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Conservation | Public Participation and Forestry Planning: A Personal Account

Conservation | Public Participation and Forestry Planning: A Personal Account

By Van Andruss – I seem to be one of those people who lag behind the times. For instance, I assume that BC’s Crown land is owned by its citizens, both native and non-native. Certainly logging companies do not own our land; neither does government. Besides this, I believe in the responsibility of the Ministry […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Cuba 2015

ARTS & CULTURE | Cuba 2015

By Van Andruss —    My partner Eleanor and I visited the Emerald Isle for the fourth time this past winter. I would like to offer bits of what we learned there while enjoying a change of scene. Even before we flew into Havana, we heard the news about Obama’s intention to “normalize” relations between […]

CONSERVATION | BOOK REVIEW: Talk About Books

CONSERVATION | BOOK REVIEW: Talk About Books

By Van Andruss —  Every now and then a book comes along that seems meant for me. Such a book is James B. MacKinnon’s “The Once and Future World: Nature as it was, as it is, as it could be” (Random House, 2013). James MacKinnon is a gifted writer already known for the previous best-seller, […]

CLIMATE CHANGE | In the Shadow of Global Warming

CLIMATE CHANGE | In the Shadow of Global Warming

  By Van Andruss — We go along nowadays as if things were relatively normal, but things are not normal. The current world is a radically different world from the one we used to know. Our present situation is not only “post-modern”; it is “post-holocene,” in that the accumulated biological treasury of the planet is […]

AGRICULTURE | Bill-24: Disabling the Agricultural Land Reserve

AGRICULTURE | Bill-24: Disabling the Agricultural Land Reserve

By Van Andruss — The original ALR, or Agricultural Land Reserve, came into effect in 1973 under the influence of Dave Barrett and the NDP government. It was obvious to the Barrett government that prime farmland in BC was vanishing at an alarming rate under the pressure of “development,” for instance, 6,000 hectares per year […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Don’t Give Away Our Forest Lands!

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Don’t Give Away Our Forest Lands!

By Van Andruss — This year the BC government carried out an online public inquiry called an “Area Based Forest Tenure Consultation,” which ended May 30, 2014. Advertised as a response to a dwindling timber supply and particularly to the devastating beetle kill of the past decade, the Consultation invited comment on a proposal regarding […]

POLICY | CETA is a Bad Deal for Canada

POLICY | CETA is a Bad Deal for Canada

By Van Andruss — On October 18, after four years of negotiations, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, signed a “tentative” CETA agreement in Brussels. CETA stands for Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, and is said by Harper to be the biggest trade deal Canada has ever made, […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | An Interview with Herb Hammond on Changes in Forest Policy

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | An Interview with Herb Hammond on Changes in Forest Policy

By Van Andruss — Over the years it has been my privilege to know Herb Hammond. Herb has devoted his career to promoting ecosystem-based forestry. In 1992, he and Susan Hammond created the Silva Forest Foundation. Since then the Foundation has worked to create ecosystem-based conservation plans and ecosystem maps with many communities throughout Canada. […]