Trans-Moun­tain pipe­line news ex­pected to­day

Calgary Sun - - NEWS - — The Cana­dian Press

VaN­COu­VEr — Two key B.C. cabi­net min­is­ters are ex­pected to out­line the gov­ern­ment’s next steps Thurs­day on the Trans Moun­tain pipe­line ex­pan­sion af­ter cam­paign­ing against the project.

No de­tails have been pro­vided about the an­nounce­ment by at­tor­ney gen­eral david Eby and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter ge­orge hey­man, but the fu­ture of the $7.4-bil­lion project has been heav­ily scru­ti­nized since the NdP gov­ern­ment came to power.

Pre­mier John hor­gan promised on the cam­paign trail ear­lier this year to use “ev­ery tool in the tool­box” to stop the project, but a man­date let­ter to hey­man soft­ened the lan­guage, say­ing in­stead he must “de­fend B.C.’s in­ter­ests in the face of” the ex­pan­sion.

Last month Eby said the province would not ar­ti­fi­cially de­lay per­mits for the project, be­cause do­ing so would risk a costly law­suit from pro­po­nent Trans Moun­tain, a sub­sidiary of Kinder Mor­gan Canada.

sev­eral First Na­tions and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have filed le­gal chal­lenges against the ex­pan­sion, which would triple the ca­pac­ity of the al­berta-to-B.C. pipe­line and in­crease the num­ber of tankers in Van­cou­ver-area wa­ters seven-fold.

The project has been ap­proved by Ot­tawa and the province’s for­mer Lib­eral gov­ern­ment.

Trans Moun­tain says con­struc­tion is set to be­gin in septem­ber.

“It could have se­ri­ous detri­men­tal ef­fects,” said Lynch-Staunton, who also serves as Is­sues Man­ager for the Cana­dian Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion.

As the Canada Food Guide is taught in schools as nu­tri­tional cur­ricu­lum, he’s es­pe­cially con­cerned about the long-term ef­fects.

“One of the prob­lems is that chil­dren are es­pe­cially vul­ner­a­ble to not get­ting the right nu­tri­ents — es­pe­cially pro­tein, iron, zinc and vi­ta­min B12,” Lynch-Staunton said.

“In­stead, they’re eat­ing too much sugar or pro­cessed foods, which can be a prob­lem.”

With statis­tics sug­gest­ing a drop in meat con­sump­tion among Cana­di­ans, he ques­tions why obe­sity lev­els aren’t see­ing sim­i­lar de­clines if an­i­mal-sourced pro­teins are such a con­cern.

Colleen Biggs, owner of TK Ranch near Hanna, agrees the province’s beef in­dus­try is too im­por­tant to risk any rash changes to Cana­dian food pol­icy.

“Ranch­ing in a com­mod­ity driven world is dif­fi­cult at best, it is very sim­i­lar to the boom and bust econ­omy of the oil in­dus­try,” she said.

“Many ranch fam­i­lies barely sur­vived the post-BSE era and con­tinue to strug­gle to make ends meet. Per­haps those that are sug­gest­ing changes to the Canada Food Guide need to spend more time down on the farm to de­ter­mine what is ac­tu­ally healthy for Cana­di­ans in­stead of fur­ther de­te­ri­o­rat­ing our agri­cul­tural com­mu­ni­ties.”

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