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In December, I had the loan of the “Gamma-Scout” Geiger counter from the Watershed Sentinel/BC Environmental Network and conducted a casual survey of various locations on Cortes Island in northern Georgia Strait, BC.

Environmental and First Nations activists are increasingly appalled by the continuing revelations that they are being spied on by police and the Canadian security establishment on behalf of the corporate sector.

Hydraulic fracturing – commonly called fracking – may well become the political issue that polarizes Nova Scotians this year.
The practice has already generated huge controversy elsewhere in Canada, the US and Europe, and now it is raising political concerns both on mainland Nova Scotia and on Cape Breton Island, where industrial contamination and costly remediation are fresh in everyone’s memory.


6 Report from the Woods
Jim Cooperman tells us about the word around the province on the state of BC forests

22 A Treeplanter’s Perspective
Ingmar Lee waxes furious over watershed abuse

I am very concerned about the direction being taken with the new curriculum for BC students.  

Forestwatch is a listserve with over 100 members that has been active in one form or another since the late 1990s. Typical postings include news items about BC forest issues, press releases and occasional local observations or viewpoints.

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With so many mills making ecopaper claims it’s essential that companies promoting sustainable brands choose and use ecopapers that have earned the Environmentally Superior designation from leading environmental organizations. 


It was the busiest, most intense four days I have had in a very long time. We had speakers, we had workshops to choose from, and we had so many discussions with the 150 like-minded individuals who were present. It was truly amazing….even though I was pooped at the end of the four very long days.

The only comment I will make here is that we on the Island have much to worry about with the levels of water up and down the Island.

The National Energy Board (NEB) has approved seven LNG export applications for BC, totalling 14.6 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d).

Meeting these approved exports would require increasing BC’s gas production to nearly 50 per cent more than all of Canada currently produces - within less than a decade. These exports would require more and more gas wells and more and more fracking, up to 50,000 wells over the next 27 years, using up to 10 million gallons of water per well for the fracking. The NEB's job is to protect Canada's energy security, but in its reference case, the NEB projects...