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Rick Smith

Dr. Rick Smith is executive director of Environmental Defence and co-author of the bestselling book Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health.

Would an oil spill in British Columbia be good for Canada?

Pipeline boosters say it’s in the ‘national interest,’ but is an oil spill in Great Bear Rainforest or BC really good for Canada?