Gidim’ten Checkpoint

PRINCE GEORGE, BC - February 28, 2023: A dozen Wet’suwet’en land defenders and supporters have applied to the Supreme Court of British Columbia to have criminal contempt charges stayed in light of widespread Charter violations stemming from police misconduct.


Primary Author: Mitchell Beer
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Feb, 23, 2023

Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions rose 2.8% in 2021, and fossil fuels accounted for more than half of the total, according to an “early estimate” released today by the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI).

The Institute’s analysis shows emissions continuing to “decouple” from GDP, so that each unit of economic activity produces less climate pollution. But the country’s total greenhouse gas output increased by 19 million tonnes, to a total of 691 megatonnes, in a year when the economy was just beginning to restart after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Avery Schuyler Nunn
An iceberg is frozen in place by sea ice in North Star Bay, Greenland. Photo by Jeremy Harbeck / NASA Earth Observatory

Feb. 27, 2023

This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

John Woodside
Death Spiral - Illustration by Ata Ojani

Feb. 22, 2023

Fossil fuel giant Enbridge faces the risk of a “death spiral” as the energy transition to renewables unfolds, according to evidence the company filed with the Ontario regulator. A death spiral could occur when customers, fed up with the increasing costs of gas, switch to cleaner and cheaper sources of energy.

Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
Researchers have found that adding some types of seaweed to cattle feed can help reduce the methane emitted from their gut. Photo by Jesse Winter/National Observer

Feb. 21, 2023

Trans Mountain Corporation purchased carbon credits from a tiny, non-functioning Alberta startup proposing to produce seaweed-based additives that reduce methane emissions from cows, Canada's National Observer has found.

David Macdonald
Solitary nurse

Feb. 15, 2023

There’s more money on the table—but without adequate strings attached, the provinces could end up spending it on tax cuts instead of fixing health care.

Executive Summary

As emergency rooms are overwhelmed, surgery wait times continue to lengthen, and under-resourced childrens’ hospitals face surges related to viral infections like COVID, the  provincial and territorial governments have accepted the federal government’s new health care funding deal.

Chris Hatch
The Belgica trapped in the Bellingshausen Sea. Photo from the Norwegian Polar Institute / National Library of Norway
February 17th, 2023

Melting ice and cold hard cash

Not so long ago, on Valentines Day 1899, on a planet quite different from our own, the crew of the Belgica finally cut their ship free of Antarctic ice. The ice was seven feet thick and it would take another full month to chop and blast their way to open water. The sailors had been trapped in the ice for 13 months.

Among the crew was a certain Roald Amundsen, as well as the photographer Frederick Cook. As ice gripped the Belgica in 1898, Cook wrote in his diary:

The Canadian Press
Aquatic science biologist Shawn Stenhouse releases a Atlantic salmon back into its tank during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. A Liberal promise to transition salmon farms in British Columbia from ocean net pens to closed containment systems in just over five years is being slammed as careless by the aquaculture industry but applauded by a wild salmon advocate who says the sooner the better. THE CANADIAN PRE

Feb. 17, 2023

Canada will not renew licences for open-net Atlantic salmon farms, citing risks to wild salmon

Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray has announced the federal government will not renew licences for 15 open-net Atlantic salmon farms around British Columbia’s Discovery Islands.

Murray says in a news release the Discovery Islands area is a key migration route for wild salmon where narrow passages bring migrating juvenile salmon into close contact with the farms.

Colleen Flanagan
Chief Grace George with the Katzie First Nation wants Trans Mountain Corporation to stop work on Katzie First Nation territory. (The News files)

Feb. 16, 2023

Katzie claim work at two sites, one in Maple Ridge, being done without proper consultation

Katzie First Nation has ordered the Trans Mountain Corporation to immediately stop all work on its territory.

The First Nation claims the oil pipeline corporation is undertaking work in two of Katzie’s unceded village sites, – one in Langley and one in Maple Ridge – “without adequate notice, consultation, or opportunity to monitor works in accordance with project conditions.”


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