Cover Story: Guardians of the Great Bear Rainforest

I've been waiting for the Fall edition of Input Magazine, and today it's finally out. Input is the official magazine of the Real Estate Institute of BC, and this edition is devoted entirely to pipelines and oil tankers in British Columbia, specifically the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

I've been eager to see this edition because an article I wrote with the Gitga'at First Nation, including photos from my recent trip to Hartley Bay, is the cover story, alongside other great articles by economist Robyn Allen, and Opposition House Leader and MP for Skeena - Bulkley Valley, Nathan Cullen.

Enbridge also has a corporate fluff piece in the magazine, extolling the various safety technologies they say would protect our rivers and coastline from a spill, but not surprisingly it glosses over any hint of risk, misrepresents Aboriginal support for the pipeline in BC, and inflates long-term job numbers for the project.

The magazine does a fairly good job of exploring the pipeline and tanker issue, though I would have liked to see more critical coverage of pipeline safety earlier in the magazine. Nonetheless, it's great to see so many voices represented in a single issue, and of course nothing beats beautiful pictures from the Great Bear Rainforest and British Columbia's Pacific North Coast.

You can see our article here, or download the full magazine here. Let me know what you think!