Canada

11/04/19
Author: 
Stephen Leahy
April 11, 2019

Indigenous people and environmentalists want to prevent the expansion of Canada's oil sands development, and the water and air pollution that come with it.

Large enough to be seen from space, tailings ponds in Alberta’s oil sands region are some of the biggest human-made structures on Earth. They contain a toxic slurry of heavy metals and hydrocarbons from the bitumen separation process.
11/04/19
Author: 
Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)

Press release

 

IEEFA report: Canada Trans Mountain Pipeline financials provide few clues on actual price tag and future costs

 

Transparent monitoring and reporting needed to understand true costs and liabilities

 

08/04/19
Author: 
Peter McCartney
An aerial view of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain marine terminal in Burnaby. Jonathan Hayward / THE CANADIAN PRESS

It was election night in 2017 and Wilderness Committee staff were gathered at our local watering hole nervously watching the vote totals roll in. We had a lot riding on this election, especially in the fight to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project.

I remember celebratory cheers from NDP candidates that they would stop the pipeline as the night turned in their favour and I have no doubt many of these MLAs still hold this as a priority, and even believe their government is honouring its election promise.

04/04/19
Author: 
Jeff Lewis

Canada is not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions despite mounting evidence the country is vulnerable to rapid warming, the outgoing federal Environment Commissioner warns.

In parting comments, Julie Gelfand criticized successive federal governments, saying their failure to cut emissions is “disturbing,” and urged greater action to tackle what she called one of the biggest challenges facing humanity.

The country’s top environmental watchdog also noted Canada is not on track to meet its climate-change targets.

18/03/19
Author: 
Fatima Syed & Brenna Owen
Students walked out of school to gather on the south lawn of Queens Park in Toronto to rally for climate change on March 15, 2019. Photo by Carlos Osorio

[Editor: complete article at link.]

Twelve-year-old Roy Bateman already knows what he’d say if he met Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

11/03/19
Author: 
Robert Hackett
Extinction Economy

Climate action involves challenging the petrobloc and its corporate messaging

08/03/19
Author: 
Robyn Allan
Left, file photo of Alberta Premier Rachel Notley by Alex Tétreault. Centre, photo of Alberta oilsands by Andrew S. Wright. Right, photo of United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney by Alex Tétreault

Dear Rachel Notley and Jason Kenney,

Whichever one of you is entrusted with the opportunity to lead Alberta into the future after the provincial election, here is what you need to know to navigate the most challenging issue in your province’s history — the era of stranded assets in the oilsands.

 

07/03/19
Author: 
Christopher Pollon
The Skeena River. Photo: Sam Beebe / Flickr

Feb. 28, 2019

A rushed process that emphasizes hatcheries and coastal fisheries over habitat restoration and inland spawning streams has some worried the province’s new plan is meant, first and foremost, to serve commercial fishing interests

Efforts to create a made-in-B.C. strategy to assure the future abundance of wild salmon is off to a rocky start — marred by rushed consultations and a process dominated by coastal fishing interests, leaving environmentalists, scientists and interior communities on the outside looking in.

05/03/19
Author: 
Yves Engler
Hands off Venezuela

Many Canadians are familiar with the Monroe Doctrine. First issued in 1823, it warned European powers against renewed colonization of the Western Hemisphere. Presented as anti-imperialist, the Monroe Doctrine was later used to justify U.S. interference in regional affairs.

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