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120,000 Canadians call for immediate action to protect the environment and human rights from disastrous impacts of the Site C dam

More than 120,000 people have signed petitions, postcards and letters calling for an immediate halt to construction. Petitions were presented to BC MPs today as they prepared to return to the House of Commons after a Parliamentary break.
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Twenty-five international environmental organizations call for urgent action for Vancouver Island's rainforest and communities

Destruction of the Island’s original old-growth rainforest is occurring three times faster than primary forest loss in tropical rainforests. The call for action is an initiative of Sierra Club BC.
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East Creek investigation finds clearcutting rare intact old-growth on Vancouver Island in compliance with laws, highlighting BC government failure to protect endangered rainforest

The BC government’s Forest Practices Board released its findings today regarding Sierra Club BC’s May 2016 complaint about Lemare Lake Logging Ltd logging practices in the East Creek area. East Creek forms part of the largest remaining contiguous ancient rainforest on northern Vancouver Island.
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Report links steep increases in domestic hydro bills to province’s reckless handouts to LNG companies and Kinder Morgan

British Columbians will face alarming increases in hydro rates for decades to come because of the B.C. government’s reckless gamble on liquefied fracked gas and the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tankers project, says a new report from Sierra Club BC.
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United Nations Report Concludes Canada is Failing to Protect Wood Buffalo National Park

Canada has failed to protect its largest World Heritage Site. A 10-day monitoring mission to Wood Buffalo National Park has resulted in a UN report strongly criticizing Canada. The park risks the embarrassment of joining the list of UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger.
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B.C. budget offers 1950s thinking in response to 2017’s challenges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21, 2017 Sierra Club BC released…
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Transboundary Environmental Coalition calls for halt to new mines in Canada’s Southern Rockies

In light of recent charges brought against Teck under the Fisheries Act for fish deaths resulting from the failure of their selenium treatment plant in 2014, the Flathead Wild Coalition is renewing their call for a halt to new coal mines in BC’s Elk River Valley.
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Environmental groups applaud Ahousaht Land Use Vision

The Ahousaht Hawiih (hereditary chiefs) have publicly announced their nation’s new comprehensive Land Use Vision for their territory, which sits within the heart of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Representatives of the Clayoquot Sound Conservation Alliance were present to support and congratulate the Hawiih for this initiative.
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Pay up, Chevron: BC cities, towns challenged to hold fossil fuel industry accountable for climate impacts

More than 50 community groups from across BC have signed onto an open letter arguing that fossil fuel companies owe BC communities for their fair share of the impacts of climate change. The letter was delivered to all 190 municipalities and regional districts in BC, asking them to demand accountability from the fossil fuel industry, up to and including considering lawsuits against Chevron and other big fossil fuel companies.
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NGOs outraged as BC government admits culling is inhumane, yet considers cull expansion

A recent provincial government document that recommends expanding aerial gunning of wolves, along with increased hunting of mountain lions and deer has been met with outrage by environmental and animal welfare groups.