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  • commented 2017-08-21 11:38:44 -0700
    Hey MySeaToSky,


    My name is Dave Heighway and I live in Whistler. I attended a meeting here last year regarding opposition the the Woodfibre LNG plant – Tracey Saxby was the speaker. I support your cause and thankful of your hard work.


    I’m contacting you because I’d like to get something going in our area around the Leap Manifesto/Leap Movement. I think organizations like MySeaToSky have much in common with the tenets of the Leap – I expect some of your members are signatories. I haven’t found anyone or any group discussing the Leap in our area and would love to talk to you about it.


    If that sounds interesting, I’d love to hear from you! Hope to see you Saturday for the flotilla.


    Thanks and keep up the hard work.

    Sincerely,

    Dave Heighway

    daveinthe604@yahoo.com
  • commented 2017-06-13 15:54:48 -0700
    I am sending you the link to a film created by Learning Expeditions students here in Squamish, called “Sacred Sound”.

    I spoke with the students who created the film, asking them if it would be OK for other groups to share or link this film to the website. The students said they would be fine with any links or sharing of their video.

    Enjoy!


    Bridget McClarty

    Science Teacher, Learning Expeditions, Stawamus School

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-1AY4feYUo
  • commented 2017-05-06 18:47:41 -0700
    your concern re the tanker route crossing three BC Ferries routes. The next 3 new ferries; Salish Orca, Salish Eagle and Salish Raven that are being built in Gdansk, Poland will all be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas .No mention of how many cubic metres of fuel on board. Does this mean every sailing on the schedule will be hazardous material sailing? Where will the storage tanks be located?
  • commented 2017-04-28 07:16:28 -0700
    Hey guys love what you’re doing and fully support it, but you should consider changing you logo. Not representative at all of the sea to sky. Forget trying to be politically correct and representative, get a logo that describes your cause: mountains + ocean.
  • commented 2017-03-29 21:52:48 -0700
  • commented 2017-03-17 12:04:05 -0700
    To whomever this may concern,


    My name is Jon Carter and I currently work for the apparel company, Patagonia. They graciously offer employees the opportunity to volunteer with an environmental non-profit anywhere in the world, for up to 8 weeks. I’m very interested in exploring Canada while lending my skills to conservancy in such a diverse landscape.

      

    I’m wondering if there are any projects or smaller nonprofits you know of (could be a mix of a few different projects lasting 8 weeks or 1 longer project) which you would like a FREE volunteer?? I’m particularly interested in any ongoing projects in the Squamish area. I would look to arrive sometime in July / August, but will need to have the internship planned out within the next few weeks.

      

    I have experience in construction, gardening, filming, as well as more business oriented skills. Also, I’m an avid mountain biker / hiker and would love to travel the corridor, helping document its biodiversity while also promoting alternative transportation. I’m open to any and all ongoing projects in the region that you may need help with! 

      

    Please let me know if this is something that could work. I look forward to hearing from you soon!


    Cheers,

    Jon
  • commented 2017-03-08 12:46:39 -0800
    I am not able to send the letter you have posted? it is not saying it was sent. please check to see if it is working.
  • commented 2017-03-07 20:10:42 -0800
    Please explain exactly what you mean by boycott. I really want to support this but I don’t understand what I am agreeing to if I sign this.
  • commented 2017-03-02 17:23:24 -0800
    Hello there all,


    Would like to discuss personally or by phone.


    Got a potentially game breaking strategy to discuss leading up to election from an angle I have not heard discussed publicly or civically – of which I have some involvement.


    RE:

    http://www.squamishchief.com/news/garibaldi-lake-a-ticking-time-bomb-1.1753732


    Would like to break through the noise and make contact with someone from the exec


    604 379 9717


    Thanks for the good work – and interest all


    Cheers


    Darcy
  • commented 2017-01-25 13:56:28 -0800
    Can I send a message to Eoin Finn through this site?
  • commented 2017-01-06 10:51:34 -0800
    Hi there,


    I’m reaching out from CKNW Radio hoping to speak to someone from My Sea To Sky Today on our afternoon talk show. Please give me a shout for more information – 604-331-2856. Thanks very much,


    Chantal Coschizza
  • commented 2016-11-04 10:42:08 -0700
    Hi there,

    I wondered if someone could call me on 6043312766 to speak about the Woodfibre LNG project?

    Many thanks

    Niamh Anderson
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  • commented 2016-07-12 17:34:12 -0700
    Last year when Christy Clark began putting out all the negative propaganda about the evil ’Forces of No", I thought that someone should create a web site called the Forces of Know where organizations such as yours or anti fracking and any thing that could show corruption in BC could have a forum so that the people of this province could have one source where they could find the truth behind the bs so they can be properly informed for the next election. Anyhow I have purchased the website forcesofknow.ca and forcesofknow.com for one year and would like to donate the site to any organization that would use it in this manner. if your organization would like to use this or you know of where I could ask, I would appreciate it. I don’t know anything about website building so it is pretty useless to me. I hope I don’t sound too confusing.


    Looking forward to feedback, Rod
  • commented 2016-07-12 17:34:12 -0700
    Last year when Christy Clark began putting out all the negative propaganda about the evil ’Forces of No", I thought that someone should create a web site called the Forces of Know where organizations such as yours or anti fracking and any thing that could show corruption in BC could have a forum so that the people of this province could have one source where they could find the truth behind the bs so they can be properly informed for the next election. Anyhow I have purchased the website forcesofknow.ca and forcesofknow.com for one year and would like to donate the site to any organization that would use it in this manner. if your organization would like to use this or you know of where I could ask, I would appreciate it. I don’t know anything about website building so it is pretty useless to me. I hope I don’t sound too confusing.


    Looking forward to feedback, Rod
  • commented 2016-06-27 10:11:08 -0700
    Hi I`m a Squamish resident with an idea to show the Canadian Government that the community is against Woodfibre LNG… really that the BC coast is against LNG. When Elizabeth May was here in Squamish she said she believes Justin Trudeau wants to do the right thing, but he needs to hear from more people. More people need to stand up.


    My idea locally is that we get all the people against Woodfibre LNG to dress in Red, head to their coastline, ie… Squamish- everyone head to the waterfront… Bowen Island… their waterfront, North and West Vancovuer- their waterfront park… so on and so on— on the same day at the same time… ie- the weekend before BC day- then we get media to fly over… or a helicopter service to fly over and see the sea of Red against LNG…. ideally this could happen all over BC, but the impact would be the greatest here in the local area and the lower mainland.


    In hopes we send the message to the rest of Canada and the Trudeau government that is community, this coastline does not grant permission for the LNG plant!
  • commented 2016-05-13 19:15:52 -0700
    I live far away in the Southern Interior (Salmon Arm) but I’m impressed by your efforts, and support them 100%. Here’s a link to the piece I wrote in the National Observer last year about this situation and the Lelu Island debacle.

    http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/opinion-clark-selling-out-future-generations-placate-malaysian-oil-and-gas-giant?page=0,2
  • commented 2016-05-11 17:17:17 -0700
    If your group is truly concerned about the environment, you will stop repeatedly putting literature on my car so I have to recycle it for you. Today there were TWO. Seriously, does not paperhanger #2 not see that paperhanger #1 has already papered my car? And you are putting these on my car EVERY day. While I may have been interested in what you initially had to say, I now only think of you as a bunch of litterbugs and I am not interested in whatever you are trying to do. Your loss.
  • commented 2016-05-10 08:57:30 -0700
    WLNG scores a publicity stunt….. China pretends to buy just about all the LNG from WLNG http://www.squamishreporter.com/2016/05/09/wlng-and-guangzhou-gas-group-sign-lng-agreement/
  • commented 2016-05-09 23:49:55 -0700
    Economic direct action is what we need, lets vote with our spending’s, a good way, start with boycotting Chinese merchandise, for there support for WLNG by signing a worth less piece of paper that they are anyway not considering to adhere to ( remember the coal deal at Thumbler Ridge). China has 2x more LNG potential then Canada, so let them use there own and as far as our government, lets get ready to build up an other party as a third power, in a coalition, to send the present government packing in less then a Year and yes, lets not make a mistake to replace one no good with an other no good, it is time that we have a coalition that has to be responsible with a strong, fair and democratic leader, it has worked well for many nations. The Swiss in particular and to stop to have big business buy the politicians an or union ..same thing. This is the first item on the agenda . Canadian LNG send elsewhere is doing the pollution for others in our country . It will ruin a fair price policy for domestic Energy as there is always a way to artificially jack up the cost, by pretending that they don,t need the local market and we better pay what the other guys are willing to pay ( nice bluff).

    We don,t need a referendum, even so on the coast and especially in Squamish, the No LNG would dominate, we have to speak with our pocket book and with the support of right minded non corrupt individuals, to engage them to get involved and the re-emergence of endless talk of the so called sophisticated , educated, professional talkers, is not what this country needs, less talk and more action. Lets stop buying Chines stuff and let them know, until they rescind that empty promise to buy WLNG, we will not buy Chinese stuff.. there are many other nations, maybe a bit more cost, but worth making a point.
  • commented 2016-05-09 15:46:47 -0700
    Dear Editor …..Answer to the news today about the announcement having just read about China buying Woodfiber LNG .. Here is my solution and reply to them, Please make the following announcement.

    People of Squamish , people of BC, People of Canada…..

    They pollute our country by us having to provide Canadian fracked LNG to China …. those against destruction and against pollution in Canada ….. immediately stop buying Chinese merchandise right away, until they annul there deal.

    Hans Schaer
  • commented 2016-05-08 19:43:24 -0700
    FYI I saw an angry man tearing down the posters about May 14th. the ones he removed were in the grassy area right to the south of where the farmer’s market happens in the summer. You probably need to repost here and in other locations, if this was any indication of what’ shappening.


    Tahnks for all your advocacy!
  • commented 2016-05-02 21:26:43 -0700
    Thought you might find this information useful.


    Asia’s LNG Markets Breaking Down, Reform Comes Next


    Unmoored pricing, declined delivery, mothballed capacity, asset sales, write downs.



    A Pan-Asian Gas Pipeline (at left, above) provides Asia a much longer, lasting, flexible, economically-valuable energy infrastructure than single-generation, greenhouse gas-intensive Liquid Natural Gas.

    Click Image to Enlarge


    Asia’s LNG market is in multi-hundred billion dollar chaos. Counter intuitively, that’s good news for the future.


    The reason? The intra-Asian LNG industry is a result of government capture by fossil fuel interests. It makes no sense on reasonable economic grounds.


    The distorted results are now on display: bloated construction costs in Australia, environmental degradation in the Great Barrier Reef), overcharged buyers in Japan and uncounted/uncosted carbon emissions everywhere.


    LNG oversupply is creating an active Asian LNG ‘spot market’ to the horror of insiders. It’s stripping the veil from this overpriced, misinvested industry.


    A painful economic process of adjustment has several years (and bankruptcies) to run. It won’t be pretty. It could have been avoided.


    Had proper economics been applied from the start, an intra-Asia LNG industry wouldn’t have taken root. Natural gas pipelines are better, cheaper and longer-lasting option.


    Proper application of ‘demand-pull’ economic analysis would have shown this. Instead, the LNG industry sought ‘supply-push’ economic rents created by technological ‘lock in.’ The bet’s now gone bad.


    The reason: for intra-regional trade, LNG has fundamental flaws.


    Renewables are rapidly achieving cost parity with natural gas. This undermines the rationale for long-term investment in natural gas, let alone a grossly expensive, single-purpose bespoke infrastructure to deliver it.


    Ignoring LNG’s carbon emissions distorts LNG’s poor investment economics. But nstead of making rational calculations based on all economic factors, the LNG industry flattered LNG’s economics by excluding carbon.


    Adding carbon prices to LNG’s ‘life-cycle’ emissions raises costs dramatically. Faced with this problem, the LNG industry excluded carbon emissions (and their costs) as irrelevant. They won’t be irrelevant for long.


    Global carbon market reform in the next five years will deliver broader coverage and much higher prices (to $20-$50 per tonne). These will expose LNG’s poor carbon economics.


    Capital costs of pipelines are lower than for LNG. For intra-regional transport of natural gas, pipelines are a better deal on both economic and technology grounds. Government capture— however — tilted decisions toward more LNG, a more lucrative business for industry.


    That bet’s now going wrong. The result is an albatross industry. The evidence: an oversupplied regional Asian LNG market in which spot market prices have fallen so low they now more than offset financial penalties of failing to honor long-term delivery contracts.


    This, in turn, is rapidly breaking down the industry’s preferred sinecure of long-term pricing.


    It’s the horror scenario for LNG insiders. They deliberately excluded key variables from their economic analysis. These include carbon pricing and the advantageous multifuel advantages of pipelines.


    The current mayhem will mark the evolution of a regional LNG spot market priced on ‘demand pull’ signals generated by consumers instead of ‘supply-push’ factors favoring producers. That’s the market Asia should have gotten all along.


    In response, some LNG shipping capacity and upstream natural gas production will be mothballed. This is already happening in Australia’s overbuilt LNG export port of Gladstone, Queensland.


    Billions in write downs will follow in time. This will lead to revised calculations about the LNG’s market’s economic value. That in turn will lead to consideration of alternative delivery methods for natural gas that are less capital intensive and less vertically integrated.


    An ideal new system would enable natural gas to be ‘pulled’ into the market as needed in response to demand instead of ‘pushed’ into the market by companies with expensive, bespoke, infrastructure to pay off.


    At present, the problem is one of vertical integration. LNG producers mine the gas, build the LNG shipping facilities and LNG ships. They’ve bet the farm on everything going right with all three all the time.


    By contrast, an open-access, common-carrier, multi-fuel pipeline would be built, operated and maintained by an unrelated middle party. Financing of natural gas transport would be divorced from the economics of upstream production and downstream sale.


    A pipeline would sell access to all comers, changing transport prices in response to market demand. The example here is the United States. There, an open-access, common-carrier merchant pipeline network is open to all comers.


    It features its own ‘spot’ market price (aka the Henry Hub) quoted on a day-to-day, moment-to-moment basis.


    The future of global energy markets lies in networks such as this. They have proved themselves in telecommunications (the internet), electricity (Europe’s increasingly integrated grids) and now natural gas (the US merchant pipeline system).


    Furthermore, ‘just in time’ inventory management lowers the albatross of idled, high-fixed cost investments — such as long construction lead time LNG facilities that are under utilized once finished. The only winners of that game are construction contractors.


    This generates much better price signals than 20-year lock in, the model favored by the LNG industry on the grounds such certainty is required to justify large initial investment.


    To learn more, visit www.grenatec.com

    Grenatec is a research organization studying the viability of a Pan-Asian Energy Infrastructure (PAEI).


    It would serve two billion people and one-third of the global economy


    This commentary may be reprinted with attribution.
  • commented 2016-04-16 12:52:33 -0700
  • commented 2016-04-10 13:16:16 -0700
    I sent the attached email to Catherine McKenna:


    Dear Min. McKenna: I must concede that I am shocked by your decision to approve the Woodfibre LNG project, in contrast to your strong stance re: addressing climate change in Paris. It just does not add up.


    First, the project partner, behind all the holding company smokescreens, is Sukanto Tanoto, the Indonesian businessman called, in one report, “one of the planet’s worst environmental plunderers”, with a long history of rainforest destruction and human rights offences.


    Second, the ecosystem of Howe Sound has just recovered from the disastrous effects of the Woodfibre pulp and paper manufacturing enterprises that devastated the ocean environment with decades of toxic discharges. To introduce a massive hazard into this freshly rehabilitated site is, at very least, disrespectful to the efforts of all the people who have brought this positive change about.


    Third, the economy of the area is rebuilding with non-fossil fuel, green tourism businesses that are exceeding, in terms of local employment and revenue, the benefits of the fossil-fuel-based industries they are replacing. To suddenly revert, once again, to a high-capital cost, remotely operated, low-employment business is a tragic misdirection of jurisdictional responsibility.


    And finally, this project, by its very nature, goes against the forceful and apparently heart-felt pronouncements you made in Paris a few months ago. Calling for a 1.5 degree limit on global warming, and acknowledging that we must move away from dependence on fossil fuels, is all very well. But then, as a concrete action, approving a massive LNG project, when the high leakage rates from fracked gas are widely acknowledged, the extreme impact of methane as a GHG is widely known, and the movement to “leave it in the ground” is gaining momentum worldwide, makes it clear that the rhetoric was nothing more than empty words.


    Has the government withdrawn its subsidies to the fossil fuel industry? No.


    Has the government put out a concrete scheme for supporting renewable energy development? No.


    Is the government now moving away from taking concrete steps to limit GHG production? Yes.


    As someone who contributed to the Liberal Party during the last election process, I am deeply, deeply disappointed.


    I hope something will happen soon to restore my faith in your government’s approach to global climate change.


    Sincerely,




    R.Warren Bell BA MDCM CCFP FCFP

    Past Founding President, CAPE (Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

    Founding President, WA:TER (Wetland Alliance: The Ecological Response

    Rural Preceptor, University of BC

    Salmon Arm, BC

    Canada
  • commented 2016-04-07 10:26:47 -0700
    April 5, 2016
    (I’ve sent this letter to the appropriate offices)
    To whom it may concern,
    Like thousands and thousands of people living in BC who have voiced objection to permitting an LNG plant in Woodfibre I implore you to rescind permission.
    The proposed water cooling system has been declared illegal in California because of the harm it does to sea life. How much more harm it would do in our Howe Sound within it’s narrow confines. The Vancouver Observer and the Globe and Mail have both reported danger to the herring spawn should this course be followed.
    It’s not clear how ferry traffic, not to mention recreational boat traffic could deal with the huge LNG tankers and their entourages. Does tourism count for nothing.
    An LNG facility just means more fracking. How could the economics makes sense? How the heck can you justify using large amounts of fresh water and contaminating it to produce energy from a non-renewable resource the value of which is declining?
    I understand that jobs paying a decent living wage for Canadians is a priority. I grew up in Woodfibre and Dad used to say that the smell of the pulp and paper mill was the smell of bread and butter. However This world is on the cusp of change and I believe that those ‘living wage jobs’ must come from environmentally responsible sources. . . Thank you for your attention,
    Sharon Russell, Sechelt BC
  • commented 2016-03-31 09:12:07 -0700
    I want to attend the presentation to cover for The Squamish Chief at 7 p.m. but I don’t need to get there earlier, i.e. for the dinner, so I didn’t want to RSVP on the site.
  • commented 2016-03-22 09:05:18 -0700
    I need your postal code to send some signed petitions to you.
  • commented 2016-03-15 14:27:39 -0700
    To get wider exposure to people signing the Howe Sound Declaration, why not consider using “change.org”?
  • commented 2016-03-02 10:39:17 -0800
    It seems there is a problem with your site.


    It won’t let me sign and yet it says Thank You for signing??