Energy

14/09/16
Author: 
Katy Quinn
Rolling Justice Bus against Site C Dam photo by Deirdre Kelly

Nine years ago today, on September 13, 2007, the United Nations took an important step towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples when the General Assembly voted 144-4 to adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. While 11 countries abstained, four countries voted against the Declaration: Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

14/09/16
Author: 
Gloria Galloway
People converge on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to protest the Site C hydroelectric dam project on Sept. 13, 2016. (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

First Nations leaders from British Columbia were in Ottawa this week to tell federal politicians they have been betrayed by a government that promised a new relationship with indigenous people then approved the construction of a massive hydro dam that threatens their traditional way of life.

The $8.8-billion BC Hydro project on the Peace River, known as Site C, received authorizations from the federal departments of Fisheries and Transport earlier this summer.

12/09/16
Author: 
Helen Knott

After a 4,000 kilometre journey by caravan, members of the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations arrived in Montreal today to present their case at the Federal Court of Appeal, challenging the construction of the Site C dam on their traditional territories.

12/09/16
Author: 
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — The federal government’s approach to the Site C dam project in British Columbia is not in keeping with Canada’s constitution nor with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, says Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde.

The multi-billion dollar project — a proposed dam and hydroelectric generating station on the Peace River — would create an 83-kilometre reservoir and flood farm land along with traditional First Nations territory.

12/09/16
Author: 
Justin McElroy
The Treaty 8 Justice for Peace Caravan bus has been driving across Canada hoping to gain support against the controversial Site C dam in B.C. which was approved in December, 2014. (Treaty 8 Justice for Peace Caravan/Facebook)

Opponents of the $8.8 billion dam hope this week's federal court case marks a tipping point

 

For the last week, a large bus with the slogan "Stand with First Nations to protect the Peace River" on its sides has been making its way across Canada.

02/09/16
Author: 
Bobby Magill

The U.S. is expected to reach a major carbon emissions milestone this year: For the first time, carbon dioxide emissions from burning natural gas in the U.S. are set to surpass those from burning coal — the globe’s chief climate polluter.

Emissions from burning natural gas are expected to be 10 percent greater than those from coal in 2016, as electric companies rely more on power plants that run on natural gas than those that run on coal, according to U.S. Department of Energy data.

01/09/16
Author: 
Shawn McCarthy

August 31, 2016 -  Ontario and Quebec signed an agreement with the Mexican government Wednesday to jointly develop carbon markets with the aim of allowing companies in those provinces to purchase Mexican greenhouse-gas-reduction credits to satisfy provincially regulated emission caps.

26/08/16

A plan to make electricity widely available to natural gas facilities in northeast British Columbia depends on whether or not proposed West Coast LNG projects go ahead.

The climate change plan B.C. Premier Christy Clark released Aug. 19 referred generically to “infrastructure” that would have to be built to “close the gap between electricity and natural gas costs” in B.C. Since then, B.C. government staff has explained the cryptic reference.

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