BCEIA News

Bettering Environmental Stewardship and Technology Conference (BEST2015) - Registration Now Open! Take advantage of early bird pricing to save up to $150 off the regular price of registration

Conference registration includes: welcoming reception, two days of programming (technical sessions and panel discussions), off-site networking reception, and all meals and coffee breaks.  Read More...

Notice to BCEIA Members: 2015 Membership Renewals 2015 renewal invoices will be emailed shortly

Historically, invoicing for annual membership fees has been done on the anniversary date of when the member company joined the BCEIA. As our membership grows, this procedure is becoming more difficult to administer and track particularly with respect to the collection of membership fees.  Read More...

Ambleside Environmental Introduces a Fresh New Look BCEIA Member introduces a new logo and redesigned website

BCEIA Member Ambleside Consulting Ltd. is pleased to announce their name and logo have undergone a significant transformation - congratulations to Ambleside Environmental and their fresh new look! Read More...

Triton Environmental Consultants Awarded First Place in the BCEIA "Members at Work" Photo Contest Congratulations to McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. and Keystone Environmental for their Second and Third Place Photos

The second anuual  BCEIA "Members at Work" Photo Contest received a number of high quality entries from amateur photographers within its Members organizations. Qualifying photos encompassed a wide range of subjects and included any photos taken during work in the environmental industry in the past year. Read More...

Request for Feature Articles 2015 British Columbia Environment Industry Guide

BCEIA is looking for feature articles from current members for the  2015 Environment Industry Guide. The Industry Guide is distributed to over 3,000 environmental professionals, industry representatives, and laboratory personnel.  Distribution is by mail, online, and handouts at conferences, trade shows, and environmental events across Canada. Read More...

BCEIA Brownfield Winter Social - Registration Now Open! Thursday November 27th - 4 to 7 pm

Join the BCEIA Brownfield Committee for our 2014 Winter Social -  registration is free and and open to BCEIA members in good standing. Read More...

BC HAZMAT Management Ltd. Awarded Green Business of the Year Award BCEIA Member Winner in Peninsula Commerce Crystal Awards

OCTOBER 24, 2014 - BC HAZMAT Management Ltd. has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Green Business of the Year by the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. The Crystal Awards for Business Excellence were announced at a gala dinner held in Victoria on October 23rd. Read More...

Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators Fall 2014 Update from Environment Canada

OCTOBER 9, 2014 - Environment Canada is pleased to announce the update of four existing indicators on the  Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators (CESI) website. Read More...

Competition launched to fund new CECR commercialization centres Letters of Intent due March 6, 2015

OCTOBER 9, 2014 - The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) has launched a competition for new funding under its innovative Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program. The program funds centres that bridge the challenging gap between innovation and commercialization. Read More...

Site Profile and Soil Relocation Discussion Documents Posted Public comment period closes on December 10, 2014

OCTOBER 9, 2014 -  The Ministry of Environment is reviewing aspects of British Columbia's site remediation legal regime.  Discussion papers have been developed that focus on the prevention of site contamination from soil relocation and the mechanism for identifying potentially contaminated sites (the site profile process). Read More...

BCEIA Headlines

B.C. Liberals pull plug on key part of climate-change strategy

GLOBE & MAIL, OCTOBER 22, 2014 - The B.C. government's new law for greenhouse-gas emissions tabled this week tacitly declares a key part of the province's ambitious climate-change agenda a failure. Full Article

Taseko says Environment Minister’s rejection of B.C. mine improper

GLOBE & MAIL, OCTOBER 22, 2014 - The federal Environment Minister acted improperly in rejecting a $1.5-billion gold and copper mine proposed in British Columbia and the company deserves compensation for her alleged wrongdoing, says a lawyer for Taseko Mines. Full Article

Simushir kept afloat by 'blind luck,' federal opposition argues

Russian cargo ship drifted toward the West Coast of Haida Gwaii last week after losing power
CBC NEWS, OCTOBER 20, 2014  - B.C.'s northern coast dodged a bullet this week when a disabled cargo ship drifted dangerously close to the shores of Haida Gwaii, opposition critics charged Monday in the House of Commons. Full Article

Union calls for changes in mining safety oversight

OHS CANADA, OCTOBER 20, 2014 - In the wake of the disaster at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in British Columbia in August, when a tailings dam failure spilled an estimated 25 million cubic metres of water and mine tailings into Quesnel Lake, District 3 of the United Steelworkers (USW) is demanding a change regarding oversight of health and safety in the mining sector.Mount Polley mine spill prompts calls for better health and safety oversight in British Columbia. Full Article

Site C dam granted environmental assessment approval

B.C. government must still approve $8-billion hydroelectric project
CBC NEWS, OCTOBER 14, 2014 -The federal and B.C. governments have issued an environmental assessment certificate to B.C. Hydro for the Site C Clean Energy Project, located seven kilometres southwest of Fort St. John. Full Article

BC signals tax retreat

Government may bend to pressure on special LNG production tax; will limit GHG
PETROLEUM NEWS, OCTOBER 10, 2014 - The British Columbia government has hinted it may be willing to soften its call for a special LNG tax as deteriorating economics threaten possible upstream capital spending of C$219 billion. Full Story

Federal permit issued to sink former warship HMCS Annapolis

GLOBE & MAIL, OCTOBER 9, 2014 - The battle's not over yet, but Environment Canada has issued a permit allowing a group to sink the former warship HMCS Annapolis to create a diving destination and artificial reef on the West Coast. Full Story

President of BC LNG Alliance says LNG not a foregone conclusion

CNW, OCTOBER 8, 2014 - David Keane, President of the BC LNG Alliance, today detailed the challenges and the opportunities facing British Columbia's LNG industry in a keynote address to the Vancouver Board of Trade. Full Story

Government’s suppression of Mount Polley report ‘verges on the absurd’: lawyer

GLOBE & MAIL, OCTOBER 7, 2014  - The B.C. government appears to have systemically breached its freedom of information law by withholding information related to the collapse of the tailings dam at the Mount Polley mine, environment lawyers say. Full Story

Sustainable Development in Canada – Too many questions unanswered

"The audits I am reporting on today underscore that the government does not have the answers to many questions that impact the future of sustainable development in Canada." ~  Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand 
GLOBE-NET, OCTOBER 7, 2014 - This terse opening statement by Canada's new Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand signals her serious concerns about the federal governments management of climate change and related issues. Full Story

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