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Dear Board of Change Community,

As expected the federal Finance Minister has just revealed that the government plans to use public money to indemnify Texas-based oil conglomerate Kinder Morgan’s risky investment in their pipeline and tanker project.

Polling shows that Canadians do not support government investment in this pipeline.

We need to show that common-sense business people are not on board with this risky and unfair taxpayer bailout before this goes any further.

If you haven’t already, please use our easy-to-use tool that empowers you to send a detailed letter to Trudeau, your MP, and provincial representatives with the click of a button.

Your voice is very powerful on this issue right now: Please send your message now before it’s too late.

This pipeline and tanker project is expected to create just 50 permanent jobs in BC and 40 in Alberta.[1]

Putting this in perspective, a single new Amazon office recently announced in Vancouver will add 3,000 permanent, high-paying jobs.

Kinder Morgan wants to anchor us to their poor business decisions and leave Canadian taxpayers and businesses to pick up the tab. That’s a bad deal and we shouldn’t put up with it.

If the government puts their thumb on the scale with a taxpayer bailout they will undermine investor confidence and stifle other sectors of our economy that we need to fuel economic development now and into the future.

The media is picking up on the voices of Progressive Business coming together. If we unify our voices we can show how this bail-out is bad for our economy. The latest is the Toronto Star talking about our “mass business opposition letter”[2]

Other outlets are increasingly talking about how the “Trans Mountain pipeline expansion lacked commercial viability from the get-go.” [3]

Let’s move forward with a common sense plan for economic development in the 21st century.

Thank you for speaking up,

Monika Marcovici,
Board of Change

PS. An FAQ section of the website has been started HERE.

Sources:
The Energy Outlook report
The Toronto Star
The Vancouver Sun

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February 26th: High Performance Buildings

A conversation presented by the Board of Change

Granite countertops? Pfft, so 10 minutes ago. The “must-have” features of a new home in 2018 deliver thermal comfort, durability, better indoor air quality, and a smaller carbon footprint. Thankfully, a raft of energy efficiency performance standards are unlocking all of the above benefits and more. Thanks to the new BC Energy Step Code, the North Shore will soon be an “efficient new home zone” stretching all the way from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay. Meanwhile, interest in the über-efficient Passive House standard is exploding. And in keeping with its commitment that all new buildings will produce zero operational greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, the City of Vancouver is full speed ahead with its Zero Emissions Building Plan.

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Facebook: the engine of false news

By Jenny Tan

By unanimous consensus of the panel, Facebook is the crucial driver of the fake news phenomenon.

Last Thursday, November 30th, the Board of Change and Seattle-based educational television station KCTS 9 hosted the panel discussion The Role of Media in a World of Fake News at the Vancity Theatre. On the panel were The Tyee founding editor David Beers, Crosscut managing editor Florangela Davila, Globe and Mail associate editor Jim Jennings, and CBC news director Wayne Williams.

The disposition of society has changed, commented CBC’s Williams, allowing perhaps for the quicker rise of fake news compared to previous decades when fake news was present but not prevalent. He noted the CBC Ombudsman, responsible for complaints about CBC programs, has seen a sharp increase in the number of complaints received and a shift in the tone of complainants. Fewer are satisfied with the response of journalists and the complainants are “angrier”, “more polarised”, and some “outright insulting”.
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News Release

BCUC Final Report Addresses Real Costs of Site C

Vancouver BC, November 2, 2017 – Peter Holt, Advocacy Team Chair for the Board of Change issued this statement following yesterday’s release of the Final Report to the Government of British Columbia by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) in follow-up to its Site C Inquiry preliminary report released on Sept 21, 2017.

“The Board of Change commends BCUC’s work to complete this important review of the Site C project in such a short time and welcomes the full disclosure of the real costs that is the result of a full independent review of the project”

With only two options now considered viable, the new BC Government is in the unenviable position of reviewing a project where $3.9 billion is the minimum cost of cancellation and the cost of completion is estimated at $10 billion or more. Completion also comes with the very real prospect of producing power that will greatly exceed BC’s needs and at cost that means it will have to be sold on the US spot market at a loss.

 

The Board of Change continues to advocate that the Site C project be cancelled. The Board recommends cancellation not only to save future construction costs and the burden of a 70 year plus financing term but also to reinvigorate BC’s renewable energy sector. This previously vibrant sector of BC’s economy suffered greatly from the decision to build the dam. Given that renewable energy production is now competitive with, and likely even cheaper than energy from Site C, and given that it produces many more long-term jobs per unit of energy produced, the BC economy would experience a net gain as a result of its revival.

 

We understand the dilemma that the Government has inherited from its predecessor and encourage them to recognize the fundamental flaws in proceeding with Site C and encourage them to put their faith in the role that BC’s clean energy industry can play in generating jobs and viable alternative sources of power for all British Columbians

 

Contact:

Peter Holt

604.218.8997

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The Board of Change is an inclusive business network fostering an economic model that values the pursuit of sustainability equally with the pursuit of profit. We believe strongly in the role of profitable business in society and also believe that business has an equal responsibility for social and environmental stewardship. Indeed, this may be the greatest responsibility of business.

 

 

Presented by KCTS9 in partnership with the Board of Change

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Promotional partner:

The Tyee logo

 

Date: November 30, 2017  |  5:30 – 7:30pm

Location: Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC
Free Event for Board of Change Members :: But You Must Register at kcts9.org/fakenews
Seating is limited
Light refreshments will be served

 

Is it time for credible media to kick some ass?

At a time when facts are opinions and opinions are facts, what is the role of media to present the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? And how compelling is this ‘truth’ to the public? It’s a troubling time and media’s role — and responsibility — in these affairs is being challenged in unprecedented ways. What’s the solution and how can society successfully trust media again? Register and learn more at kcts9.org/fakenews

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