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Dogwood reacts to B.C. election results
May 14, 2013
- Just 17 days from now the B.C. Liberal government has to file its final position with the joint review panel reviewing Enbridge’s oil pipeline and tanker proposal. Given the Liberals have said Enbridge is not meeting the five conditions set out last summer, we are hopeful the next government will stand up for B.C. and say no to Enbridge, in line with the wishes of the B.C. public. If they don’t, citizens will rise up once again to force the government to take action.
British Columbians call on Christy Clark to reveal position on oil tanker traffic at TV debate
Apr 29, 2013
- Today British Columbians called on B.C. Premier Christy Clark to reveal her position on increased tanker traffic off B.C.'s coast at tonight’s televised debate.
Dogwood reacts to NDP opposition to Kinder Morgan's oil tanker plans
Apr 22, 2013
- Dix stands up for best interests of British Columbians
New anti-oil tanker ads released in run-up to B.C. election
Mar 19, 2013
- Oil tanker and pipeline proposals British Columbian's third biggest voting issue
Final score at Enbridge community hearings: 1,159 to 2
Feb 04, 2013
- After more than a year of hearings, the National Energy Board panel reviewing Enbridge’s oil tanker and pipeline proposal completed the community hearings phase of its review in Vancouver on Friday. The final tally in the largest National Energy Board hearings in history was 1,159 speakers opposed to the proposal and two in favour.
Knock the Vote will take oil tanker issue to doorstep
Feb 01, 2013
- Hundreds of volunteers to blitz Vancouver-Fairview
New poll: Nearly half of British Columbians oppose plans to increase U.S. coal shipments through B.C. ports
Dec 06, 2012
- Amid growing controversy over two proposals to expand coal exports through Vancouver, a new poll conducted by Justason Market Intelligence indicates British Columbians are largely unaware of plans to increase U.S. coal shipments through B.C. ports — yet, after hearing of these plans, nearly half of British Columbians (47 per cent) are opposed.
Christy Clark's position on oil tankers, pipelines needs to be 'NO' says former federal Minister in automated phone call to Clark's constituents
Jul 26, 2012
- “I believe Clark needs to firmly say no to these risky projects.” That’s the message that thousands of people in Premier Christy Clark’s riding of Vancouver Point Grey received Tuesday and Wednesday night in an automated call from former federal Minister of Environment, Fisheries and Oceans and Clark supporter David Anderson.
Dogwood Initiative reacts to Keystone XL decision
Jan 18, 2012Victoria, B.C.
- U.S. President Barack Obama’s announced today that he is rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline as proposed. Emma Gilchrist, Communications Director for Dogwood Initiative, said the following in relation to Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline and oil tanker proposal.
Dogwood Initiative reacts to Harper's "foreign money" comments
Jan 09, 2012
- Emma Gilchrist, Communications Director, for the Dogwood Initiative made the following comments in response to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver’s remarks about “foreign money” influencing Enbridge Northern Gateway public hearings.
British Columbians Worried about Foreign Investment in Canadian Resources, Not Philanthropic Support for Environmental Groups
Jan 09, 2012
- A poll released today by BC environmental groups shows that almost 75 percent of British Columbians are worried about foreign investment in Canadian natural resources. The poll results show that only a small minority of British Columbians (15%) are concerned about charitable funding provided by US philanthropic foundations to Canadian environmental groups.
Dogwood Initiative reacts to Enbridge Northern Gateway poll
Jan 05, 2012
- Eric Swanson responds to polling results released on behalf of Enbridge by Ipsos Reid today.
DFO seeks to reverse parts of 2010 decision on killer whale critical habitat
Nov 30, 2011
- Ecojustice, representing Dogwood Initiative and eight other environmental groups, will appear before the federal Court of Appeal today to defend a precedent-setting ruling that confirmed the federal government is legally bound to protect killer whale habitat.
BC local governments call on National Energy Board to consult public on Vancouver Harbour oil tankers
Oct 03, 2011
- Federal agency has refused to involve local residents in decisions to increase south coast oil pipeline and tanker shipments
Expanding B.C. coal industry nearly doubles province's global warming pollution
Sep 27, 2011
- Victoria, B.C. — A report released by the Dogwood Initiative today reveals the rapidly expanding global warming impacts of B.C. coal and criticizes the provincial government for allowing these emissions to grow unchecked.
Political hopefuls meet to plan sustainability-focused election campaigns
Sep 20, 2011
- Today, Tuesday Sept. 20, political candidates from across the Capital Regional District will be attending a presentation and facilitated discussion about campaigning to create a more sustainable region in municipal elections this November.
Dogwood Initiative reacts to Enbridge Northern Gateway shipping agreements
Aug 24, 2011
- Eric Swanson, director of Dogwood Initiative’s No Tankers campaign, made the following statement in response to today’s announcement by Enbridge regarding shipper agreements for the Northern Gateway pipeline
Landmark legal victory could end clearcut logging in Grassy Narrows Territory
Aug 17, 2011
- Yesterday the Grassy Narrows First Nation (Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek) won a major victory in their more than decade long battle to stop clearcut logging in their traditional territory.
New poll: Oil tanker issue will influence how four in 10 British Columbians vote in federal election
Apr 28, 2011
- Just days before the federal election, new polling results indicate 78.9 per cent of British Columbians support a ban on oil tanker traffic in B.C.’s inside coastal waters. Furthermore, 38 per cent of those surveyed indicated that the oil tanker issue will influence how they vote in the current federal election
No Tankers volunteers broaden dialogue at Troy DeSouza overpass event
Apr 07, 2011
- Dogwood Initiative volunteers got up early this morning and headed to the site of the proposed Mackenzie overpass to provide commuters with a different side of federal Conservative candidate Troy DeSouza
New survey indicates 75% of British Columbians want to ban oil tankers on north coast
Apr 01, 2011
- A recent phone survey indicates support for an oil tanker ban on B.C.’s north coast is higher than 75 per cent in five key federal ridings
BC Groups Praise Decision to Fast-Track Oil Tanker Ban Legislation
Feb 16, 2011
- Vancouver Liberal Member of Parliament Joyce Murray announced this morning that she is prioritizing Bill C-606, a bill to permanently ban oil supertankers from BC’s north coast, including Hecate Straight, Dixon Entrance, and Queen Charlotte Sound
Legislation introduced to permanently protect Canada’s Pacific North Coast from oil spills
Dec 14, 2010
- Environmental groups are once again applauding MPs for support of north coast tanker ban
Victory on Tanker Ban Motion a Victory for the Coast
Dec 07, 2010Vancouver, BC
- Environmental groups praise support for today’s vote
Street Performance Highlights Need to ‘Vote No Tankers’ in BC
Oct 21, 2010
- A lively street performance involving X people took place this morning to draw attention to the federal solution to proposed projects such as Enbridge Inc’s Northern Gateway pipelines to Kitimat that would bring oil tankers, and inevitable spills, to BC’s north coast.
Young Parents Reclaim Public Land for Garden
Sep 30, 2010
- Reclaim the Commons Gardening Project Promotes Local food Sovereignty
Controversial Application for Urban Sprawl in Jordan River
Aug 20, 2010
- Land Owner Applies to Change Zoning Rules and Build 300 New Cabins
Federal opposition parties are committed to protecting BC from Enbridge oil spills
Jul 30, 2010
- As Enbridge faces criticism in the United States for their 4 million litre spill into the Kalamazoo River, which is inflicting harm on people, communities, and the environment, Canadians can take comfort in a commitment by federal opposition parties to protect BC’s coast from a similar incident
Enbridge oil spill into Michigan river debunks claims of safety in British Columbia
Jul 27, 2010
- Over 3 million liters of crude oil have spewed into a river after a breach on an Enbridge-operated pipeline west of Grand Rapids near Lake Michigan. Enbridge is the company proposing to build the ‘Northern Gateway’ project, which would include twin 1,170km tar sands pipelines from Alberta to BC’s coast at Kitimat, where oil would then be loaded onto large Exxon-Valdez sized tankers to ship to China and Asia via BC’s northern Pacific coast and the world-renowned Great Bear Rainforest.
Federal Liberals Commit to Tanker Ban
Jun 21, 2010
- Conservatives Isolated on BC's Coast
Community Outraged Over Vantreight Development Project
Jun 18, 2010
- Concerned Citizens Pack Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Saving Farms From Urban Sprawl
Defending Our Rural Land - Town Hall Meeting About Vantreight Proposal
Jun 17, 2010
- Community Questions Suburban Development on Rural Land
Dogwood Initiative Responds to Enbridge Regulatory Application
May 27, 2010
- Multiple Years of Wasted Time, Energy, and Money to Ensue
Rogue Council Approves of Urban Sprawl in Central Saanich
May 11, 2010
- Vantreight Given Preliminary Approval to Build Luxury Subdivision on Rural Land
Executive Director of Dogwood Initiative's response to the controversy around releasing chickens in Ida Chong's Office
Mar 25, 2010
- Dogwood Initiative apologizes for the release chickens in Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Ida Chong's office on Tuesday, March 23 during a rally to protect forest lands and stop reckless development on Southern Vancouver Island. Although the idea of releasing chickens in response to Ida Chong's refusal to respond to community concerns over reckless development did not originate with Dogwood Initiative, the student activists that released the birds do have an association with Dogwood and we therefore deem ourselves responsible for their actions. Proper institutional controls were not in place to ensure that actions at this rally were appropriate. As Executive Director of Dogwood Initiative, I accept full responsibility for this and have taken steps to ensure that appropriate checks and balances are in place in the future.
Keystone Approved, Opposition to Enbridge Grows
Mar 11, 2010Victoria, British Columbia
- Hundreds of Canadians pledge concrete action to stop West Coast pipeline
Royal Bank Told to Get Out of the Tar Sands
Mar 03, 2010Victoria, British Columbia
- Victoria residents gathered outside of Royal Bank of Canada's Victoria headquarters today to tell the bank to 'Get Out of the Tar Sands'
Polar Bears take Back Toonie
Feb 18, 2010
- With record temperatures threatening the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, an unexpected team from the north has appeared to rescue the Olympics, only by saving winter itself.
Freedom of Information Act Under Fire
Feb 04, 2010
- High fees and delays undermine accountability
Broken promise: BC’s Coalbed Methane rules inferior
Jan 27, 2010
- New reports by Dogwood Initiative show government commitments not met
Major Pipeline Spill 'Another Warning' Say Environmentalists
Jan 14, 2010
- A major oil pipeline spill has joined a recent spate of shipping accidents as "yet another warning about the consequences of shipping oil to and from BC's coast," says a BC based watchdog group.
Oil Tanker project has a Terms of Reference, but faces stiff opposition
Dec 04, 2009
- Dogwood Initiative points to a fundamental flaw in the proposed review process for Enbridge's 'Northern Gateway' tar sands pipeline and tanker project to BC's coast
Lost in Transmission
Sep 16, 2009Victoria, BC
- PM's announcement about green energy in BC really about supporting mining industry
Government Fudges the Numbers
Sep 02, 2009
- Huge Discrepancies found in BC Budget
Aug 14, 2009
- Province closes LiveSmart BC program while boosting oil and gas subsidies
Community Defiant in the Face of Court of Appeal Decision
Aug 13, 2009
- Communities, First Nations, surfers and environmentalists refuse to admit defeat in the face of the Recent Court of Appeal decision not to uphold the CRD's progressive land use by laws.
LETTER FROM CONSERVATION ORGANISATIONS TO WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE
Jul 28, 2009
- list Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park on the List of World Heritage in Danger
BC Group Urges Secretary Clinton to Say No to Dirty Canadian Oil
Jun 25, 2009
- Dogwood Initiative has joined an international network of environmental groups urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to deny permits for a series of pipelines designed to bring dirty oil sands crude into the United States from Canada.
Environmental Groups to Minister Raitt: Plan to Speed Up Approval of Tar Sands Pipelines is Wrong Direction
May 22, 2009
- Today environmental groups ForestEthics, Dogwood Initiative and Sierra Club Canada responded to Minister Raitt’s proposal to speed up the approval of pipelines by calling on her to strengthen, not gut, the review and approval process
Enbridge not on hook for oil tanker spills
May 07, 2009Victoria
- Enbridge CEO Patrick Daniel told shareholders at the company's annual meeting that the Calgary-based company would not be financially responsible for oil tanker spills resulting from their tar sands project to BC's north coast
BC First Nations at Enbridge AGM: 'No Tar Sands Pipeline'
May 06, 2009
- The environmental risk of a pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands to BC's north coast is too high. That’s the message members of three BC First Nations took to Enbridge Inc.'s Annual General Meeting today in downtown Toronto.
Enbridge Inc Dodgy on Oil Spill Risks
May 05, 2009Victoria, British Columbia
- Pipeline company asks shareholders to vote 'NO' on revealing consequences of oil spills
Canadians across the country say 'No Tankers' on 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill
Mar 24, 2009
- Hundreds of Canadians held protests, outreach events and parties across the country to mark No Tankers Day yesterday, a national day of action to keep BC's coast safe from oil spills. March 24 was the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and environmental groups used the day to remember the tragedy and highlight the importance of keeping BC's coast safe from oil spills.
Fight to protect endangered killer whales far from over
Mar 20, 2009
- 'Trial and error' approach leaves whales vulnerable claim environmental groups
Mint Backs Down
Mar 18, 2009
- Tanker protesters escalate blackened loonie campaign
20th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Declared No Tankers Day in Canada
Mar 05, 2009
- Leading environmental groups from BC and Canada have declared March 24th No Tankers Day, a national day of action to keep BC's coast safe from oil spills. The 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill will be used to highlight the importance of keeping BC's coast safe from oil spills and the threat of tar sands related oil tanker traffic
Lawsuit forces Canada to protect endangered killer whales
Feb 24, 2009
- Stunning policy reversal could mark turning point for 85 remaining whales
Tanker Protest Stands Firm In Face of Threats from the Mint
Feb 10, 2009
- Critical of heavy handed response from Mint
Mint Demands Tanker Protest 'Cease and Desist'
Feb 03, 2009
- The Royal Canadian Mint has issued Dogwood Initiative with a cease and desist order regarding their current campaign to protect the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest from tar sands tankers and oil spills.
Activists blacken thousands of loonies to protest against oil tankers
Feb 02, 2009
- Dogwood Initiative, a Victoria-based environmental organization is distributing 200,000 cling decals that simulate an oil spill when applied to the iconic loon. The campaign is designed to alert Canadians of their government's support of oil proposals that threaten BC's northern coast.
A step closer to stopping WFP subdivisions
Jan 08, 2009
- CRD to appeal court decision on Juan de Fuca bylaws
CRD Supreme Court Loss- A tragedy for the Wild Coast
Jan 05, 2009
- Communities, First Nations, Surfers, and Environmentalists are frustrated and saddened by the BC Supreme Court decision on December 23, 2008 not to uphold the CRD's progressive bylaws in and around Jordan River.
Environmental Groups Praise Landmark Step Towards Responsible Coalbed Methane Development
Dec 09, 2008
- The B.C. government has taken a landmark step in resolving concerns around coalbed methane (CBM) development, according to environmental groups.
Enbridge Shareholders Worried About Oil Spills
Dec 05, 2008
- Five shareholders representing ~$70,000 of Enbridge have partnered with Dogwood Initiative to file a shareholder proposal with Enbridge Inc. asking the company's Board to be more open with the unique risks and liabilities associated with the Gateway pipeline and marine tanker project
Jordan River News, Walk and Talk
Oct 31, 2008
- Sunday November 2, 2008, from 1-3pm, Dogwood Initiative is inviting residents of the Juan de Fuca Electoral area to reflect on the meaning and importance of maintaining the character of their communities. A guided trail walk, poetry reading and information session will update residents on the status of WFP subdivision application and give them the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the unique nature of the area.
Lunn Slippery on Oil Tanker Issue
Sep 25, 2008Victoria, BC
- On CBC Radio One program, "On the Island", this past Wednesday morning, Gary Lunn, Natural Resources Minister, and the Conservative incumbent for the federal riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands, continued to try to confuse the public about the real status of oil tankers on BC's North Coast.
Companies' push for supertankers unpopular with British Columbian's
Aug 07, 2008Victoria, BC
- Poll shows seven in ten residents support a ban on oil Tankers