May 23, 2023. Disturbing attack on RDCK climate plan, Go By Bike Week coming up

RDCK’S CLIMATE PLAN FACES FREEDOM BACKLASH AND DISINFORMATION.

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The West Kootenay Climate Hub has launched a petition to show support for the Regional District of Central Kootenay climate plan. Laura Sacks explains why they felt they needed to do this. A well-organized disinformation attack on the climate plan forced the RDCK to postpone public comment sessions on the plan for fear of attention-seeking disruptors. Soliata Work from the West Kootenay Cycling Coalition is on to talk about Go By Bike Week starting Monday, May 29 and the local and provincial activities. The Nelson/West Kootenay Chapter of the Council of Canadians is hosting a public townhall Wednesday, May 31 on the Public Pharmacare NOW! campaign. Dave Gregory from the Chapter tells us more.

LINKS:

West Kootenay Climate Hub petition supporting RDCK Climate plan.

Sign up for Go By Bike Week in the Kootenays on The West Kootenay Cycling Coalition website.

Sign up to take part in provincial Go By Bike activities at GoByBikeBC.ca

More about Nelson townhall on PHARMACARE NOW at: PUBLICPHARMACARE.CA.

Register for Pharmacare event and Zoom at: https://canadians.org/pharmacare-now/#townhall

EVENTS:

Communities, Not Corporations: Transition for People and the Planet

Wed. May 24, 7 p.m. ET

Canada’s transition away from fossil fuels needs to be a process that benefits workers, communities, and the climate. While the “Interim Sustainable Jobs Plan” is a step in the right direction, there are also notable absences and loopholes that will solely benefit fossil fuel companies and the ultra wealthy. Join the Council of Canadians for a webinar series on combatting false solutions to climate change.

What Do Canadians Really Think About Climate Change?

Thur. May 25, noon ET

This 75-minute webinar features findings from Re.Climate’s annual report “What Do Canadians Really Think About Climate Change?” which summarizes and translates major public and private surveys published between 2022 and early 2023, and includes key trends, recommendations for communicators, and a discussion on communicating climate and energy in Canada today.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LgjfTlqHRLyp5wafHzc7CA#/registration

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Emissions Cap Day of Action

Thur. May 25

At Liberal MP offices around the country

Join the day of action to go all-in for a Bold Emissions Cap that delivers the climate action we need. It’s time to hold Big Oil accountable for their own pollution. And with just weeks until the Emissions Cap policy is released, we’re launching a massive wave of actions across the country to call on key Liberal MPs to up their climate ambition. Find a rally in your community here:

https://act.leadnow.ca/AllInForEmCap/

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Monday, May 29 7 pm 

What’s up with old growth in BC Webinar

This webinar will feature our National Campaign Director Torrance Coste and Shelley Luce of Sierra Club BC, with opening words from Mariah Charleson from the Hesquiaht Nation and moderated by Jackie Larkin from Elders for Ancient Trees.

We’ll run through the numbers on remaining old-growth and their characteristics, how much is protected or deferred, and how much is being cut in the meantime. 

sierraclubbc.ca/ForestWebinar.

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Saturday June 3, 3 pm to 9 pm
Kootenay Coop Radio Community BLOCK PARTY!

We are thrilled to announce that the Kootenay Co-op Radio Block Party is back at Lions Park, June 3 from 3pm to 9pm! Mark your calendar! Free event with food, music, activties, displays and fun for kids and everyone.

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Wednesday, May 31, 7 pm
Nelson United Church 601 Silica St. and on ZOOM

Canadians have been waiting generations for a public pharmacare plan to make essential prescriptions affordable and accessible to everyone.

The Nelson West Kootenay Chapter of the Council of Canadians is inviting everyone to a townhall meeting on Wednesday, May 31 at Nelson United Church to learn more.

Three expert speakers will present in a livestream event with time for discussion and questions following.

The townhall starts at 7 pm. It is free and open to everyone and will also be on Zoom.  To register for the link go to publicpharmacare.ca.

Register for Zoom:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84272573899?pwd=UllSOFI4MENSeUp3eUZWVDlDUVE2UT09 or follow the links at publicpharmacare.ca

ENVIRONMENT NEWS

The big Canadian banks, TD, RBC, CIBC, BMO, the National Bank of Canada and Scotiabank are listed as lenders for the financing, to cover billions more in costs for expansion of the Transmountain bitumen pipeline running to the Burnaby tank far. That;s according to information environmental non-profit Stand.earth sourced from a Bloomberg Terminal on May 15.

“This is information that should really have been published by Finance Canada because [Trans Mountain] is a Crown corporation, or by the Canadian banks if they were actually proud of this financing,” Richard Brooks, Stand.earth’s climate finance director, told Canada’s National Observer in a phone interview on May 16.

“They clearly are not because they want to bury it as deep as the pipeline is getting buried.”

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The West Kootenay lumber company Kalesnikoff is the recipient of a FortisBC Efficiency in Action Award.

Kalesnikoff received the industrial award for energy efficiency upgrades to its lumber mill, including a high efficiency conveyor system and compressors that are expected to achieve energy savings of approximately 1.62 million kilowatt hours per year.

Kalesnikoff also participated in FortisBC’s Industrial Strategic Engagement Management Program, working with dedicated industry consultants to identify low-cost energy savings projects using resources it already has.

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A timber company is currently hauling several truckloads of logs daily along Elwyn Street through Fairview and will be doing so until mid-June.

The logs are coming from Anderson Creek Timber’s 16-hectare property above Svoboda Road, outside the city limits.

Forest manager Mark Tallman of Monticola Forest Ltd., a consulting company that manages Anderson Creek’s forest properties, says the hauling has the approval of City of Nelson management staff and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and he has knocked on all doors on Elwyn Street in an effort to communicate his plans with residents.

The forest property lies adjacent to West Arm Provincial Park and several private rural landowners. In 2021, a partnership between the company, B.C. Parks, and a landowner built a road to access all their properties, allowing all three to carry out wildfire mitigation work. The road also provided logging access for the company.

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Federal environmental authorities have launched a formal investigation into the major leak from tailings ponds at Imperial Oil’s Kearl oilsands mine in northern Alberta.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) announced Thursday it is investigating a suspected contravention of the Fisheries Act, which prohibits the “deposit of a deleterious substance into water frequented by fish,” or any place where such substances could enter fish-bearing water.

The inquiry stems from two releases of toxic oilsands tailings water from the Kearl mine in northern Alberta. It took nine months for Imperial Oil and the Alberta Energy Regulator to tell First Nations and other governments that a tailings pond had spilled into four areas about 100 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, Alta.

The first sign of a problem at Kearl came in May 2022, when a discoloured sludge was outside the boundaries of one of the tailings ponds.

The AER was notified but neither the regulator nor Imperial Oil told downstream First Nations until February of this year, after a separate spill of 5.3 million litres overflowed a containment pond at the site.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/canada-opens-formal-investigation-into-imperial-s-oilsands-tailings-leak-in-northern-alberta-1.6832386

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A wave of student occupations has shut down schools and universities across Europe as part of a renewed youth protest campaign against inaction on climate breakdown. Twenty-two schools and universities across the continent have been occupied as part of a proposed month-long campaign.

In Germany, universities were occupied in Wolfenbüttel, Magdeburg, Münster, Bielefeld, Regensburg, Bremen and Berlin. In Spain, students in occupation at the Autonomous University of Barcelona organised teach-outs on the climate crisis. In Belgium, 40 students occupied the University of Ghent. In the Czech Republic, about 100 students camped outside the ministry of trade and industry. In the UK occupations were under way at the universities of Leeds, Exeter and Falmouth.

The most radical actions were taking place in Lisbon, Portugal, where youngsters occupied seven schools and two universities. On Thursday, occupying pupils forced one high school to remain closed for a third day, while students at the University of Lisbon’s faculty of humanities barricaded themselves in the dean’s office.

Young people also stopped traffic in the Portuguese capital with street blockades in solidarity with the occupations. The radical action comes despite harsh responses from teachers at one school who called police to evict pupils who began occupations last week.

The blockades and occupations are part of an extended campaign under the banner “End Fossil: Occupy!”, which aims to build on and escalate the youth climate strike movement that was previously at its strongest during 2019’s mass climate mobilisations.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/may/05/students-occupy-schools-universities-europe-climate-protest

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Solar manufacturing giant Qcells is investing US$100 million in a pilot production line that incorporates perovskites, a “miracle” semiconductor material under development for more than a decade that could improve on the efficiency of existing solar cells by 50 to 75%.

“The commercialization of solar cells that use perovskite follows years of breakthroughs with the mineral,” The Independent reports. PVTech says the production line in Jincheon, South Korea will start up by late 2024, aiming to deliver commercially viable perovskite cells by 2026.

TheEnergyMix.com

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The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) may be on the verge of a breakthrough as it works to map a net-zero pathway for the country’s energy sector.  The Canadian Energy Regulator is the new name for what was called the National Energy Board before.

The next edition of Canada’s Energy Future, the regulator’s flagship energy modelling report, is due next month. If it successfully models a realistic route to cutting the country’s energy-related emissions to net-zero, it will represent a major challenge to the conventional wisdom that Canada can meet its 2030 climate commitments while continuing to expand an oil and gas sector whose emissions have skyrocketed 85% [pdf] since 1990.

The new analysis would be a major departure from the last edition of Canada’s Energy Future, released in December 2021, which projected that Canada’s oil and gas extraction would continue to grow through 2032. The CER’s findings were in sharp contrast to the International Energy Agency’s landmark Net Zero by 2050 report seven months previously. which called for no new investment in oil, gas, or coal development.

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Once again, Canada will almost certainly fail to meet its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 45 per cent by 2030 in accordance with the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommendations.

This is despite the government’s optimistic spin on the release of its latest emissions inventory report. Jerry DeMarco, the environment commissioner in the Auditor General’s office, has criticized the government’s record as a litany of broken promises:

“We have been repeatedly ringing the alarm bells. Now, these bells are almost deafening.”

Canada is the only G7 nation with 2022 carbon emissions levels that are above its 1990 levels. It has among the highest greenhouse gas emissions per capita in the world, and its fossil fuel industry is also among the world’s largest.

https://theconversation.com/canadian-financial-institutions-are-fuelling-the-climate-change-crisis-204957

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Indigenous nation in US Lummi Nation in Washington state is going to court to block a billion-dollar port project in Canada. 

The Lummi Nation says it holds transboundary rights and that Canada has failed to ‘consult and accommodate’ their rights.

The effort to block approval of a controversial new container terminal project in Vancouver marks the first major attempt to use a recent landmark decision by the Canadian supreme court, which found that some Indigenous peoples living in the US have rights in Canada.

That would be the Sinixt Desautel decision on continued hunting rights of Sinixt living in Washington State here in their territories in Canada.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/may/19/lummi-nation-canada-port-extension-project

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