Starboard spectacles

By Ben Chessor The ocean has always been an important part of Vancouver Islanders' livelihoods. It fuels local tourism — including the whale watching industry — and gives flavour to our best restaurants. An orca even appears on the logo of the province’s most popular sports franchise, the Vancouver Canucks. Because the ocean plays such a large part in the lives of Island residents, whenever some of the Salish Sea's most majestic inhabitants make an appearance, their neighbours are bound to … [Read more...]

The Raven and the Oysters

By Louis Stevenson The controversial Raven Coal Project began its life in the Comox Valley in 2009, when the Compliance Coal Corporation applied to the BC government for an Environment Assessment Certificate. Public meetings were held and lines drawn in the sand; specifically the sand on the beach of Baynes Sound where half of the value of the commercial shellfish in BC lies on the shore and suspended from rafts and floats in the water. The project's proponents contend that it will create … [Read more...]

“They may put the aquaculture industry in Baynes Sound right out of business.”

To the Introduction: The Raven and the Oysters: Mathew Wright is the Marketing and Communications Manager for the BC Shellfish Growers Association. LOUIS:         How many or what percentage of the oyster growers in the Baynes Sound area does your organization, the British Columbia Shellfish Growers Association, represent? MATHEW:   Sixty per cent. LOUIS:         How many full time jobs does the shellfish industry in Baynes Sound provide? MATHEW:   About 600 full time … [Read more...]

“The water treatment will assure that the quality of this water will protect the shellfish.”

To the Introduction: The Raven and the Oysters: John Tapics is the CEO of Compliance Energy Corporation which has a 60% interest in the Raven Coal Project. The remaining 40% interest is owned by I-Comox Coal Inc. which is a subsidiary of Iotochu Corporation of Japan and by L.G. Investments Canada Limited which is a subsidiary of L.G. International of Korea. LOUIS:           How will the Raven Coal Project be designed to protect ground and surface water? JOHN:            It starts … [Read more...]