’11th hour’ opposition not meant to oppose building Event Centre

Letters from three of the city’s major industrial operators are questioning the logic of encouraging commercial growth so close to their plants as part of the plan to build a new arena in the city’s northwest.

“We’re not opposed to a new Event Centre,” said Kevin Henderson, the locally based vice-president for Methanex, who penned a letter opposing the inclusion of a larger commercial zone in the area structure plan for the 600-acre park that sits kitty corner to the company’s plant on Box Springs Road.

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Ewart: Pipeline opponents can’t stop Big Oil

“Psst. Big Oil. We’re winning …”

Psst, NIMBY environmentalists: yes, sort of, but no, not really.

The above quote was tweeted by Vancouver green activist Tzeporah Berman this week after B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix said he will oppose expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, and follows a series of recent “wins” for foes of new oil pipelines in North America.

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County buries gravel pit

A proposed gravel pit within the Red Deer River and Medicine River flats area northwest of Innisfail was rejected after dozens of staunch opponents appealed to Red Deer County’s municipal planning commission on Tuesday.

More than 45 people, many of them against the application made by the Howell family, packed county council chambers to tell municipal leaders why the pit 18 km northwest of Innisfail shouldn’t go ahead.

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