Ecology/Environment

16/07/18
Author: 
Cherise Seucharan

July 14, 2018

VANCOUVER—Over 100 First Nations and environmental supporters on canoes, kayaks, boats and rhibs formed a flotilla in front of the Trans Mountain Terminal in Burnaby on Saturday.

More than 70 watercrafts paddled from Cates Park beach in North Vancouver to the Trans Mountain Westridge Marine Terminal across the water, stopping at the terminal fence for Indigenous elders to hold a water ceremony with drumming, singing and prayer.

29/06/18
Author: 
Mike De Souza
BP Canada reported a spill of about 136,000 litres of drilling mud from its West Aquarius drilling platform on June 22, 2018. Handout photo from BP Canada

BP Canada has spewed out 136,000 litres of a toxic mud into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Halifax during deepwater offshore exploratory oil drilling, a federal regulator said Friday in a special bulletin.

29/06/18
Author: 
As It Happens - CBC

June 29, 2018, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Effects 
Eight years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists uncover an ugly truth: it's having long-lasting effects on even the smallest organisms in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Listen here at 41:00 http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-friday-full-episode-1.4728246

24/06/18
Author: 
Ian Angus - retired SFU Humanities professor

[ Editor: Linked below are Ian Angus' statement to the court against and his recent interview with an Ontario radio programme about Kinder Morgan:

https://ricochet.media/en/2203/civil-disobedience-against-kinder-morgan-is-a-civic-responsibility

19/06/18
Author: 
Elizabeth McSheffrey
Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna speaks with reporters at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Que. on June 8, 2018. Photo by Alex Tétreault

The federal government should publish its full review of fossil fuel subsidies as it works toward phasing them out, says an Ottawa-based corporate watchdog.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is currently poring over all federal non-tax measures that support the oil and gas industry, as it prepares to deliver on a climate-friendly G20 promise to eliminate the "inefficient" ones by 2025.

13/06/18
Author: 
Mike De Souza
A group of kayaktivists gather before heading to a construction barge in Vancouver harbour near Kinder Morgan's Westridge Marine Terminal on Oct. 28, 2017. File photo by Zack Embree

Kinder Morgan put fish, porpoises, sea lions and other marine life in danger during recent construction work near an oil terminal in Vancouver, says a leaked federal letter that warns the company could face prosecution for its violations.

The letter from the federal Fisheries and Oceans Department (DFO) notes that the company also went months without filing mandatory monitoring reports to the government and First Nations before federal officials noticed the Texas company was breaking the rules.

13/05/18
Author: 
Kevin Taft
Photograph by Andrew S. Wright for National Observer of Alberta oilsands tailings ponds May 2014

A primary lesson in political communications is that there is room in the public mind for only one big political news story at a time, and whoever drives that one big story wins twice: their story sets the headlines, and stories they don’t like are pushed to the margins.

07/05/18
Author: 
Janice Dickson
Inuk elders join Muskrat Falls megadam opponents for a rally and civil disobedience on Parliament Hill on Monday, May 7, 2018.Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS

May 7, 2018

OTTAWA -- A number of Indigenous elders and demonstrators were arrested for trespassing Monday on Parliament Hill after breaching a designated perimeter for protests during a rally against the Muskrat Falls project in Labrador.

"The point we made here today is that it's poisonous; we're drowning," said Jim Learning, an Inuit elder from Cartwright, N.L.

Almost 20 protesters were escorted from outside of Centre Block to the East Block courtyard, where they were held for about 30 minutes.

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