Archive for September, 2010
The Alberta Premier may say of the Suncor Pond 1 transformation to Wapisiw Lookout that it makes him proud to be an Albertan. I wondered if the BC Premier feels the same about the Kemess Mine Tailings Impoundment. Here is an extended quote from the 2010 Reclamation Symposium Award Speech as delivered in Courtenay BC on 22nd September 2010 by Carla Fraser, Chari, BC Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation. (e-mail me if you would like the full speech.) (more…)
Flying into Fort McMurray, I chatted to the lawyer sitting next to me. He got his degree at the University of British Columbia, worked awhile for a law firm serving the mining industry, took a post with the Federal Government in Ottawa dealing with Kyoto Treat (“we should never have signed it.”), and was now on his way to investigate implementation of immigration laws as they affect the oil sands mining industry. (more…)
This is the pre-production discussion of the opera. I subsequently attended the opera and write my views at this link. Nevertheless the following is still interesting and relevant.
CBC radio is trumpeting the premier of a new Canadian opera on the 16th October in Vancouver. The opera is Lillian Alling, the true story of a Russian woman who undertakes to walk from New York back home to Russia. Lillian Alling walked west, came up through Vancouver and went further north, where she was arrested for carrying a gun. In 1927 a woman from New York with a gun no doubt set BC a-fretting. We are told she was last seen boarding a ship across the Bering Straight.
For years we have watched as the bulldozers and backhoes laboured to fill in and shape the topography. Today they are done and the landscape is rolling and green, with small creeks meandering amongst boulder clusters and bird-nesting sites. Pond 1 at the Suncor oil sands mine is officially reclaimed and the Alberta Premier today attended the official opening ceremony. He said it make him proud to be an Albertan to see what has been achieved. (more…)
One hesitates to name the place. To do so might make it more popular, thereby making it more busy. Right now it is lightly used and thus one can travel miles without encountering anyone, except maybe another lonely cyclist. I refer to that jewel of North Vancouver, the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. (more…)