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Great Bear Rainforest Hits a Screen Big Enough to Fit Its Grandeur –

In Ian McAllister’s nature masterpiece, human inhabitants star, too.

The day before I caught the Victoria premiere screening of a new IMAX film on the Great Bear Rainforest, a rather barbed tweet caught my eye.

“I made it official folks so can you please stop calling Haíɫzaqv territory ‘untouched’ now.” The tweet’s author, Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) activist and political leader Jessie Housty, pictured herself “touching” a rocky beach in Bella Bella. “If your narrative is about a place that’s pristine, untouched, etc. then your narrative is harmful because it’s undermining millennia of Haíɫzaqv history.”

Housty didn’t name the film, but she didn’t have to. Others in the region were quick to highlight a perennial paradox for explorers and chroniclers of wilder places, which is that places that seem exotic from the outside aren’t the slightest bit exotic to people who — in order to thrive — live and work and “touch” their home territories every day.

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Imperial Extends Credit Facilities

Vancouver | February 15, 2019 | Imperial Metals Corporation (the “Company”) (TSX:III) announces that it has obtained extensions regarding the maturity date of a number of its credit facilities as follows:

  • The Senior Credit Facility maturity date has been extended from February 15, 2019 to March 7, 2019.
  • The Second Lien Credit Facility maturity date has been extended from February 15, 2019 to March 11, 2019.
  • The Bridge Loan maturity date has been extended from February 28, 2019 to March 13, 2019.
  • The Junior Credit Facility maturity date has been extended from March 12, 2019 to March 15, 2019.

These maturity date extensions will provide additional time to enable the Special Committee to further advance its progress under the business restructuring process announced on September 17, 2018.

About Imperial
Imperial is a Vancouver exploration, mine development and operating company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns the Red Chris, Mount Polley and Huckleberry copper mines in British Columbia. Imperial also holds a 50% interest in the Ruddock Creek lead/zinc property.

Company Contacts
Brian Kynoch | President | 604.669.8959
Andre Deepwell | Chief Financial Officer | 604.488.2666
Sabine Goetz | Shareholder Communications | 604.488.2657 |


CRD Board Endorses 2019-2022 Board Priorities

Feb 14, 2019

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has identified and approved priorities that will guide CRD operations over their 2019–2022 mandate. Through a series of facilitated Board planning sessions beginning in November 2018, Board Directors met to discuss the most pressing community issues facing the region.

“I’d like to thank the CRD Board for their participation in this process,” said CRD Board Chair Colin Plant. “We recognize the extensive work the CRD is already doing for the region and will continue to do as we establish these important priorities for our community. Through the CRD’s established service planning and budget processes, we will determine how best to fund our priorities and initiatives, with a focus on delivering value to taxpayers.”

Acknowledging existing plans and strategies that guide the CRD, the Board has identified four priorities:

  • Community Wellbeing – Transportation & Housing;
  • Climate Action & Environmental Stewardship;
  • First Nations Reconciliation; and
  • Advocacy, Governance & Accountability.

Community Wellbeing emphasizes continued investment in regional priorities such as the $90-million Regional Housing First Program, an equal partnership agreement between the CRD, the BC government through BC Housing, and the federal government through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, with construction and opening of affordable housing projects underway throughout the region. The CRD has also engaged with the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure to advance transportation improvements on the South Island.

The Climate Action & Environmental Stewardship priority encourages bold action on climate change, supported by an approved motion by the CRD Board at the February 13, 2019 meeting for the CRD to declare a climate emergency. A growing list of cities—including Vancouver—have joined an international movement to declare a State of Emergency regarding the climate crisis, promising to accelerate their climate action efforts to achieve net zero carbon emissions. All levels of governments in Canada have identified climate change as a priority policy area and are developing plans, policies and strategies to address this issue.

As part of First Nations Reconciliation, the CRD Board will take measurable steps toward developing respectful government-to-government relationships and partnerships with First Nations to foster shared prosperity for all. This priority is demonstrated in the CRD’s Statement of Reconciliation, a commitment which will guide decision making for the organization for many years to come.

Included as part of the Advocacy, Governance & Accountability priority are two initiatives that focus on the region’s electoral areas. The first initiative is development of an advocacy strategy to ensure all occupied properties have the opportunity to access high-speed internet services. The second initiative is development of a comprehensive strategy and operational review to reflect the unique needs and governance of each electoral area.

These priorities and related initiatives will be implemented over the Board’s four-year term. To remain responsive to the needs of the region, the Board has committed to annual reviews.

With approval of the plan, CRD staff will develop an accompanying Corporate Plan, which will align CRD programs and projects with Board priorities and inform operational plans and budgets for the coming years.

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Proud to be recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at


For media inquiries, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492


New tutorial available for mariners to help protect whales in B.C. waters

February 15, 2019

Vancouver, B.C. – In advance of World Whale Day on February 16, BC Ferries and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority have launched a tutorial for mariners to build awareness of local whale species and how to identify them, and provide navigational strategies to reduce potential interactions between ships and whales in B.C. waters.

Marine traffic in our region is growing, and expected to continue to grow, due to increased population and trade. In recognition of the potential for more interactions between whales and ships, BC Ferries and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority-led Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program, in partnership with Ocean Wise, developed the tutorial called Whales in our Waters. This initiative complements other measures already in place in the region to reduce threats to at-risk whales.

Regional mariners, particularly those operating large vessels such as ferries, cargo ships or tug boats, are encouraged to complete the Whales in our Waters tutorial in advance of the summer season, when many whale species return to the Salish Sea to feed. Though geared towards mariners, the tutorial is also available to the general public on the Port of Vancouver website.

The Whales in our Waters tutorial covers a range of topics including the need to protect local whale species, tips for identifying and reporting them, and best practices to implement when navigating ships in their presence. BC Ferries and Washington State Ferries began integrating the tutorial into their internal crew training programs earlier this year.

“As professional mariners, we have the privilege of observing marine wild life every day, and with that privilege comes a responsibility,” says Captain Jan Brockhausen, BC Ferries’ Marine Superintendent. “Our presence in the great oceans need not impact any species’ ability to survive and it’s on all of us to ensure future generations continue to be wowed by these great mammals. Our hope is that mariners find value in this tutorial, and make good use of what they learn to support the marine ecosystem, which is so important to us all.”

The tutorial includes information on mariners’ legal obligations when encountering marine mammals and the benefits of reporting whale sightings which aids in future recovery and management plans for species at risk. The recovery and protection of at-risk whales, in particular the endangered southern resident killer whale population, is also one of the focus areas of the Government of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan.

“We’re pleased to announce another successful collaboration with our partners that provides mariners with another resource to help them reduce effects on whales while navigating,” says Carrie Brown, director of environmental programs of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “It’s just one more way we’re working to balance ship activity with the protection and recovery of at-risk whales in our region, through our ECHO Program.”

Additional contributors to the tutorial include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Seaspan Marine, Seaspan Ferries, Marine Education and Research Society (MERS), Canadian Coast Guard and Prince Rupert Port Authority. The tutorial references information found in the Mariner’s Guide to Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of Western Canada, which helps mariners identify marine mammals, their seasonal use of areas along the West Coast, and ways to reduce potential interactions. The guide was developed by Ocean Wise, in collaboration with the Prince Rupert Port Authority and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in 2017.


About BC Ferries

BC Ferries is one of the largest ferry operators in the world and carries 22.0 million passengers and 8.7 million vehicles per year. BC Ferries provides frequent year-round ferry transportation services to the west coast of Canada on 25 routes, currently supported by 35 vessels and 47 terminals, and also manages other remote routes through contracts with independent operators. BC Ferries moves more than $8 billion of cargo in coastal B.C. on more than 174,000 sailings each year.

BC Ferries has three Simulation Training Centres (STC) for its employees at Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen and Departure Bay. The visual database covers the B.C. coast from Victoria to Prince Rupert including all BC Ferries’ terminals and routes. The STC deliver navigation and bridge team training programs that are specific to BC Ferries’ operating area. Techniques and procedures to share the ocean space with whales is part of BC Ferries’ training.

About the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of the federal port lands that make up the Port of Vancouver. The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest, and the third largest in North America by tonnes of cargo, facilitating trade between Canada and more than 170 world economies. Located in a naturally beautiful setting on Canada’s west coast, the port authority and port terminals and tenants are responsible for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers, integrating environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations. Enabling the trade of approximately $200 billion in goods, port activities sustain 115,300 jobs, $7 billion in wages, and $11.9 billion in GDP across Canada.

About the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program

The ECHO Program is a collaborative research and management initiative led by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority with the input and advice of government agencies, marine industry, First Nations individuals, environmental and conservation organizations, and scientific experts. It was developed to better understand the cumulative effects of shipping activities on at-risk whales throughout the southern coast of British Columbia. The long-term goal for the ECHO Program is to develop voluntary measures that will lead to a reduction in threats to whales from shipping activities.

Media contacts

Deborah Marshall
Executive Director, Public Affairs
BC Ferries
Rachel Wong
Strategic Communications Advisor
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority


LNG Canada sponsors driver training in Kitimat and Terrace

Lack of driver’s license a leading barrier to employment for Indigenous peoples

Vancouver, February 15, 2019- Today LNG Canada announces it has contributed $80,000 to sponsor three sessions of driver training, two in Kitimat and one in Terrace, B.C. This funding will enable 46 students to take the graduated licensing program. In addition, students will receive training on defensive driving and how to be a safe driver.

This sponsorship is part of LNG Canada’s commitment to provide employment opportunities for the local community and First Nations, and to remove barriers so individuals can take advantage of the employment opportunities that lie ahead as the project moves into construction.

“From our discussions with the local community and First Nations, we understood that a key barrier to employment is not having a driver’s license, which is a requirement for many jobs,” said Susannah Pierce, director, external relations for LNG Canada. “We are committed to ensuring the local community and First Nations benefit from our project and are pleased to offer a program that provides much needed driver’s training to help overcome that obstacle, and at the same time, increase road safety.”

Each student going through one of the sessions receives free driver training and a shorter process time. The N stage is typically 24 months, but for participants taking the graduated licensing program, the process is shortened to 18 months.

The training is open to anyone living in Kitimat or Terrace that could benefit from having a driver’s licence. The only criteria are a valid “L” license and no outstanding fines. The Kitimat training will take place through Kitimat Valley Institute (KVI) in partnership with Haisla Driving School. The first session will begin February 15th, 2019 and a second session will run March 20 – 22, 2019. The training in Terrace is in partnership with All Nations Driving Academy and will run in the evenings of February 25th to March 1st to accommodate those who work during the day. Students can then sign-up for the in-car portion of the training at any time in 2019.

“Studies show that between 5-45% of Indigenous people living on reserve do not have a driver’s license,” said Lucy Sager, Principal CEO All Nations Driving Academy. “I’m really appreciative of the partnership with LNG Canada and for them taking the initiative to understand there is a problem, and to step up to help fill the gap. Long after LNG Canada is built, the benefit of being able to drive will be a life skill that will take community members anywhere they want to go.”

“We are pleased to partner with LNG Canada and Haisla Driving School to host this valuable training for the community. Drivers licenses are key to employment,” added Tanya Rexin, President and CEO of Kitimat Valley Institute.

In addition to funding this driver training program, LNG Canada has provided $1.5 million since 2015 towards funding our Trades Training program, administered through the BC Construction Association, and the company recently announced $150,000 in funding towards the Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP), that prepares Indigenous youth for a successful transition to employment and post-secondary education.

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About LNG Canada

The LNG Canada joint venture is building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada, which will initially consist of two LNG processing units, referred to as “trains.”

LNG Canada is a joint venture comprised of Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its affiliate Shell Canada Energy (40%); PETRONAS, through its wholly-owned entity, North Montney LNG Limited Partnership (25%); PetroChina Company Limited, through its subsidiary PetroChina Canada Limited (15%); Mitsubishi Corporation, through its subsidiary Diamond LNG Canada Ltd. (15%); and Korea Gas Corporation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Kogas Canada LNG Ltd (5%). It is operated through LNG Canada Development Inc.


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An uneasy alliance: Indigenous Traditional Knowledge enriches western science – The Conversation

An article I published last year in The Conversation and republished in Smithsonian Magazine about Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and western science touched a nerve among some readers. My article discussed examples of Indigenous peoples having detailed knowledge of animal behaviour, coastal ecology and historical events that have only recently been “discovered” or verified by western scientists. Although the article was well received and garnered many readers, there were some harsh criticisms.

In the Smithsonian Magazine online comments, I encountered these opinions:

“I think the Smithsonian should not have published such an extreme postmodernist and anti-science article.”

“This was an astoundingly bad article that a good science editor should have blocked. The author is clearly knowledgeable about his field but lacks a clear understanding of the scientific method … a series of anti-science and postmodernist rants have been passed off as fact …”

“Without the unnecessary anti-science it would have been a good article.”

“The Smithsonian has gone new-age and the anti-science, regressive Left is apparently thriving there …”

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Canada and ‘Namgis First Nation advance reconciliation with signing of Memorandum of Understanding

February 18, 2019 — Alert Bay, BC — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership is key to achieving reconciliation.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and the ‘Namgis First Nation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that outlines areas for discussion and serves as the basis for negotiations of a reconciliation agreement between Canada and the First Nation.

Areas for discussion will include: governance; fiscal relations and funding; community health and well-being; economic development; language and culture; infrastructure (marine and terrestrial); federal lands; natural resources (‘Namgis jurisdiction, planning, management and stewardship); and fisheries (water, marine and aquatic resources, and salmon enhancement).

“Congratulations ‘Namgis First Nation on the all hard work your community has done to start the journey to self-determination. Our new more flexible approach will allow us to make real progress on the issues most important to you.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“The ‘Namgis are very happy to have Minister Bennett come to our community to meet with us and see who we are. We see this as a demonstration of the federal government’s commitment to the first step of reconciliation. The ‘Namgis look forward to working with Canada to be recognized once again as a self-determining people.”

Chief Don Svanvik
‘Namgis First Nation

Quick facts

  • ‘Namgis First Nation is a British Columbia First Nation located on the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island.
  • The First Nation has eight reserves, with its main community situated at Cormorant Island and Alert Bay.

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For more information, media may contact:

Matthew Dillon-Leitch
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Media Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada Media Relations

Gina Wadhams
Executive Assistant
‘Namgis First Nation
250-974-5556 #3115


Minister’s statement on Heritage Week

Feb. 16, 2019

VICTORIA – Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, has issued the following statement:

“Government is proclaiming Feb. 18 to 24, 2019, as Heritage Week in B.C. to give British Columbians the opportunity to discover the past, as well as to acknowledge, explore and enjoy the province’s diverse and interwoven cultures.

“We also celebrate and acknowledge Indigenous culture, which has existed since time immemorial and is inextricably woven into memory, culture, place and practice.

“In 2019, the theme is Heritage: The Tie That Binds because all British Columbians contribute to the rich cultural heritage of this province.

“Government is launching a new web map, so people can look at historic places in their area, including the buildings, neighbourhoods, trails and cultural landscapes that contribute to British Columbia’s unique identity.

“The BC Historic Places web map shows post-1846 historic places that are formally recognized for their heritage value by the Province or a local government under provincial legislation, as recorded in the BC Register of Historic Places.”

Learn More:

Visit the BC Historic Places web map:

For more details or to learn about ideas to promote Heritage Week in your community, visit:

Heritage Branch:


Media Relations
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
250 356-7506


Steelhead LNG halts work on Kwispaa plant, according to Huu‐ay‐aht First Nations –

February 18th, 2019

The future of a liquefied natural gas project on the west coast of Vancouver Island is very much in doubt today.

It comes as a result of an open letter released by the Huu‐ay‐aht First Nations to its citizens.

It states that Vancouver-based Steelhead LNG indicated to them that it has “ceased current project work on the Kwispaa LNG project”.

 “We are deeply disappointed, and over the coming weeks your government will evaluate the implications of this decision by Steelhead LNG, identify all go-forward options, and assess how best to advance the interests of our citizens,” wrote chief councillor Robert J. Dennis and head hereditary chief Taii Hawil ƛiišin (Derek Peters).

Studying the fate of B.C. wild salmon in offshore feeding grounds

Feb. 16, 2019

VANCOUVER – During the International Year of the Salmon, the B.C. government is supporting a comprehensive study of the stock abundance, composition and condition of Pacific salmon in the Gulf of Alaska.

Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, was at Ballantyne Pier in Vancouver to wish a bon voyage to an international team of scientists boarding a research vessel to conduct the first comprehensive study of Pacific salmon in the Gulf of Alaska.

“Wild salmon are crucial to the success of B.C.’s economy, the prosperity of coastal communities and the lives, culture and history of Indigenous peoples,” said Popham. “We are always looking at ways to protect our wild salmon and this study will provide us with crucial information as we continue to support this important resource for British Columbia.”

Over the next several weeks, the scientists will trawl for salmon, identify their origins using DNA samples and use the data to estimate the abundance of salmon in the region, their general physiological fitness and condition. The expedition will cover an expansive area of ocean that is crucial to B.C. salmon stocks. The region is a feeding ground where the majority of Pacific salmon migrate to in the winter.

“There are 21 researchers from the five Pacific salmon-producing countries who have volunteered to share the data they collect with all of their colleagues,” said Dick Beamish, expedition organizer. “The discoveries that will be made will lead to an understanding of how to be responsible stewards of Pacific salmon in a future of changing ocean ecosystems.”

The $75,000 in provincial funding will assist with the data analysis and management, shipping of equipment and samples, and modifications to the research vessel for sampling equipment. The data produced from the study will be managed by the University of British Columbia and used to plan and support healthy and sustainable salmon populations.

The Gulf of Alaska Salmon Expedition will include international scientists from Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States. The study will provide a better understanding of salmon survival at sea, as well as forecasting salmon returns.

“The future of salmon in this time of rapid change will depend on our ability to find solutions through broad collaboration at local and hemispheric scales,” said Mark Saunders, director of the International Year of the Salmon – Pacific Region. “The Gulf of Alaska Expedition embodies this, and we are excited to have the Province of B.C. engaged in this International Year of the Salmon initiative.”

The B.C. government is continuing to develop a renewed provincial approach to protecting and enhancing wild salmon, including a Wild Salmon Advisory Council report that provides key insights and guidance on protecting wild salmon in B.C.

Learn More:

To learn about the International Year of the Salmon, visit:

To read the Wild Salmon Advisory Council’s report, visit:


Dave Townsend
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Agriculture
250 356-7098
250 889-5945 (cell)


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