Ben Parfitt
Blueberry First Nations Chief Judy Desjarlais, centre, signed a historic partnership agreement last month with BC’s Energy Minister Josie Osborne, left, and Premier David Eby, right. But it comes after years of ramped up gas extraction. Photo via BC government Flickr.

Feb. 10, 2023

Now that the Blueberry River First Nations have won a historic agreement, they face thousands of wells greenlit by the regulator.

When the Blueberry River First Nations took the provincial government to court in March 2015, arguing that cumulative industrial developments had robbed them of their ability to hunt and fish, oil and gas companies could see trouble lay ahead.

Shift Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health
Canadian Pension Climate Report Card

Feb. 9, 2023

We hope you enjoyed Wednesday’s webinar on the Canadian Pension Climate Report Card.

If you missed the webinar, or if you want to share the recording with others, view the slides or review links we shared, you can now do that on our website:

Stephane Blais
An unidentified watercourse is seen in Nemaska, James Bay region in Northern Quebec on October 25, 2022. File photo by The Canadian Press/Stephane Blais

Feb. 8, 2023

About one million square kilometres of Quebec is covered by boreal forest, roughly 70 per cent of the entire province. In the north, where ecosystems are less likely to have been altered by human activity, those forests have been accumulating and sequestering immense quantities of carbon for centuries.

The Economist
Sources: “Pathogen spillover driven by rapid changes in bat ecology”, by Peggy Eby et al., Nature, 2022; “Climate change increases cross-species viral transmission risk”, by Colin J. Carlson et al., Nature, 2022

Bats account for 90% of predicted viral transmission between mammal species

Jan 31st 2023
C. P. Rajendran
The International Space Station snapped this view of earth on March 2, 2015. | Photo Credit: NASA

Jan. 28, 2023

We need to replace consumerism with “quality of life, human solidarity, and ecological sensibility”.

Much has happened in the interval that separates us from James Watson, who, by inventing the steam engine in 1784 formally marked the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and the world’s first fossil-fuel economy. If the Anthropocene epoch had begun by now, the revolution heightened its fervour, anticipating the emergence of modern human society.

Marc Lee
TMX is scheduled to be completed by year’s end and will open as a project that could not be more ill-suited to this moment in history. Photo via 2016 Archive TMX - Kinder Morgan handout

Jan. 23, 2023

Canada’s uneasy relationship between climate change and fossil fuel development was illustrated in November 2021 when seven atmospheric rivers hit southern B.C. The “big one” starting on Nov. 13 led to massive flooding and landslides that crippled infrastructure and isolated the south coast from the rest of Canada.

Natasha Bulowski
Construction at the Clore crossing Coastal GasLink construction site in B.C. on Jan. 10, 2023. Photo courtesy of David Suzuki Foundation

Jan. 13, 2023

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is investigating a complaint that Coastal GasLink failed to prevent sediment stirred up by pipeline construction activities from flowing downstream at a construction site on the Lho Kwa (Clore River) in B.C.

Sediment pollution poses a serious risk to salmon and steelhead eggs, effectively smothering them. Clore River is a large tributary of the Skeena River, which is an important habitat for both salmon and steelhead trout.


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