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Prime Minister Harper’s decision to indefinitely postpone the North American Leaders’ Summit – better known as the annual “Three Amigos” meeting – likely has a lot to do with his own electoral calculus. But it also does Mexican President Peña Nieto a huge favour.

On January 15, helicopters lifted into the skies over British Columbia’s South Selkirk and South Peace regions to start the killing of wolves. The goal is to limit the wolves’ predation on dwindling interior caribou herds, the populations of which have dropped to critical levels. Between 2009 and 2014, the South Selkirk herd dropped from 46 to just 18 animals.

On March 3rd, after the Watershed Sentinel went to press, I went over to the Courtenay, BC head office of Compliance Coal, owners of the Raven coal mine. Compliance Coal had announced they had withdrawn their Raven Underground Coal Project re-application from the provincial Environmental Assessment screening process.

Wildlife & Land

6 BC’s Wolf Kill
Killing wolves to “save” caribou

11 Land Investment Deals
Sovereign wealth and pension funds want Saskatchewan farm land

32 Grizzly Bear Hunting in BC

Energy & Pipelines

7 Chief Against Energy East
Treaty 3 Grand Chief speaks out
 

It has been a very long haul since we took the plunge last June and paid for our solar equipment, manufactured in China, to be transported across the US border to our home in Kaslo, BC. Free trade has really destroyed our own manufacturing economy, but that is a whole other conversation.

The failure of the Mt Polley tailings facility vindicated Karl Terzaghi and Ralph B. Peck, the two great engineers who founded the science and art of geotechnical engineering.  They always warned that the undetected geological feature, stratum, or layer was the cause of failure.  This is exactly what happened at the part of the embankment that failed at the Mt Polley mine—the original site investigation failed to identify or characterize a layer of glaciofluvial clay.  Subsequent work failed to establish correctly the strength of the layer.  And that layer failed when the load from the...

Modern-day humans seem to hate predators, often without realising that we are predators ourselves. In fact, it is likely the main reason we have engaged in killing off as many as we can ever since we evolvedinto an upright, fully bipedal species. Why? To my mind, there are two primary reasons: competition and fear.

In countries where electricity and water are scarce, keeping food from spoiling is a challenge. According to the United Nations, 45 percent of crops grown in developing countries end up going bad before getting to market or being consumed. That food becomes trash, wasting soil, water, seeds and labor and often contributing to famine.

A lake is not a thing; it is a process. A lake is a dynamic living system, a flow of energy and nutrients, a home for its inhabitants, always evolving, forever shifting moods.

We think of right-wing evangelical religion as an influence in American politics, but, unrecognized by the public and mostly unreported, it is a powerful influence on the Conservative caucus. That would explain the destruction of environmental policies and those omnibus bills.