control more than 50 per cent of the provincial allocated and active wood supply in Saskatchewan have banded together.
An agreement signed between the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, Big River First Nation, Pelican Lake First nation, Witchekan Lake First Nation and the Meadow Lake Tribal Council was formalized in early December.
Al Balisky, CEO of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council Industrial Investments, said finalizing the agreement is the first step in executing the group’s vision of “supporting continued Indigenous investment and influence” in the provincial forest and climate sectors.

Young professionals leaving Vancouver over high cost of housing – Trail Daily Times

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Iain Reeve and his wife moved from rental home to rental home in Vancouver but their final solution for secure housing was to move to Ottawa and buy two houses — one for them and another for his parents.
He and his wife, Cassandra Sclauzero, are professionals in their mid-30s who wanted to start a family but they couldn’t afford to buy in the city.

New legislation makes it clear: Farmland is for farming | BC Gov News

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Legislation introduced on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, makes it clear that land in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) is for farming and ranching in British Columbia, not for dumping construction waste or building mega-mansions.

COMMENTARY: Can the BC NDP carbon tax plan stand up under pressure? | Globalnews.ca

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Raising the carbon tax by $5 a tonne every year until 2021 is presumably a cornerstone of the NDP government’s climate plan, which I noted here last week will be released later this fall.

Vopak expects 240 liquid gas-by-rail cars per day – Smithers Interior News

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Vopak Development Canada Inc. plans to build a gas storage facility on Ridley Island — Prince Rupert Port Authority land — for the purpose of shipping propane, diesel and methanol to customers in Asia.
It would mean even more volatile cargo riding the rails through the Bulkley Valley.

Initiative 1631: Will Washington Get a Carbon Tax? – The Atlantic

www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/08/washington-state-carbon-tax/567523/
This November, voters in Washington State may do what no group of people—in or outside the United States—has done before.
They will vote on whether to adopt a carbon fee , an aggressive policy to combat climate change that charges polluters for the right to emit carbon dioxide and other potent greenhouse gases.

B.C. Government introduces new legislation to deal with marijuana legalization | Globalnews.ca

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The B.C. government is proposing new rules that would make 19 the minimum age to purchase, sell or consume cannabis, allow adults to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis in a public place and prohibit cannabis smoking and vaping everywhere tobacco smoking and vaping are prohibited.

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