The Vancouver Sun. Ah the Sun.
I hope, dear readers, that you know I read the Sun so you don’t have to. Meaning in particular that I read the editorial pages so you don’t have to read them and get so mad you kick the dog.
One of my editorial page bete noires – where are those accents when you want them, French keyboard? – is how the Sun identifies it’s contributors. Or to be straight up about it, how the Sun obscures the identity of it’s contributors when it’s in their interest to.
Take today for example, or Tuesday for another.
Gracing those pages are two lengthy articles by Vancouver lawyers Brad Armstrong (today) and Brian Abraham (Tuesday). Both lawyers – excellent ones I might add – argue that environmental review processes as recently amended by various governments are just dandy.
In Tuesday’s op-ed Abraham concluded that “approvals of major projects in this province are the result of an extended, open process designed to make an informed decision based on the balancing of the often disparate interests present in B.C.”
Today Armstrong provided Abraham with an echo chamber concluding that Federal changes will have no real deleterious effects. “Projects located in British Columbia,” Armstrong claims, “will continue to undergo a robust and public environmental assessment process before they are permitted to proceed.”
There are a lot of arguments to be made against those conclusions. But the first one is ‘consider the source’.
What the Sun doesn’t tell you is that both these lawyers charge very big bucks to represent corporate clients like Taseko Mining in environmental review processes.
Here’s a list of some of Armstrong’s cases from his company’s website:
- Represented a major diamond mining company in environmental assessment and project approval in the Northwest Territories
- Represented a major industrial company in an extensive public environmental review of a hydroelectric project
- Represented a mining company in Federal Court proceedings respecting federal environmental assessment compliance
- Represented various industrial corporations in defending charges under environmental laws and regulations
- Represented a mining company in environmental assessment and project approval in Nunavut
- Represented various resource and industrial companies, and governments, in litigation involving First Nations, aboriginal law, treaty law and constitutional law
- Represented various natural resource companies in obtaining injunctions to prohibit interference with project development and activities.