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Northwest communities finally get piece of natural resources action

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Written By Fran Yanor
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A few hours after BC Finance Minister Katrine Conroy stood in the legislature to announce $250 million in new funding for a revenue-sharing agreement in the northwest, glasses clinked at a nearby restaurant where mayors and their staff gathered to celebrate a hard-won victory.  “I feel good. I’m really happy. It’s not as much money […]

First Nations resource tax proposal gets nod from Poilievre

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Written By Fran Yanor
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A proposal allowing First Nations to collect a portion of the resource development taxes paid by industry got a credibility boost this week when Conservative Party of Canada Leader Pierre Poilievre endorsed the unprecedented tax-sharing change, which he dubbed “a First Nations-led solution to a made-in-Ottawa problem.” “This is a historic change in how First […]

Double whammy: BC wineries hit by cold snap, AB import ban

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Written By Rob Shaw
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“It’s a scary time. We hope we dodge a bullet.” ––John Skinner B.C.’s wine sector is reeling from a one-two punch to its economic viability, after a wicked cold snap decimated some vineyards at the same time as Alberta cracked down on cross-border direct wine purchases from British Columbia. Grape growers and wineries are appealing […]

Proposed legislative changes will give Indigenous nations new legal power on land…

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Written By Rob Shaw
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“There’s no debate that this process creates a veto power, there’s no dispute about that.” ––Robin Junger B.C.’s minister responsible for Crown land is apologizing for the confusing reveal of new Indigenous co-governance legislation that critics say could dramatically reshape decision-making on public land across the province. Land, Water and Resource Stewardship Minister Nathan Cullen […]