Ian Campbell, Michelle Edwards, Tom Pedersen, Matt Horne, Merran Smith, Tzeporah Berman, Nancy Olewiler

Seven members of B.C.'s Climate Leadership Team released the following open letter on May 17, 2016:

Dear Premier,

Tyler Stiem

In the 1960s, Vancouver’s historic downtown was at risk of being razed for modern road projects – only for an extraordinary protest movement to turn the tide, helping transform it into one of North America’s most ‘liveable’ cities.

Matt Robinson

More people bike to work in Vancouver than any other major city in North America — including U.S. cycling mecca Portland, new numbers from the City of Vancouver suggest.

About 10 per cent of all trips to work by city residents in 2015 were by bike, according to results of the city’s latest panel survey on transportation, presented Wednesday to councillors. That would put Vancouver well ahead of Portland, but staff caution they will need to compare the results of the 2016 census to those of the American community survey to confirm Vancouver’s No. 1 ranking.

Mike Hudema

It’s no secret that the drop in the price of oil has hit Alberta’s fossil fuel economy hard and hit Albertan families even harder. Our province lost over 51,000 oil-related jobs in 2015 and there’s no sign of them coming back any time soon.

The good news is that with increased provincial leadership and with the right policies and investments in the green economy we can put people back to work and create jobs in a province that desperately needs them.


Apr. 22, 2016 - The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is pitching an ambitious $5.5-billion plan to build and operate an electric light-rail transit network in the Greater Montreal region that it hopes will revitalize the economy and also generate attractive returns.

However, Caisse chief executive officer Michael Sabia says the LRT project won’t go ahead unless there is significant funding from Quebec and Ottawa.

Ryan Katz-Rosene

The Leap Manifesto has recently found itself at the centre of controversy, with pipelines in particular acting as a wedge between various factions and regional representatives of the NDP.

The Manifesto effectively calls for a moratorium on :infrastructure projects that lock us into increased extraction decades into the future." As a supporter of the social and ecological principles that undergird Leap, I can get behind this statement.


The head of Via Rail says the Crown corporation has investors in place and is ready to start construction in early 2017 on a plan that would dramatically improve service in the Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto corridor.


[Webpage editor's note: It has long been suspected that one motivation for the proposed 10 lane bridge to replace the currrent 4 lane Massey tunnel under the Fraser River in Metro Vancouver was to enable larger ships to sail up and down the river (the tunnel limits a deeper river channel). Steve Ree's blog provides some evidence regarding LNG carriers.]


Council of Canadians
Massey Bridge protest

The Council of Canadians has joined with allies to call on the federal government launch an environmental review of the proposed Massey Bridge in Metro Vancouver and to withhold federal infrastructure funding from the project.

For context, the George Massey Tunnel is an existing highway traffic tunnel in Metro Vancouver that is located about 20 kilometres south of Vancouver city centre. The four-lane highway goes under the south arm of the Fraser River estuary and joins the municipalities of Richmond and Delta.


So much for the suburban answer to high house prices in the city.

Costly homes in Toronto have driven so many buyers to the suburbs that bidding wars are becoming common and prices are soaring. But that's only part of the affordability challenge of moving outside the urban centre.


Commuting, whether by car or public transportation, is also an issue.


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