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Game on! NHL lockout ends

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- After six long months of negotiations, it took one extremely long night to get the NHL out of the boardroom and back on the ice. Read more…

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New research questions climate benefits of natural gas

Methane may be leaking from some natural gas operations at roughly three times the limit deemed acceptable for the climate, suggests new research from several top-ranked U.S. scientists.

If preliminary results from a field study in the Uinta Basin of Utah are representative of the broader “fracking” industry, they could seriously undercut B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s claim that natural gas is a “clean energy.” Read more…

Government exempts 'low-impact' mining activities from permit process

The B.C. government has proposed to change what activities would be regulated by the Mines Act, in what the province characterizes as an attempt to cut "unnecessary red tape," by exempting certain "low-impact" activities. Read more…

Federal Minister Finley could face contempt of court charges in HD Mining court case

Federal Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Diane Finley could be facing a contempt of court charge tomorrow if documents related to a court case involving HD Mining and two unions are not released. Read more…


Audit shows asbestos troubles continued on BC Ferries

A BC Ferries official worried in an email that continued problems with asbestos would leave the publicly owned company vulnerable to a $150,000 fine if its management of the material again comes to WorkSafe BC's attention. Read more…

Minister Lake says a Pembina LNG policy prescription 'does not make sense'

British Columbia Minister of Environment Terry Lake says Pembina Institute analyst Matt Horne got it right two out of three times when, writing in The Tyee, he listed his "musts" for the province regarding developing and shipping liquefied natural gas. Read more…

Government announces ban on gas extraction in Sacred Headwaters

The B.C. government announced Tuesday that an agreement had been reached to ban gas extraction in the Sacred Headwaters. The ban will take effect on the day that a four-year moratorium on all activity related to coalbed methane extraction was set to expire. Read more…

Garment factory fires abroad may have Canadian connections, says activist

As the flames roared through the factory, panicked workers fled for their lives late last month at the Tazreen Fashion plant in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Read more…

Premier Clark may pay price for lagging women's earnings in BC: report author

Women who work in B.C. are earning comparably less than women in the rest of Canada and public policy is to blame, says a new report. One person who may pay a big price for that is Premier Christy Clark, says the Simon Fraser University professor who authored the findings. Read more…

Federal Court turns down union bid for foreign worker injunction for miners

VANCOUVER - A Federal Court judge has dismissed a bid by two unions for an injunction preventing more temporary foreign workers from entering Canada for jobs at a British Columbia coal mine. Read more…

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Days after Nexen approval, PetroChina invests big in AB natural gas

Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared last week he didn’t want to see Canada’s economy “bought and controlled by foreign governments.” But he apparently has no problem with PetroChina’s $2.18 billion entry into Alberta’s natural gas sector. Read more…

'Gender pay equity' an uphill battle for UBC child care workers

Early childhood educators at the University of British Columbia are voting to strike over what they call an issue of "gender pay equity," but it will be difficult to get what they want because of the government's cooperative gains mandate. Read more…

Clark says BC's gas export plans on same scale as Alberta's oil sands

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark says her government's plan to export liquefied natural gas to Asia is British Columbia's economic equivalent to Alberta's oilsands. Read more…

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Moody's drops outlook on BC debt rating to negative

The credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service announced today it has downgraded the outlook on British Columbia's debt ratings from stable to negative. Read more…

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Canadians won't be working at BC mine for more than four years: docs

VANCOUVER - Court documents reveal that a company planning to bring 201 Chinese miners to a project in northern B.C. would be using temporary foreign workers in its transition plans for the next 14 years. Read more…

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Canada could be next for right-to-work legislation, opposition parties warn

OTTAWA - The federal opposition parties are warning that so-called "right-to-work" legislation that has passed in Michigan could soon come to Canada. Read more…

More BCers oppose Gateway pipeline after map controversy, ad blitz: poll

A new poll suggests that 60 per cent of British Columbians now oppose the proposed Northern Gateway bitumen pipeline. And according to the results, controversy over Enbridge's tanker route map -- which omitted 1,000 square kilometres of islands in the Douglas Channel -- didn't help: 58 per cent of respondents who saw the map said that it worsened their opinion of the project. Read more…

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Researcher expected to receive Alzheimer's drug data

When former British Columbia health ministry employee Ron Mattson spoke to the media last week, he released his termination letter which said he'd improperly prepared to release data to researcher Bill Warburton. Today, through his lawyer, Warburton made a statement. Read more…

Mandarin a requirement for foreign miners application: court docs

VANCOUVER - A mining company under scrutiny over its plan to bring 201 Chinese miners to a proposed project in northern British Columbia listed Mandarin as a language requirement when it applied for temporary foreign worker permits, newly released documents reveal. Read more…

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Unions gain access to documents related to Chinese miners in BC

VANCOUVER -- A Federal Court judge has granted two unions access to documents filed with the federal government to obtain temporary foreign worker permits for a mine in northern British Columbia. Read more…

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