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After Japanese earthquake, North Vancouver residents raise questions about emergency preparedness plan near chlorine facility

Vancouverites need not fear a scenario like Japan's when it comes to nuclear meltdown.  Vancouver, after all, is a "nuclear free zone."  Yet a group of North Vancouver residents said today...

Chlorine Manufacturer in North Vancouver Utilizes BC's Low Power Costs Before Shipping to Texas

According to a BC Hydro Summary Report, Canexus Chemicals Canada is receiving a reduced rate on power, a major reason that the chemical facility is located in North Vancouver. The American company...

Arrest Outside North Van Chlorine Facility Highlights Concerns About Dangerous Transports Through Greater Vancouver

Kent Lins took his camera and got into into his car.   Lins's goal was to find out if Canexus Chemical Plant had halted the transport of chlorine, a deadly chemical, during the Vancouver...

US Hazardous Materials Transportation Expert Calls Vancouver a "Prime Terrorist Target"

Fred Millar says Transport Canada should not follow the American lead of providing an image of safety without being able to keep citizens safe.

"Worried to Death," Washington Resident Tells CBC About Hosting Canexus Chlorine During Olympic Games

On CBC yesterday, BC Almanac's Mark Forsythe asked Tom Biecker, of Belmont, Washington how the residents of the bucolic village are coping with news that the Canexus Chemical Plant of North Vancouver...

"It goes into your city as a cold dense killing cloud," hazardous materials consultant says of chlorine disasters

The Olympics offers Vancouver a "teachable moment," a hazardous materials expert says. But does Vancouver want to learn?

Olympic Ramification: A Transfer of Chemicals From Vancouver to a Small Washington Town Stuns its Residents

Vancouver's Canexus Chemical plant allegedly has plans to ship the world's deadliest chemical to Belmont, Washington for safekeeping during Olympic Games, but the residents of tiny Belmont aren't so s

Ridiculous Scenarios: the Press, the Vancouver Police Department, and/or the ISU

A couple of weeks ago, Police Chief Jim Chu called a press conference to complain about the "dire picture" he said the press had "painted" in the recent weeks about the suppression of civil rights 201