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31/08/21
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The Energy Mix
Gas explosion - Chatham-Kent Fire @ckfiredept/Twitter

Aug. 29, 2021

Twenty people were injured and two buildings were destroyed last week in Wheatley, a town of 3,000 people on the southwestern tip of Ontario, after an explosion triggered by a hydrogen sulphide leak from an abandoned gas well that was first declared an emergency on June 3.

30/08/21
Author: 
Emma McIntosh
An oilsands facility near Fort McMurray, Alta., in 2012. Photo by Kris Krüg / Flickr

August 30th 2021

The lobby group representing Canada’s oil and gas industry has unveiled its list of asks for the 2021 federal election.

30/08/21
Author: 
Andrew Nikiforuk
Photo of a French tuberculosis ‘preventorium.’ We’re doing less to protect children from COVID-19. Photo: The Casas-Rodríguez Postcard Collection, Creative Commons licensed.

Aug. 30, 2021

Politicians are ignoring the threat, especially to our children. Citizens have to step up and do what our leaders won’t.

When governments play with viral fires, it is ordinary citizens, including our unvaccinated children, that get burned.

And so the fourth wave has arrived in our midst like some crazed arsonist in a dry forest under a heat dome.

29/08/21
Author: 
Clay Nikiforuk, Aleisha Langmann AUGUST 24, 2021 Clay Nikiforuk
Tripod with protestor and RCMP - Clay Nikiforuk

Aug. 24, 2021

Tensions mount amid hundreds of arrests, but the blockades are still standing

Clay Nikiforuk and Aleisha Langmann were in the Fairy Creek area from August 7 to 14, on assignment for Ricochet. In addition to covering the RCMP’s offensive against the HQ camp, we wanted to find out if media access had improved in the wake of a court ruling that found police conduct towards journalists was unlawful.

“If I grab you, I’m going to take you,” he growls.

28/08/21
Author: 
Michael T. Klare - TomDispatch.com
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, third from left in front row, in May, visiting Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. (U.S. Air Force, Brittany A. Chase)

August 26, 2021

By 2049, Michael T. Klare says China will be a climate disaster zone, not a military superpower.

In recent months, Washington has had a lot to say about China’s ever-expanding air, naval and missile power. But when Pentagon officials address the topic, they generally speak less about that country’s current capabilities, which remain vastly inferior to those of the U.S., than the world they foresee in the 2030s and 2040s, when Beijing is expected to have acquired far more sophisticated weaponry.

28/08/21
Author: 
Sarah Cox

Aug. 25, 2021

Amid escalating tensions with the RCMP, old-growth logging blockades on Vancouver Island show no signs of letting up. B.C.’s response, experts say, will determine the legacy of the new war in the woods

Three notable things happened this past weekend in the annals of Fairy Creek, the watershed on southwest Vancouver Island that has become synonymous with an unshakeable movement to save British Columbia’s disappearing old-growth forests. 

28/08/21
Author: 
Arno Kopecky
Hand in grass - Photo: Amber Bracken / The Narwhal

Aug. 22, 2021

For too many years, governments and corporations alike urged us puny citizens to do our part without bothering to do theirs

This essay is excerpted from Arno Kopecky’s forthcoming book on humanity’s engagement with the crisis of our times. The Environmentalist’s Dilemma (ECW Press) arrives in bookstores this October; pre-orders are available here.

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