Protecting Biodiversity

Critter patrol on Terry Fox

The tidy brick bungalows of Statewood Drive, a quiet residential street in Kanata, end abruptly at the construction site of the new Terry Fox Drive extension.

Here, huge tree-clearing machines cut a 45-metre swathe through the hardwood forest. Backhoes dig up the soil and dump-trucks rumble over the muddy ground, carting away loads of earth and bringing in tonnes of gravel.

The new ring road is much anticipated by drivers seeking a direct link between the north and south ends of Kanata, and by developers eager to expand housing into the now-forested areas that will be served by the new road.

The project has drawn the fire of environmentalists — notably Sierra Club Canada, which is researching a potential legal challenge.... Read more »

Gates will open: gov't

The Province of New Brunswick is still moving forward with its plans to open the Petitcodiac causeway gates some day this week, despite attempts by a citizens' group to seek an injunction against that happening.

Rubin Dexter, lawyer for the Lake Petitcodiac Preservation Association, says his clients' position is the province is moving ahead before the 17 conditions of the Environmental Impact Assessment necessary for opening the gates have been undertaken.

The Department of Supply and Services says, however, that the conditions for the first two phases of the river restoration have been met, so phase two, opening the gates, will go ahead.

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Meanwhile, environmentalists were applauding the fact the provincial government was determined to fulfill its promise to restore the river...... Read more »

Sierra Club presents Save Our Estuary concert May 1

Do fast pickin', biting political satire, moving music and deep belly-laughs sound appealing to you? How about protecting nature in your community? On May 1 you'll have the chance to do both.

The Sierra Club Comox Valley is presenting "Save Our Estuary: An Evening with Todd Butler". A regular contributor to CBC Radio and Television and a veteran of over twenty years of live performing as a guitarist/vocalist and comedian, Todd Butler is an artist whose skills are honed to an exquisite point.

The event will be held at the Florence Filberg Centre on May 1st; doors at 7 pm, show 8-10.

Tickets are $25, which includes admission and snacks; there will be a cash bar, as well. Tickets can be bought at The Laughing Oyster Bookstore in Courtenay, Videos and More in Comox or by calling 250-339-1331. All proceeds go to the "Save Our Estuary" Legal Fund.

Appeal date set for Gas N Go case

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 »

More funds sought by Sierra Club

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 »


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