Last Friday, October 7, Justice Cohen ruled, against the objection by the lawyers for Canada and the Province of BC, to allow my report to become an Exhibit of the Cohen Commission. So I can now share it with you.
The protests against the Tar Sands and the proposed pipelines are gaining momentum both in Canada and the United States. Citizens are gathering together in cities in both countries to voice their objections and bring the issue to the media's attention. Two Sunshine Coast citizens, Suzanne Senger and Brad Benson, attended the protest in Ottawa on September 26. Sustainable Coast spoke with them recently about their experience. Be sure to watch the video posted below.
The Ministry of Environment has granted an air permit amendment for Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Corporation. The permit will allow the mill to burn more construction and demolition waste in their upgraded boiler. There will be a public information meeting on October 18 from 6 to 8 pm. at the Cedars Inn in Gibsons. After a short presentation the public will be able to ask questions about the permit.
ELF, Elphinstone Logging Focus, has announced that BC Timber Sales (BCTS) plans on extending the largest clearcut on the Sunshine Coast. BCTS has confirmed that it will put the cutblock up for bid in early 2012. BCTS says the area covers about 40 hectares and about ¼ of the area – double the area usually required - will be retained in wildlife tree patches and riparian reserves to protect biodiversity.