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theBreakerVision: “Rise, Cascadia, Rise!”


Bob Mackin

Under glorious blue skies and on calm waters, Howe Sound environmental groups My Sea to Sky and Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative — with help from the Backbone Campaign and Skwomesh Action — launched the Protect Howe Sound campaign on Aug. 26.

The mass-gathering of paddlers, in canoes and kayaks and on stand-up paddleboards, was captured from the water and the air, with a backdrop featuring the majestic Mount Garibaldi and Stawamus Chief.

theBreaker spoke with My Sea to Sky’s chair and former Lions Bay Mayor Brenda Broughton and executive director Tracey Saxby, whose main focus is opposing the Woodfibre LNG plan near Squamish.

The controversial project was approved-in-principle by the federal Liberal and B.C. Liberal governments. While he was natural gas minister and deputy premier, Rich Coleman signed an agreement in Singapore with Woodfibre LNG’s owner last fall that the BC Liberal government refused to make public. NDP Premier John Horgan has expressed support for the project.

Negotiations continue with the Squamish Nation. The FortisBC natural gas pipeline that would feed the export plant awaits approval.