The fate of the legal challenge to a controversial gas station on Comox Road will be heard June 14, 2010 in Vancouver.
That's the date the BC Court of Appeal has set aside to hear the Sierra Club of Canada's appeal on the Dyke Road Gas N Go gas station.
Comox Valley Sierra Club president Mike Bell made the announcement at an event Tuesday to preserve the Flathead River Valley as a national park.
The event also served as a fundraiser to help the local club raise the $25,000 to $50,000 it needs to continue the legal challenge.
"We've done all this work and spent all this time, we've got to appeal," Bell told a crowd of supporters.
The Sierra Club took the Comox Valley Regional District and the Gas 'N Go Petroleum North Ltd. owner Wayne Procter to court last year on the grounds that they believed the regional district didn't have the legal right to issue a development permit.... Read more »
The Comox Valley Sierra Club finds itself at a crucial juncture.
Their recently filed appeal is their next legal opportunity to stop a gas station being built on the ecologically sensitive and important Courtenay River estuary.
Having gained significant trust and support from the community, and with their legal experts saying that there are grounds for appeal, the Sierra Club does not want to give up.
“We’ve come this far and we want to finish the job,” said chairman Mike Bell at a recent members’ meeting.
The club, which is battling the development of the Gas and Go service station on the Dyke Road, needs to pay its legal team through the appeal.... Read more »
The city is going ahead with construction of the second part of the controversial Terry Fox Drive Extension after the federal government gave its environmental approval Tuesday.
But the Ontario Ministry of the Environment is still demanding answers from the city on whether the proper environmental approval process was followed for the roadway.
"If the city went ahead (with construction) and it was determined later that they haven't met the environmental assessment process, the ministry would have to decide what action to take," said Vicki Mitchell, environmental assessment co-ordinator for the Ministry of the Environment's Kingston office. She would not elaborate.
John Bennett, president of the Sierra Club Canada, said he would continue his fight to stop the road. "We are still researching legal avenues. As soon as we have one, we'll act on it."
The Harper government is rewriting the rules of environmental assessments, handing the Environment Ministry the power to minimize reviews of projects from open-pit mines to municipal construction along with other changes that critics claim will “gut” the environmental review process.
Suggestions of change to the environmental review regime were contained in the March federal budget, but the extent of the changes came to light with the release of the bill that implements financial aspects of the government’s new economic measures. Placing the reforms inside a budget bill forces the opposition parties to either accept them or bring down the minority government.
Now, with the federal government stepping aside from many assessments, a larger number will be left in provincial hands.... Read more »
OTTAWA - Environmental groups and opposition politicians say the federal Conservatives are trying to gut environmental assessment laws by sneaking in new rules in budget legislation.
"This is a big step backward about 20 years," John Bennett of the Sierra Club said Wednesday.
Budget legislation introduced in the House this week would give the environment minister the power to divide a large project up into smaller components for the purpose of studying its environmental impact.
"The minister may ... determine that the scope of the project in relation to which an environmental assessment is to be conducted is limited to one or more components of that project," says the legislation.... Read more »