B.C. TO BE INTERVENER IN TRANS MOUNTAIN COURT CASE
The B.C. government will be allowed to intervene in a legal fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, with some conditions.
Ottawa has approved the $7.4-billion project that would triple the capacity of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline and increase tanker traffic from the Vancouver area to the southern part of Vancouver Island.
Several First Nations and municipalities filed legal challenges against the project while the NDP government applied to be an intervener after missing the initial deadline ahead of May’s election.
The Federal Court of Appeal ruling Tuesday said the province can be involved at October’s hearings but cannot introduce new issues or evidence.
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO PULL THE PLUG ON SITE C: EXPERT
B.C. is getting some advice from the other side of the country when it comes to building a multibillion-dollar dam.
David Vardy, the former head of Newfoundland and Labrador’s public utilities regulator, said a hydroelectric project in that province should serve as a cautionary tale for B.C. and its Site C Dam.
Vardy has sent the BC Utilities Commission more than a dozen recommendations based on lessons learned from Muskrat Falls, whose price tag has more than doubled to $12.7 billion.
Vardy said B.C. is in a position to stop the Site C project now without going any further.
WILDFIRES PROMPT AIR QUALITY ADVISORIES IN B.C.
An air quality advisory is being issued for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley due to high concentrations of fine particulate matter from wildfires outside of the region.
Officials said in a news release the fine particulate matter currently impacting the region’s air shed is primarily smoke coming from wildfires in North California, Oregon and Washington state.
Concentrations of ground-level ozone are also expected to reach advisory levels in eastern parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley due to hot weather conditions.
People are advised to avoid strenuous outdoor activities, particularly in mid-afternoon and early evening when ozone levels are highest.
SECOND-LARGEST SHIPPING CONTAINER FACILITY UNVEILED IN PRINCE RUPERT
Northern B.C. communities will be better connected to the world thanks to the expansion of Fairview Terminal’s container facility at the Port of Prince Rupert, the provincial government said.
Officials said in a news release the expansion makes the port the second-largest container shipping facility in Canada and that it can now accommodate the largest container vessels in the world.
The two-year, $200-million project was financed by DP World, a major global container-handling company headquartered in Dubai.
Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston said more than 3,000 people in the region are directly employed in transporting goods through the port.
DRIVERS REMINDED TO BE CAUTIOUS IN SCHOOL ZONES AHEAD OF CLASSES RESUMING
The Insurance Corp. of B.C. is urging drivers to keep safety in mind next week as children across the province return to school next week.
Motorists are asked to give themselves extra travel time, avoid distractions and keep watch for children, especially around school zones.
ICBC said 370 children are injured in crashes each year in the province, while walking, cycling or skateboarding.
It said six children are killed each year.