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Rafe Mair Memorial Fund

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Politician, broadcaster, advocate, author and contrarian, Rafe Mair made an indelible mark on both the media world and those who fight on behalf of British Columbia’s environment.

For over ten years, Rafe Mair was a columnist on The Tyee, where he was free to write about the things he cared about deeply. His loss is felt by many, and his contribution to the public conversation immense. The Rafe Mair Memorial Fund will continue his legacy and support the kind of hard-hitting reporting on British Columbian issues that Rafe cared deeply about.

Tyee readers have contributed nearly $40,000 towards the fund thus far. This will help pay for environmental reporting on BC issues. If the fund hits its target of $50,000, The Tyee will establish a reporting fellowship with mentorship and training from senior journalists and editors. The recipient of the fellowship will be chosen in consultation with the family of Rafe Mair.

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In This Series

analysis

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Five Critical Issues to Consider Before the Province Renews Fish Farm Licences

Aboriginal title, disease risks and lack of DFO regulation of the industry are prime concerns.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Jun 2018


news

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Border Agents Temporarily Detain Sea Shepherd Vessel

Agents ask crew questions about biologist and fish farm activist Alexandra Morton.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 30 May 2018


analysis

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Secrecy, Inaction and Delay: BC’s Failure to Protect Caribou

Oil and Gas Commission suppressed audit showing industry activity threatens efforts to save species.

By Ben Parfitt, 28 May 2018


opinion

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Kinder Morgan and the Power of Civil Resistance

Citizens can shine a spotlight on bad laws or draconian consequences. Second of two parts.

By Will Horter, 25 May 2018


opinion

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Kinder Morgan and the ‘Rule of Law’

Are arguments for the pipeline expansion based on actual respect for legal procedure? Part one of two.

By Will Horter, 23 May 2018


opinion

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Canadian Taxpayers Held Hostage by Kinder Morgan

Texas-based firm has no intentions of paying for Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on its own.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 May 2018


news

Wild herring

Marine Harvest Seeks ‘No-Go’ Zone Around Fish Farms

Corporation cites harm from protests; seeks injunction.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 May 2018


news

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Farmed Atlantic Salmon Virus Linked to Disease in Chinook

Research finds farmed salmon virus may cause jaundice/anemia.

By Damien Gillis, 7 May 2018


news

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Federal Environment Commissioner Gives DFO Failing Grades on Fish Farms

Scathing report cites failure to protect wild salmon.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 May 2018


opinion

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Facts about Kinder Morgan Canadian Taxpayers Need to Know

Due diligence required before we sink money into a corporation with poor stock performance and repeated legal violations.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 Apr 2018


opinion

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Pipeline Expansion: US Refineries Win, Canadians Lose

Forget the talk about Asian markets; Kinder Morgan will enrich US companies.

By Mitchell Anderson, 19 Apr 2018


opinion

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There’s Still Time to Stop Site C

An excerpt from a new book on the dam project that’s divided BC.

By Zoë Ducklow, 18 Apr 2018


opinion

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Why Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline Is DOA

Falling prices and competition from a new Texas export terminal mean Trans Mountain fails the business test.

By Crawford Kilian, 17 Apr 2018


news

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Deadlock at Pipeline Summit

Horgan to press ahead with court case; Notley, Trudeau pledge pipeline will be built.

By Christopher Guly, 16 Apr 2018


opinion

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Canada’s Bizarre and Destructive Descent into Petro Politics

Kinder Morgan battle brings Trumplandia to our country.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 Apr 2018


opinion

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Trudeau’s Smoke and Mirrors on Carbon Tax and Pipeline

Claims that increasing oilsands production will lead to lower emissions simply false.

By Mitchell Anderson, 4 Apr 2018


opinion

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Trudeau, Notley and Trans Mountain Claims: A Tyee Fact Check

Pipeline politicians’ promises of riches rest on one Kinder Morgan consultant’s report challenged by critics.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Mar 2018


opinion

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How Kinder Morgan Could Make Trudeau a One-Term PM

British Columbians need to let Liberals know their petro-passion will cost them critical seats in next year's election.

By Mitchell Anderson, 13 Mar 2018


news

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Spooked by Quakes, Oklahoma Toughens Fracking Rules

Canadian regulators stick with less stringent regulations despite growing risks from mega-fracking.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Mar 2018


news

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Going Beyond Green Buildings to Climate Justice

Student-led town hall sets agenda for climate change and justice in UBC’s future.

By Katie Hyslop, 9 Mar 2018


news

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DFO’s Plan to Gut Rules Protecting Wild Salmon from Fish Farm Disease

Part two of a series. After court losses, federal government has new strategy to protect industry.

By Damien Gillis, 11 Jan 2018


news

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Inside DFO’s Battle to Downplay a Deadly Farmed Salmon Disease

Part one of a series. Provincial lab played key role in denying existence of HSMI in BC.

By Damien Gillis, 10 Jan 2018


opinion

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How to Fight Site C

Six ways citizens can sway the government to reverse a disastrous decision.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Jan 2018


news

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Site C: What Happens Next?

From expropriation to First Nations lawsuit to political shifts, dam decision brings change.

By Zoë Ducklow, 11 Dec 2017


analysis

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Sea Lice Epidemic Overwhelms Fish Farms on Clayoquot Sound

Tiny parasite a growing global problem for the industry’s open net pens.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 17 May 2018


Wai Young’s Plan to Punish ‘Elite’ Cyclists and ‘Lawless’ Pedestrians

Retrained police would crack down on non-drivers until they learn ‘mutual respect.’

By Geoff Dembicki