TransMountain Half Measures

Last week, Natural Resources Minister Sohi announced that the much maligned National Energy Board will be tasked with resolving a perceived deficiency in the TransMountain pipeline assessment process. Its job is to determine the impact of increased tanker traffic on coastal ecosystems, particularly the dwindling population of the southern resident killer whale.  The Minister made the […]

The opioid problem is here to stay

A crisis usually connotes an emergency, a quick response, and ideally, a quick resolution. It is difficult to sustain public interest when a “crisis” continues year after year.  The opioid crisis is driven by fentanyl and carfentanyl, highly addictive and toxic synthetic opium type street drugs. Since January 2016 to mid 2018, 8,000 Canadians have […]

The Quagmire deepens… Canada’s new Impact Assessment Act

What Problem are We Trying to Solve? In 2015 the Liberals campaigned on the idea that the existing NEB process was unfair to environmental and indigenous concerns. They also wanted a review process to reflect the climate change agenda. The Liberals claimed that the NEB had lost public confidence and that a modernized process will create […]