BC Politics October 20, 2017

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Good on you, Michelle Mungall.

B.C. now 2nd province in Canada after Alberta, that permits children in the chambers while the legislature is in session.

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Here is what appears to be indeed good news from that same r mountain goat newpaper quizzical

https://www.therockymountaingoat.com/2018/03/bkb-back-in-business/

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First Nation gets land transferred as part of resort deal in British Columbia

https://ipolitics.ca/2018/03/07/first-nation-gets-land-transferred-part-...

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Stop the Violence B.C. could be revived to push for drug legalization in response to the fentanyl crisis

https://www.straight.com/news/1041226/stop-violence-bc-could-be-revived-...

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Although I enjoy soccer if the glove don’t fit you can’t convict

And if we can’t afford it then say ‘NO’ loud and clear

https://globalnews.ca/news/4080603/vancouver-fifa-world-cup-host-city/

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Enough with the freakin' studies. You have had 16 years in opposition to study things - get on with it!

Basic income pilot not coming to B.C. until at least 2020, despite Green-NDP pledge

Government studying Ontario's project, but that province's special adviser says B.C. should 'get on with it'

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/basic-income-pilot-bc-upd...

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John Furlong and his World Cup lovin buddies should pay for this program too!

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John Horgan has just picked up a sweet and knowledgeable ally in his fight to stop the Kinder Motgan pipeline!

Washington Governor Hopes BC’s Attempt to Stop Kinder Morgan Is ‘Successful’

‘You need to skate to where the puck is going to be ... clean tech.’

Inslee said B.C.’s American neighbours are in step with Horgan.

https://thetyee.ca/News/2018/03/16/Washington-Governor-BC-Stop-Kinder-Mo...

 

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What a joke!

As if any government is going to award contracts to their enemies.

My only question is what took them so long!

http://thebreaker.news/news/ndp-now-again/

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How many have been arrested so far? There will be a breaking point!

The calm before the resistance -- Ceremony week for Kinder Morgan protesters

http://rabble.ca/news/2018/03/calm-resistance-ceremony-week-kinder-morga...

Rev Pesky

From the above posted article:

It has become very clear in the past few years that any shortfalls in electricity supply could easily be made up for with renewables such as solar, wind and geothermal power.

I'll just point out that hydro electricity is a renewable as well. And it's a lot cheaper than any of the others mentioned.

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Illegal eviction of father and young daughter in Surrey. Landlord has their possessions somewhere, and the RCMP won't help locate them or get them back. I expect to see some new provincial laws to punish landlords who do this.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/i-have-absolutely-nothing-single-father-alleges-su...

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Rev Pesky wrote:

From the above posted article:

It has become very clear in the past few years that any shortfalls in electricity supply could easily be made up for with renewables such as solar, wind and geothermal power.

I'll just point out that hydro electricity is a renewable as well. And it's a lot cheaper than any of the others mentioned.

The cost of renewables is changing extremely rapidly so that hydro is no longer the automatically cheapest renewable. In addition, in many cases renewables are now cheaper than fossil fuels, and renewable costs are dropping dramatically so that these are expected to be even more so by 2020. 

  • The global weighted average cost of electricity was USD 0.05 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) from new hydropower projects in 2017. It was USD 0.06/kWh for onshore wind and 0.07/kWh for bioenergy and geothermal projects.  ...

  • These trends are part of a broader shift across the power generation sector to low-cost renewables. As competitive procurement drives costs lower, a wide range of project developers are positioning themselves for growth.

    The results of recent renewable power auctions – for projects to be commissioned in the coming years – confirm that cost reductions are set to continue through 2020 and beyond. Auctions provide valuable price signals about future electricity cost trends.  ...

  • Onshore wind is one of the most competitive sources of new generation capacity. Recent auctions in Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Mexico and Morocco have resulted in onshore wind power LCOEs as low as USD 0.03/kWh. 

https://www.irena.org/-/media/Files/IRENA/Agency/Publication/2018/Jan/IR...

 

 

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The projected costs of renewables are projected to be even lower in just two years (2020) as measured by LCOE (Levalized Cost of Electricity).

The levelized cost of electricity (LCOE), also known as Levelized Energy Cost (LEC), is the net present value of the unit-cost of electricity over the lifetime of a generating asset. It is often taken as a proxy for the average price that the generating asset must receive in a market to break even over its lifetime. It is a first-order economic assessment of the cost competitiveness of an electricity-generating system that incorporates all costs over its lifetime: initial investment, operations and maintenance, cost of fuel, cost of capital.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost_of_electricity_by_source

The following chart shows that onshore wind  is expected to be cheaper on average than hydro by 2020 and all fossil fuels except one form of natural gas while geothermal will be the cheapest of all other forms of energy. 

Projected LCOE in the U.S. by 2020 (as of 2015) in dollars per MWh[50]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost_of_electricity_by_source#/media/File:...(as_of_2015).png

 

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In the dying days of B.C.’s ‘wild west,’ developers helped kick millions to the NDP and Liberals

https://globalnews.ca/news/4134290/bc-political-donations-developers-lib...

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Where is the NDP's economic plan for rural British Columbians?

http://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/arnold-bercov-where-is-the-ndps-ec...

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Why the BC Liberals will have a poor showing in the next BC election!

https://www.straight.com/news/1058296/politics-vancouver-vaisakhi-parade-bc-liberals-need-get-game

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BC government decision to continue excluding farm workers from minimum wage protection very disappointing

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However, the government chose to reject the FWC’s recommendations to bring farm workers under minimum wage protection. The FWC recommended a 15 per cent increase to all piece rates this year followed by full minimum wage coverage for all farm workers in 2019. Instead, the government is implementing a smaller increase in piece rates, delayed until June 2019, and is deferring a decision on ending the farm worker exclusion from minimum wage protection pending “further study to take place.” 

“This is very disappointing,” says CCPA-BC Director Seth Klein. 

“Many farm workers who are paid piece rates, especially those working in the Fraser Valley, are older immigrant women who often earn less than minimum wage doing very hard work. That these workers should be denied the basic entitlements of most workers cannot be justified. This decision seems to be acquiescing to the farm owners lobby and is not what one would expect from a government that purports to be concerned for the well-being of vulnerable workers, ” he added. 

“This delay pending ‘further study’ feels like a real cop-out,” Klein said. “The industry was already given a chance to table evidence and arguments to the FWC, and the FWC commissioned a report on the farm worker exclusion from noted employment standards expert Mark Thompson. 

“Why should we continue to make exceptions to this basic floor? Even if a particular subset of the agriculture industry claimed this exception was necessary, what does it mean to accept a business model that relies upon paying mostly women workers poverty wages?” he asked.

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Time For a Fix: B.C. Looks at Overhaul of Reviews for Mines, Dams and Pipelines

As pipeline politics dominate headlines, British Columbia is poised to overhaul the process that guides how major resource and development projects proceed.

The review now underway of the environmental assessment process has the potential to restore public confidence in the system that evaluates large developments — from open-pit coal mines to pipelines to hydro dams — by considering the combined effects of multiple projects in a single region and instituting other sweeping changes that critics say are long overdue.

“We had this ridiculous situation in northern B.C. where we had 18 LNG projects, five different pipelines and an oil export project all proposed at the same time here,” said Greg Knox, executive director of the SkeenaWild Conservation Trust.

“People were asking ‘can Kitimat handle these LNG facilities, plus [the] Enbridge [Northern Gateway pipeline], plus [the] Rio Tinto’ [Alcan aluminum smelter], and wondering how it would all impact the environment and people’s health.”

The projects would have affected local air quality at a time when the B.C. government had already granted a permit to the Rio Tinto Alcan smelter allowing the company to increase sulphur dioxide pollution in the Kitimat airshed by more than 50 per cent.

Under B.C.’s current regulations, each resource project is assessed separately, as though the others do not exist. There is no mechanism to study the cumulative impact of various projects on, for example, a single caribou herd, or on overall water or air quality in a community like Kitimat.

Concern about additional air pollution from LNG plants prompted the Kitimat community to ask the B.C. government to conduct a regional environmental assessment to address the combined impact of all the projects and figure out how to proceed with fewer ecological and community impacts.

“We had pipelines going everywhere when it would have made sense to have a pipeline corridor,” Knox said.

But the request was ignored, Knox said.

“They refused. They basically sent some form letter. They rejected doing a regional environmental assessment. It was a boilerplate response.”

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Decisions currently made in ‘black box’

West Coast Environmental Law lawyer Gavin Smith and other experts say the overhaul of B.C.’s environmental assessment regime must address the lack of a clear rationale behind government decisions to grant certificates to projects with grievous impacts on First Nations and the environment — projects such as the $10.7 billion Site C dam.

“What’s been happening is that the environmental assessment regime goes into a black box,” Smith told DeSmog Canada.

“All of this work on the assessment happens, and it goes to ministers and they just make a decision. Communities are left feeling like all the time and effort they’ve put into the process has been totally ignored. It’s not actually even clear on what basis the decision was made.”

The B.C. government issued an environmental assessment certificate for the Site C dam in 2014, even though First Nations are fighting the project in court and the dam will cause more ecological damage than any project ever examined in the history of Canada’s Environmental Assessment Act, according to more than 200 leading Canadian scholars.

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My heart goes out to all these 3 million dollar to 50 million dollar home owners and their puppets in the real estate industry and Liberals, who have to pay is it 1% extra in taxes, for doing nothing but sitting on a property, while hard-working families can't afford to live in Vancouver anymore, thanks to the Liberals who governed for 16 years, and allowed this to take place.

So sad!

What's the message here:

Don't mess with the thugs, I mean the one percenters, if you know what's good for you?

Attorney General David Eby cancels Point Grey town hall due to security concerns

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/attorney-general-david-eby-cance...

 

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First 2 comments say it all!

MLA David Eby cancels public meeting after B.C. Liberals and real-estate agents organize protest

https://www.straight.com/news/1068451/mla-david-eby-cancels-public-meeti...

https://www.straight.com/news/1068451/mla-david-eby-cancels-public-meeti...

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8 days away from first year anniversary of the change in government in BC.

How is the new BC government doing?

Not too shabby considering the many pundits and observers who forecast it would never ever last. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia_general_election,_2017

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B.C. continues to be ‘divided’ on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

“Having 39 per cent saying you are doing a good job on this issue is not that bad when you are a government that was elected with the support of 40 per cent of British Columbians,” said Braid. “If you look deeper into the numbers, 72 per cent of supporters think he is doing a good job. A slight majority of Greens do as well.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/4180633/b-c-continues-to-be-divided-on-trans-...

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When I read something like this someone must be consuming pot, legal or otherwise! 

Premier John Horgan sets political trap for B.C. Liberals—and possibly David Eby—with surtax on $3-million homes

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I'm surprised but apparently Leonard is going ahead although he will not resign his seat unless he wins

Nanaimo MLA Krog ponders move that could topple NDP government

http://vancouversun.com/news/politics/krog-ponders-move-that-could-toppl...

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didn't see any news coverage on John's trip to Grand Forks yesterday. typical corporate news nothing to see going on helping BCers.

am so sick of news propaganda.

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Good on John Horgan and the NDP to turn it down for BC

 

Read FIFA's shocking 'Host City Agreement' for the World Cup

 

http://theprovince.com/news/bc-politics/fifas-shocking-host-city-agreeme...

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