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Tracy Sherlock

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Past articles by Tracy:

Province-wide tuition waiver gives former foster kids a fighting chance

More than 800 young adults who grew up in care are studying for free in British Columbia. It’s a significant feat. Just a third of children from foster homes and other care graduate from high school by the time they turn 19, compared with 84.6 per cent of the general population. → Read More

Bill McKibben likens climate change to Second World War

“Not very many people in any given moment of history get to say they are doing the most important thing they could be doing right now in the world,” said McKibben → Read More

Indigenous guardians, leaders hope to build a national watchman program

Shaunna Morgan Siegers was first called by the land and water when she was 18, halfway through her first year at university. → Read More

First Nations, partners launch consultation for development of Vancouver's Jericho Lands

Centuries ago, the Jericho Lands were home to large cedar plank longhouses, where thousands of people from up and down the Pacific Coast would gather. Today, their descendants are gathering to decide what to build there now. → Read More

For a second time, NEB recommends approval of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

For a second time, the NEB has recommended that the federal government should approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. → Read More

B.C. provincial budget funds nearly $1 billion for climate action

B.C.’s Finance Minister Carole James says that there are two large risks to her three-year financial plan. One of them is the possibility of a global economic slowdown, while the other is the risk of not having enough people in B.C. to fill all of the available jobs. → Read More

Wilson-Raybould resignation spells trouble for Liberals

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from cabinet does not look good for Justin Trudeau’s government, no matter how you twist and turn it. → Read More

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s legacy lives on after Trudeau's cabinet shuffle

It’s a shame Jody Wilson-Raybould was not allowed to finish what she started as Canada’s first Indigenous attorney-general, but her legacy will live on. → Read More

Oil by rail still risky, Lac-Mégantic expert says

In launching his new book, The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster: Public Betrayal, Justice Denied, author Bruce Campbell says it could happen again. Canadian shipments of oil by rail are skyrocketing. → Read More

Businesses face 'massive' challenge finding workers in Vancouver

Everyone seems to agree the housing crisis – both the high cost of buying a home and the shortage and expense of rentals – is contributing to Vancouver’s acute labour shortage. → Read More

IPCC authors urge NEB to consider climate impacts of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

A pair of experts on global warming have thrown their support behind a new legal motion urging the National Energy Board should consider all climate-related impacts from the proposed Trans Mountain oil pipeline and tanker expansion in its review of the project. → Read More

B.C.'s electoral reform vote fails

B.C.’s voting system will not change, Elections BC announced Thursday. In the electoral reform referendum 61.3 per cent of voters voted to stay with B.C.’s current first-past-the-post electoral system, while 38.7 per cent of voters backed proportional representation. A total of 1,403,358 votes were received, representing 42.6 per cent of registered voters, Elections BC said. When the results are… → Read More

At least 10 fish farms to be shut down to protect wild salmon from parasites

The provincial government, First Nations and industry have come together to create a plan to shut down 10 fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago in the next three years. The move aims to protect wild salmon from parasites as they migrate. → Read More

Land defenders arrested outside Trans Mountain talks in Kamloops

Three members of the Secwepemc First Nation were arrested in Kamloops on Monday as they sought to disrupt closed-door talks they were excluded from about the Trans Mountain pipeline taking place between government officials and other Indigenous groups. → Read More

Jail was scary, but climate change is upon us. Former head of B.C. Teachers’ Federation says she'd do it all again.

When Susan Lambert was sentenced to seven days in jail for breaching the Kinder Morgan pipeline injunction, she was immediately taken into custody. but former head of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation says she'd do it again. She's not alone. → Read More

Gen Squeeze makes a leap into defending environment

For the first time, Generation Squeeze is intervening in the court system, and the advocacy group has chosen climate change as its cause. Gen Squeeze is a national collaboration that aims to give a voice to younger Canadians... → Read More

B.C.'s new climate plan means big changes for industry, homes, cars

B.C.’s new plan to reduce carbon emissions in the province will require changes in how we drive, where we live and how industry operates. → Read More

B.C.'s new environmental assessment act a big step forward, but not big enough

B.C.’s proposed new Environmental Assessment Act is a massive improvement over what’s in place now, but experts say it doesn’t go far enough to protect the environment or ensure Indigenous consent. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman tabled Bill 51 – the new act – earlier this month and it is poised to become law. It’s been lauded for advancements in consultation… → Read More

All new cars sold in B.C. will be zero emission by 2040, Premier pledges

By 2040, all cars sold in B.C. will be clean energy vehicles, the province pledged today. Premier John Horgan announced a clean energy vehicle mandate, → Read More

All new cars sold in B.C. will be zero emission by 2040, Horgan pledges

By 2040, all cars sold in B.C. will be clean energy vehicles, the province pledged today. Premier John Horgan announced a clean energy vehicle mandate, → Read More