B.C.

My Site C story published

My feature Fighting for Peace Valley has just gone online at  Cascadia Magazine, with some great photos by Jennifer O’Keeffe. In August, I visited the Peace Region in northeastern B.C. with two friends and talked to long-time residents fighting against the controversial Site C dam project. These included Yvonne Tupper from Saulteau First Nations, farmers Arlene… Continue reading My Site C story published

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B.C., Maritime, Portfolio

The monster of Kitimaat and other tales at Enbridge hearing

Everybody loves a good storyteller and I’m no exception. Last week, I listened to some of the live streaming of the Enbridge hearings from Kitimaat, the First Nations village a few clicks outside the company town of Kitimat in northwest B.C. It was the tail end of the first day and the Haisla’s Chief Councillor,… Continue reading The monster of Kitimaat and other tales at Enbridge hearing

China, Travel

Winter in Urumqi

One of the world's most polluted cities The Toronto Star recently listed China's Urumqi as one of the Top Ten worst places to live in the world. The reason? Pollution. The list prompted my strangely fond memories of coughing and spluttering through winter in Urumqi while teaching English there between 2005 and 2006. By Alison… Continue reading Winter in Urumqi

Maritime

What if a containership ran aground on Nootka Island?

By Alison Bate When a ship gets into trouble off the remote west coast of Vancouver Island, there are very few rescue services around. The province relies on a commercial tug in the area being able to help out. Currently, major seagoing tugs carry electronic tracking devices so they can be located in real-time on… Continue reading What if a containership ran aground on Nootka Island?

Maritime

Tug escort rules vary in B.C.

By Alison Bate I must admit I was a little surprised not to get a straight answer from Transport Canada at first about the number of tug escorts traveling with condensate tankers into Kitimat. I assumed it was clearly set down in the legislation whether tankers carrying this kind of hydrocarbon mixture required tug escorts… Continue reading Tug escort rules vary in B.C.

Maritime

What if a tanker heading for Kitimat hit another vessel?

By Alison Bate What would happen if a tanker on its way to Kitimat collided with a tug in the scenic Inside Passage? According to the author of a new report, major flaws would be exposed in the way marine accidents are handled here in British Columbia. "Nobody is essentially watching the store - at… Continue reading What if a tanker heading for Kitimat hit another vessel?